I really like it when I can add a new blogger to the list of Ontario Edubloggers.
What George and Basketball Have Taught Me
Please welcome Andrea Gillespie to our group. She has put her toe in the blogging water and starts of talking about change and included her daughter and George Couros as some of the catalysts for change from her perspective. It’s a great introductory post.
It also affirms our decision to bring George to conduct a leadership session and close the Bring IT, Together conference with a keynote address. Hopefully, the inspiration that Andrea felt will be shared by a whole new group.
For Andrea, welcome to the group and please make it a point to share your leadership thoughts with the province. Thanks for the tip, Donna Fry.
Speaking of Donna….
Her recent posts talks about a whole lot of Cs. First, she identifies the 6Cs from Michael Fullan from his “Great to Excellent” document and then Doug Belshaw’s 8 Elements of Digital Literacies.
Her discussion of the overlap is interesting and I really liked the focus on Confidence.
There’s a a great deal to consider about confidence.
Teaching is an interesting profession. We are extremely confident in the classroom with working with students. It’s our confidence in our materials, content, and approach that make students want to get onside and learn. But, put us in a group of colleagues and it’s a different story. “You go first”. “No, you go first”. Is it because we know that we’re all judgmental by design that we’re hesitant to say anything lest we’re wrong? If we mess up, everyone will know! My goodness.
What’s wrong with being confident in what we know and confident in the knowledge that we have a lot to learn from each other?
I think many of us were intrigued with the announcement that PhotoMath was available for download to your iOS and Windows device. It was all over the online news.
I’ve started a post of my own to share some thoughts. Hopefully, I’ll finish it and get it posted over the weekend.
In the meantime, Brian Aspinall was all over it in a post that appears yesterday afternoon. Straight from the classroom, read the post for his thoughts. One of the flashpoints for him was this quote from CNN.
How sacred tests can be!
I Did Get Better!
When I first read this blog post from Aviva Dunsiger, I thought to myself “This should be required reading at every Faculty of Education”. I love this list. It could apply to every first year teacher.
I wish that I had had only two classrooms my first year of teaching!
If it wasn’t for improvement, probably none of us should have lasted beyond that first year.
There’s been a lot written lately about “Growth Mindset” like it’s some sort of new thing. Pffff! Read the rest of Aviva’s post to see how she grew in the profession.
I’ll bet everyone can empathize.
Starting out anew in any organization can be a daunting task. In her most recent post, Brenda Sherry shares a protocol she used at a first staff meeting as an opportunity to learn about staff and start to build effective learning networks.
In this case, she used the Compass Points Activity and focussed on:
I like the concept and can only imagine the discussion.
It’s certainly far removed from some of the dictatorial approaches that I’ve experienced in the past.
It will be interesting to see if the approach generates rewards for the staff learning. Keep us informed, Brenda.
Once again, it’s been a great week of professional reading and sharing from Ontario Edubloggers.
Check out the entire list of the here.