This Week in Ontario Edublogs

It’s Friday and a time to share some of the reading that I did this past week from Ontario Edubloggers.  I know that I say it every week but this really is a wonderfully intriguing collection and insightful group.  Are you from Ontario and blogging?  Click that link and get yourself added.


Resources for #BlackHistoryMonth & Beyond

Rusul Alrubail says it all in her introduction to this post.

February is #BlackHistoryMonth and many of us feel conflicted in teaching lessons specifically designed for #BlackHistoryMonth since we should be teaching about Black History throughout the entire school year. I wanted to share some great resources for teachers who are looking to implement lessons on Black History throughout the year, and what better time to start then now?

The balance is a wonderful collection of resources, not just for this month, but ongoing. 

Important, because it’s local to south-western Ontario, is the African-Canadian Heritage Tour.  There is a great deal of history here, including the Amherstburg Freedom Museum and a month’s worth of activities.  A phenomenal collection of resources can by found on the Black History Canada website.

You’re going to want to check out Rusul’s post and most certainly bookmark her references.


Snapshots from Helping a Syrian Family

There were a couple of readings this morning that put this blog post in perspective for me.

Jennifer Aston is known as an instructional coach.  With this post, I think we should elevate her to a coach for social conscience.

It starts as:

Helping a Syrian family is…

You’ve got to read her list.  It’s a great model for conversations in other classrooms and at home.

Equally as important are the closing comments.

This is not a family of refugees anymore.

They are new Canadians.


Virtual Classroom visit with Cmdr Hadfield!

OK, here’s a wonderful opportunity for students.  Nadine Persaud’s class had the chance to listen to Canada’s famous space traveller.

And, it’s recorded in a couple of YouTube videos!


Professional Learning… how do I get started…

Alana Callan shares some great ideas for her faculty at Fleming College (I still find it awkward to call it that…).  But, it’s good to see that she’s taking this seriously and taking staff along for the ride.  She models her own learning by sharing her current reading.

Of particular interest to me is the Faculty Competency Framework.

It’s coloured to show the stages of a faculty member’s career.  It’s very interesting and puts aside the notion of one size fits all.  I like the way that it respects experience.


My Brother is Autistic: Part 4

Last week, I made reference to Royan Lee’s then three part story “My Brother is Austic”.

This week, he’s added Part 4 with a promise of Part 5 to come.

In the meantime, we have more stories of Royan’s dealing with autism.

Timothy was autistic. Anything would set him off. A sound, a movement, a word, a look. In a room with half a dozen other kids with serious self-regulation issues, he was the bellwether. Looking back, I realize that Timothy had a sixth sense for anticipating conflict in my class.

If you’re just jumping in, do yourself a favour and visit Part 1 and the subsequent posts to get the complete picture.


VR Bubbles are Cool!

I can always rely on Andy Forgrave to teach me something outrageously cool, cutting edge and then ask myself when I would ever use this.

This time around, he took inspiration from Colleen Rose and used an application called Bubbl.  Sadly, there doesn’t appear to be an Android version.  Maybe soon.  In the meantime, my learning phrase for the week is “dynamic spherical photos”.

The Bring IT, Together Conference could be a great deal of fun!


News from CMEC

Education students at Western University (I still find that awkward too) were informed of the release of the report from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRCC) on the history of residential schools in Canada.  A link is provided to the final report.  Thanks, Denise Horoky for sharing this for potential educators and the rest of us who happen by your blog.


Semester change

Do you remember those cartoons “Happiness is”?

It sounds like, in Brandon Grasley’s case, the answer is “having his own classroom”.

I have my own classroom! That’s pretty sweet. I haven’t had that happen in a long time. I have to make it more inviting though. It’s a bit sterile for my taste. Nothing a Star Wars poster (or mural…hmmm…) can’t fix.

I can totally agree. There’s nothing more inhibiting than sharing a classroom. You can’t get into the room early to prepare. You can’t stick around and give students a bit of extra help. If anything goes wrong, you know exactly who was sitting where. You get to do your own decorating (Star Wars?) You don’t have to keep a clean desk. You don’t plan on a resource being there and finding out that it’s gone. Yes, happiness is …


Isn’t that just an incredible collection of great reading and sharing again from Ontario Educators?  Please take the time to drop by each post for the entire story.

The big list of Ontario Edubloggers is located here.  If you’re not on the list and are blogging, please consider filling out the form to add yourself.

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