It takes a BIG heart to teach LITTLE minds!

Learning from Ian Landy

Everyday we learn something new. I had the pleasure to witness Ian Landy’s presentation on portfolios with a spoonful of inspiration attached to it. Ian is a Principal in Powell River and is teaching future educators like me on the world of educational technology. So, you might be wondering what I learned from the presentation? I learned that journals have a significant impact and has been used since the early days. As a child, I would write in my diary simply to let go of my emotions and eventually would dispose of the diaries. Unlike, Ian who discovered two decades ago of his father’s journal. His father highlighted important moments in his journey as an educator. Ian could envision how his father’s struggles, successes, thinking, and perspective as an educator was before he passed away. Likewise, I think it is highly important to keep track somehow, in any style about your journey because one day, the audience meaning your friends and family will look back and envision the person you came to be as an educator. And for me, maybe one day I will look at this eportfolio and reflect on who I was, what changes occurred, and who I am presently.


  1. bharkin

    I liked how you talked about how journaling can be an important tool for an educator to reflect upon their own thoughts and actions, as well as how these journals could be a way for others (perhaps your own children one day) to connect with you when you aren’t around anymore. Be careful with your tenses, I had to read some of your sentences carefully to make sure I knew what you were trying to say. Great insight!

  2. Jim Ravening

    I like your enthusiasm Gagan! I agree, it’s important for us to look back on who we were, and help us decide who we aim to become. Reflection is key for learners and teachers!

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