I just finished watching a TEDx Talk video, with Joe Ruhl, that I had saved a few months back.  I honestly couldn’t remember why I had saved it till I watched it again. Joe Ruhl is inspiring. His passion for teaching is obvious and infectious. He has created a desire in me to want to be the most amazing instructor I can be.

In this video, Joe talks about inspiring his students and teaching them what he calls the 5 C’s.




Critical thinking


Four of his 5 C’s are considered essential twenty-first-century skills all children should learn. He added CHOICE to the list as a characteristic of the classroom.

Joe believes in a student centred learning approach in his classroom. He explains in this video a bit about how he uses the 5 C’s in his classroom.  At the end of the video, Joe Introduces a number 6 “C” and what he calls the most important C of all.


What are your students going to remember most from your teaching? What do you want them to remember most? Do you want them to remember that you gave challenging final exams? That you were always on time for class?

Or do you want your students to remember that you gave an extra 10 %? That you stayed late to help a struggling student or that you spent extra time creating interesting games to help your students as a review. For me my students are individuals. They each bring a little something special to my classroom. I want them to know that I see their special skills, that they don’t go unnoticed and that I truly am interested in their personal wellbeing and their families. I want to inspire them to fall in love for their new profession. To be the most amazing dental assistants they can be.

I have included a link to the TEDx Talk Video: Teaching Methods for Inspiring the Students of the Future with Joe Ruhl. It is almost 18 minutes long but I do recommend watching the full video, the last two minutes is when He really gets into inspiring your students.



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Creating an Info-Graphic



I recently had an assignment for my 3240 class, where we got to decide which project we wanted to do. Our options were an interview and an essay, creating a learning community, an Info-Graphic and Podcast or  PowerPoint and a Podcast.    I chose to do an infographic and Podcast since I had never done either project before, so I figure this would be a great learning experience.  This was defiantly an interesting project. It brought me out of my comfort zone, which is why I picked it. It was something different which is nice for a change. I wanted to try doing an Info-Graphic so I could understand what it was all about in case I want to use it as an assignment for my students. I liked using my creativity, it was a fun assignment.  I used the online site “Piktochart” to create my Info-Graphic. This site was pretty easy to figure out. It had lots of icons and graphics to choose from. Just like most sites you can access more tools if you want to sign up for the upgrade. I didn’t do the upgrade at this time since its a monthly fee and I have no future projects at the moment.

The only issue I found was that there was no spell check on the site. For the most part, I used word and transported my information over but I did add a few things directly. I would just recommend  double checking before publishing your final project.

Have fun creating!!

You can follow the link below to check out my finished project:

Create your own Info-Graphic at Piktochart website below:


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As part of my PIDP 3240 course we have multiple forum based discussions where we share links to articles and online resources. One of the resource that caught my eye was the website Kahoot. For any of you unfamiliar with the site, you can create online quizzes, surveys and discussions. They have 11.2 million public kahoots you can use if you don’t have time or don’t want to create your own. I have had no problem finding quizzes that fit in multiple topics for my certified dental assisting program. I am pretty sure with 11.2 million there is something for almost every topic out there. The hardest part is going to be figuring out which one fits your needs best.

I was so excited to have an opportunity to introduce Kahoot to my students yesterday.  I had been trying to find the perfect class to incoperate an online game/quiz. In my class I was introducing the facial and cranial bones and  I was lucky enough to find a Kahoot that covered the exact same information I was teaching.

I used a Kahoot quiz as a review of what I had taught that class. I wanted to keep it short and pretty basic, nothing overwhelming for their first time.  I decided to play the team mode vs one on one, to make it less intimidating for any struggling students and more of an overall collaborative experience. I have to say Kahoot was a hit! My students loved it! They thought it was lots of fun and the perfect way to end our class for the weekend.To top it off the other instructor in my program could hear all the laughing and asked where she could find the link.

Kahoot was also helpful to me. From the student’s results, I learned that on one question 5 out of the 7 groups answered it wrong.  This feedback shows me what area of the subject matter my students were struggling with and now I have a starting point for my next class.

I would highly recommend this website to new and experienced instructors.

Have fun! Explorer! Learn!

