Day 20: Shivonne Lewis-Young and Phil Young, Teachers (Peel District School Board)


Final thoughts on the June Peel project 184

Originally posted on Peel21st Project 184:

That’s All for This Year, But #peel21st184 Will Be Back in September

I am writing this entry on behalf of Phil Young and myself. The purpose of this post is to wrap up the pilot of the Peel 21st 184 Project and thank all of the awesome bloggers who contributed this past June.  As mentioned in the first post this project was born from George Couros and the Parkland School Division Project 184.  George had called for presenters for the PDS project 184 and I had responded to his tweet that if he was ever taking out of district writers I would love to participate. He made a comment that he would really like to see a project started in Peel.  After discussing it over coffee and planning one evening it was born.  It really was  a team effort of tweets back and forth between Phil and…

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Day 12: Gillian Raymond, Library, ISSP and Grade 3 Teacher (Massey Street PS)


Proud of this entry! Written by one of my very own colleagues and friends. Track and Field was another great Massey event. I was proud of the staff who pulled together to make this happen!

Originally posted on Peel21st Project 184:

What I learned today

Today I learned something that I keep learning, and then forgetting, and re-learning. Today I learned that sometimes we all need to just play together and have fun, and it’s more than OK to do this at school. It’s necessary to build community and develop relationships with people we may not talk to every day, even though we all share a common space for 6 or more hours each day.

We had our annual Massey Track and Field day today, and it was a blast, like it always is! Students were so excited to have the opportunity to excel in areas outside of their classrooms, and we were all happy to be outside enjoying our gorgeous schoolyard. I was helping out at the sprinting events, and the number of time we had false starts was incredible, now that I think of it, but sharing a laugh…

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Day 10: Hazel Mason, Superintendent (Central Peel, Judith Nyman & Turner Fenton Families)


I can relate to this in so many ways! I love to teach with technology and I’m always willing to try new things but when it comes right down to it I have no idea what I’m doing :)

Originally posted on Peel21st Project 184:

What Did I Learn Today?

I learned today that even when your printer looks like it is broken, it might just need to a maintenance check run on it.

My home printer has been acting up and because I am the 21st Century Teaching and Learning lead, everyone just assumes that I know everything there is to know about technology. Nothing could be further from the truth. I am what Fullan would call a “Lead Learner.” Every day I am constantly learning more about technology and what it can do.

I complained to my oldest daughter, who is much more of a tech wiz than I, that I was having trouble with my printer. She asked if I had run a maintenance check on it and I think I just got a glazed look. Right now she is on Mat leave and goes over to my house…

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Day 5: Neil Lyons, Teacher-Librarian (Homelands Senior Public)


Change – although scary is a great way to push ourselves professionally

Originally posted on Peel21st Project 184:

After teaching for almost 10 years in one school, I will be moving to a new school in September.  And so throughout the hustle-and-bustle of June, a large part of my thinking has been dominated by “the unknown”.  And another part of my brain has become very acutely aware of “the known”.  There are layers and layers of “knowing” how things work in a school.  Attendance. Yard Duty. Parking Lot. Timetables. Washrooms.  Air Conditioning (hopefully). Storage Rooms.  Ordering Supplies.  Budget.  And on, and on, and on.

It’s a very different feeling than when I started in this building, as a new teacher.  There was no comparisons to be made.  The way the school was organized wasn’t “a way”, it was “the way”.  But, of course, throughout the years at my school things changed that made me aware that what I thought was “the way” was really only “a way”.  It…

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Day 3: Debbie Axiak, Grade 2 Teacher (Whiteoaks Public School)


Amazing Day 3 Entry to the Peel 21st Project 184. Highlights the importance of sometimes just going for it with your students!

Originally posted on Peel21st Project 184:

What Did I Learn Today?

It would have been easier to say no.

It would have been easier to say “no”. To say “leave it outside”. To stick to the lesson plan. To avoid the swirling wave of emotions that I knew would spread through the classroom. To avoid the questions that I knew would come & knew I would not be able to answer.  But when I saw a student beaming with pride and carrying this 6.5 cm, jumping caterpillar…


Instead of saying “no”, I said “That is SO creepy!” and the student’s smile grew even bigger and he strutted into the school and into the classroom.

We watched it jump around, looked at it with a magnifying glass to look for details and some students were brave enough to smell it. We brainstormed a great list of words to describe the caterpillar, we talked about the emotions and…

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Day 1: Shivonne Lewis-Young, Teacher (Massey Street Public School)


Reblogging a blog post that I wrote. It’s for a Project 184 that we are piloting for the Peel District School board. You can follow along

Originally posted on Peel21st Project 184:

What Did I Learn Today?

I have a blog.  My Grade three students blog and when the project 184 for Peel was born I knew writing for the project was something I had to do.  So here I am.  It is my day to blog for the project and I am feeling a tremendous amount of pressure.  What should I write about and share?  Does my submission need to be thought provoking, innovative and profound?  The answer is no.  It can just be me sharing a day in the life of Class 3B.  So here goes nothing.

