This Week in Ontario Edublogs

Did you hear that?  It’s the collective sigh of a province of educators knowing that the end is in sight.  At least for now.

But it didn’t stop some great blogging moments.  Here’s a bit of what I caught this past week.

5 Issues Every ‘Future Ready’ School Leader Must Address

I don’t use this expression lightly.  This is a post that every educator needs to read.  Whether it’s a practitioner in the classroom, a leader at the district level, or a student teacher in a faculty of Education, there’s so much to ponder and understand. Rusul Alrubail wrote this in conjunction with Thomas Murrary.  It didn’t appear on her blog, but rather on the Edsurge website.  That doesn’t belittle its importance in any sense.  When you read it, you’ll notice that it’s very US focused with all kinds of references both appropriate south of the border and right here at home.

I did ask Rusul if she would consider authoring a Canadian version and she’s willing provided she gets some assistance.  Any takers?

EDITORIAL: Coding a language worth learning

Technically, this isn’t from an Ontario blog but there had to be an Ontario educator behind this.  Stories like this seldom appear in traditional news unless it’s a slow news day.  Usually, they wait for something bad to happen to make the headlines.  So, it was good to see that someone other than a classroom teacher appreciated the involvement in the Hour of Code.  This time from the District School Board of Niagara.  Kudos to Niagara this Week for running the story.

I just hope that readers don’t infer that French should be abandoned in favour of a programming language.  Particularly in elementary schools, coding isn’t a separate subject per se although the implementation of the Hour of Code is an “event” for many.  The proper implementation is to incorporate coding where appropriate in all subject areas.

It’s relatively easy to do coding activities during the Hour of Code.  There are so many appropriate tutorials to help for that hour.  But, what next?

Perhaps this is something that ECOO could take the lead on besides just running their conference.  A repository of activities tied to expectations from the Ontario Curriculum, in both English and French, would be well received by those who want to go beyond just the one hour.

I Have, Who Has – Angles

And here, from David Petro, is a great exemplar of what a learning object could look like.

He’s tied an interesting activity to expectations, identified what materials are needed, and provided links to download the resources.  It’s a “read to go” example.  If you’re teaching Grade 8 or 9 mathematics, check it out.

The Importance of a Positive Self-Image

It’s too bad that this activity, by Spencer Burton, was based upon a real need.

The result, however, is a terrific activity addressing bullying and some of the mean things that can happen in school.  Building a positive feeling about oneself is the net result and I really liked the pictures showing how the students had addressed it.  A link to a YouTube video for reinforcement puts it over the top.

This is well worth bookmarking.

I don’t give a **** if we agree on how we approach learning with our students.

Can you say that on the internet?

Julie Balen did.

Seth Godin and Arnold Schwarzenegger provided some inspiration about this post that I’m guessing was a tough one to write.  It’s much easier to write about wonderful things where the sun is always shining.  But, what about the other side?

She takes us on a trip of discovery that has two doors with different things behind each.

How much of each room do you see in your world?

An Interview with the Coolest Creative I Know

With me being the most uncreative person that I know, I found the interview Royan Lee did with Joanne Wong very motivational.

I’m in awe of people that make art like she does and found that Royan dug into the details nicely.

I think I’m going to try on some of these ideas for size and see what happens.

Thanks for sharing, Royan.

Pets at the Pound – Drama Role Play

With an opening line like this:

“We start by locking the children in cages …”

How could I not read the rest of Diana Maliszewski’s post?

It’s really interesting.  I could never have come up with something like this.  At the end, would her students know the difference between pets for adoption at a store versus a humane society?  I hope so because their next eager best friend just might be there.  As we all know, this is not the time of year for adoption, but the activity does seem to draw a good opportunity to distinguish the two.

Once this is out of the way, Diana goes into how she runs the activity and describes how the students react.  It sounds like a terrific activity and learning moment.

I do hope that she does share the activity beyond her blog.  This is a real winner.

I say this every week but I do sincerely mean it.  What a wonderful collection of things from Ontario Edubloggers.  Please click through and read the entire posts.  They’re all worth a few minutes of your online time.  Then, head to the big list for even more and add your own blog if it’s not there.

OTR Links 12/18/2015

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