Imagine students celebrated for their creativity, hands-on and elbows-deep in experiencing the concepts at hand. Picture teachers brimming with curiosity and ingenuity. Envision learning in classrooms that feel more like studios: Pulsing with the heartbeat of inspiration, improvisation, and innovation. This is my kind of classroom—and I bet it's your kind of classroom too. So let's work together!

responsive TEACHING for today's learners

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 so let’s pop it up!

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so let's pop it up!








Activating the art of meaning-making, wherever we are

Today's learners are wired for high-touch and high-impact learning that feels real, applicable and enjoyable. Teachers are responsible to help students build conceptual understanding and proficiency within and across subject areas.  How can we work together, towards these aims, sustainably and joyfully, especially when resources are limited? 

Meet Pop-Up Studio: a flexible, simple, tactile approach to  inquiry. Engage and empower your school community towards agency, artistry, and understanding, one playscape at a time. 

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“The classroom remains the most radical space of possibility in the academy.”

― bell hooks, Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom

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From single conference sessions to multi-day retreats, you'll experience inquiry, concept, and play-based approaches in uplifting, insightful, and practical ways.

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If your teaching dreams need strategic support, like facilitating a school-wide culture shift, a long-term partnership makes all the difference.

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Learn how to integrate concepts, inquiry, and play into your everyday teaching—using your own curiosity and ingenuity as a guide.

Tactile PD experiences that bring
HeARTfelt inquiry to life.


You want tangible + sustainable strategies that open students' hearts and minds towards beauty, joy, and meaning.  As someone who values process over product, you're happy to mess around with paints and pencils but not with your time and money. 

 With 20+ years in education, a PhD in progress, and a talent for making the ordinary extraordinary, I've learned key elements, patterns, and practices that make learning pleasurable and sticky.  That's why educators like you asked for the following offerings:



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Clients are Saying

Dr. Elizabeth Crawford, Associate Professor

“Misty exemplifies the qualities of a true thought leader. She selflessly gives her time and energy to nurturing educators, and she lives and works according to her values. I respect her highly for that.”

“Our inquiry was so great! What a wonderful way to start the year and have everyone working on the same inquiry. Even though each teacher approached it differently, we felt very connected as a school.”

Lisa Wergland, Teacher

Teachers, Cordova Bay Elementary

“Misty is enthusiastic, and she listens, honours, and inspires everyone. She provides us with examples at all grade levels, and her strategies are easily transferred to our classrooms. She’s not just book smart!”

Charlotte Sakaki, Vice Principal

“Thank you so much for all the incredible support and mentoring you have given me during our sessions together. It's been truly inspiring for me to gain a new understanding and approach to teaching.”

Stephanie Morris, IB PYP Coordinator

“Your workshop had an impact on us. We all felt we could create learning engagements that follow a studio concept in our classrooms, and it’s been great to try some of the things we experienced with you.”


I wrote Pop-Up Studio in response to a recurring question: How do we engage today’s learners meaningfully and sustainably? The answer isn’t a beautiful classroom or another worksheet or app—it’s you. Pop-Up Studio guides readers on how to be the curiosity and ingenuity they want to foster, wherever they are.

Because you are the best teaching instrument

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meet misty

P isn't just for Paterson. It's for passion, purpose, play, patterns, and possibilities! I may be a go-to resource on responsive teaching practices, but I’m always learning with you. I believe in the power of collective wisdom and shared inquiry to unleash creative projects that help people. Book a free chat or click the button below to learn more about me.

Equal parts teacher and learner


Learning comes alive and disillusion fades when we can collaborate face-to-face with fellow passionate professionals. Wondering what’s on offer in the Pop-Up Studio? Click the button below to find community. We’re getting inspired together!

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Wondering where to begin with Pop-Up Studio? 

This introductory guide equips you with a handful of content-neutral, research-based question stems and performance tasks you can use to help learners see relevancy in their work, build subject expertise, and evoke delight in learning. 

See Misty in action, and join alongside other educators as they explore Place as Provocation and Materials as Thinking Partners. The video includes a fun sheet to optimize engagement. Grab a pen, souvenir and dig in!

Pop-Up Studio is all about generating responsible relationships to the materials in our lives, to the ideas we’ve inherited, and ultimately, to each other and the natural world. Discover the philosophy, backstory, and inspiration behind the book now with this FREE introductory chapter.