This Week in Ontario Edublogs

You know, I tire of this winter weather. I can’t wait until I can complain about the summer heat. Here’s my attempt to change the weather.

And a great Ontario band to boot. Speaking of great Ontario things, it’s time to look at some great Ontario Edublogging.

Self-Regulation and Evangelism in Education

It’s not difficult to find blogs or resources talking about the benefits of self-regulation and how it changes things in education and, indeed, life.

This post, from Paul McGuire, takes a look at the other side. Tagged with “Fads in Education”, the tag reminds me of some things that have become so popular and then faded. Learning Styles and SAMR are two that come to mind. Does Self-Regulation fall in to the same category?

Paul has written a post before this expressing his feelings about Self-Regulation and, as a result of the conversation on voicEd Radio and a long back and forth discussion on Twitter, generated another post from him just this morning.

He brings real challenges for Ontario teachers into the discussion – violence in schools and support for children with autism.

I think that this needs to be kept in focus…

No one idea will save our education system.

As always, Paul speaks as the voice of a former elementary school principal.

Defining Terms

One of the voices that speaks in favour of Self-Regulation is Lisa Cranston and she was inspired by a previous post from Paul.

I found her research into the topic interesting; she cites a report that includes 600 definitions of the term “self-regulation. (I can’t imagine wading my way through that research)

She points to a problem that has been around I suspect since the first educational researcher and that is that education loves jargon. For colleagues and for parents, how can we come to a meeting of the minds if we don’t agree on the terminology and, more importantly, where we’re headed with all this?

Paul’s post talked about a situation where a consultant left him twisting in the wind. That’s hardly the way to implement any initiative.

Lisa does point to a middle ground.

I agree with Paul – self-regulation will not solve all the problems that exist in our school system. But it can provide educators and students with a powerful tool to not just cope with the stressors in their lives, but to thrive.

Certainly, there is no one solution that fixes everything. If there was, we’d have solved all the ills in education. The better your toolkit is, though, the better your chances of making that difference.

Why (as a teacher and parent) I Value Standardized Testing

When EQAO was first announced, there were noble objectives about taking a “snapshot” of progress in time with the concept of improving teaching and learning and bringing everyone together in addressing standards.

Those goals appeal to Kyleen Gray as both a teacher and a mother. In this post, she lays out the value to her in both those roles.

In particularly, she digs into:

  • Grading Objectivity
  • Teacher Accountability
  • Clarity of Standards and Exemplars
  • Published Transparency

I don’t know that there are too many people that would object to these things in our profession. If only these were the only way that the data from the testing was used.

Even more telling of how a concept can be used for other reasons are the comments to Kyleen’s post. I hate to see the term punitive used with respect to anything in education.

I’m sure that she would appreciate hearing your comments about this.

B is for Brainy, Bold & Beautiful

Lynn Thomas offers your feel good post for the week. She identifies some wonderful things that can happen when genius kicks in.

  • Timeless – Alzheimer’s App
  • Ladies using bacteria to grow food
  • Luminaid – solar lamp
  • Human powered flashlight

The comment thread through all four of these inventions are that they were created by young women. Imagine a world where she’s able to report on more success stories like these. Beautiful indeed.

Experience Required: Walking the Talk in Digital Teaching & Learning

I was intrigued with this post from Bonnie Stewart.

She dug in and used the term “experiential learning” which I had a preconceived notion about. Perhaps it’s our local economy, but most of the experiential learning I knew involved cooperative education when it kicked off at my secondary school and largely involved placements in local shops.

What happens when digital kicks in?

Actually, quite a bit and there’s so much to be learned from experiential principals.

Bonnie includes a slidedeck from a presentation and workshop that she gave and you just might be thinking differently when you think about changing the notion of “teacher as the sole audience.”

Students’ Favourite Affinity Designer Tutorials

Peter Beens offers a pretty long and impressive resource about Affinity Designer a replacement that he’s using for Adobe Illustrator. And, Peter’s part in the post is roughly two paragraphs.

The rest is generated by his students.

Each student was challenged to write a summary of the Affinity tutorials that they used in his course. So, who’s the audience and what’s the purpose?

I’m just guessing but the potential audience would be future students in Peter’s class who would be using the same thing. C’mon, you have to be at least mildly curious about a Creamsickle Vector.

When you think about this, you can’t help but be impressed. Here, Peter uses his blog as a platform giving his students a voice to share their own learning. The learning is all over the map so I’ve got to infer that he’s using the concept of student-driven personalized learning in his class to drive projects.

Why don’t we see more of this?

Full-Day Kindergarten at it’s best: awesome things are happening in Room 102

I always enjoy blog posts that give me a visual tour inside a classroom and this post from Jennifer Arp doesn’t disappoint.

So here’s a tour of a Kindergarten classroom

This is kindergarten. Team 102 at Joyce Public School in Toronto, which is everything that is awesome about full-day learning: a teacher and an early childhood educator (ECE) working in partnership to support their learners. With all of the talk over the past little while about the value of the FDK program in Ontario, I decided to spend some time with this team.

We all know that the topic of Kindergarten has indeed been very much in the news in Ontario as of late. The post really is a nice documentary of the room from a set of external eyes.

I hope that this post gets read and spread widely.

ECOOcamp Owen Sound 2019

The Educational Computing Organization of Ontario is partnering once again with the Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board and the Bluewater District School Board to offer a one day #ECOOcamp on May 4, 2019.

The Call for Proposals is live now at this link. Why don’t you head to beautiful Owen Sound for a day and share your expertise?

Well, maybe sharing that Lighthouse song is working. As I write this post on Thursday afternoon, the temperature is up to -3 and the sun is brightly shining. Keep it up!

While waiting for the snow to melt, follow these great bloggers on Twitter.

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