It’s March Break for most educators in Ontario so we would excuse folks from their blogging duties, right? Not so. There were some great blog posts. You can check out all of the Ontario educational blogs that I follow here.
Consultants and SATs
The Blogg’u’ca’tion 2 blog talked about the challenges of professional development and technology use in schools with limited access to resources. The description for the PD session given (I’m assuming just before the break) Tags: Ontario Educators, blogs, Ontario Blogsforms the basis of this blog entry and there is a list of the online resources that were accessed during the session. Read on to determine the take of the SAMR approach for this session.
Trustees, Higher Education
Melanie McBride’s most recent entry was about a concept in the classroom that she calls Gamification. The term was new to me and a reply to the original post allowed Melanie to expand upon the concept even further. This isn’t an easy read; I’ve read it perhaps 4 or 5 times and I’m not convinced that I know exactly the message. My concern about gaming and the use of games in the classroom is that often it isn’t seen as as serious activity as others and consequently less attention is paid to the design of the activity.
It is, however, an area that I don’t think gets all of the academic rigour to it compared to other pedagogies. Melanie continues to be a good read that helps me think deeper about gaming.
Principals, VPs, and Administrators
Peter Skillen made an observation that makes perfect sense when I think about it but, quite frankly, I’ve never thought of it the way before. His post was about the importance of the "First Follower". In particular, it was his second point that hit me right between the eyes.
"The first follower is the one who creates a leader"
Think that one through and read the other elements of Peter’s post. He never fails to push my thinking. While the words illustrate an insightful concept, it’s the impact of it all that has me thinking. Don’t forget to enjoy the video that he’s attached to the post.
Or, probably more correctly in this case, teacher-to-be. You can’t go far wrong in a post that includes a quote from Dag Hammarskjold! In this case, Shauna Daley, a student teacher at Brock University takes the time to reflect on her past week of student teaching. At this juncture, she’ll be awfully close to completion of her education year (assuming a consecutive model) and so she really should be "getting it". From the entry, that seems to be try. I think back to my times practice teaching and it’s really a nervous experience. In this blog, though, I’m hearing a strong teacher voice. For those of us who are experienced teachers, take a read and see if that doesn’t take you back!
Please take the time to support these and all the Ontario Educators who are taking the time to share their learning with you. Good things are happening throughout the province.
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