This Week in Ontario Edublogs

Some of the things that caught my attention this week from the keyboards of terrific Ontario Edubloggers…

Our Narrative Unit

I stumbled into this one by accident.  I do follow @Michelle_Horst but not @Our_Classroom.  However, I do have a column in my browser looking for @comments4kids and Michelle shared a blog post with both of those account.  So, 2+2 equals a great read.

The result?  She shares some of the comments from the rough draft writing of some of her students.  What she shared was great!  These will be awesome stories once they complete the writing process.

In the Margins of the School Landscape

This blog post took on special meaning to me today, a few days after reading it.  It’s a good post about thoughts of parent engagement.  I often wonder if this isn’t an issue that could be resolved with frank discussions.  Personally, I always liked interaction with parents.


Anyway, today, I was driving in Windsor and happened to pass the work location of one of my former students.  I would have regular interactions with the parents – not for the dreaded call home because we had a problem.  In fact, the young lady in my class was a terrific student.  In this case, dad just wanted to know how things were going and what sorts of things we were doing.  I remember at one time thinking he was auditing my class!

The bottom line, though, is that I think that both teacher and parent alike should take a read of this post and think about it.  In particular, the closing sentence says it all.  What are we really in education for?

Mr. McCreary’s Class Blog

I want to be in Mr. McCreary’s class.  Over the past while, they’ve…

  • Gone skating at the arena;
  • Gone to the Safety Village to learn about fire safety;
  • Met their Space Study partners from Alberta;
  • Invited a new volunteer into their classroom;
  • Created a Twitter account;
  • Had the Speaker of the Ontario Legislature visit their classroom.


All I can say is wow!  The added advantage is that it’s all blogged so that the students can remember the events and parents know what an active classroom they have!

Inquiry: Teaching Students to Critique Their Own Work

Heidi Siwak recently shared an activity that she’s doing with her students.  They’re using Linoit and the subject matter is the War of 1812.


That’s definitely a unique and cool activity.

But, if you peel back the actual topic and the tool that she’s doing, the underlying activity is very important.  She’s really pushing the students to evaluate, critique, and think very deeply about what they’re doing.  So far, they’re working on their own but the real test will be sharing and analyzing their classmates work.

All is very nicely described in this post.  Well worth the read.

Is Tweeting for Everyone?


Royan Lee posed this question to his readers and actually got a good collection of thoughtful responses.

I’m thinking of some of the professional development activities that I’ve attended in the past.  There is a wide range of ways that people participate.  Some are doing the Horshak “Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh”, some sit there paying attention soaking it all in, some engage in a private conversation with their tablemates, and a whole lot of other things.

It seems to me though that the crucial thing is that everyone is there.  We may participate at different levels – some contributing more than others, some over contributing, some just there to soak it all in, and various shades of activity in between.

Just like sitting in a room for a professional development event where people work at their own comfort level, Twitter affords the same thing.  It’s not just education – turn on any newscast and the show and newsreaders will have their own Twitter account.  Pick up any magazine and you’ll see references all over to company, author, products, etc. Twitter accounts.

Unless you want to be that person that’s always asking “How did you know that?”, I can’t imagine not being connected at some comfort level.  Not everyone is going to be as prolific as Mr. Lee but everyone can sure learn by the wisdom that he shares.  Why wouldn’t you take advantage?


Thanks to all for such great posts.  Please click through and read their entire posts.  You’ll enjoy them

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