Character Profile Sheet
Character Name: Stonelord Orsik Granitebeard. “Nerd” – voice in at a distance.
Full Name: Dominic Maggiolo.
Nick Name: My students call me Mr. D.
Origin: Born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario.
Current Location: Vancouver, British Columbia.
Language(s): French and English.
- Current: I teach grades 5 & 6 at Henry Hudson Elementary in Vancouver.
- Past: Before teaching, I worked as a cartographer and researcher. I had all the bells and whistles; including up-to-date data sets, technology to run and develop maps, and the privilege of working with a small team of scientists and GIS nerds, all with the common goal of saving the environment. It was cool work, but teaching is better.
- Undergraduate: Geography/GIS – Laurentian University.
- Undergraduate: B.Ed. – University of Ottawa.
- Graduate: MET. – University of British Columbia.
- Other: I took a clown course. I can juggle and paint my face…
Friends/Allies: Good coffee, my bike hand-pump, optimal WIFI, a great support healer in role playing games and my lovely future wife.
Enemies: Capitalism, weak coffee and terrible pedagogical trends and buzzwords.
Beliefs/Religion: Science, FTW.
Dreams/Life Goals: Visit and fish in as many lakes as possible.
- I play soccer twice a week.
- A year-round cyclist.
- Amateur cook. I like making bread.
- I do orienteering, weekly.
- I hike and scramble mountains.
- My fiancé and I camp often with our dog.
- I play a lot of video games and role playing games.
What’s it like in my class: My class and I run a pretty impressive school garden. Currently we are at 3 beds producing vegetables, 70 + pots of potatoes and 4 pollinator gardens. I hope to continue growing this in the future. I tend to run my classroom like an alternative classroom and have seen nothing but positive results and good feedback from students and parents. I have 3 couches and a bunch of alternative seating, NO desks. We learn in different ways and challenge them to be different in how they want to learn. It’s a good space.
Other: I’m looking forward to this course, not only because it is NOT on Blackboard (lame) but because it SEEMS to want to be innovative in some way, which is exciting. This is my 7th course. I’m getting married this summer so I’ll most likely be trying my best to get stuff done ahead of time. Professionally and academically I’m mostly interested in cybercultures, games theory and critical digital pedagogy.
Pretty much everything + more that I said here is on one of these avenues. Feel free to connect.
Twitter: @tchrdom (feel free to connect)