“If you can light the spark of curiosity in a child, they will learn without any further resistance,” Sir Ken Robinson

Wouldn’t it be great if we could light a spark under every learner in our classroom? Whether it’s an adult or a child learner, see their sense of wonder and excitement. I know I am teaching adult learners, but I think that they still need that spark of curiosity to get them motivated and engaged.  I love that my course offers students a chance to be successful in multiple types of evaluations. I feel it’s important to keep our students stimulated and inspired, so we can achieve success.  I know that we will never stop testing our students. Written evaluations are not going away anytime soon. What I do like is the idea that we are changing. That we can take a classroom full of students and know that they are going to be diverse in their on learning. That they will excel in different levels of knowledge and skills. I don’t see change happening overnight, but I believe it coming.

 “Standardized tests have a place, but they should not be the dominate culture of education. They should be diagnostic, they should help”

                                            Sir Ken Robinson


Here is a great Ted Talks with Sir Ken Robinson. I find his talks very inspirational.



More Family Time, Less Marking Time

I love assessing my student’s knowledge, but who doesn’t dread the never endng pile of  marking? Students want their marks as soon as they have completed their exams. We live in a world of instant results. We order coffee and breakfast on an app before we leave the house. We have become accustomed to not waiting for anything, especially important results like our evaluations or assignment marks.

In my new course on media enhanced learning, we are sharing resources to use in the classroom. My favourite so far would have to be the pairing of google forms + flubaroo. I feel like google forms might be old news to lots of people but since it’s new to me I feel I need to share it just in case it’s new to someone else! You can create lots of different documents including worksheets and quizzes in google forms. It gives you step by step instructions. You even get options on answers styles, multiple choice or short answers.

I also included a link to flubaroo. Which you can add to google forms to make your marking even easier! I know as an instructor, marking is so time consuming. I am all for time-saving ideas so that’s why these two are a great addition to my teaching portfolio.  I am so excited to start updating some of the current evaluation in my course and maybe creating a few of my own with the new resources I am discovering.

I hope you find these links as helpful as I have.

Unprofessional Behaviour


For anyone that works with the public I feel being profession is an important part of the job. In the health care industry it is a necessity not an option! When you are working in a patient’s personal space and they are frightened and anxious, the last thing they need is an unprofessional Certified Dental Assistant.

We rate professionalism pretty high in our program since we understand its importance in our profession. Our students complete assignments on professionalism that are threaded throughout all of our courses. We also have our students do self-assessments, as well as instructor’s assessments and it is included on all of our final clinical evaluations.

I recently read this article, “Students Who Are Chronically Late to Class” by Bonnie Snyder. This article addresses an unprofessional behaviour I feel all instructors can relate to! There always seems to be that one student that cannot, and will not arrive to class on time. I have heard the list of similar excuses Snyder (2011), discusses in her article, my child care was late, I had to work, or my alarm didn’t go off. I have to agree with Snyder (2011) when she says:

Habitual lateness to class, much like when friends or family members habitually arrive late for social gatherings and usually infuriate us because of their thoughtlessness, is typically a sign of devaluation of and contempt for instructors and other students who have arrived to class punctually. Even more important, it is most likely a sign of devaluation and contempt for one’s own education, albeit unconscious, since the student’s habitual lateness will necessarily curtail his or her time in class and cause the student to forfeit important opportunities for learning.”

When you look at this behaviour, if continued during employment, it is disrespectful to your employer, as well as your patients. Patients are nervous and frightened, and the last thing they need is to have to wait for their appointment because their CDA can’t arrive on time to work. This is why I feel teaching our students professional behavior and critical thinking during our program is so important.

I found there was a great response, in the comment section of this article, from a professor, on how he deals with punctuality in his class.  He discusses the importance of punctuality at the first class of the course. He tells them that when the door is closed they are late, no excuses. He starts the class by making a few notes on the board, sets up his power points and has a small discussion with the class, leaving an extra 3 mins for his students to arrive before closing the door. I think this is a fair response and feel the need to incorporate something similar in to affect in my classroom.

With our clinical classroom there is no excuse for students to be late. Students have an extra 15 mins from when they are supposed to arrive before we have our morning meetings. During that 15 mins students are to get their uniforms on, then start to do morning jobs before we go over what is on the agenda for the day. Still we have students that show up during our meeting, interrupting our meeting to walk through to get their uniforms on.  This is reflected in their professionalism mark but I feel sometimes that isn’t always enough encouragement to change their behavior.

You can follow this link to the Bonnie Snyder’s article posted on Faculty Focus:


Snyder, B. (2011, April 29). Students Who Are Chronically Late to Class. Faculty Focus.

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