This Week in Ontario Edublogs

Welcome to Friday and another chance to look at some of the terrific blog posts from Ontario Edubloggers.  As always, there’s something in here that will make you think.

I know it’s Friday the 13th but don’t be afraid.  Read on.

Your Final Homework: A Letter To Future Students

From Cameron Steltman’s class, a final opportunity for students to have their thoughts shared before graduating.  Regular readers will remember the unique approach that Cameron uses to blog with his students – he writes a provocation and they respond.  This time, it was

For homework this week please write a letter to MY (Mr. Steltman) future students; write to students who will be in my class next year a letter on “How to be successful in Mr. Steltman’s Class”.  

There are some really interesting and fun pieces of advice.

Apparently, writing on Mr. Steltman’s whiteboard is a universal no-no.

Use of research to shape the practice of knowledge mobilization

From the KNAER-RECRAE blog, some thoughts about “knowledge mobilization”.

The survey provided some insights into the reasons for this disconnect between knowledge mobilization documentation and the practice of knowledge mobilization.

It’s an interesting look into the concept about how research is written and successfully shared.  I can’t help but think that the traditional approach has been surpassed since moving from the paper journal to being online.

More research than ever is easily available but is there room to grow?  It also leads to the thought for me is that with so much available, how do you determine the value and worth of any support article?

I like that this discussion happened but it does give a lot of additional questions to be answered.  Stay tuned.

Summer Learning 2018

So, what are your summer learning plans?

In this post, Jim Cash shares a lot of great ideas that he’s exploring, including the Exploring Modern Learners Summer Conference.

Some ideas might be technology based; some might be “other”.

As for Jim …


Finding Elegance in Equivalence

You know what I like about this post from Heather Theijsmeijer.

  1. it’s about mathematics; you can never have too much mathematics
  2. it’s a reminder that not all solutions require a brute force solution – sometimes, there’s a great deal of elegance

When I started to read this post, I thought it was going to be one of those tricky problems that you see on Facebook.  It’s anything but.

Heather illustrates a brute force solution and it certainly works.

But, there’s a better way…


When I read this post, it took me back to my Faculty of Education days.  Don Fraser, teaching mathematics, had written a book about mathematics and hockey.

It was awesome to see the concept revisited in Ramona Meharg’s post.  She had a group of students this past year who just loved hockey.  She breaks down their learning in terms of

  • Regular Season
  • Playoffs
  • Post Season

She’s got a great reflection that applies to all.  Why wait? – start early.

The joy of mathematics is that it parallels the school season!  You could easily add the Pre Season and go the distance with this.

Calculating Volunteer Hours

Have you ever had a need to use pivot tables in a spreadsheet?  If you have, you may not need to read Jen Giffen’s post.

But, if you’ve ever been curious about pivot tables and you’re looking for a concrete example, click through and read on.  She’s also included a one-take video of the process.

Research Says That Using Vertical Non-Permanent Surfaces (VNPS) Keep Kids On Task Longer

Maybe not in Cameron’s class, but Kyle Pearce builds the case for the use of writing on whiteboards.

As a presenter, he finds himself in all kinds of environments and offers a solution that would be consistent no matter where he goes.


This is a new product for me.  Kyle describes the background leading into his use and makes an interesting argument about writing on solid things versus digital things.

I hope that you can find some time on this relaxing Friday to click through and read these blog posts and even drop off a comment or two.  Bloggers like that sort of thing.

Then, of course, make sure that you follow these folks on Twitter.


2 thoughts on “This Week in Ontario Edublogs

  1. Loved the letter to next years class idea. The students posts were honest, funny and heart felt. Thanks for including me in this list and I enjoyed being part of the show this week….even if no one could hear it!


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