This Week in Ontario Edublogs

It’s time for my weekly walk around the province to see what Ontario Edubloggers are thinking about.  Keep on reading for some good stuff.

Blogging Beginnings

I got a referral to this blog from Jen Aston the other day.  Dawn Teffler has seen the light and is taking the leap into blogging.  It looks like the focus of her blog will be around the evolution of a traditional library to a contemporary Learning Commons.  The good thing about this is that there will be lots of helpers should they know about this journey.  If you’re a teacher-librarian yourself, hop on over and share some of your thoughts with Dawn.

I know that a school can be simply thought of as a four walled structure.  But we all know that it’s what goes on in side that makes a building a school.  I find it fascinating when I see pictures of people’s learning spaces.  No two are the same and there’s always something to be learned – “Why didn’t I think of that?”.  In this initial post, Dawn has provided a look inside for us to enjoy.


Whether you’re currently a blogger or not, please drop by and lend some support for her blogging efforts so that we can enjoy even more writing.

Thanks, Jen.

Thank you Eastwood Community: A Letter

As you read this, James Cowper is enjoying his last day at the principal of Eastwood Public School. 


James uses this post as a final message to the Eastwood community.  On Monday, he takes his enthusiasm to Kingsville.  Best wishes to him with the move.

Standards Based Grading GAMIFIED With Badges

Readers of this blog will know that I’m a fan of the concept of badges in education. 

There are thoughts all over the spectrum about the value and implementation.  There are some, quite frankly, dumb implementations.  You know that you’re on the right track when you think carefully before you leap.

In this blog post, Kyle Pearce does some heavy duty thinking about the concept and acknowledges the leadership from Jon Orr and Alice Keeler.  It’s a long post but deep in thought.

In the best interest of sharing, Kyle has created his own Google Document to illustrate his thinking in this matter.  Even the spreadsheet isn’t a quick read but certainly worth the time if you’re interested.


That science project photo

Who doesn’t hate science projects?  I suppose people without kids?

Sheila Stewart makes interesting points about science projects and her involvement and asks the question “Does it have to be this way?”

Is this a conspiracy with bristol board manufacturers?


I don’t have too many fond memories.  I enjoyed actually doing the projects but found that you’d spend about as much time again trying to make your project stand out and then the judges gave it a quick once over.  The whole process didn’t seem to make a great deal of sense so the question “Does it have to be this way?” really is a million dollar question.

Preservice Teacher Leadership In Action

Teacher candidates at Brock University recently had a great experience.  Camille Rutherford blogs about the day but doesn’t focus on the Technology showcase.  In this case, she focuses on the opportunity for the candidates to show off their leadership skills to an audience filled with members from outside the faculty.  What a great experience!


As you would expect, it was self-documenting with a Twitter feed and a collections of images displayed in a Google Slides presentation.  The interactive whiteboard is prominently featured but if you look carefully, it wasn’t the only piece of technology.

Thanks once again for all of the Ontario Edubloggers for writing and sharing their thoughts.  You can check out the complete list here and add yourself if you’re blogging and not already in the list.

2 thoughts on “This Week in Ontario Edublogs

  1. Thanks for linking and adding your thoughts to my science fair rant 🙂 My involvement with the regional fair may have been because of some frustration from past experiences. Our community really supports it in the name of science and opportunities for students though. We also tried to nudge some changes in the area of judging as well — less intimidating, more friendly, others chatting to the students out of interest, not judging. We saw our share of proud smiles during the years and some of the kids blew our minds with their passion for some topics and research. It gave one hope for the world in ways. Environment was often a area of study. I could go on… but another time 🙂


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