This Week in Ontario Edublogs

Ah, the first week of summer.

But that’s no excuse for not blogging.  Here’s some of what I read this week.

Extra-Curricular Gala vs. Athletics Gala

It’s great to think that we celebrate excellence in school and for areas.

Emily Fitzpatrick shares her observations of both the Athletic and Extra-Curricular events from her school.  But, then she asks an important question.  If you have the answer, I’m sure that she would appreciate hearing it.

Getting to the Change We Want: Developing an Easement Mindset

Stephen Hurley outlines a very interesting description of the education scenario.  He identifies the role of teachers, parents, administration, students, and the district level.  I think everyone who has had a part in education can identify with his analysis.

His post takes an interesting turn as he turns to real estate to describe relationships between the entities.

If you’ve ever walked into an enemy staff room or gone to another department and notice that the conversation stops when you walk in, you know you’ve witnessed educational life as he describes it.

As with Emily’s post, he’s looking for answers, thoughts, or suggestions.

Dear Graduates…

You know that a post comes from the heart when it begins…

Before we say goodbye forever, 

It’s definitely the type of post that every teacher should write – although the “forever” part may be a little iffy if you’ve taught your students to be connected citizens.  Just this past month, I’ve received connections from students I’ve taught years and years ago so forever may not always be appropriate.  How about “until we meet again?”

Beyond the sentimentalism, I think that it’s important to recognize and appreciate why teachers continue to have positions in education.  It’s the students and Brian Aspinall absolutely knows it.

It Started With a Surprise Party

On the last day of school, I was treated to the most incredible “goodbye” by an amazing group of Grade 5 students – my fantastic class – that many days later, made me realize how much this surprise party truly summed up my learning from this year.

So starts Aviva Dunsiger’s last post to her group of students.  Not only will they move on, but so will she.

In the post, she lists and expands on a number of things that define her professional practice.

  • Give students a voice
  • Never underestimate what students can do
  • Relationships matter
  • Make math real
  • Let them problem solve
  • Learning is a community affair

What a wonderful reflection and words to live/teach by.  Hopefully, she can carry and amplify this in her new position.

End of the year: What have I Learned?

In a surprisingly similar post, Jonathan So reflects on his own learning from his new position in the past year.

  • primary students take longer to do work
  • teaching primary has allowed me to focus on inquiry
  • One of the biggest pet peeves of many junior teachers is that the students don’t seem to be ready to be independent
  • I think that all grades should have a primary mindset

Another great reflection on practice from the past year.  Read his post to see how he’s fleshed out his thoughts.  It’s another great read and indication of professionalism.

What a wonderful collection of professional sharing and dialogue!  I hope that you can find the time to visit these posts and read the entire message.  It’s well worth the time.

Each of the above posts are linked to the original and you can read the entire collection of Ontario Edubloggers here.  As always, if you’re blogging or starting a blog, there’s a form there to add your location.  It would be great to have you added to the collection.

OTR Links 07/04/2014

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