This Week in Ontario Edublogs

There were huge events happening in Ontario Education this past week and there’s more to come.  Those who would be naysayers would be well advised to get both sides of the picture before making decisions.  Blogging and sharing leadership thoughts and ideas are a standard with Ontario Educators.  Here’s some of what I read this past week.

Learning Perspective at Soccer

Kristi Keery Bishop writes a wonderful post that should make you stop, look around, and realize that things could certainly be different if you’re walking in someone else’s shoes.

It’s an important message to remember the next time you feel the need to complain about anything.

Three Easy Tips for Teachers on Twitter

It’s hard to believe in 2015 that there are teachers who still do not use Twitter or they do have a Twitter account and do not use it or they do have a Twitter account and use it so superficially that they might as well not have it. Rusul Alrubail shares a delightful post on Medium highlight three ways to not use Twitter in just a passive mode but to dive right in and take control of things that affect your professional life.

Messages like this should be shared and reinforced.  Collaboration and continuous professional growth and reflection can only improve the profession.

How To Become An EdTech Leader

Then, when you’re ready to take it to the next step, send them over to Brandon Grasley’s blog.

This post deals with his presentation at the On the Rise conference.  When you’re connected and learning, it really does become addictive.  The content here will help when the inevitable questions “What more can I do?” or “What else is there?” arises.

It’s a good, well argued thesis for what Brandon thinks a leader should be.

The only thing that I would add is “Don’t stop”. How many times do you see dormant blogs and social media accounts?

I think that the best of the leadership community could learn so much from leaders like Brandon.  As they say, keep on keeping on.

PB and J

No, this is not a luddite confessional.  Eva Thompson uses the PB and J metaphor in a nice way.  I can see her point; there are so many messages about being progressive and cutting edge with the use of technology that they could be interpreted as public shaming for those who might not be using them on a particular day.

Instead, Eva says, you need to have a balanced approach and use the proper tool at the appropriate time.

I totally get her message.  In my computer science classroom, I always kept a wide selection of magazines, games and other non-computer activities to bring out at the appropriate time.

There’s no need to feel the shame; I think gold badges should be awarded for mixing things up when it’s appropriate.

Great reality check post, Eva.

Walk the Walk

All of the posts featured this week seem to have a nice theme of reflection on the practice.  Colleen Rose’s post continues that them (and also includes some of her personal artwork.)

Thanks, @ColleenKR, Northern Art Teacher Blog

The whole post is focused on her thoughts around one guiding question “When I began teaching, did I stop learning?”

She tells a story of amplifying her own students’ voice and somehow her Director of Education got involved.

I hope that there’s more coming; she seems to be really encourage a mindset of growth and inquiry both personally and with her students.

Cancellation of 2015 EQAO tests

On the People for Education blog, Jacqui Strachan asks the question:

The Education Quality and Accountability Office has announced that this year’s EQAO tests will be cancelled in school boards affected by the teachers’ work-to-rule campaign and strikes. I’d like to hear what people think the impact will be. Will it affect classroom teaching and learning? What will happen to the reliability of the data collected this year? Is it a concern that some students will be writing the tests, while others will not be participating? Please share your thoughts.

There are some initial reactions to this.  Got a moment?  Add yours.

Thanks, everyone, for continuing to model the professionalism that is the teaching profession.  Great articles here, please click through and read them in their entirety.  You can read the entire collection of Ontario Edubloggers here.  If you’re blogging and not on it, complete the form and you will be.


OTR Links 05/29/2015

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