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Designing Learning Experiences: Start with the Student and Co-Create

Designing Learning Experiences: Start with the Student and Co-Create | Notable News and Insights | Scoop.it
Students are more likely to engage with a unit of study they've co-created. Matt Levinson suggests an eight-step example for how the history classroom.

Via Beth Dichter
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Designing anything is only worthy if the "end user" has input.  This is a brilliant adaptation of that design philosophy.  And how can you resist the power in the eyes of this little girl?!

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How can we get students more engaged in units of study? What if we design our class so that they have ownership from the beginning of the unit? This post explores this issue, and although the focus is on social studies you could use the same steps in other curricular areas. What are the steps?

1. "Partner students and have them do a speed search on the topic." What can they find in 12 - 15 minutes? Let them generate a list of interest.

2. "Decision by debate." Change partners. Allow them 3 minutes to discuss and rank the topics by interest.

3. "Main characters." Switch partners again. In history you might be looking at key individuals, or key battles in a conflict.

There are five more steps that will help students learn to collaborate, analyze perspectives, co-create with you (as the teacher your job is to  make sure that all key areas are covered and help create the framework as well as providing additional input where necessary), and more.

This type of process allows the students to be engaged and have their voices heard from the beginning....a win-win situation in the classroom.

Anne Pascucci, MPA, CRA's curator insight, June 26, 2014 10:29 AM

Great work~

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NEW for 2016 - “My Plans”

NEW for 2016 - “My Plans” | Notable News and Insights | Scoop.it

Heather has mastered the art of pricing, buying, and selling of real estate, but it is the consulting services that set her apart. These new programs are an example of how she advises and partners with her clients and their family to navigate next steps. CLICK THRU PICTURE TO SEE OVERVIEW AND LINKS TO EACH PROGRAM.

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Of particular note, the very special My Stay at Home Plan designed to help the quite senior, and very committed, homeowner plus solve some of the family's concerns.  Please help spread the word as this is one of my most successful programs!

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Sherwin-Williams PaintPerks™

Sherwin-Williams PaintPerks™ | Notable News and Insights | Scoop.it
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I love the inspiration and their opening title...GO FROM 'MEH' TO Magnificent!  Great tips too I thought - so simple and although my one reno skill is painting I never thought of the paint/colour and switch face plate collaboration. ;-)

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Tourists surge into Canada with low dollar

Tourists surge into Canada with low dollar | Notable News and Insights | Scoop.it
From British Columbia to Montreal, the low Canadian dollar is proving a boon to the tourism sector.
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There is almost always a positive counter balance.  With the perceived bad, comes good.  Lots of follow through articles embedded in this article.

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GOLF and PLAY TENNIS YEAR AROUND NEAR WHITE ROCK, BC

GOLF and PLAY TENNIS YEAR AROUND NEAR WHITE ROCK, BC | Notable News and Insights | Scoop.it
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No where to recent memory have I seen such a bargain for a great lifestyle opportunity.  Calling all golfers, tennis players, and boaters!

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Great Family Home $765,000 in Clarkson, Mississauga by Heather MacDonald

http://homesite.obeo.com/viewer/default.aspx?tourid=958392&refURL=youtube.com Contact: Heather MacDonald Keller Williams Realty Solutions, Brokerage 905-278-...
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If you saw this home before - you NEED to see it now!  Just back on market with changes your clients will appreciate.


Realtor Open House Thursday Dec 18th 10 am - 1 pm.

Public Open Saturday and Sunday 2-4


Know someone who would like a private showing?  I'm only a phone call away.  416-305-6159

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CO Detectors Mandatory OCT 2014

CO Detectors Mandatory OCT 2014 | Notable News and Insights | Scoop.it
Carbon monoxide detectors are now mandatory in homes with a fuel burning appliance or an attached garage.
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You can not smell it - You need to install devices and maintain your fuel burning appliances.


I grabbed this article from CTV Barrie because they have a good VIDEO PRESENTATION.


Quick Notes;

install detection devices in service rooms (like furnace) and outside all sleeping areas.


Have licensed inspectors check all fuel burning units (gas fireplace, furnace, etc) to ensure working order to prevent CO leaks.


Maintain detectors by replacing batteries or the units themselves as they age.


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I just wrote an article in my print newsletter about huge energy savings for one homeowner I know because he installed Low-E coated, argon gas filled, double glazed windows.  So I was researching current grants for energy efficient upgrades - voila! - here is one for your furnace and air conditioner.  Up to $650 in grants and of course real energy savings if you are replacing old units.

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Oh! CANADA! - eh?

Oh! CANADA! - eh? | Notable News and Insights | Scoop.it
Whoever says we Canadians don’t have pride of country doesn’t know what they’re talking about.  We’re not loud, but we’re proud! Like many of us, I tend to grumble about winter weather when I know ...
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This article is written by a writer I've just discovered. I really like her work - this article is fun and the pictures she chose are awesome.

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KWRS RED DAY 2014 - YouTube

Share your videos with friends, family and the world
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Experience the energy and excitement of community spirit from me and my colleagues on May 8th when together we made a positive difference in a few lives.

