This Week in Ontario Edublogs

Yes, it’s that time.  Time for a wander around the province looking at some of the great thinking (and blogging) from some Ontario Edubloggers. (The big list!)


The Art of Leading Like a Sage and a Lunatic

I think that this post, from David Carruthers, tags on nicely to a previous post where he talked about Pockets of Innovations.  He introduces a couple of terms “sage” and “lunatic” to the conversation.  The latter isn’t the nicest of words but David brings it into play from a post that he had read in another place.

The intent here, it seems to me, is to identify the safe areas and then those that choose to lead by going past that safe area.  Those that go beyond aren’t necessarily the most popular but I would maintain that a system that wishes to grow in new areas needs these types badly.

sage

Which one do you identify with?  Think about your staffroom.  Can you put faces to the names?  What would a system be like without either?  And, when there are names/tags, there are also opposites.  What would you say is the opposite to David’s interpretation of a sage or a lunatic?  What is their place within a system?

Also, note that David has a new blogging address.

As Stephen Hurley and I chatted abou this on VoicEdRadio, Paul McGuire was countering some of our discussion with his own perspective.  I’d love to see a post from David or Paul or maybe them together with the topic “Do schools move forward because of centrally assigned resources or despite of centrally assigned resources?”  Gauntlet thrown.


It Takes a Village

Talk about airing your parenting philosophy!  Every parent of a pre-school child needs to read this post from Jennifer Aston.  Well, at least if you want more from childcare than just a drop off for the day while you go to work.

Jennifer develops a story of two daycare centres; one chosen by convenience and another chosen by a philosophy of care that is in line with her thinking and desires.

They were considerably different.

I’ll never forget watching a little girl run up to a teacher to share something excitedly with her.  While the little girl was interrupting, the teacher dressed her down in front of me and I quickly saw this little girl deflate in front of my eyes.  She was embarrassed and humiliated.

In the position that Jennifer describes, would you have the will to make the same decisions that she made?

Towards the end, she makes reference to one of the points raised by the Liberal Party as we head into an election.  It should make you think; right now, your dollars and philosophy drive your childcare decisions.  With universal free daycare, will you still have a choice?  How similar to public education would public daycare be?


OLYMPIC ATHLETE NICK POLONIATO!

Kimberley Weir gives us a one sentence blog post about a special guest to her classroom.

Don’t let that stop you from clicking through to her blog though.  The rest is a wonderful collection of pictures from the visit that really tell a bigger story.

i.e. do you earn anything if you don’t get a gold, silver, or bronze metal?

And, if you thought that bobsleigh or skeleton was just a fancy name for tobogganing, you have to check out the helmet!


Get Ready, Get Set, Present!

In Ontario, we are so fortunate to have great people like Diana Maliszewski who takes the time and effort to present at various professional learning events throughout the province.

I still remember seeing her in full Minecraft costume at an event and stopping right in front of my path and her mime act that made me wonder just who the heck this person was!

In her future,

  • TDSB Unleash Learning
  • ETFO ICT Conference
  • ECOOcamp Owen Sound
  • Make a Difference

As well, she’s planning to assist with the OLA Superconference.  With the call for proposals out now for Bring IT, Together, I’ll bet that’s on her list as well.


Part 4: Ahas and the Road that lies ahead!

There isn’t enough room on this Friday morning to dig into this post, er, series of posts, from Anne Marie Luce.

It involves a Tweet, a dream team, and a series of professional learning events half a world away.

We’re fortunate that she documented things in a collection of blog posts.

  • Part 1: It all started with a Tweet……
  • Part 2 of 4: East meets West
  • Part 3: The Tipping Point
  • Part 4: Ahas and the Road that lies ahead!

For those who wish to be leaders in professional learning in their school, it should provide interesting reading about a journey of growth within a staff.


OK GO – Rube Goldberg in the Grade 5 classroom.

This post, from Marc Hodgkinson was nominated by colleage Ramona Meharg.  I’m thankful for that.  It reeled me in at Rube Goldberg.  Ever since I first played Mouse Trap, I’ve been a fan of Goldberg and those who have continued to make the concept grow.

Who remember The Incredible Machine?

The blog post is an overview of a Grade 5 activity and embedded, you’ll find a link to a Google Slides presentation that provides more detail and inspiration about this Simple Machines activity.


The Good And Bad Of Labels

Very nicely in this post, Aviva Dunsiger takes us on a trip through the use of labels and Autism Awareness Day was her inspiration.

In education, we have noble goals about making every child a success and yet traditional approaches don’t work for everyone.  For those, we have labels.

labels

So, the good part is that if we assign a label to a child, they get the desired assistance that they need.  The bad part?  Once you’ve had that label applied, can you ever get rid of it?

She got me thinking about labels that aren’t always so visible.  When I went to secondary school, for example, I was in the “5 year program” and my homeroom was 9A.  In my school, we also had the “Occupations program” and their corresponding homeroom was 9a.  There was no way out from 9a to eventually get to 9A.  They were clearly labelled by type and by program.  I hadn’t thought about that for a long time, so thanks Avia.

While labels may have their purpose, they really do need to be used appropriately.  And, we need to remember that they’re labels and not tattoos.


What a wonderful collection of blog posts yet again.  Please click through and read them in their entirety.

And, make sure that you’re following these folks.

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