Who Am I?

I came into teaching five years ago, in a rather interesting way. I married my wife, who is a teacher, and spent so much time around the school, other teachers and students, that I felt compelled to become a teacher myself. I was drawn to the students’ curiosity for learning, something I feel I still…

Collaborations

I strongly believe that cross-curriculum collaborations enhance student learning. I have collaborated with HS Visual Art students, teaching them how to use Design Technology to make their installation and sculptural ideas come to fruition.       I have also collaborated with Grade 3 students in their “Dream Time” unit. In this unit, students were…

Supporting Colleagues

I believe that in order for us to all succeed, we should support each other in any way we can. By working as a team we can better serve our students. I 3-D printed models of proteins for the HS Science department to use as teaching aids in a Biology unit.   I constructed planters…

Math and Design

In teaching a Math Studies class to Grades 11 and 12, I chose to have a practical exercise to Geometry. Students were challenged to design and construct birdhouses using as many regular geometric shapes as possible. I collaborated with the Design Technology department. Students were given a sheet of plywood 1 meter x 1 meter…

“Wild Thing”

This is the first unit for Grade 9 students. They are introduced to many new tools and processes that they will need for future Grade 9 Design projects. This includes 3-D printing, Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Laser Cutting. Additionally, they learn to use more advanced tools such as the Band Saw, Fret Saw and…

“I Had The Time Of My Life”

In this unit, Grade 9 students research designers and artists, then create a clock. As an opportunity for differentiation, the students get to choose which artist or designer will inspire their design. The overall premise being the clock would be sold in the gift shop of an Art and Design Museum. To add an elements…

“Domo Arigoto (Mr. Roboto)”

This Grade 9 unit is the first experience for most students, with programmable electronics. Students learn about physical computing systems. They learn to read basic C++ code and understand electronic circuits and the functions of sensors. Initially ten classes are devoted to hands on research (ie building circuits). Students are then placed in teams of…

“Spice Of Life”

The Spice of Life unit introduces students to food design and culinary skills.  This is a flexible unit.  At times I have focused on dietary needs, enlisting teachers with dietary restrictions as clients.  At other times the focus has been on food presentation or the creation of healthy snacks. The overall objective it that students…

“You Light Up My Life”

To begin Grade 10, students undertake a full Design Cycle project combining power electrical circuits and illumination.  The cultural and historical roles of illumination are emphasized as student design and create lighting devices.  Developing research skills is also a central aspect of this unit as students research different types of lighting, e.g. LED, incandescent, fluorescent,…

“I Did It My Way”

This is the final MYP Design unit for Grade 10 students.  It is a culmination of their design experience for some and the final preparation for DP Design Technology for others. “I Did It My Way” is a semester-long, full Design Cycle unit.  Students select projects of interest to them.  The only restriction, generally for…