This Week in Ontario Edublogs

It’s always an honour to write this regular Friday post.  There are always so many wonderful things coming from the blogs of Ontario Edubloggers.  This week is no different.

Aren’t I In Teaching To Teach?

After reading this title from Aviva Dunsiger, I thought that perhaps she was going to head off in the direction of the Health and Physical Education controversy in Ontario.  After all, it’s big in the news these days and the title itself is one that I think every educator uses regularly when pushed about their own educational philosophy.

But, that wasn’t the direction of this post.  Aviva turns instead to thinking about self-regulation and, in typical Aviva style, has many questions.


If you have answers, I’m sure that Aviva would appreciate comments to her post.

Of note, embedded in this post is a link to educator being a “Stress Detective“.  It’s well worth the time to investigate.

The conclusion is worth a ponder if you’ve ever found yourself saying the words in her title.  Are you true to them?  How does your own personal accountability to the school and next year’s teacher affect this?

Blue Gold

As I read this post, I’m reminded of quote attributed to Yogi Berra.

You can observe a lot by just watching

In this post, Peter Cameron weaves a wonderful story that happened while on a bike ride.

As we were riding, we passed a woman dressed in traditional Anishinaabe clothing, carrying a staff in one hand and a copper bucket in the other. 

The post includes a hand-drawn representation.

Read on and you’ll find references to Professionally Speaking, Nibi, Lake Superior and some of its feeder rivers, Google Earth, The Water Walker, Make a Difference, Junior Water Walkers, Great Lakes, and more.  You have to read the post in its entirety to see the thread that brings all this together.

It’s such an inspirational post and I suspect we’re going to hear more about this in future posts.

In the meantime, you might just be wondering what you’ve personally missed by not seeking out answers to things you’ve seen.

Friday Two Cents: Reflections On My Old School And Being Bullied

I always thought that it would have been kind of a life mission to get a job teaching in the school that I learned in.  Sure, I had issues growing up.

But, none compared to what Paul Gauchi describes in this post.

It’s a sad story reflecting back on some of the bullying activities that happened to him personally and the reactions from those around him as a result.  I think we could all see ourselves fitting into his shoes.

But then, Paul ends up with an Occasional Teacher job back at the school where it all happens.  That’s what brings the conversation full circle.

This is a post that you won’t quickly abandon.

What do daughters do without fathers

From Heather Swail comes a post about a life and its challenges with and without a father.

There are highs and lows and questions left unanswered.

Heather was a guest on voicEd Radio’s This Week in Ontario Edublogs this past week and goes into more intimate and personal details in the show (which you can download and listen to on demand).

One of the notes that I made to myself as I read this post was the message of strength that Heather describes in family member which I’m sure you’ll agree serves as character building for a lifetime.

The Opposition grows in Ontario to Health Curriculum Changes – Minus a Catholic Voice

Like many educators in the province, Paul McGuire is following the developments in the future of the Health and Physical Education Curriculum.  On the Ministry of Education’s website at the time of this writing, the 2015 Revised curriculum remains as a link.  There is a separate link to “Sex education in Ontario“.

I think I know Paul well enough to know that he’s interested in the big picture, K-12, but as a former principal of a K-6 schools, there has to be a special interest or concern as these are the grades the curriculum generates the most controversy.

I find it interesting just from a literacy perspective as the Minister refers to using the 2014 curriculum whereas others refer to the 1998 curriculum.

Paul uses, as a source document, a Google Doc from Andrew Campbell which is tracking responses by school organizations.  I found it an interesting exercise to read the varying levels of position from the various districts.  Paul is quick to note that there is no official stand from any Catholic District School Board.  He does include a comment from the chair of Huron-Superior Catholic School Board.

We’re now into August with no resolution in sight.  Indeed, there seems to be no consensus among District School Boards.  Paul wants to know where there are no official comments from a Catholic School Board.

The Privilege to Look Away- and the courage to speak up

We live in interesting times.  With cell phones and security cameras everywhere, it’s a common occurrence to turn on the news and see incidents that will leave you shaking your head.

But what happens when it happens in the first person?

That’s the story that Debbie Donsky shares in this post.  She was witness to an incident between a “young racialized” student and a bus driver which she considered inappropriate … and did nothing.

Until later … when she wrote to the TTC and described the situation there.

Such was the launch to a number of musings from her in this post and her personal resolutions…

So here it is…my formal commitment to no longer stand on the sidewalk and speak from the sidelines.

My journey to Google Certification

For some people, being certified by a particular company is a big deal.  Many post their badges of honour on their resumes, social media, and anywhere someone is likely to see it.

In this post, Jennifer Casa-Todd shares her path towards Google Certification.  tldr; her badge is at the bottom of the post and expires in 2021.  So, congratulations to her for sticking with it.

Her thoughts?

Google Innovator? Trainer? Maybe. Maybe not. In the end it’s not the status but the learning that I value most, and the knowledge that when I set out to do something, I can! 

As a holder of vendor certifications, I can agree with the learning part.  Absolutely.

Indeed, making the commitment is a personal decision.  My thoughts about certification soured during one session though when something wrong happened and we were told by our instructor that this happens sometimes and, if you’re training others, the official language is “that’s unexpected behaviour”.  I just didn’t want to be an apologist for something that wasn’t perfect.

My current thinking is that there is so much to learn, I really don’t want to learn enough at one point in time to pass a test.  I prefer to lean towards “just in time learning” and learn something that I need when I need it.

If learning is important to you and you’d like to make Ontario connections, Jennifer does make reference to the Ontario Google Educators Group.  Connect via:

As luck would have it, two interviews came to a conclusion this week and got posted to this blog.  I was fortunate enough to interview both Martha Martin and Sue Dunlop.

Twitter accounts for those mentioned in this post:

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OTR Links 08/03/2018

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