Saturday, 2 March 2019

Basketball Championships

Basketball Championships

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This week I was anxious and excited.  For the first time my boys earned their way into our divisional championship game.

I have been coaching basketball for more than 10 years.  I have been at Lincoln Heights for 7.  

My team this year was grade 8 heavy with many returning players.  I focus on teamwork and strategy when playing.  I use a lot of plays with options so that the boys need to think on the court and react to the defense rather than a play set in stone.  It is not typical for this level of basketball but being a math and science teacher, logic and strategizing are my forte. 

The boys practice 4 days a week, with two of them being at 7:15 in the morning.  It is a long season starting about mid December.   This year was a little tough as we lost many days of practice due to cancelled buses or snow days. 

I am extremely proud of the boys for their grit and fortitude, their endurance and ability to work together.  

The boys brought home the first championship for our school in fine style.  They played solid defense and did not allow the other team to regroup much.  

You're the bestThank you boys for achieving the goal we set in December.  Thank you Grady for your leadership on the court.  

#proudcoach #happycoach 

Monday, 2 April 2018

Ontario Summit 2018

Ontario Summit 2018

The EdTech Ontario Summit has been my favourite conference for the last few years.  I will again be presenting on GoFormative, one of my favourite tools as I've mentioned in previous posts.  

If you see me there, make sure you say Hi!  Love to meet and catch up with you!

You can find my resources here:

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Pi Day

Pi Day

March break here in our school board always seems to coincide with Pi Day.  March 14.  
3.1415926 is what is embedded into my memory.  They have actually found over 9 trillion digits of Pi to date.  

I always eat Pie on Pi day.  I always make my Pie for Pi day.   
I love Pi Day!

So I made No Bake Oreo Pie this year.  Still enjoying it as it lives in freezer.  Yum.


Wednesday, 14 February 2018

My Students give me Reasons to Teach


Teaching is more about the connections and relationships we have with our colleagues and students than with the curriculum.  Don't get me wrong, passion for the subject is important as without passion there is no enthusiasm over the long term for what we are teaching our students.  But greater than that is the idea that if we get to know our students as people rather than a number or a grade, then they will be more inclined to respect and enjoy the learning journey.  My students are not perfect - they make poor choices sometimes but they are young and learn.  Hopefully the next time they make a better choice.  Sometimes personalities clash - human nature dictates that will happen.  Sometimes we have more connects to some than others like anywhere in life.  All students should be treated fairly all the same.  

My students make be laugh, make me cry, inspire me and give me a reason to come to school every day.  

I write poetry for fun.  I wrote them a poem for Valentine's Day. 


Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Math and Poetry

Math is Poetry

Math is a poetry all of its own.  

Language can be beautiful too and as some of you know I like to dabble in poetry.

I have seen this video before, but thought I'd share it as it combines (first 4 minutes) of both math and poetry but rest is good too.    The math people will laugh at all the same place I do.