This Week in Ontario Edublogs

The Christmas time thing always throws me off track with respect to the calendar. I had already written a post for tomorrow and, as I was about to schedule it, realized that tomorrow was Friday!

D’oh! Well, the good news is that my Saturday post is done.

Back to Friday and the great things coming from Ontario Edubloggers.

Skyscraper Templates – for Relational Rods

Thanks to Mark Chubb for this inspirational and insightful post. It supports his beliefs in teaching mathematics.

A belief I have: Teaching mathematics is much more than providing neat things for our students, it involves countless decisions on our part about how to effectively make the best use of the problem / activity.  Hopefully, this post has helped you consider your own decision making processes!

This is a very neat concept.

Even a top down look inspires a number of possible ways to use this for me. Mark includes more pictures to inspire you to thinking about looking at it from many angles. And, it follows, that you can look at mathematics from various angles too!

Looking back on 2018 in #OntEd

Alanna King takes a look back at her learning from 2018. It’s so inclusive and not just a one shot workshop and you’re done! I’m loving the hashtags.

  • #self-funded
  • #OLA
  • #UGDSB
  • #OTF
  • #OSSTF

She expands on each and names names. As Past President of ECOO, I’m glad to see that the Bring IT, Together conference was in there although my presentation didn’t make the list. I will admit to sitting in and learning from a session that Alanna did herself. Sometimes the prep for a presentation is the best learning that can happen!

This is a summary of a very ambitious year so kudos to Alanna for all that she took advantage of. The only thing I would add are the wonderful blogs that support learning daily.

I desperately hope that folks from the Ministry of Education and those who would make policy around education take a read and realize that cutbacks to professional learning can only serve to hurt an education system.

If we had more people like Alanna taking advantage of all the opportunities, imagine how the system would grow.

Get Curious: Developing Curiosity in Schools

I’ve never known Debbie Donsky to write a short post and she doesn’t disappoint in her latest.

This time, it’s about the challenge of effective and worthwhile assessment and her thoughts about the causes and possible solutions.

The post turns in to a survey of significant literature and her takeaways from them. If I was a teacher-librarian or a professional developer worth my salt, I’d find some way to take the lead with the groundwork that she has done in this post. Hint, hint.

Lost in a Bog

Jennifer Aston has a number of passions and sets the stage for this post by giving us this as her background and then it’s off to the bog.

Yes, bog. Not blog.

She’s fortunate to teach fairly close to a bog; not everyone has that luxury. But, if you do or you can, why not?

It’s a nice field trip at a certain level. Around here, a favourite destination is the Hillman Marsh. Things can be addressed superficially but if you dig (symbolically or physically), there is so much more.

Jennifer shares a wonderful set of inquiry questions.

  • What will the bog be like in 100 years?
  • Why is peat acidic?
  • Can a bog be salt water?
  • How do trees get their oxygen?
  • Who named peat peat?
  • What changes nitrate levels in water?
  • How much water would drain from the bog in a decade?
  • Can the Sifton Bog be infected by blue-green algae?
  • What made the old dock sink?

To date, she summarizes four trips made.


There may be colleagues that will make getting connected on Twitter as their new year resolution.

If they’re turning to you, you might want to re-direct them to this post from Jennifer Casa-Todd.

There are lots of good things in this post to get folks started.

It’s funny, having been using Twitter for so long, to think that there was a time when I took my first steps. But, I did.

And I’m so glad.

The amazing thing is that there’s new learning for me every day. Not about Twitter. Quite frankly, anyone who knows their way around a computer keyboard can master the techniques of Twitter.

It’s the people connection and the high quality conversations and resources that can come from following the right people that matter mosts.

From Pineapples to Pinecones ~ PQP Ponderings

I found it interesting to read Sue Bruyns’ observation of the type of candidate that she finds is currently taking part in the Principal Qualifications Program.

Rather than reading from a script (like Sue would ever…), she shares how she’s learning and making accommodations for this shift in the participants.

As with all rich professional learning which leads to a renewed sense of curiosity, my next leadership move as an OPC instructor is to explore more deeply the messaging that is coming from our system and how it aligns with what our provincial council has identified as what our work should look like.

Shouldn’t everything in education be addressed like this?

DitchSummit 2018 – a sketchnote review

And now for something completely different…

We’ve all been to conferences and attended sessions and taken notes, right?

Jen Giffen attended the DitchSummit and Sketchnoted all the sessions she attended…like this one.

Don’t take my word for it – click through to her blog post and check them all out.

Maybe you’ll be inspired to change the way you document things in the future.

I hope that you consider these posts a late Christmas gift and take the time to check out the original posts. There’s lot of great stuff there!

And, add these bloggers to your personal learning network.


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