A. Grace Martin

Author, Student Teacher, Optimist and Promoter of Self-Empowerment

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To my students...

Posted by agracemartin on November 26, 2015 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (48)

Dear Science 24 Students,


I love you. I really do love having each and every one of you in my class. I am sorry if I do not always show it. I am sorry if I get strick and stern on a daily basis, but please remember that I am fun on a daily basis, too. Sometimes I feel that I need to enforce strick rules in order for you to have the best learning en...

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EasyTeacherToolbox Published!

Posted by agracemartin on November 20, 2015 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Teachers! Do you need fresh, efficient, and easy-to-use strategies in your classroom?

Have you ever Google searched "strategies" or "engagement" and found nothing more than the common Jigsaw or Think/Pair/Share?

Young Shin and I have compiled an online resource for you! We collaborated on o...

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PBL: organization, engagement, questions, feedback, and choice

Posted by agracemartin on August 12, 2015 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (2)

My Problem Solving with Communications Technology instructor posed the following questions, which I answer below:

 

  • What do you think is your greatest challenge in PBL design?
  • How will you support students in a PBL task?
  • How will you communicate with parents, administrators and colleagues about your PBL tasks? Is this even necessary?


 

There are many things to consider when designing a constructive Problem-Based Learning...

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PBL in Biology

Posted by agracemartin on August 12, 2015 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (0)

I am currently reflecting on PBL with a biology class in mind. I do not think that inquiry-based learning is the best model for concepts and terminology in biology, as the answers to these questions are often definitions that would not provide rich exploration. I think that for a problem-based inquiry project to go smoothly in biology, students need guidance either through direct instruction, videos, readings, or jigsaw groups to learn definitions and factual information that relate to the kn...

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PBL in Biology

Posted by agracemartin on August 12, 2015 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (0)

I am currently reflecting on PBL with a biology class in mind. I do not think that inquiry-based learning is the best model for concepts and terminology in biology, as the answers to these questions are often definitions that would not provide rich exploration. I think that for a problem-based inquiry project to go smoothly in biology, students need guidance either through direct instruction, videos, readings, or jigsaw groups to learn definitions and factual information that relate to the kn...

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Solving student disinterest with a combined approach

Posted by agracemartin on August 12, 2015 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

My Problem Solving with Communications Technology instructor asked us to describe an instance in which we witnessed another teacher employ problem solving. My response was on solving student disinterest with a combined approach.

 

I witnessed my PSI teacher associate incorporate a mixture of note-taking lectures with project-based-learning in a grade 6 Social Studies classroom. This teacher had noticed that stand-and-deliver instruction followed by assignments was a huge prob...

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Creativity in Science

Posted by agracemartin on August 12, 2015 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Creative Confidence

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My Problem Solving through Communications Technology instructor posed the following questions to my class:

  • Do you consider yourself a creative person? Has this always been the case or has it changed recently?

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Edmonton Book Signing

Posted by agracemartin on June 15, 2015 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Thanks to all who have supported my book signings! Here is me in Edmonton, Alberta:



Successful Author Book Signing

Posted by agracemartin on April 27, 2015 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

http://lethbridgeherald.com/news/local-news/2015/04/27/martin-takes-writing-plunge/

 

I absolutely loved having a book signing yesterday at Chapters in Lethbridge! This was my first event to promote my fantasy novel, Spirit Rider, and it was wonderfully successful.

 

For too long I was apprehensive about promoting my work because I don't like "sel...

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Spirit Rider Book Signing

Posted by agracemartin on April 25, 2015 at 12:15 PM Comments comments (0)

My first book signing for Spirit Rider is tomorrow! I am so excited to be promoting my book at Chapters in Lethbridge.


Hope to see you there!

PSII April 20-24, 2015

Posted by agracemartin on April 25, 2015 at 12:05 PM Comments comments (0)

My final week of practicum went so smoothly that I have very little to reflect upon as far as course content goes. What I do want to reflect upon is my relationships.


I think that it is important for teachers to remember that you never know who you will affect and how deeply you will affect them. I built some very rewarding relationships over the span of this practicum, and I will be sad to leave. I know that I am teaching the age group that I ...

