Grounding activities

Grounding activities are warming up your participants and assuming they are ready to learn, come with a positive mindset and want to grow. I prefer this term to "ice-breaker" that assumes people need to break this ice, that the atmosphere is ice cold and perhaps the minds are close and rigid... Here are some very … Continue reading Grounding activities

Strategies for helping teachers to engage learners and increase learning retention

For me, the most effective way to support educators to engage learners and increase learning retention is Cognitive Coaching. The mission of Cognitive Coaching is to produce self-directed persons. With the skills of coaching patterns, building rapport, listening and inquiring to explore or specify thinking, we are able to clarify thoughts and go deeper into … Continue reading Strategies for helping teachers to engage learners and increase learning retention

Why are PLCs so important?

I have always been engaged in PLCs throughout my career as I am absolutely convinced that collaboration is an essential factor for moving from good to great. Because the nature of PLCs can be so diverse, its impact on student learning takes many forms. Co-building capacity amongst faculty, implementing new instructional strategies and reflecting on … Continue reading Why are PLCs so important?

Trick on presenting with Google on air

How to present like a pro? I would like to share a short description on how I decided to organize my Google Edu on Air presentation after asking Eric Curts for a few tips. My situation is the following: I am the presenter. I have slides and speaker’s notes. A friend of mine is moderating by … Continue reading Trick on presenting with Google on air

Meaningful PD sessions

I have presented a lot of sessions during different summits, conferences and workshops. I think I improved my craft as I experienced and as I observed my audience (through the interactions and feedback). I think I understand now what a relevant and meaningful PD session looks like. Let me first reuse some of my "Cognitive … Continue reading Meaningful PD sessions