Author: Kimberly Kipp

My name is Kim, but I go by many nicknames - Kippster, Kippy, Charlie (random, I know) - basically anything EXCEPT Kimmy (please). My pronouns are she/her and I am honoured to live on Treaty 6 land. In the last 13 years, I have taught every grade from 1-12, and for the past 2.5 years, I have been the K-7 Online Learning Support Teacher (OLST) for the Light of Christ School Division. RANDOM FACTS ABOUT ME: 1. My family consists of a husband, son, daughter, a friendly polar bear/Great Pyrenees named Tank, and a small mountain lion/common house cat named Arfield Jigglesworth (AJ). 2. This is actually an info dump, but I am super passionate about: creative writing, reading (largely fiction and personal growth), learning, hiking, travelling, my family, mental health, and environmental/social justice. 3. I have travelled to over 60 countries now, and (when able) I can't wait to return to exploring this beautiful world with my family. CLIFTON TOP FIVE STRENGTHS: Empathy 🤗 Connectedness 💞 Input 👩‍💻 Strategic 📊 Context 🕰

Summary of Learning: Kipp’s Masterpiece Theatre Presents: Cato’s Journey

Okay, “masterpiece” is an epic exaggeration, but I thoroughly enjoyed creating this ebook using Bookcreator.com (highly recommend using it with students, too). Cato’s fantastical learning journey – with an easily identifiable (but unnamed) philosophical guide –  mirrors my key learnings from this semester.  Thank you, Dr. Katia and classmates, for the discussions, blogs, research, and…

By Kimberly Kipp December 4, 2022 Off

Leaping Over Coding Gatekeepers and Other Hurdles

In Retrospect In a decade, my coding identity has run the gamut from disinterested secondary English teacher to invested facilitator. Cue flashback (because Xennials love saying “back in my day”)… Picture it: Wilkie, SK (middle of agricultural nowhere); the year is 2012. “Coding” is about to enter my lexicon. I teach Grade 8/9 English with…

By Kimberly Kipp November 26, 2022 Off

Pear Deck: Test-Driven by a Fangirl

Will reiterating my love for Pear Deck sound like a broken record? I had nearly forgotten this love when Tuesday’s class reignited the spark. Kudos to Group 5!  In my previous life as an Online Learning Consultant, I completed the Pear Deck Institute training to guide divisional implementation in the classroom and online. It was…

By Kimberly Kipp November 5, 2022 Off

The Bluebird of Doom’s Social Dilemma

The year is 1999 and I am a digitally naïve 16-year-old about to experience my first web-based dopamine hit. My friend has dial-up on his family’s computer, we’re having a sleepover, and he introduces me to the uncensored, anonymous world of Java chat rooms. Anything goes. Anything can be said. Everything is said. Who’s to…

By Kimberly Kipp October 29, 2022 Off

O Online Learning, Parting Was NOT Sweet Sorrow

This week’s topic – tools for distance and online learning – strikes a personal cord. Memories of my last 2.5 years as an online learning consultant cause an odd mixture of melancholy, anxiety, aversion, and pride to roll through my chest. Anyone in education over the last 3 years might feel a similar twinge. Love…

By Kimberly Kipp October 22, 2022 Off

Several Fallacies and the Sesame Street Scapegoat

“We now know that ‘Sesame Street’ encourages children to love school only if school is like ‘Sesame Street.’ Which is to say, we now know that “Sesame Street” undermines what the traditional idea of schooling represents.” American author, educator, and cultural critic, Neil Postman leaves a wealth of ideas and questions to unpack in his…

By Kimberly Kipp October 7, 2022 Off