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PSII Thurs-Fri April 16-17, 2015

Posted by agracemartin on April 25, 2015 at 12:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Thursday April 16, 2015

Today was a special event day because a guest presenter, Robb Nash, came to the school. My Science 14s had review time this morning, which was productive and fairly uneventful. After losing one student for fifteen minutes after allowing a bathroom break I found her in the library and was able to help her finish her review. The 9As and 9Bs all finished their notes in a timely fashion. The 9As are further ahead, having watched a 13 minute video that the 9Bs h...

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PSII Mon April 13- Wed 15th, 2015

Posted by agracemartin on April 25, 2015 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Monday April 13, 2015

Today I spoke with my teacher associate/mentor about dealing with Grade 9 attitude. It was an insightful conversation in which I changed my mind about starting the week with the 9Bs by bringing up what happened before the break. It could set a bad precedent because what happened yesterday should not have sway over current lessons. We also talked about saying “tough” when a select few Science 14s don’t want to work. The same individuals have a...

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PSII Thurs April 2, 2015

Posted by agracemartin on April 25, 2015 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Thursday April 2, 2015

Today was the last day before the spring break. This morning I visited the principal. I had a question from the previous day in which I overheard a miscommunication between a student and teacher that got emotionally heated. I asked him how do we, as teachers, continue to maintain an unconditional positive regard for students and yet still deal appropriate discipline to them when they misbehave?

The principal said ...

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PSII March 29-April 1, 2015

Posted by agracemartin on April 25, 2015 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Sunday March 29, 2015

I have created my week plan and Ch 8 biology test and study guide for the Science 14s. I originally thought that I would not test them on many concepts for this chapter because they have very low memorization skills. However, I decided that almost all of the questions on the test should have a helpful hint on the study guide. If students complete their study guide, they should receive 100% on their test. Those who do not pay attention and do not fill out a study...

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PSII Thurs-Fri March 26-27

Posted by agracemartin on April 25, 2015 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Thursday March 26, 2015

Today was a special event day with shorter classes. The Science 14s were taught 7.4 and then had time to create study guides to bring into their test tomorrow. The special event was prom speeches, which was occasionally boring but I hope that it helped school spirit. I confiscated two orange floor hockey balls from high school students in the stands who were playing with them and dropped them loudly. The 9As took a few minutes to settle, and then we did ou...

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PSII Tues March 24-Wed March 25, 2015

Posted by agracemartin on April 25, 2015 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

I felt very bad about the class I had with the Science 14s this Tuesday. Simple machines including levers, pulleys, and wheel and axle tools were clearly a boring topic for the Science 14s. Two girls at the back worked together on their assignment, and I am quite happy with them doing so, but their talking interrupted my instruction and distracted the other students. I’m weighing the “hill I would die on,” because I am not willing to pick a fight with a student, especially w...

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PSII Monday March 23, 2015

Posted by agracemartin on April 25, 2015 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Today I tested the Science 14 and 10-4 students on their Chapter 6 content. One of my female students was very stubborn about writing tests on Mondays. I told her that my intention was to test them Friday, but there was no school on that day. She proceeded to make noise, sit sideways in her desk, and talk about how her hands smelled of celery. I attempted to manage her noise, but then noticed that a different student was sitting sideways. I decided not to tell that student to turn around beca...

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PSII Wed March 18-Fri 20th, 2015

Posted by agracemartin on April 25, 2015 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

On Wednesday we had a firefighter guest speaker come in during Science 14 to talk about protecting against dangerous heat transfer. The students LOVED it! There was a lot of very interesting information presented and the students were very excited about trying on the articles of protective gear. They especially liked the gas mask, which projected air pressure and vitals information onto the mask like the Iron Man helmet. The students we engaged for ...

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PSII Monday and Tuesday March 16-17, 2015

Posted by agracemartin on April 25, 2015 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

On Monday I tested the Science 14 and 10-4 students on their Chapter 5 content of heat and heat transfer technologies. After their test I introduced 6.1 absorbing and losing heat. We performed a lab in which we heated the same amount of cooking oil, vinegar, and water. We determined that cooking oil got the hottest because it has the lowest specific heat capacity. I found this lab very useful in explaining the concept that water can absorb a lot of heat. I was also reminded of the importance ...

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