This Week in Ontario Edublogs


It was an interesting approach to pulling together this post this week.  I was interviewed by Stephen Hurley on voiced radio on Wednesday where we chatted a bit about the posts that I’d collected for this morning’s post.  The discussion gave me some additional thoughts about them.   Once he checks the ratings, maybe we’ll do it regularly.

In the meantime, it was another great week of reading for me of Ontario Edublogs.  There was again so much interesting, informative and even fun to read.


We cannot be silent

So much has been said about the presidential order about barring people from seven countries for 90 days.  Last week, I shared a post from Rusul Alrubail on the topic.  I had this post ready to go as well but elected to hold on to it for another week.  News can be so fleeting as it bounces from topic to topic.  This one is worth keeping in focus.

Diana Maliszewski offers a post that will keep the topic current and adds the teacher-librarian perspective to promote classroom discussion.

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Please read and share this post with colleagues.


Stepping Stones

Susan Bruyns shares an inspirational message with her work with Stepping Stones ~ A refugee family’s journey and a number of students in Thames Valley.  The product is a “dual language picture book” which makes it a perfect choice for the ESL students that she’s working with.

It’s a resource that all libraries may wish to consider purchasing.

I think it’s awesome that the author dropped by to leave a comment on the blog post.

This an emotional moment from the post.

One Intermediate student shared that he recalled all too vividly watching his father walk to the local grocery store, only to return with no food and how his uncle was ordered to sail an overloaded raft to Germany and experience the despair as not everyone arrived safely. His ESL teacher shared that he had been reluctant to talk about life in Syria until that day. One never knows the power of a well-crafted text.


Experiencing Learning

Sometimes, things can just flow along so well that it takes a message to jog the memory.  Alyssa Gilbert reminds us that we may need to stop and thing about just what it means to be a learner.  In the context of learning to knit, she offers eight reminders.

  • REMINDER 1: it’s often our immediate reaction to shy away from challenge.
  • REMINDER 2: class is always awesome when you already know how to do it.

Click through to read the rest of her reminders.


The Day I Chose Not To Let A Broken Toilet Stop Me!

There are times in education when you get one of those moments that cause you pause and have a chance to remind yourself that there’s real life happening.

Aviva Dunsiger shares one with us.  She had a broken toilet.

Now, that might not be earth shattering for most, but keep in mind that she’s a kindergarten teacher.  In a secondary school, you’d just put a sign on the door, lock it, and rely on the students to find another washroom.

It’s a different experience for kindergarten students!

Read on to find her story and how Aviva turned it into a learning experience for the students.  You’ll smile when you see the rules!


Think Different-Disruptors of the Status Quo

The title of Laurie Azzi’s post took both Stephen and me back to a former Apple computers campaign.  It was interesting to see it used in a classroom.

Come to my classroom. Black and white Think Different posters adorn the walls of my classroom. On them are the faces of Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King, Jr., John Lennon, Mohandas Gandhi, Amelia Earhart, Jim Henson, Pablo Picasso, and others. They are the crazy ones who could not be ignored.Yes, they were different. Yes, their ideas were often ridiculed and rejected. But, they endured, refusing to accept defeat.

What an inspirational message to deliver to her students each and every time they enter the classroom.


A Week Without Wifi

What a scary thought.  Lisa Cranston elected to not spend the $80/week to get connected during a recent holiday.

When she left, the other guest turned the TV off. Until then, I didn’t realize how much extra stress the news about Trump and his various actions had been adding to my life. Pierre Elliot Trudeau said that living next to the US is like sleeping with an elephant – we are affected by every twitch and grunt.

This was the third time that Trudeau’s comment about the elephant crossed my path this week.

In my conversation with Stephen, he made the connection to his Unpluggd experience a few years ago.

We both agreed that we would have paid the $80.


Math Links for Week Ending Feb. 3rd, 2017

I was actually captured by the animated GIF in David Petro’s post.  I like indulging myself in a little mental mathematics every now and again so was just sitting at my keyboard taking it all in.  I’m fascinated by patterns.

Then I scrolled down and started laughing.

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Do Alternative Facts have a place in the math classroom?  How about in other classes?

Could an investigative approach be taken by providing the alternative fact and then challenging students to disprove it?


An Interview with Diana Maliszewski

This post appeared on this blog.  If you haven’t read it, I would encourage you to do so.

We talk about a number of teacher-librarian topics and how our paths have crossed over the years.

I enjoyed posing the questions and really appreciated her answers.

She’s also upped the ante for future interviews with all the photos she provided to support her thoughts.


It’s been yet another great week of gathering some of the things that come from Ontario Edubloggers.

I hope that you can spend a few moments to click through, read the original posts, and drop off a comment.

OTR Links 02/10/2017


Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.