This Week in Ontario Edublogs

According to WordPress’ numbering scheme for marking duplicate titles, this is the 365th or so blog post with this title. There are a few more that ended up being typos and ended up being posted “The Week in Ontario Edublogs”!


The toughest part of this Friday routine is writing something original to open the post. Try doing that one day a year for a year!

Oh, and check out these blog posts from these great Ontario Edubloggers. (I try and do that every week).

Find Your Inner Explorer

Wednesday’s This Week in Ontario Edublogs podcast on voicEd Radio featured Peter Cameron as a special guest. It’s nice to have a third voice in the summer and being on a break from school makes educators available Wednesday mornings at 9:15.

We also used the opportunity to feature this great post from Peter. In a nutshell, Peter talked about his tendency to be an explorer having done it since a child. Now, growing up in beautiful Thunder Bay, you’d think exploration would be a natural. Peter has gone far beyond home and gives us a short tour and a more complete detail description about him being a Grosvenor Teacher.

Give it a read and you might just be inspired to explore something new this summer or for the upcoming school year.


I’ll admit to getting a little emotional when people’s thoughts inspire memories in myself. This post from Amanda Potts did it for me.

Today is the last day of classes. In 20 minutes the bell will ring,

We’ve all been there. You wait in anticipation all June for the last day of school and then, there it is.

I suspect, for most, it hits you right between the eyes. Everyone wants to be busy up until the last minute if for no reason other than classroom management.

Then, that moment arrives and you realize that you’ll be without students for a couple of months. All of a sudden, you see them as real human beings with a life to enjoy over the summer. It’s a little different than those charges that have appeared in your classroom every day for the last semester.

The bell rings, the music plays and out they stream into the hallway. A few pop into the room. One more hug. One more high five. One more head pokes through the doorway, “Goodbye, Miss! See you in September!”

Did you do enough for them?

Reflections on NAMLE Part 1

First of all, if you’re like me, you may be wondering NAMLE = National Association for Media Literacy Education.

Diana Maliszewski had the opportunity to attend this conference in Washington. Like so many, timing isn’t Ontario educator friendly but she did manage to get there and shares a lot of reflections of sessions and what she calls digital artifacts as well.

It appears that she had two goals:

  • exploring media literacy for the younger aged students
  • focusing on equity

In typical Diana style, there are lots of pictures (and costumes) and it sounds like she attended some inspiring sessions, including being a panellist for one session herself.

What does the Equal Sign Really Mean?

It had been a while since Deanna McLennan had posted so I was pleased to see another one of her offerings.

The “equal sign” brought back great memories from teaching Computer Science with some of the early languages. We used the “equal sign” but it was never about equality. It was “is assigned the value of” and was used to assign the value of the expression on the right to the variable to the left of the =.

But, Deanna is an Early Years’ teacher so chances are she’s not talking about that!

The post is a reminder that sometimes big people concepts that we take for granted need to be dealt with younger students in an age appropriate manner. You’ll read Deanna’s post and think “Wow!” She shares a real collection of classroom activities that she used to cement the concept.

It’s a wonderful collection of activities using all kinds of objects to manipulate and enforce the concept. Share it with any other Early Years’ educator that you know and heck, even to your favourite Faculty of Education.

Summer Math:Counting and Subitizing

Given the content of Lisa Corbett’s post, her own children aren’t old enough to throw the

You’re such a teacher

line at her just yet. It will come … <grin> Voice of experience here.

Lisa has summer plans for her son that includes doing a little mathematics and there’s nothing with that.

The post should also serve as a reminder that is online 24/7 and that includes the summer months.

So, if the activities are good for use during the school year, why not use them for the summer? It only makes sense.

You might also want to drop a comment and wish Lisa all the best for her teaching assignment of a 1/2/3 split for next year! Mathies may end up being a great solution for her at that time too!

Independent Reading and Research, Week 1: Data Tool Analysis #MyResearch

Anna Bartosik has done some research about tools on data mining and shares them with us.

There is a caveat going in …

Free and research-based is the direction I will take for my project. None of the commercial products interest my wallet; they are also not transparent about how data is collected, stored, and used.

I suspect that there may well be many educators who are looking into having an element of data mining in whatever projects lie in their present or future. Don’t start from scratch; read this post.

At least, on an overview basis, Anna has done some work with a number of tools and shares her initial thoughts about them in this post.

She makes reference to ethics which has to be in the foreground of anyone doing data mining and it will be interesting to read her follow though on this.

When The Dust Settles?

From a trustee perspective, this post closes with …

The dust hasn’t settled yet but I will say it will not be pretty when or if it does.

What else could be the topic except education in Ontario these days. Robert Hunking provides a post with lots of links to resources that he’s including in his summary of the way things are and the way they might be.

Drawing on the story of courses dropped from TDSB, he turns the lens towards Avon Maitland and the cut in funding that they’re going to receive.

There are still many districts that are not as transparent about the effects of the budget cuts as is the TDSB.

I hope that Robert continues to share information with us. I do have an interest in the way things will fall out in his district having grown up there.

All districts are working the numbers.

And that’s it for another week.

Please take the time to click through and enjoy all of these posts and drop off a comment or two.

Then, make sure you’re following these folks on Twitter to read their latest.

  • @cherandpete
  • @Ahpotts
  • @MzMollyTL
  • @McLennan1977
  • @LisaCorbett0261
  • @ambartosik ‏
  • @yesknowno

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OTR Links 07/05/2019

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