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About Us

Moving BEYOND classroom walls ... no longer learning ABOUT the world ... learning WITH the world!

Moving BEYOND classroom walls … no longer learning ABOUT the world … learning WITH the world!

Breaking through the classroom walls!

I am a “lerd”.  You may be thinking to yourself, “What in the WORLD is a LERD?” Well … it is the affectionate label my husband has given to me. “Learning Nerd” is what it technically stands for, and although I have always thought of myself as a life long learner, LERD is somehow more appropriate. My name is Laurie Renton. I have taught elementary school for 30 years, and cannot imagine a better or more rewarding profession. After all, what BETTER place exists for continued life long learning, being continually inspired, for asking questions, and for being able to say “I don’t know … let’s find out!” Technology, teaching and learning float my boat. I LOVE the journey.

I have SO much gratitude for the seeds that our “one time only” Peruvian Video Conference with Tim planted. Not only did it ignite a passionate fire for our students, turning them into “change makers”, it helped us all to discover the power of blogging – sharing, learning and growing with a global audience.

I feel blessed to be able to say that this blog, which began as a pilot project for the 2011 – 2012 school year, up and running with students in February 2012, has been granted permission to continue for the 2017 – 2018 school year! I can not wait to see where our new Grade Three Bloggers take us!

Laurie πŸ™‚

September 2011 – June 2012:

Embracing an Amazing Journey

My name is Tannis Emann and until June 2011 I was a Technology Learning Leader at our school. This school year I am on a professional leave to be a student again. I am a grad student at the University of Saskatchewan (learning online from my home in Calgary) working on my Master’s in Education in Educational Technology and Design. As teachers involved in the Peru Project, Laurie and I saw the power of creating deep connections beyond the walls of our classroom. We witnessed the change in our students’ engagement level in the curriculum. The project also ignited a genuine passion in our students to bring about a positive change in the world. As we planned for this school year we knew we could not let this project fade away. There is so much more to this journey and we know we want to build on what we accomplished last year. We embark on the second year of the Peru Project with a desire to expand the technology embedded in this work, a deeper understanding as educators about global citizenship, and a continued passion for the richness of this learning experience. (tme)

9 Responses to About Us

  1. Miss K. Tripp

    Laurie, it was fantastic to chat with you on Twitter! I have been trying to make some Peru Twitter connections for the last couple months, but didn’t seem to get anywhere till tonight πŸ™‚ How ever our paths can connect and collaborate whether through Skype, blogging, or some other fascinating technology tool, I’m excited about the possibilities of helping my trip to Peru become a springboard for bigger and greater learning experiences in my life and the lives of my students for years to come! I’ll be in touch πŸ™‚

    • Laurie Renton

      It was SO much fun chatting with you too! I told my Grade Three students about your journey this summer and they were SO thrilled about the possibility of Skyping with you once you are settled in Peru! Talk about serendipity – it was PERFECT timing for BOTH of us! We all hope that your medical mission is an AMAZING experience in Peru and we look forward to watching your blog for the photos of your journey! We will look forward to our new found connection! πŸ™‚

  2. sophie

    Hi Global Grade Threes!
    I was in Miss Renton’s class last year. I really like the blog this year and I REALLY like the posts too.Have fun!!!

    • Laurie Renton

      Hi Sophie!

      Thank you so much for taking the time to check in on the blog! I am THRILLED to see that you are STILL checking back, even though you are now in grade FOUR! We are having a LOT of fun with the blog … just like we did together LAST year!

      Keep checking in … we TRY to get a new post done EACH week!

      Mrs. Renton πŸ™‚

  3. Mariana Aldave

    I’m writing on behalf of Rubicon Publishing Inc. We are an educational publisher based out of in Oakville, Ontario. As part of our Learning Through Literacy program, Rubicon Publishing Inc. publishes various series of educational books aimed at reluctant readers. We are currently developing a series of textbooks for grades 4 through 10. At
    present, we are working on grades 6, 7, and 8. The series is entitled Interface.

    We would like to inquire about obtaining permission to reprint a few blogs from This is the particular posting that we would like, but we would need permission to choose just a few of the entries since it’s too long. We wouldn’t change anything other than editing for length. We would like to include the excerpts in our grade 4 Interface anthology as a part of the unit β€œGrowing Up.”

    If you do not hold copyright, please advise whom we should contact.

    We sincerely hope that you will be a part of this project. Please contact us at your earliest convenience.


    Mariana Aldave
    Permissions Editor
    Rubicon Publishing Inc.
    281 Wyecroft Rd.
    Oakville, Ontario, L6K 2H2
    T (905) 849-8777 ext.8856
    F (905) 849-7579

    • Laurie Renton

      Hi Mariana!

      What a LOVELY surprise to wake up to this morning! I’m certain my students will be VERY excited to hear that their writing may be published to help others discover a love for reading … and MAYBE even WRITING!

      I am currently in contact with my Director of Innovation & Learning Technology to see what permissions we would require in order to publish some of my students’ quotes from this blog post:

      As soon as I have a confirmation as to the permissions required, I will be in touch by email.

      Thank you so much for offering this opportunity to the Battalion Hawk Bloggers. They’ve worked SO hard this year and I KNOW it would thrill them to know that their work could inspire others!

      Laurie πŸ™‚

  4. Rebecca Saunders

    Hey Mrs. Renton’s grade 3 class!!
    I thought I would check in to see what you guys have been up to. It looks like you have had so many AMAZING opportunities this year such as learning about different countries around the world, as well as learning about their culture and traditions. I miss all of you and I promise I’ll come visit as soon as I can!

    Thank you guys for giving me one of the most fulfilling experiences I have ever had! Everyday I would leave your class with tons of hilarious stories and a smile on my face! Remember to enjoy grade 3 and just have fun!!

    – your favorite Ernest Manning mentor

    • The Blogging Hawks

      Hi Rebecca!

      Thank you SO much for the lovely, amazing comment! We are SO sorry that it took us SO long to reply to you! Our blog was shut down for over a month! We were worried that we would NEVER see our blog again! We were lucky, though, because we had two AMAZING tech people who brought our blog back! Phew!

      We all LOVED spending time with you, Rebecca, and we would love having you back in our classroom, sometime, when it works for you! Have you been enjoying Grade Ten? What’s been your FAVOURITE part of Grade Ten? We wonder what you’ve been learning about since we last saw you!

      <3 The Blogging Hawks πŸ˜‰

  5. Jamie

    Hi class of 2016-17

    I am in grade 4 and I was in Mrs Renton’s class last year. Mrs Renton is my favorite. My name is Jamie. I have looked at your blog many times and it lookes like the year is running smoothly!!! I hope you are having fun BPS bloggers.



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