Yukon Quest Student Challenge

The annual 1000 mile dogsled race from Whitehorse to Fairbanks started on Saturday. Cathi and Grant Dunham have a great page full of classroom activities and opportuntiies. Cathi is a retired teacher from Whitehorse who has a long history of involvement with the Quest. Maybe there’s something there for your classroom or school. Brush up on your mushing vocabulary, learn the race rules, the route and track the mushers as they make their way.

The URL: https://www.distlearn.ca/yukonquest/

How to Configure Your [Smartphone] to Work for You, Not Against You

This article deals exclusively with Apple’s iPhone but the ideas are broad enough to apply to other brands. I just spent the last hour reading through this long list of tips that can be utilized to tame the effects that my iPhone has on my daily life. Some of the ideas are no-brainers and commonly known and there were a few that I had no idea about. The author, Coach Tony, works along 7 tenets of logic and bases the discussion in science rather than marketing or other emotional factors that we’re used to dealing with:
#1. Your phone is a tool, not a boss
#2. Shave seconds to break procrastination
#3. Conserve cognitive budget
#4. Messy systems beat rigid systems
#5. Habits beat tools
#6. Optimize for deep work & deep learning
#7. Yes, your phone does impact your longevity

This is worth the time to review for personal use, family and would make for some great discussions with our students as well.

The URL: https://betterhumans.coach.me/how-to-set-up-your-iphone-for-productivity-focus-and-your-own-longevity-bb27a68cc3d8

Innovation Playlist

The site says it better than I can: “Face it. Like all organizations, schools get locked into routine, impeding change. But all schools need to innovate to prepare kids for a dynamic and uncertain future. The question is, “How?” The Innovation Playlist can help your school make positive, informed change. It represents a teacher-led model, based on small steps leading to big change, that draws on best practices from outstanding educators and non-profits from across the country.”

The URL: https://teddintersmith.com/innovation-playlist/

150 Acts of Reconciliation as a Pedagogical Tool

Welcome to year 21 of The Teacher List! So, a friend of mine and University of Alberta PhD Candidate, Crystal Fraser, co-wrote this list last year. The ideas are manageable things a person can do to reflect on and participate in reconciliation efforts. http://activehistory.ca/2017/08/150-acts-of-reconciliation-for-the-last-150-days-of-canadas-150/

Crystal and her advisor, Sara Komarnisky, went on to write an article about using the list as a pedagogical tool. I thought it’s a good first-post for this year. I hope your start-up is going well!

The URL: http://activehistory.ca/2018/09/reconciliation-in-the-classroom-the-150-acts-as-a-pedagogical-tool/

iFake Text Message

This one is running around social media today – probably from the ISTE crowd. Here’s a simulator for today’s popular text messaging apps. Teachers could use it for digital citizenship discussions and students could use it as a writing tool, maybe to write a script or to have difficult conversations.

The URL: https://ifaketextmessage.com/
And that’s a wrap for the year. In fact, that’s 20 years for The Teacher List! I’m not sure how we got to that number but a few of you have been with me since the start of it all – Wayne, Des, and of course, Mrs. Teacher List. Thanks to everyone for the continued support and I wish you a relaxing electronically, disconnected summer with friends and family.

Residential School Map

Here in Canada, we are working on reconciliation efforts with our First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. It’s not an easy conversation yet everyone is doing what they can to understand and move forward. One major vein of the conversation revolves around residential schools and their effects on multiple generations of people. There is a deep history of residential schools in our country and their demise is much more recent than one might think. When I first heard that the last residential schools closed in 1996, I was surprised. That’s six full years after I started my teaching career. Here’s a CBC interactive map that will help you locate the closest school to where you grew up.

The URL: http://www.cbc.ca/news2/interactives/beyond-94-residential-school-map/