This Week in Ontario Edublogs

Ah, the end of a busy week.

You’ve got one thing to do before the weekend. Catch up with the thoughts of some amazing Ontario Edubloggers.

This week’s posts come from:

On cultivating curiosity in the classroom

I don’t think that there can be enough posts on this topic. Just how do you inspire that sense of curiosity? In this post, Rob Cannone shares some of his ideas for use in a connected world.

Most of the ideas have a technology slant and I don’t think anyone should ever apologize for doing that. It sure beats a lot of the simple minded activities that we know can happen, particular in an uninspiring iPad classroom.

One stuck out at me and reminded me of how old school I am, I guess. I’ve always relied on RSS and an aggregator for pulling things for me to stay on top of things. Admittedly, I felt adrift when Google Reader went away but The Old Reader is my go-to now.

Rob suggests a newer concept – allow an appropriate website to do its updates for you via push notifications. I’d never thought of that but the concept is interesting. Very little is required of students to use the feature. The teacher would need to suggest some sites that would be helpful and would have to know how to turn them off when no longer relevant. It’s an interesting concept; I hope Rob writes more about how he uses the concept.

In the post, he also shares three other ways that he “cultivates curiosity” in his classroom. It’s good to see someone still using QR Codes.

Educating Grayson: How Do We Make Inclusion Work?

Last week, I’d taken a look at some of the thoughts from Paul McGuire about inclusion. He was inspired by the current educational direction and an article from the Globe and Mail.

In this post, Aviva Dunsiger shares her insights about how she makes including a child with autism into her classroom. Of course, being a kindergarten teacher, many of the suggestions may not apply everywhere but I’m sure could lead to inspiration of your own.

Of interest, is a long paragraph of bullet points that start with “I did” and enumerates many of the things she did.

And, what would an Aviva post be if it didn’t have a lot of purple and an explanation about how self-regulation fit into her plans.

If you’re in the position of dealing with inclusion, you might find a tip or two here from Aviva.


In a world of #onewords, this choice from Ann Marie Luce is very interesting.

She hasn’t identified things like “balance”, “leadership”, “health”, or any of the traditional words chosen by so many. That doesn’t mean that they’re bad; it’s just that she has taken a different tact.

Readers of this blog will know that I’ve been enjoying reading about her experiences as a principal in China. She’s taken advantage of her location to do some travelling in the Far East and apparently wants more.

So, here word is “Explore”.

Where, why, and what happens to her former job in Ontario? You’ll have to read her post to find out.

Update: Assessment

Lisa Corbett paints a wonderful picture of some interviews with her students for report cards.

In the process, she’s describing the process of interviewing that she uses. In this case, it’s about Mathematics and she asks each child to solve 7 + 9. Crackers, that is.

She describes the responses as falling into one of three methods for solution. But, it’s the description of each of the three methods that had me hooked, reading this post.

The only thing missing was whether of not anyone is biting on their tongue as they do their thinking!

Words Matter. But Sometimes the Interbrain Matters More.

From the Merit Centre blog, John Hoffman shared a thought and a personal reflection about comfort.

I think we all grew up with the sage advice…

Choose your words wisely

It was good advice then and still good advice today. Of that, there can be no doubt.

But what happens when that isn’t enough?

John shares some thoughts about the interbrain and applies to a particular home situation.

Reminders like this can be so powerful and even more powerful is recognizing just how it works.

Speaking on and about black male students

Matthew Morris shares an interesting personal situation of writer’s block. So, far, he claims that he has the first sentence of a message to staff written about an initiative that he wants to start. That’s about it.

You’d think that, in education, we’d have a solution for him. After all, we talk about education for all, don’t we. Can an author get a little help?

Apparently not.

The school system maintains a storage shed of words and phrases ready to deploy at any time for describing black male students. Our black boys are our most vulnerable, or our “at-risk” ones, or the underachievers, the disadvantaged, or underserved, or our minority students. The list of descriptors goes on and on. When speaking on their plight, we offer our pre-stamped condolences through nouns and verbs like concern, or challenge. It is no wonder we seem lost in white man’s land – spinning our wheels in the vehicle of progress only to end up in the same position over and over again.

Isn’t the fact that we have that “storage shed” in itself a condemnation of those goals that we speak so glowingly of?

If you own a traditional shed at your place, you will undoubtedly clean it out every now and again. If we truly believe in education for all, isn’t it time that this shed get the same treatment?

Ideal PD?

From Peter Cameron’s blog, he shares this graphic.

What’s the topic?

If you guessed, picking the best professional learning experience for yourself, then you’re a winner.

He got me thinking about my own learning, both when I was gainfully employed and now.

I think I can boil it down to this “Find someone you admire for a particular reason and analyse why you admire them. What makes them stand apart from the rest? Learn as much as you can about them and what they’re doing.”

When I look at it through this lens, it makes so much sense. It takes the location, venue, and time out of the equation. If I truly believe that I’m a lifelong learner, I should be constantly in search of the next great thing to learn. It takes me away from those that superficially skimmed a book or attended another presentation and now present themselves as “experts”.

It seems that, at least for me, the onus is on me to be the initiator and searcher of learning opportunities and not just taking back what someone else things is good for me. I guess that’s why I enjoy reading blog posts where people are sharing their current thoughts and experiences.

How about you?

I hope that you enjoyed this collection of posts. I know that I certainly did. Please take a few moments and click through to read them in their entirety.

And, of course, make sure that you follow them or their blogs for more.

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