Beyond Hello: Ignite Your Passion for Discovery

Cross posted on The DEN blogs

It’s been a great privilege of mine to organize and host severaleveningsacross Canada called “Ignite Your Passion for Discovery”. These evenings are held in a local watering hole and feature passionate educators from the Discovery Educator Network and beyond sharing a story of passion be it in their professional or personal lives. These 5 minute talks take a great deal of work to develop and while short in duration, impact folks for long after the event.

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This past week we hosted one in Vancouver and once again I was blown away. Many of the stories are of people I know well and want to use this forum to get their story heard by a broader audience. This time I had a few stories that I was not familiar with at all. To be honest, I was a bit nervous with the unknown but in each case was so glad they were able to share.

This story in particular has continued to challenge me. Kristi Blakeway is the principal at Harry Hooge Elementary School in Maple Ridge, BC. Her story is both deeply personal but also has transitioned into something she shares with her students. I’ll stop writing so you can watch.

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Dean Shareski is a Digital Learning Consultant with the Prairie South School Division in Moose Jaw, SK, Canada, specializing in the use of technology in the classroom. He lectures for the University of Regina and is the Community Manager of the Canadian DEN or Discovery Educators Network. Read more at