This Week in Ontario Edublogs

Advice from my wife “At least you don’t have to shovel it”.  But, seriously, it would be nice to have a run of pleasant weather for a change.

Stay refreshed with these cool posts from Ontario Edubloggers.

TVDSB PLN, Thank You!

David Carruthers says something that we all should but probably don’t.  When was the last time that you formally thanked someone that you’ve learned from.  There’s a nice lesson in this post.

He also makes reference to the leading within the province that Thames Valley does.  That should serve as a challenge for others who wish to be in the same boat.  Or, you could just follow the hashtag #tvdsbtech.

And, it appears to be working.  Periodically, I interview interesting people on this blog.  I looked down the list and was nicely surprised with the number of interesting people that came from the Thames Valley DSB.

Not to be outdone, there are also interviews from the Catholic Board and the Faculty of Education.

My “New” Learning Space!

Peter Cameron is on the move.

As I read the post, I saw it as part planning and part a call for assistance.

Peter’s class is moving outside to a portable classroom.  It’s a solution for schools and districts to handle over crowding in a school building.  I’ve seen great portable classrooms – new with great flexibility, wireless internet access, outfitted like any other classroom, air conditioned, etc.  I’ve also seen portable classrooms that should have long been disposed of – none of the niceties of education, old floors that bounce, blackboards, populated by chairs that nobody else wants, etc.

Obviously, I hope for the former for Peter’s new digs.

In the meantime, he’s asking for a little help with his cottage plans …


Fear and Elation…it must be June!

Here’s a blog post title that every teacher could write a post for.  Amy Szerminska was there first!

It’s a long-ish reflection on a class without grades.  I don’t know her reality but I can’t help but think that maybe she’s being a little harsh on herself in this personal accounting for how things went.


  • students making work for my class their last priority because they know I am flexible
  • students are not all looking at (and using) the feedback I give them
  • distilling things down to a single percentage grade at the end of the semester

She does interview her students for their thoughts about grades and shares the results with us.  Interesting summary.

But, I’m sure that the handwritten comment on an exam will make for a great summer for Amy.



I’ve been really attracted to the posts that Anne Marie Luce has been sharing this past year detailing her experiences teaching in China.

In a conversation with Stephen Hurley, a nice summary comes through in her own voice.

It’s a good listen and I would encourage you to do so.  But, no matter what success that you have, there are still things that you miss about home.  Be it ever so humble…

There is joy in the familiar. Mint chocolate chip ice cream, BBQs, pilates, the farmer’s market, cooking, driving, shopping in my favourite stores, coffee with a friend, walking in the park, my bed and my home.

A Manifesto for Changing how Canadians can Help People in the Global South

Paul McGuire was a guest on the This Week in Ontario Edublogs show this past week.  I was pleased when he accepted the invitation.

If you follow Paul’s blog, you know that he has a passion for causes.  Most recently, he’s been expressing his thoughts about Development and Peace.  While the blog posts are nice, he really expanded nicely on the show.

In this post, he provides a manifesto to make it work.

  • gather a group of Canadians with public policy and development experience to reform the organization allowing for more flexibility and growth in the 21st century.
  • change the nature of fundraising
  • emphasize Canadian over Catholic

If you haven’t already, I’d encourage you to listen to the radio show and Paul’s thoughts.

Defining Digital Literacies – Why is this so hard?

Good question, Steven Secord.

It’s just as simple as this image from Helen Dewaard that he includes in the post.

So many school districts and organizations have policies about Digital Literacies but are they all the same?

They can’t possibly be.  Everyone’s definition will take on a different slant.

And, all that it takes is to put your ear to the ground to realize that change isn’t going to end any time soon.  Maybe it gets easier if we accept that notion instead of trying to find a strict definition.

Read Through A Creative Slump

So, how do you tacked a creative slump?

Matthew Oldridge shares with us how he does so – by going to a bookstore and taking a different approach to selecting what to read.

Use his great advice.

Reading is not wasted time. It is essential to recharge and refresh the creative mind.

Then, circle back to the beginning of his post where he takes on the notion of creation versus consumption.

My take is that consumption can be scheduled.  You can indeed set aside time to consume whatever it is that you want.  You can’t schedule creativity.  It happens when it happens.

How do you handle it?

Taking my lead from David Carruthers, I extend a heart felt thank you to all these wonderful bloggers for taking time to share with us.  It’s been another great week of reading for me.

Take the time to click through and read all the original posts and then make sure you’re following them on Twitter.

OTR Links 07/06/2018

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