Siobhan Shonk

Siobhan is an intermediate teacher with the Waterloo school board in Canada. Teaching for over 15 years, she loves to include new and innovative ideas in her classroom to promote student voice and engagement. She loves to read, paint, and run to relax when she's not spending time with her husband and three school aged children.

Students Choose the Lesson

Students Choose the Lesson

In addition to our regular reflections and project posts, we’ve dedicated one period per week for the purpose of writing a narrative on Kidblog for publication. Inspired by the different writing styles published authors shared, students started writing a story in the manner they wanted. The last several weeks have been inspiring – the kids are amazing.

In addition to our regular reflections and project posts, we’ve dedicated one period per week for the purpose of writing a narrative on Kidblog for publication. Inspired by the different writing styles published authors shared, students started writing a story in the manner they wanted. The last several weeks have been inspiring - the kids are amazing.... read more

Giving Students a Voice in Their Learning

Giving Students a Voice in Their Learning

Is your entire year planned out already? Is it the same plan as last year? However loosely we plan things in order to be flexible, how much input do we really allow students?

Is your entire year planned out already? Is it the same plan as last year? However loosely we plan things in order to be flexible, how much input do we really allow students?... read more

Is Your Audience Imaginary?

Is Your Audience Imaginary?

I used to think that we could pretend and imagine who our audience might be: write a letter to your grandmother, or write a persuasive essay to the principal. Although this may have helped students to think about word choice, it didn’t do anything to motivate them to do their best work.

I used to think that we could pretend and imagine who our audience might be: write a letter to your grandmother, or write a persuasive essay to the principal. Although this may have helped students to think about word choice, it didn’t do anything to motivate them to do their best work.... read more

Students’ Voice and Choice

Students’ Voice and Choice

Students’ voice will only surface after they have had ample experience of choice. It is essential in the 21st century to teach kids how to learn and to think critically about the information they access.

Students’ voice will only surface after they have had ample experience of choice. It is essential in the 21st century to teach kids how to learn and to think critically about the information they access. ... read more

The Key to Successful Student Blogging

The Key to Successful Student Blogging

As teachers, we’ve all heard of really great ideas we’d like to incorporate into our lessons. Sometimes our excitement is met with success, while other times we try it and vow never to do it again. Using a blog with a classroom of kids has the potential to go either way. It’s all in the planning – and it’s worth it.

As teachers, we’ve all heard of really great ideas we’d like to incorporate into our lessons. Sometimes our excitement is met with success, while other times we try it and vow never to do it again. Using a blog with a classroom of kids has the potential to go either way. It’s all in the planning - and it’s worth it.... read more