Miss Jen

I am a grade 5/6 teacher in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. I have been teaching for about 14 years now. My current focus is to integrate technology into the classroom in as many ways as possible. I want to empower students in their learning so that they are engaged in what they are learning about and have choices about how to best demonstrate their learning. I am also a mother to two wonderful children.

Creating Thoughtful Comments

Creating Thoughtful Comments

After spending countless hours commenting on my students’ work and posts on Kidblog, I was eager to read their responses. However, I was disappointed to see that their reflections and comments to me and their peers seemed anything but profound. Instead I was met with comments such as, “I did a good job”, “I like your

After spending countless hours commenting on my students’ work and posts on Kidblog, I was eager to read their responses. However, I was disappointed to see that their reflections and comments to me and their peers seemed anything but profound. Instead I was met with comments such as, “I did a good job”, “I like your... read more

Using Kidblog in Literature Circles

Using Kidblog in Literature Circles

A number of years ago I attempted to reinvent literature circles by putting the questions online and using Kidblog as the forum… they work together answering deeper level questions in class, and then they break to individually answer those questions on Kidblog.

A number of years ago I attempted to reinvent literature circles by putting the questions online and using Kidblog as the forum... they work together answering deeper level questions in class, and then they break to individually answer those questions on Kidblog.... read more

Connecting Classrooms Internationally

Connecting Classrooms Internationally

Year after year I chose to stay inside my comfort zone. Once I realized my fears were merely excuses, I made the conscious decision to challenge myself as a teacher. Enter: Blogging.

Year after year I chose to stay inside my comfort zone. Once I realized my fears were merely excuses, I made the conscious decision to challenge myself as a teacher. Enter: Blogging. ... read more