This Week in Ontario Edublogs

Thinking and sharing never stops with Ontario Edubloggers.  Here’s some of what I read this past week.


Collaborating and Reflecting with Colin @colinjagoe

If you have to create a list of look-fors for the 21st Century educator, the terms “collaborate” and “reflect’ would most certainly make the list and Jamie Reaburn Weir worked them both into the title of this blog post.  That certainly makes it a required read.  As a co-chair of the Bring IT, Together conference, it really warms the heart to see success fall from the learning opportunities it gave.  In this case, Jamie indicates that this match happened during Ron Canuel’s keynote address.

She reflects on six issues from her experience.  When was the last time you took a risk?


Dealing with Stress – A Finished Yearbook Helps

The end of the school year is a stressful time.  With the current Ontario situation, it’s a great deal more stressful than normal.  Add to that all of the other curricular things that teachers do beyond the regular classroom and that six letter word takes on a new meaning.  I can sort of identify with Diana Maliszewsk’s feeling.  The end of the year does have its deadlines and there are no extensions.

But, I can’t fully appreciate it.  My background is in the secondary school panel and the yearbook was a task taken on by Grade 12 students.  I just got to enjoy hearing them work in the room next to my classroom all the time.  As Diana writes about in this post, it’s a whole different ball game in an elementary school.


Living in the Tension

Sue Dunlop talks about the same topic, only uses the word “tension” instead of “stress”.

I’m mindful that everyone is living it these days.  Sue specifically makes reference to leaders and that definitely includes all in the profession.  Everyone leads within their own sphere of influence.

Last evening, I participated in the #ONedchat and there were two participants who reported that they had received notices of being surplus.  That adds just another level to the discussion and I certainly hope that administrative leaders recognize the tension and acknowledge that success will only happen when everyone is pulling in the same direction.

Ambiguity. Uncertainty. Not knowing.


Doing not just saying…Leading by Example

Earlier this week, I had been inspired by the writings of Sue Waters and Sue Bruyns.  In the case of Sue Bruyns, she had completed a blogging challenge and it inspired at least one of the teachers in her district to write a blog post about leadership.  In this case, Ryan Matthews looked at the efforts of his leader and then looked at the students in his charge.  The post about modelling leadership is interesting and should give everyone a chance to pause and think.  Are you modelling what you want others to do?  If not, why not?


Genius Hour Blogs

I stumbled across this message from Heather Theijsmeijer on Twitter.

It led me to a class set of blogs.

What a great concept to have them all lined up in one place.

Could you replicate the concept in your class?


Looking for the [Student] Learning Intention

This just in…

I had already posted this when I got notice that Donna Fry had blogged this.  She makes reference to a video by Andy Hargreaves about Innovation without Improvement.

I know that researchers gotta research and Donna tied her look at enthusiastic amateurs into the message from the video.  Initiatives are nothing new in education.  How many times have you sat at a school meeting or department/division meeting and heard “this year, we’re going to do this”?

I think times have certainly changed and I applaud those loud amateurs.  Quite frankly, I’d like to see anyone who has got it right.  In fact, I think that the more that you know, the more refined your practice gets and the more you realize there are other things to learn.  Social media amplifies that voice.  Previously, it was only within the school  – and latching onto a like mind can be difficult.  Now, you’re just a blog post or Twitter message or mailing list message away from a connection that will help.  We know that not all attempts will be successful.  But, you can’t knock people for trying.

Unlike my psychologist’s recommendations, I think we should listen to those voices.

Donna absolutely nails it in her post:

 We are all on the path of learning as we integrate the use of technology into our school system.  However, at all times, student learning must be at the centre of our practice.

You shouldn’t have to go it on your own.  We have subject associations in this province.  What are they doing to help?


Speaking of Subject Association, I received a request from Peter Beens.  He’s trying to collect information about Ontario Educators’ are aware of their subject associations.  He’s asking for your input by completing this short survey.  Please take a moment to complete the survey and share it with colleagues.  If you forget the acronym, the complete list is available here.


What another nice collection of offerings from Ontario Edubloggers.  Please take a few moments to read these great posts in their entirety.

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