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Designing Learning Experiences: Start with the Student and Co-Create

Designing Learning Experiences: Start with the Student and Co-Create | Notable News and Insights | Scoop.it
Students are more likely to engage with a unit of study they've co-created. Matt Levinson suggests an eight-step example for how the history classroom.

Via Beth Dichter
Heather MacDonald's insight:

Designing anything is only worthy if the "end user" has input.  This is a brilliant adaptation of that design philosophy.  And how can you resist the power in the eyes of this little girl?!

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 25, 2014 7:46 PM

How can we get students more engaged in units of study? What if we design our class so that they have ownership from the beginning of the unit? This post explores this issue, and although the focus is on social studies you could use the same steps in other curricular areas. What are the steps?

1. "Partner students and have them do a speed search on the topic." What can they find in 12 - 15 minutes? Let them generate a list of interest.

2. "Decision by debate." Change partners. Allow them 3 minutes to discuss and rank the topics by interest.

3. "Main characters." Switch partners again. In history you might be looking at key individuals, or key battles in a conflict.

There are five more steps that will help students learn to collaborate, analyze perspectives, co-create with you (as the teacher your job is to  make sure that all key areas are covered and help create the framework as well as providing additional input where necessary), and more.

This type of process allows the students to be engaged and have their voices heard from the beginning....a win-win situation in the classroom.

Anne Pascucci, MPA, CRA's curator insight, June 26, 2014 10:29 AM

Great work~

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"...hear me before you see me". Awarding winning leader seeks role in Ward 6

"...hear me before you see me".  Awarding winning leader seeks role in Ward 6 | Notable News and Insights | Scoop.it
Blog: My Back Pages by John Stewart
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Rabia Khedr who has inspired so many with her intellect, humour, and leadership capabilities has set her sights on a new challenge.


This is an inspiring story in itself of municipal change in leadership for Mississauga.  As a grass roots candidate she challenges conventional wisdom on novice campaigners.  But I think she is well schooled in challenging and tweaking conventional wisdom.


One of her most significant statements in this article that illuminates such a remarkable person is a comment on herself...


"All those identity markers make me a whole person". "I want you to hear me before you see me".  And as she comments in this article, diverse experiences and identity markers add value to discourse.


To me she is a very impressive candidate.

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"Expression of Interest" - Canada's proposed immigrant application system

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Updated: On December 10, 2013, hireimmigrants.ca hosted a webinar on the proposed Expression of Interest model. Questions #1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 and 10 in this article have been updated to reflect new information from this webinar.
Heather MacDonald's insight:

As details unfold we'll understand more.  Speeding up the application process is laudable, but how the government communicates selection decisions at this early stage of the process to our applicants will be important.  No one simply wants to be "purged" without understanding why.  I look forward to hearing more and will follow for you and re-post.

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Why Monk Mode Is The Secret To Insane Productivity

Why Monk Mode Is The Secret To Insane Productivity | Notable News and Insights | Scoop.it
If you have a gigantic project and a ton of people wanting your time how do you satisfy both? By slipping into monk mode.
Heather MacDonald's insight:

I've always found this to be invaluable, and when coaching others referred to it as "going to the mountain".  It meant isolating yourself from others which supports your ability to think clearly, seeing the big picture, and ultimately solutions where required - or innovations - they are the best!


This can be done in many ways, and in fact does not have to directed - some of my best ah ha moments come during a long work out.  And without a doubt for me, I am at my best if I do my big early morning workouts without fail. ;-)

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Market Watch - December 2015 - YouTube

"Serving Greater Toronto REALTORS®"
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While we wait for Community Reports for Q4 2015 this is a good video overview of the year...albeit a little dry in presentation it is full of accurately compiled information TREB has collected for us from MLS activity.  I will include the Q4 2015 Community Report information in the next newsletter.  The actual report should be received in by first week in February so let me know if you want to see results before we get to my next newsletter.

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Project requiring no down payment no slam dunk

Project requiring no down payment no slam dunk | Notable News and Insights | Scoop.it
Not so fast: the “no down payment” condo project being reported has not yet been given the go-ahead by CMHC, according to the Crown Corporation
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While I applaud innovation in home ownership, it always pays to do your homework.  Don't believe everything you read, until you also check out the source.  Especially in mortgage financing words get misconstrued and easily misrepresented just because both lenders and lender options are so varied.  

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Bank of Canada announcement

Bank of Canada announcement | Notable News and Insights | Scoop.it
The central bank reveals its rate decision
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Target overnight rate stays at 1/2%.  This article seems to be a well balanced economic summary of key factors.  In doing so, telling us the world is not coming to an end any time soon.  In fact, future growth and current inflationary pressures look well balanced.

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Relocating? Boutique Condo for Lease

Relocating?      Boutique Condo for Lease | Notable News and Insights | Scoop.it
Unique secure condominium building nestled in the arms of the Sugar Bush conservation area at McLaughlin Road and Bristol Road West in Mississauga.  2 Bedroom and 2 Bathrooms including the Master ensuite.

