This Week in Ontario Edublogs

The wealth of information and thought generated from Ontario Edubloggers continues to grow.  Check out these posts for your weekly bits of inspiration.

Three Chains On

So many people justify what they wear as a need to “be me”.  In this post, Matthew Morris talks about why he wears three chains to class when he teaches.  (Picture included)

According to this post, it’s not a fashion statement but an attempt on his part to change the hero mindset that he sees in his students.

A lot of what I find important in my practice happens beyond the classroom lessons in Math, English and Science. Every single day, I push to elevate the importance of learning academic skills in my classroom but I am also aware that not every student I encounter is going to find his or her happiness through a college degree and an elite-status profession.

After reading his post, I understand his position.  It would be interesting to see if his rationale is understood by his students.

Three Ways To Fix EQAO

In the light of news that the Ministry of Education will be rethinking a number of things about education in Ontario, Andrew Campbell steps in with some suggestions.


When I originally saw the title to the post, I think I probably expected some very off the wall suggestions or perhaps even a tongue biting post.

Instead, Andrew offers three common sense and reasonable suggestions.

  • Randomized Testing
  • Only Publish School Board Results
  • End High Stakes Testing

Read his developed thoughts on each of these points.  I think it would be difficult to argue against any of them.

A school system that is highly strung because of the pressure to perform should welcome these suggestions.

Exhausted but Worth It

Every teacher will tell you that there are huge benefits for starting the school off on the right foot.  It sends positive messages to everyone, including the teacher, who will have a long range plan for that learning environment.

Imagine going to school only to meet this!

Our morning began with us being locked out of our classroom (wink, wink) when I realize that I have mistakenly placed my keys in the BreakoutEDU box. The students were up for the challenge of solving “Oh, The Places We’ll Go” to retrieve the keys! Why would I do this on the first day…. for FUN of course

Such was the start for the day for Zelia Capitao-Tavares’ students.

Of course, it didn’t stop there.  This is a very complete recount of an incredibly busy first day.

No wonder she was exhausted.

Musings Of A New(ish) Teacher On The First Days Of The School Year

More news from the first days of school, this time from Arianna Lambert.

Gone are the days of finding your seat and staring at the front of the room wondering was was in store.

With new students come new name tags.  But, these aren’t ordinary name tags; they are STEAM inspired.


It’s activities like this and the promise of more that keep students running back to school.

Creation Can Be Agony: Thoughts on Crafting a TEDx Talk

I am in total agreement with the message from Matthew Oldridge’s tale of how to create a TEDx talk.  That could easily be extended to a lesson, a presentation, a blog post, even walking in and buying a new car.

Sitting down and systematically creating your product may well be the least productive way of doing these sorts of tasks.

Instead, give your brain the opportunity to do its thing – in the background.


So, maybe we shouldn’t make fun of the presenter who makes “one last change” to a presentation moments before going live.

It may at that point that the subconscious has put the finishing touches on the thought!

Neglect Nothing…Or so we thought!

What an exciting opportunity that Sue Bruyns has.  She’s the principal of a newly opened school in the Thames Valley District School Board.  What’s there to worry about?  Here’s a picture of the construction from April.


What struck me about this post was that it really had two different themes.


Delays in furniture deliveries, ongoing construction projects, missing resource orders, partial pieces of this and that


active learning happening in classes, numeracy assessments, Terry Fox Run, soccer games, planting trees in our community and even a school wide event wherein we all painted a memory piece for future generations are just a few of the amazing first month accomplishments

The stuff will come eventually.  But, a great base of people interested in the cause of seeing the school succeed will beat a lack of “stuff”.

An Interview with Mary-Ann Fuduric

Recently, I had an opportunity to interview Mary-Ann Fuduric, Executive Director for the Learning Disabilities Association of Windsor-Essex County.


If you didn’t have a chance to read the interview in the original post, you can do it now.

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