Author Archives: J Martens

About J Martens

Educator living and working in Vancouver BC Learning how formative assessment, literacy, inquiry, and technology serve to improve learning and increase engagement (for teachers & students).

Teaching as Hospitality

  “Good teaching is an act of hospitality toward the young, and hospitality is always an act that benefits the host even more than the guest. The concept of hospitality arose in ancient times when this reciprocity was easier to … Continue reading

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Building a Foundation for Teaching – My Story

Originally posted on Renovating My Classroom:
REPOSTED SEPTEMBER 2012 This is an accounting of where I am in my practice, how I got here and where I hope to go.  This is not a how-to but simply my story.   I…

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Just a Teacher…

This past May I completed a multi-year project called My Masters Degree by submitting my thesis paper titled “Just a Teacher…” Over the coming weeks and months I will tease out elements that I found particularly helpful in my own … Continue reading

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Just Saying…

Its NOT: implementing a new curriculum 21st century teaching & learning building inclusive classrooms learning through inquiry project-based learning standards-based grading <insert something else you think you ‘have to do’> Its about all of us getting our collective sh*t together and … Continue reading

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Black Box #1

The sheet below is one that a BC teacher uses to great effect in her classroom. Assume this is the only view we have of the classroom (i.e. its a black box). What must be happening in the classroom? HT Peter Liljedahl

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Term Overview Examples

Source of our inspiration: Glenpark School in Plymouth UK New source of inspiration (HT Dallas Thor) If you are inspired to do something similar please share back (would love some intermediate examples).  Downloadable Template (word) K-1 Example (@anniekinders) SD37 Grade 1 … Continue reading

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UbD – Stage 1 Example(s)

More to come as time permits and as others generate. If you have something to share please send to jacob@renomyclass.com and I’ll add it to this post (and credit you of course) ubd-stage-1-sc-7

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