This Week in Ontario Edublogs

It’s time for another wander around the province, checking out the great thinking from Ontario Edubloggers.  As always, there’s some great, relevant professional learning just a click away.

Reframing Resistance

This post, from Lisa Cranston, provides an interesting insight about how to handle push back when delivering a professional learning session – through a self-registration lens.

Stephen Porgues talks about the need to feel safe in order to learn – how do we create an environment that fosters a sense of safety?

In a typical professional learning session, there’s often a real mixture of participants.  When the participant is there through their own choice, there’s bound to be a greater sense of safety.  It’s easy to see the opposite when the session is laid on and your attendance is required.

We talk about the rule of two feet and often attribute it to selecting based upon interest; perhaps an eye towards safety should be considered a factor as well?  What can be done to make a safe place to learn?

What Brings you Joy?

I kind of think that Paul McGuire’s thoughts about joy tags on nicely to Lisa’s thoughts about safety.

Paul sees a sense of joy in

Working with accepting people who appreciate your work and the time devoted to creative projects.

In terms of projects, I think he describes a perfect condition for joy and safety.  What’s even more interesting is to imagine the opposite.  In Paul’s case, he sees the opposite of joy as “mired in negativity” and goes on to make the reference to organizations.

Anything come to mind?

I also thought of opportunities to experience pure joy on a personal level – winning a football championship, finally reaching a student, birth of a child, meeting a childhood friend, and more.

I find myself not necessarily wanting to analyze it but I really appreciate the prompt from Paul to think about what brings me joy.  It’s been wonderful; I hope that you take a moment to reach Paul’s post and experience the same.

Les 4Ps d’un état d’équilibre

For the record, when you have Google Chrome set to automatically translate text, the 4Ps that Joel McLean identifies in French don’t all become Ps in English.

  • Pourquoi – Why
  • Perspective – Perspective
  • Priorités – Priorities
  • Progrès – Progress

I found the four points in the post interesting to think about.  It’s also intriguing to consider their order.

If you think, cause and effect, the last three make for a good starting point for reflection.  Then, I turned to the “Pourquoi” which helped with the context.

Since my word for 2018 is “Balance”, I found Joel’s post of particular interest.  If I can understand that there never will be perfect balance, understanding everything else and then challenging myself to understand the “Why” makes so much sense.

This is a great leadership post put in very practical terms.

Technology is a Church

So, Royan Lee freely admits that:

We’re an Apple family.

Watch the family that unboxes a non-Apple device!


It’s a great family event, I wish I had fast internet access like them (I was in awe of the download speed) and being photobombed by the family dog puts it over the top.

Now, their goal is to let Siri win them back.

Flipgrid for the camera shy

Jen Giffen runs into a challenge that seems so unintuitive to me.

People wanting to use Flipgrid but they don’t want their camera pointed at them.  C’mon, Flipgrid users, isn’t that the point?

I remember the first time that I saw Flipgrid in action.  It reminded me of the screens from the Brady Bunch show!

To solve this situation, Jen goes with the flow and offers some alternatives to your beautiful countenance.  Each comes with instructions.

  1. Voki
  2. My Simple Show
  3. Stop Motion with Google Slides
  4. Chatterpix 
  5. Sock Puppets 

Sock Puppets?  Can you take anyone seriously if they’re talking using this app?  <grin>

Counting With Your Eyes: Subitizing

We all do it, don’t we?  I guess I’ve just never thought about it as deeply as I did while reading Kyle Pearce’s post.

I also don’t ever recall being explicitly taught the concept either.  But, after reading Kyle’s post, I absolutely know that I do it.  If you’re interested, he has a free download of resources from this post.

All the time.

I especially found his talking about clumping interesting when thinking about my use of the concept.  Depending upon the objects, I either clump by 3s, 5s, or 7s.  Why all odd numbers?

It also brought me some fond memories of playing cards – they’re not all what we think of today – check these out.

If we had these in common use today, the concept of subitizing would take on a new level of importance.

Why do we have numbers on modern playing cards but not on dice or dominoes?  Personally, I blame Omar Sharif.

Learning factories

This post, by Jim Cash, was totally different from the sort of writing that I’ve come to expect and enjoy from him.

He draws a very visual description of a factory assembly line.

Imagine you have a new job in a busy factory, on an assembly line where parts continuously come down the line that you need put together. They come really fast but you are new and can’t keep up. Just to reduce your anxiety and embarrassment, you quickly pile a large number of the parts into a big box beside you.

I couldn’t help but think of the classic Lucille Bond segment.

In Jim’s post, he describes the desire to search for a new job, in search of a different criteria for success.

He paints a very interesting parallel to education.

His scenarios may just give you pause for how you’re going to teach something today.

Don’t you just love Fridays around here?

It’s a day of inspiration from these fine folks.  Please click through and read/share their original posts.  Your learning network will appreciate it.

And, make sure that you’re following these great bloggers.

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