Well suited for people newly relocated, or traveling to the area regularly on business.  This apartment and building...
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Exclusive Listing - Cooperating fully with other brokerages with thanks. This is an excellent landing spot for a relocating professional and small family.  Contact Heather for more information directly at 416-305-6159 or heather@heathermac.ca

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Exclusive Llisting - Cooperating fully with other brokerages with thanks. Contact Heather for more information 416-305-6159 or heather@heathermac.ca

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Tuckpointing 101 - YouTube

Tuckpointing is one of those home renovations a lot of people haven't heard of until they need it completed on their house. This video covers a) The signs yo...
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Great informative video on maintaining brick work on your home. He does a good job on outlining the issues, the work process, and more importantly the choice of contractor process.

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CLP Sports seeks new owner

CLP Sports seeks new owner | Notable News and Insights | Scoop.it
MISSISSAUGA — Wanted: A new business owner to carry a 42-year-old Clarkson/Lorne Park retail icon forward for the next generation of developing athletes.
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Buy a piece of Clarkson & Lorne Park sport history!

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42 Years – Passing the Baton

42 Years – Passing the Baton | Notable News and Insights | Scoop.it

FOR SALE to those with passion!

Be part of the CLP SPORTS (Clarkson Mississauga) legacy of unparalleled service to local athletes of all ages and levels.

After 42 years in the Clarkson Village location, it's time for the management team to pass the baton to a new owner.  Maybe that is...

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What a privilege to work for these guys.  Together we will put a new owner in place for this long standing icon of Clarkson sport retail history.


If they could they would - but everyone should retire sometime so these owners are on the hunt for the new generation business owner - he or she who can execute on the future of this business which is there for the making. 

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Just 1BlockUp - Your Neighbourhood; Your World

Just 1BlockUp - Your Neighbourhood; Your World | Notable News and Insights | Scoop.it
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NEW  NEW NEW !  Mobile social network for your home, your lifestyle, and centered in your neighbourhood.


Explore what has inspired your neighbours - take their lead or be a leader yourself.  DIY projects designed for you and a sustainable world!


Watch - or better yet participate.  Share a tip about an activity you've completed, ask a question about an activity you're interested in, or write a comment about a decorating or lifestyle article.  Coming soon you'll be able to share pictures and video too!


This is just the coolest thing I've seen for our neighhourhoods - back "in the day" this might be called "keeping up with the Jone's". Heck...just meet, beat, or learn from them!


A membership in 1BlockUp is so easy, fun, and free!  Here are the benefits in a nutshell:

 - Inspire and be inspired by your neighbours

 - Discover fun projects that have a positive impact on where we live

 - Track your own sustainability and financial savings

 - Create and reinforce neighbourhood relationships

 - Free-cycle your unwanted stuff and cool cast offs (coming soon)

 - Find deals on sustainable goods and services.


Check it out for yourself!

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Windows 101 - Short Video

Windows 101 - Short Video | Notable News and Insights | Scoop.it

HomeStars has a blog area, and I thought this was a great education piece on windows.  Short and informative.

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Windows and other primary functional areas of a house attract my time and attention when I value a property for either the Buyer or the Seller.


I am most happy to promote the properties where owners have demonstrated over the years that they've maintained the integrity of the house as a whole.  This becomes win-win - as a home of pride and comfort, and as a property that will garner the better price! When a house presents as well looked after, then the risk of conflict in the selling process is greatly diminished.


Click through the image for a short and informative video about windows and window pricing.

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CMHC hikes mortgage insurance premiums

CMHC hikes mortgage insurance premiums | Notable News and Insights | Scoop.it
Canada's national housing agency has increased the cost of insuring mortgages for homebuyers who make down payments of less than 20 per cent.
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The new rates kick in for mortgages requested on or after May 1st.

This is the link to the new rate chart on CMHC website.

http://cmhc.ca/en/co/moloin/moloin_023.cfm


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Prepping for Performance Reviews – 7 Derailers

Prepping for Performance Reviews – 7 Derailers | Notable News and Insights | Scoop.it
Leadership Coaching, Talent Management and Career Training
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It's a new year - and all of us can take away something from this short article.  Persevere and always strive to improve something in your life, and that in turn will likely improve the lives of those who touch you.


I've worked with Joan in my own professional capacity, and my impression is that she'd be a value added coach to anyone in business.  She certainly keeps busy with her client roster...so that must say something! ;-)

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Jokes - Phrasing is Important

Jokes - Phrasing is Important | Notable News and Insights | Scoop.it
In writing, we often mark phrasing with punctuation. In speech, we mark phrasing with intonation and pausing. If it is not done correctly, you might be misunderstood! Take a look at the following examples: WHAT IS IT?
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This is so true for all of us!  Even more so if we are new to a country or culture.  I laugh because I remember a colleague's story:  while being entertained by Japanese businessmen at a highly liquored dinner, he stood up and announced "I kill cats".


The ladies present started to giggle quietly with heads down once they realized the humour of his error.  He was trying to express thanks to the hosts.

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