The Hunger Games: A Christian Perspective Part 1

I had already seen the movie… and HATED it. I remember leaving the movie theatre disappointed in the lack of character depth and over cheesiness of the film. That said, I still went to the second Hunger Games movie, Catching Fire, and came out not hating it, but not loving it either. I am a […]

Favourite PLN tools/stratagies

Twitter, of course, and things like this MOOC. It’s hard, though, with people around like @courosa @mmesanders and @shareski to feel like you have anything to contribute. (Not that they’ve ever been anything but generous, of course!) Networks need to be multi-directional, and we all need to realize that we do have things to contribute. We (I) need to put … Continue reading →

My Brain Hurts or, Why Exposure to Too Many Ideas Causes Disjointed Writing about Digital Citizenship, with an Extra Long Title.

If you want the better stuff, skip past the paragraph that is just “-Ummmm?” Several ideas collided after the last 10 days, and the first weekish of the Digital Citizenship MOOC. Our Fearless Leader posted several questions, and they, along with some thoughts of others (and a few of my own) generated this: Week 2, Question 1: How do we … Continue reading →

Going Digital

Hello and Welcome! I would like to thank you for taking the time to read this… (if there is more than one person who reads this, I’ll assume you got lost). I’m starting this new journey to help express myself in a different digital format, other than my @MrALongstaff twitter. Other forms of digital media […]

Hello eduverse!

Welcome to my brand new ‘Middle Years Minds’ blog at Edublogs! I am a grade 6 teacher in Saskatchewan who is looking to do my best for my student colleagues.  I like tackling new challenges, pushing student’s limits, and making time enjoyable! I am a big fan of constructive criticism and live by the ‘TEAM’ […]

Another day at the dojo…

Every single time I am at karate class I reflect on the professional practice I see around me.  Granted, my job is to calm my mind and focus, but that continues to challenge me.  Many of the instructors who lead my karate class are teachers themselves, and it is clear given the nature of the … Continue reading

Professional Learning with a spin

#EdCampYQR: professional learning with a spin Back in August, Regina Public Schools saw the first ever EdCamp professional development opportunity. It was a new option for teachers in Regina Public at that time; the concept of professional development where the schedule was set the day of the event was disconcerting to many.  The event drew … Continue reading