This Week in Ontario Edublogs

Another week has passed.  I think this week has been a little slower than others because it’s just been so darn cold.  All this in-house time has given lots of time for blog reading though.  Here’s some of what I read from great Ontario Edubloggers.

Selfies -response to the video

Jamie Weir is looking to crowd source some ideas about selfies for use in her Grade 10 class which starts all too soon for her.  I wish her all the best as she gets back in the saddle again.

As I noted in my reply, this is a big, brave move on the behalf of Dove.  They’ve got to have looked at all sides of the issue before making the video go public.  How will it be received?  Positively?  With skepticism?  Negatively?  I think it’s a great flash point for discussion for her class.



This blog is a new addition to the Ontario Edublogger collection.  Welcome, Dillon Hutton.  His most recent post talks about a classroom activity that he’s planning dealing with Vikings.


He’s got instructions for students and an information piece for parents, including which expectations from the Ontario Curriculum that he intends to cover.  Looks like he’s on a great roll, covering a lot of bases properly.

Colleen Rose

OK, you’ve got to stick with me on this one.

I got a Facebook message from Colleen Rose letting me know about a new blog for me to check out.  I followed the link to an entry entitled “Colleen Rose”.  Then, I checked and rechecked the link and the URL and the title and, yes, I was in the right spot.

So, the author is Tim Bogatz, an art teacher, and he has started a series called 14 for 2014.  He’s embarked on the goal of interviewing a number of people and our favourite photographer/art teacher Colleen was one of them.

Now, technically Tim isn’t an Ontario educator but his interview of Colleen who is, is worth the read.


Hopefully, my explanation makes sense.  If not,  just read the post anyway!

Student Thinking Acts As A Provocation For Teacher Learning

Our blogging friend Aviva Dunsiger has no qualms about showing her refining of her profession in the open.  In this case, she’s musing about ways to get students to think deeper in mathematics.


I like the thought “giving better questions”.

I think that it’s a technique that matures and develops over one’s career.  As a first year teacher, the textbook (and answer guide) is a life saver.  Things only get better from there!

Growth Mindset: Pathways Without Borders

Kyle Pearce takes on the concept of pathways in Ontario Education.  Follow the arrows and you can only imagine the anguish of parents and students as they try to determine pathways and choices.


I remember a conversation with a superintendent once – “you have many options – choose wisely”.  Sadly, when it comes to education choices, you can end up being railroaded down a particular path.  He makes reference to a Grade 8 student.  I had many concerns at that age.  Determining post secondary destinations wasn’t among them.

Remixing “I Forgot My Phone”: Exploring the Greys in a Black and White Debate

As I read Royan Lee’s latest post, I couldn’t help but be amazed as he brought so much together in this unit dealing with media literacy.


I see:

  • brainstorming;
  • class sourcing;
  • Venn diagrams;
  • integration of video;
  • rich classroom discussion;
  • student created video.

All this in a unit on health and media literacy?  They should bottle this lesson and make it available everywhere.  Until they do, check out the post.  This is a goodie.

What a great collection of reading this week.  Please follow the links and check things out.  You can read these and all the collection from Ontario Edubloggers at the Livebinder here.  If you’re blogging and not listed, please complete the form to get added.

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OTR Links 01/31/2014

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.