This Week in Ontario Edublogs

As I was looking through the blog posts that I had tucked away for inclusion in this post, it strikes me that this will be a very Hamilton-Wentworth-ish type of post.  I generally don’t go looking for specific areas or themes; I just let my reading take me where it may.  Our friend Aviva gets tagged twice.

Please read along and enjoy some great blog posts from Ontario Edubloggers.


From Experimental to Theoretical Probability: Sample Lesson

Probability can be a scary topic for some.  In reality, it can be a great deal of fun.  So much of what we take for granted around us in the world has an element of probability to it.  Otherwise, everything would be cut and dried and, well boring.  And, of course, what would a game be without an element of chance.

Mark Chubb shows us a way that you might want to talk about probability and he uses a game approach to it.  Two wins.

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There’s so much good, solid mathematics in it, including some charting of results.  Three wins.  Is there a correct answer?  That would be pretty boring but there certainly is a player who is in a better position to win.  What would change if you wanted to use three coins?

Could this be done with a coding solution?  Absolutely.


A Two Sided Blog Post

A pair of bloggers, Kristi Keery-Bishop and Aviva Dunsiger join up to write a blog post where we get the opportunity “to see both sides now”.

The topic?

Have you ever wondered what really goes on in a school to support a student who struggles with self-regulation? 

It’s an interesting post to devour.  It’s not short but does give a pretty descriptive perspective from both an administrator and a teacher.

They approach the topic with what happens “right now” and then take a look at the longer term approach.


When LESS Really Is A Whole Lot MORE!

I had to include this standalone post from Aviva Dunsiger, if for no other reason than I was tagged in it.

I had blogged about the meme that was passed around digitally asking people to share a photo of a “great book” and then tag others in it.

I was involved, having been tagged by Hazel Mason and pulled one of my favourite coffee table books from the bookshelf behind me.  Like my post, Aviva extracted and shares a number of messages from the stream.  I thought the choices in the whole thing turned out to be pretty interesting.

  • it’s great that educators had that quality of book at home
  • it became almost a one-up challenge to get a better book than the previous person
  • some people chose to share books that use in the classroom

Aviva then takes an interesting turn when she asks what students would do.  I think that the rules would have to be specific so that they would nominate a “great book” instead of a “favourite book”.  But, it would be an interesting activity to see what comes up.  It looks like there might be a taker in Peter Cameron.

Just, please, please, please, use a hashtag so we can follow it.


BE A CATALYST FOR CHANGE

And, I was tagged in this post from David Carruthers which was his response to Stephen Hurley’s and my comments about a previous post of David’s.  This time, he took on our use of the word catalyst.

He nailed the concept of catalyst perfectly.

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I like the conclusion where he indicates that he’s looking for this sort of person when he makes school visits.

I would hazard a guess that these people aren’t always recognized for their efforts.  Not always do they percolate to the top.  A cheerleader like David will make sure that they get supported, if they want.

Who knows?  The next great educator with fabulous insights might be waiting to be found.


Dear 100 Year Old Me!

I had a chance to talk with Cameron Steltman recently and he was sharing what an exciting assignment that he has this year.  The discussion came around to how he’s having students blogging after being provoked.

The provocation in this post was to send a message to their 100 year old self.  The number 100 itself takes on such importance in many classes this time of year as they reach the 100th day of school.  More than that, though, 100 is such a great number.  It’s not a perfect number but it does have so much importance.

  • 100 pennies in a dollar (what’s a penny sir?)
  • 100 km/h speed limit on freeways
  • who doesn’t like holding a 100 dollar bill?
  • and certainly you don’t want to leave home with your phone less than 100% charged

But most importantly, don’t we all want to live to be 100?

If Mr. Steltman’s blog is still running 90 some years from now, I hope the true banana queen still has fond memories of Frog Math.


Four Ways to Extend My Digital Leadership

Here’s a link and the email to your principal, superintendent, or principal might start like this…

How are you planning to leverage and extend your digital leadership?  Here’s what Sue Dunlop is doing…

  • Using the digital spaces in our organization.
  • Interacting on Twitter.
  • Sharing links and articles.
  • Share the thinking in my blog.

Conclude with

If you need help, Sue is willing to help.


Put Some Respeck On My Name

This post from Matthew Morris should be required reading for every Faculty of Education student.

In a way, practice teaching gives a false sense of what classrooms can be like.  When you’re parachuted into one, you pick up on the routines and regimen of the classroom teacher.  It’s a whole new world when you get a classroom of your own.

As Matthew noted, we grew up in an educational system where the teacher had respect by virtue of standing at the front of the classroom.  He provoked me to think of just how many of my teachers had first names.  Or at least first names that I knew.  I always figured it was a scheme devised to stop us from looking up their address in the phone book.  (what’s a phone book sir?)

Certainly, back in the day, I didn’t have the ability to follow my teacher on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.  I didn’t give paybacks with RateMyTeacher.  Heck, I didn’t even have Canada411.

Matthew reminds us that it’s a different world today.  By its nature, so much is open, available, and friendly.  Casual and easily made relationships are the norm.

Consequently, respect doesn’t come as part of the job.

You want respect – you’ve got to earn it. You want respect? You have to establish it.


How’s that for a collection of inspirational blog posts to start your Friday?  Make sure that you click through and read them in their entirety.  Then, head over to the big collection for even more.  If you’re blogging and from Ontario, there’s a form there to add your blog to the list for me.  Some folks are even using the form just to let me know their Twitter handle.  That’s OK too.

Before you leave, make sure that you add these people to your learning network.

Show a little social media love and retweet the link to any of these posts that resonate with you.  Or, just share this post and do them all at once.

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3 thoughts on “This Week in Ontario Edublogs

  1. Thanks for the mentions, Doug, and all of the HWDSB love! This is a good week for Hamilton-Wentworth Edubloggers. I kind of love how it’s a teacher, principal, and superintendent from our Board that are mentioned here: shows that blogging can happen at all different levels in Boards, and that these voices can co-exist. Isn’t this a wonderful feeling?!

    I found your comment about my book post interesting. I might even give this activity a try with our K class (and we will remember a hashtag 🙂 ). I wonder though why we’d have to change the rules. Is a favourite book also a great book? I wonder how many adults selected a favourite book and not just a great one. I’m curious if our Kindergarteners could distinguish between “great” and “favourite.” I might have to ask. Your comment makes me wonder about teaching. Do we sometimes infer that kids will be at a certain point, so we create more restrictions or change language in an attempt to support them, when really kids would surprise us if we expected more from them? It comes back to the other point in this book blog post of mine, and the comment on “play.” Hmmm …

    Thanks for the Friday morning thinking and reading!
    Aviva

  2. Interesting take, Aviva. I still think that there’s a difference between “great” and “favourite”. I can easily tell you what my “favourite” book is. But, when I was prompted to come up with a “great” book, it required a great deal of critical thinking. I think it’s easy to see how a book becomes a “favourite” but a lot more thought if you had to identify one as “great”. Where’s my Tony the Tiger impersonation when I need it?

  3. I find this so interesting, Doug! I could think of many “great books,” but have to think a lot more to determine my “favourite.” I wonder what others think. How many people identified their favourite book for this activity, and how many chose a great one? I hope others will comment with their thoughts.

    Aviva

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