THAT IS FUN AND
RESULTS IN PROGRESS
I am a BC certified teacher that has been teaching in various settings in British Columbia and overseas. I am an elementary teacher, but often teach middle school and high school students. As you will see, my specialties are science and technology. As an experienced primary teacher, I have always focused on the fundamentals of reading, writing and math.
All subject areas
I offer online support for home learners, students attending public and independent schools, unschoolers, world schoolers and students learning to speak English as a second language. My main focus is to make the topic interesting and relevant.
What does it mean to learn in VR?
Learning in virtual reality is a complete paradigm shift in education. It doesn't mean sitting in a virtual classroom learning subtraction from a teacher's avatar in front of a virtual white board. Imagine instead learning about science by virtually snorkeling the great barrier reef or experiencing zero-g by doing missions in the International Space Stations. Typically my VR instruction focuses on 3D modelling and game design as these are skills that are part of the BC curriculum, but are neglected by most teachers.
SCIENCE HAS ALWAYS BEEN A PASSION
I have always been fascinated by science and even as a young boy I used to spend summer days catching butterflies and building/testing rockets. My passion for science led me to spend 30 years developing science shows, workshops, curriculum and exciting hands-on science lessons.
INNOVATIVE TEACHING METHODS
I truly believe that every student should learn coding. We live in a world in which most devices run on code. Developing computational thinking skills benefits us on many levels.
"EVERYONE SHOULD LEARN TO PROGRAM A COMPUTER BECAUSE IT TEACHES YOU HOW TO THINK." - STEVE JOBS
My teaching experience includes over four years of overseas assignments in Cairo, Egypt, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Mexico and Prague, Czech Republic. I also currently have students on four continents.
"THE WORLD IS A BOOK AND THOSE WHO DO NOT TRAVEL READ ONLY ONE PAGE."
- ST. AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO
The most important goal in teaching is to make the lesson or concept come to life. Although it's not practical to gamify every concept and skill, doing so when possible helps students want to learn. Students who can't wait to achieve the goal are students who are primed to learn.
"GAMIFICATION IS DESIGN THAT PLACES EMPHASIS ON THE HUMAN MOTIVATION IN THE PROCESS. IN ESSENCE, IT IS HUMAN-FOCUSED DESIGN."
- YU KAI CHOU
As a teacher, I make jokes and encourage my students to do so. It may seem strange to consider humour an innovation, but humour in teaching reduces students' stress and tensions. It fosters a positive environment and helps to build rapport. Humour activates the brain's dopamine reward system. This helps both motivation and long-term memory retention.
"A WELL-DEVELOPED SENSE OF HUMOUR IS THE POLE THAT ADDS BALANCE TO YOUR STEPS AS YOU WALK THE TIGHTROPE OF LIFE." - WILLIAM ARTHUR WARD
I strive to make online learning as exciting as being released from school to the playground, but I don't always succeed. Children need to spend time outside too. As long as they are online to learn though, it can be fun.
WHAT DO I NEED FOR ONLINE LEARNING?
I recommend a laptop or desktop computer, a webcam, and a fast wifi network. If your child will be learning in virtual reality, an Oculus Quest headset is the simplest solution.
WHAT MY STUDENTS AND THEIR PARENTS THINK
“I have been studying Science with Glenn for one year. Glenn is the best teacher in science that you can find. He is very knowledgeable, professional, and most importantly, teaches science in a fun and interesting way. I am always looking forward to the next class.“
SHENRU H, 13 YEARS OLD
"Thank you so much for teaching my kids and helping them in writing, reading, mathematics, science and also developing a real enthusiasm for learning. As a parent, I greatly appreciate your creativity in teaching. Thank you for energizing my daughter about learning. My husband and I have noticed that you have helped them to increase self-confidence about their ability to learn and understand new concepts and achieve higher grades in all their classes across the board. Thanks for being an awesome teacher.
"Glenn has taught my 6-year-old daughter how to program simple games using Scratch. Glenn has always shown a willingness to modify his teaching method based on the needs of my daughters and their personalities, without any “ego” on his part regarding preferred teaching styles. My children agree that Glenn was their favorite teacher"
"Glenn is able to connect with our children who have unique and sometimes difficult personalities. He is flexible and adapts to their educational needs. Glenn makes learning fun and has helped them learn a diverse range of subjects."