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Hi everyone! A couple of weeks ago, I took a new risk and decided to buy my own domain name and transfer my blog over! If you’ve subscribed to this blog and would like to continue receiving notifications when I post, please head over to my new site and sign up there! http://www.annickrauch.ca Thanks for…

Building SO Much More Than a 3D Community

About a month ago, I posed this big question to my students: “Qu’est-ce qu’une bonne communauté?” (or “What makes a good community?”). Discussions and research in form of reading books followed to determine what in fact was a community. We then took several walks, taking pictures of our surroundings while noticing what details were included…

How Can I Help?

This past weekend, my family and I went camping. As most May long weekends, the weather wasn’t fantastic. Thankfully, we enjoyed a day and a half of good weather before it turned really cold and rainy. We woke up Sunday morning to rain, and the forecast wasn’t looking any better, so after breakfast and a few…

Guilty As Charged!

Here’s a blog post that I started writing a month ago, and never got around to finishing. It’s very interesting to me how my perspective has shifted in that time. Here is what I wrote a month ago: A couple of weeks ago, I read this fantastic blog post by Matthew Arend: 36 Days &…

Creating Something Amazing #SageCreekLRSD

The newly hired staff of École Sage Creek School has been given an opportunity that not many educators have in their lifetime: we are starting a brand new school from scratch. Along with this very exciting task comes many unknowns, many challenges and many uncertainties. The group has now met on three separate occasions in…

PEOPLE Make You Better

Here it is… my first vlog! Thanks for pushing me to take this risk, Brian Aspinall and Nycol Didcote! I have so many “ed heros”, but they aren’t all big names. Anyone who is adding to my life in a positive way, who pushes my thinking and supports me, is in one way, shape, or…

Our #CanConnectEd Treasure Chest

This blog post is co-written by best friends, Nycol Didcote and Annick Rauch after attending Connect 2017 in Niagara Falls. At the beginning of the school year, we were searching for a conference to attend which would be worthwhile… so, we decided to ask for advice from someone who knows his way around conferences: George…

You Are Never Alone

Four and a half years ago, I was pregnant with my second son. Through social media, I found a group of women who were all also expecting in December 2012. I think that this is the moment in time that I realized just how powerful social media could be. Throughout my pregnancy and the first…

Takeaways & Lingering Thoughts

George Couros… he’s had quite the impact on my career in just a few short months. I only picked up his book, The Innovator’s Mindset, in September in order to participate in the first round of #IMMOOC, and I’ve been hooked ever since. Last week, I had the absolute pleasure of hearing him speak and working…

Growing Pains

When you know better, you do better… right? I would be inclined to agree with this statement most of the time, but not all of the time. Here’s why: this school year, I feel as though it’s been my biggest year of professional growth thus far in my career, but I am not always able…

Is Perfection Paralyzing You?

Imagine for a second that babies and toddlers were constantly paralyzed by the barrier of perfection, just as many adults are. Their thought process may look something like this: I better not roll over, because I have yet to learn how to sit. I better not sit, because I have yet to learn how to…

The Power of Blogging for Professional Development #IMMOOC

We are taking part in the Innovator’s Mindset Collaborative blog challenge.  This post is co-written by Annick Rauch and Katie Martin. If we told you that blogging could be one of the most powerful tools for professional development, would you believe us? I (Katie) started blogging after a less than gentle nudge from George to…