Teaching “Students” How to Eat, Move and Think


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Its never to late to learn, especially when it’s for your mind, body and health. Treating your body as temple is the beginning, which unfortunately is sometimes our last priority with todays busy times.  Dr. David Eisenberg, Director of Culinary Nutrition at Harvard Chan’s  has helped numerous adults make lifestyle changes by educating people with healthy food choices through culinary instruction, nutritional and physical education,  personal health coaching and mindfulness. The outcomes have been favourable with lifestyle changes that are attainable!


On Poetry and Photography — Discover

Guest blogger Kelsie Marchand, a Syilx woman from the Okanagan Territory in British Columbia, at Tea&Bannock: “I used to be a lost soul and when I found that photography can be an expression of unspeakable words, then I felt as though I found my true self.”

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Being able to express oneself through photography “of unspeakable words” captivated me. I thought it was relevant  because of  the references with introverts that have been integrated in many of the digital projects.


This technique is based on solving problems in pairs using collaborative and cooperative problem solving. It helps the student engage into a deeper cognitive learning when solving problems. Solving a problem aloud and having another student questioning the process helps both students retain knowledge, become reflective learners and find different approaches for problem-solving.

This technique caters to extroverts. Some introverts  may find it difficult to articulate there thought process with an audience.  The opposite may occur  with the “listener”;  whom may find it difficult when engaging the thought process without actually solving the solution while listening.

If I was to use this in my class I would also incorporate the “Minute Paper” assessment at the end of class.  This is a classroom technique that assesses what the students have learned from submitting anonymously a couple of questions such as “What was the most important thing you learned during class?”. “What did they like about this technique?” and “Would they like to use it again?” (Barkley, 2010).

Reflective Writing

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Reflective writing is like writing a journal or blog but with content from the curriculum. It is a conscious thought process that includes focusing ones beliefs, thoughts and actions  in an organized manner thus helping the student learn the material.  There are numerous styles for creating writing; we used the ORID method in PIDP 3250 which Stephanie included in her wonderful digital project.  Seen below are the four levels of inquiry.

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Reflective writing is an incredible tool which is also engaging for introverts.  It  allows the student to write what they perceive and how the content of the material applies to ones self welcoming student engagement.  This is a powerful tool which I will try to incorporate into my class and maybe debrief  writings during round.



Stand Where You Stand

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John’s digital project is on an instructional strategy called “Stand Where You Stand”.  It gives students a wide range of opportunity to grow and examine opposite sides of an issue and encourages critical thinking as it helps students build and share strategies for different topics.  This strategy is introvert and extrovert friendly as it gives students time to reflect about their own opinions and then present them to their peers.

What a great strategy to use in your class! It includes: reflection, critical thinking, articulate orally and written and promotes discussion!  I look forward to incorporating this into my next lesson!


Dinner Menus

Kam Lidder’s digital project is on Menus.  To be honest, the title engaged me because of my love for food. Kam actually used  a diner menu  as an anology for the steps involved in tailoring students needs in the classroom. For instance you start with an appetizer and then have the entree. With menu’s it is a step by step process that allows the students to work at their own pace and take ownership in their educational journey.  The instructor will incorporate different activities for individualism and skill set abilities. This offers options to tailor each students needs and abilities. Giving students responsibility for their own educational speed empowers the learner. This method works well for ESL and students with diverse learning needs.

Creativity and Failure

I’m sure you have all had a lecture or something in your life that has not gone as planned or you “failed”.  Have you ever thought about the experience and what you could have done differently?  Of course you have,  without failing we do not have options to discover.

When we fail we come up with alternative solutions which would not have been discovered without it.



I am constantly failing on how to copy and paste u-tube videos, other links, etc, while learning to navigating a Mac, understanding Moodle and trying to be engaged in forums, figure out blogging and be the best on-line student I can be!   How could this possibly be a positive thing I ask my self?  What could I have done differently? Researched what an on-line course entails before taking it would be a start? LOL (can we use texting abbreviations when blogging) one more thing I have to look up!

However, on a positive note.  I am surrounded with educational and inspirational peers. I am learning numerous teaching techniques from my class mates and Instructor. Slowly, with numerous tears I am learning how on-line classes work, blogging and I havn’t even attempted this forbidden digital project yet!

Case Studies from John Boylan

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John’s digital project is on Case Studies for student engagement techniques. This technique emphasis on active learning and real world application.  The instructor follows a traditional teaching style but incorporates student group collaboration to solve problems, analyze topics and share knowledge. I think this is a productive method to use  as it helps develop communication and interpersonal skills which is great for extroverts and introverts.