This afternoon for Social Studies I told my class that they were going to learn about The Three Sisters and how they were important to Aboriginal peoples and how they introduced the Three Sisters to the European Settlers. First, I had my students brainstorm who they thought the Three Sisters were and here’s…

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This is What Learning Looks Like


“In the end, learning looks the way our students need it to look.” – YES learning in my class looks different day to day. Really depends on where the kids are that day and what they need.

Excellent blog reflection!

Originally posted on Blogging Through the Fourth Dimension:

This past Friday, my incredible students participated in the 4th Innovation Day I have done.  While it is hard day for me because I tend to get bored, since I cannot jump in and teach, I always marvel at the energy and enthusiasm throughout the room.  The sheer driven desire to create something fueled by their curiosity and imagination never ceases to astound me, and this day is always a highlight for the students.    At one point, I tweeted out the following picture

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captioning it “This is what learning can look like…”  Immediately, someone replied, “This is what learning SHOULD look like!”  (Emphasis added by me).  At first, I agreed, nodding, yes, this is what learning should look like.  Then I stopped, thought about it, and I realized, no, this is not what learning should look like at all times.

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Voting for the Canadian Family 8th Annual Teaching Awards is Live!

We are on day 2 of voting for the Canadian Family 8th Annual Teacher Awards.

I’ve had the opportunity to view each profile and I can say I’m proud to be among such amazing educators.  There’s even another Peel Teacher Xochitl Lugo from The Valleys Sr. Public School in Mississauga  #peelproud 

Of course I really want you to vote for me but I also want you to do your research.  I already feel as if I’ve won this award.  Being nominated and then selected from hundreds of great candidates is amazing.  But I’m not going to lie I would love to win the prize of $2500.00 for my school – Massey Street Public School.  

So vote every day, please spread the word and share it with your family and friends.  I would be ever so grateful for your support!

You can follow the excitement on twitter #CFTeacherAwards 



The Makey Makey and the Peel 21st North Network Meeting #Peel21st

Last week my colleague Michelle Philpot @K5_RP and I participated in another Peel 21st North Network Meeting.  We had been asked to share about our experience with our Grade 5 Coding Club and the Makey Makey.  Of course we said sure we love promoting our Coding Club #MasseyCodes but we kind of had that what did we just get into feeling as truth be told neither of us really know how to use the Makey Makey.  No worries, we would get our coders to teach us.

In case you aren’t familiar with it, the Makey Makey is an invention kit which turns every day objects into keyboards. It can be really simple as hooking up a lime to it and playing Flappy Bird or using it to run your blender.  It’s fun for all ages and a quick search on YouTube will open you up to the possibilities.  

Anyway as time drew nearer for the North Network Meeting Michelle and I grew more nervous.  How would we competently talk about this to our peers when we didn’t really get it ourselves.  We then had the brilliant idea to bring along some of grade 5 experts and let them do the talking.  The kids were excited and nervous and made us promise that they would use the Makey Makey but we would do the talking.  Sounded like a great deal to us! 

As it turned out only 1 of our students, was able to attend but we felt like he was the star of the event.  His shyness over talking about it quickly fell away as he explained the how and why of the Makey Makey.  He even shared his opinions about the Raspberry Pi and why he didn’t think it was a great Minecraft Server :)  

It was a proud teaching moment for Michelle and I.  We don’t teach grade 5. She’s Kindergarten, I’m grade 3 and neither of us our computer programmers or anything near that but we both recognized the importance of coding and bringing it to our students.  It’s allowed many of our students to shine in a way that they don’t get to in their classrooms.  They also problem solve together, collaborate together with laughing and a smile on their face the whole time.  It’s pretty awesome to see!


J teaching all about the Makey Makey

Proud of Our Green Team!

Today was a proud moment in my teaching career.  This year, I took on with one of my co-workers, Sarah Kelly, the Eco Club.  We had very large shoes to fill as the teacher we took over for had retired the previous June and she had already implemented many great initiatives at our school.  Sarah and I decided that it was time to promote those initiatives and add a few more of our own and go forward with Eco School Certification.  We are so proud to announce that officially today we will be an Certified Eco School!.  We are still waiting to hear our level of certification (bronze, silver, gold) but our goal with the kids this year was to reach the bronze level. 

The best part of this year was the student engagement.  We generally have a full house of students come out to our weekly meetings.  On top of emptying blue bins they love to make posters, do weekly announcements, perform at assembly and share their Green Team messages with their peers.  We started out as a grade 3-5 club but recently we have had grade 2 students asking us to join so of course we said sure.  I like to feel that we are creating a culture in our school of individuals who care about our planet and are going to make significant steps to make it better.  

Here’s a recap of some of our major campaigns this year:

-What Goes in the Blue Bin (December assembly, posters, announcements)

-Boomerang and Litter Less Lunch

-The Great Gulp (this was taken on by a student teacher at our school – amazing) the whole school drank tap water at the same time and then we used it to reinforce bringing a reusable water bottle

-Earth Hour and Lights off/Monitors Off campaign 

-Spring school and city park clean up (Adopt-a-Park) we even did an ice storm clean up of the branches 

I can’t wait to see what we come up with next year.  We already have some great ideas brewing thanks to Tracy Appleton   and our site assessor from Ontario Eco Schools.  




The Green Team waiting for our Eco Schools Site Visit to being