This Week in Ontario Edublogs

It’s Friday and time for a wander around the blogging province to see what’s new. In fact, there is quite a bit and certainly some food for thought from Ontario Edubloggers. By the way, I’m always on the lookout for new blogs; there’s a form there to add yours.

On Being a “Teacher-Librarian”

If you think it’s all about the books, you haven’t been paying attention.

If it is all about the books at your school, your administration needs to read this post from Beth Lyons.

Three points that she highlights from this post:

  • Starts with books
  • Pedagogy
  • Uncovering the curriculum

In a day and age when there are no shortage of resources, connections, initiatives, and challenges, there is no finer school asset than a teacher-librarian.

At the same time, they can both be the resource for stability and innovation. Why wouldn’t you be turning to them? They’re just waiting to assist.

Being a teacher-librarian is one of the most rewarding and exciting roles of my career. It is a gift. And one I do not take lightly.

Read Beth’s post and you’ll see that she definitely embodies this.

No Such Thing as a Bad Kid

There is so much discussion about mindset, and I would think that the title of this post from Stuart Shanker should absolutely fill some of that mindset space.

Is there room to adopt this philosophy? “But, what about the kid who …”

In the post, Stuart identifies some of the ways that kids cope with situations and it challenges you to understand why they act that way. But, just because they’re responding that way, Stuart reminds you that that doesn’t necessarily make them a “bad kid”.

Recognizing the difference between misbehaviour and stress-behaviour is the first step to helping a child who is subject to angry explosions or aggression. 

Week 4, Winter 2019

This is an impressive set of resources for instructors at Fleming College as provided by their Learning Design and Support Team.

By making it visible on their blog, it makes the resources available for everyone, not just those on staff. Now that’s progressive. How many colleges and universities provide the same support but keep it tucked behind a login/password challenge? Why?

Does it make you think that, if everyone did this, the power of sharing and collaboration would make everyone better?

There are two things that particularly interest me in this post.

  • Open Education Week (March 4-8, 2019)
  • Ontario Open Badge Forum

I look forward to following along and learning more about these.

5 School Ideas for Black History Month

Matthew Morris offers five big ideas for schools and educators…

  • Ask Students
  • Suture History with the Present
  • Connect Hip Hop Culture
  • Invest in Local Relevance
  • Extend Beyond February

and he fleshes out each of these topics.

A couple of things jumped out at me…

  • History
    • The timing is absolutely right for this. Matthew gives some traditional names but Canadians have a brand new $10 bill that could open the door to imagination, discussion, and research
  • Local Relevance
    • Right here locally, we are fortunate to have the Amherstburg Freedom Museum which has opened its collection to share some “rarely seen” artifacts. There’s also a page on their site devoted to celebrating events over the month in a PDF file. (It’s huge)
    • What’s available in your locality?

How to coddle a volunteer

It’s pretty easy for an organization to coddle volunteers when you have the right volunteers.

Alanna King would be one of those volunteers (pictured above with Diana Maliszewski .

Truth be known, conferences and professional learning events are largely successful through the work of volunteers. Yes, there will be those who are planners but, when it’s show time, having a well-equipped army of volunteers makes all the difference in the world.

Alanna gives a very detailed summary of her experience as a volunteer at the recently completed OLA Superconference

  • Partners
  • Advocacy
  • Red vests
  • Biology needs
  • Wiggle room
  • Instructions
  • Help
  • Leashes
  • Bedtime
  • Breakfast
  • Little music
  • Exit plan

The list above may give you an indication of what was involved and you’ll be tired after reading because she breaks her involvement out in detail.

I think I know her well enough to say that she’s not exaggerating. Whoever follows her will have big shoes to fill!

Sebby Dee turns 3!

This post is a little off the beaten track for what gets included on Friday mornings but I was oddly engaged with reading it. And, what a cake!

Joanne Babalis uses her blog to completely document this happy event. For anyone who questions the desire and reason to blog, reading this may change your mind.

The event is nicely documented; I know that I have photo collections from my youth but turning over a blog post to him when he’s old enough to really appreciate it is such a nice possibility.

Did I mention I was impressed with the cake?


You can run but you can’t hide, Lisa Cranston! I went to her blog, you know the one with the spelling mistake, only to find that it was empty. I just had to know so reached out to her and she had indeed moved her blog to a new location and now it’s spelled correctly.

In the process, she finished off a blog post and shared it.

Lisa and I worked together in 2009 when the move to a full-day kindergarten was announced and implemented. She shares the details in her post as well as a Wakelet of resources. I can vouch that she is very passionate about this and it comes through in the post.

The initiative has been a gamechanger in Ontario Education and there has been a very vocal opposition to the move throughout the province from educators and parents. And, rightly so, it’s become the way the business of education functions in the province.

Of course, ETFO is active in this as it could dramatically affect its members. I’ve always wondered about how some of its members who work for the Ministry as Education Officers can continue in that role.

Back to Lisa’s post, she offers a nice collection of some of the research about the change in education; after 10 years, it can hardly be considered an initiative any longer.

This post is part of a regular Friday series highlighting some of the wonderful things appearing on the blogs of Ontario educators. Please take the time to click through and enjoy the original posts as I did.

If you’re inclined, Stephen Hurley and I talk about some of these blog posts every Wednesday morning at 9:15 on voicEd Radio. All of the programs have been turned into podcasts and are available on demand here.

And, follow these bloggers on Twitter to stay in touch and enhance your learning network.

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