The last week in August is always a strange one. It seems to pass so quickly, you have one last blast at Labour Day and then …
At least, there are always some great blog posts from Ontario Edubloggers to enrich the time.
Up first is a post from Beth Lyons. Here, she’s wondering whether podcasting is professional development. It’s an interesting question. There are many participants in the podcasting experience.
- the listener
- the podcaster
- guests to interact with the podcaster
I don’t think that there’s anyway that you can say with a blanket statement that podcasts are professional development any more than saying that all books fit the same purpose. Today, there are podcasts for just about anything and certainly not all would fit into the PD category.
So what does?
I’d suggest that one of the best sources for determining value comes from ETFO in their guide to elementary educators.
Make your plan an extension of the professional development you are already doing.
If you can find a podcast that meets that guide, I can’t think of any reason why you would even ask the question.
Standardized bodies < Accepting & Celebrating Difference
It’s always been difficult to understand body differences. Especially for teenagers. It’s easy to argue that it’s much more difficult these days.
All that you have to do is turn on the television or surf social media and before long, you’ll run into products designed to help you get that perfectly shaped body.
Laura Elliott takes on this notion and encourages readers of her post to consider the difference between being fit and being healthy.
Her discussion blows apart the notion that everyone can look the same and encourages you to look beyond that. It’s wise advice and may have you questioning the value of things like the Beep Test as a measurement for all. There are alternatives!
I Think My Neighbors Think I’m Selling Dope
This isn’t a post that I could write but Matthew Morris could – and did.
Recently, he moved and is now a part of a condo community but, according to the post, he hasn’t been accepted into that community as of yet.
In the elevator, I try to extend my courtesies with “good mornings” and “what floor?” with folks who happen to share the space with me. I’ve been met with cold responses and void eye contact.
Beyond the fact that he’s young, a person of colour, he’s a teacher. Consequently, he doesn’t go to work during the usual times in these summer months.
It’s a very personal post describing his life as he see it currently. I hope that it makes you think. Then, he does a shift and asks you to think of those students in your classroom where perhaps you have made or will make assumptions about.
He helps by having you walk in his shoes.
Twenty-five years is a long time to carry guilt. Fortunately, Melanie White is able to celebrate the benefits of being a mother of a child with difficulties. She describes that awful feeling of feeling of suspecting to have been responsible in some way by her actions during pregnancy.
I hadn’t really thought about this but Melanie points out that there are many types of guilt…
white guilt, colonial guilt, childhood guilt, sibling guilt, parental guilt, teacher guilt
The notion of colonial guilt is taking her focus with the Grade 11 Indigenous Studies course on her horizon. If her K-12 education was anything like mine, we didn’t know then what we know now. Now she’s teaching it as she comes to grip with it.
She’s not alone. Is she speaking for a much bigger audience across the province?
My River, My Mountain- A Day of Learning with Jennifer Abrams
I really enjoy reading educators’ reflections about their own professional learning. After all, I can’t be everywhere first hand but can live and learn vicariously. I did that with Noa Daniels’ post as the vehicle.
In this case, it was professional development with Jennifer Abrams.
Noa has identified equity as one of her personal goals for this academic year. To help her focus, she includes ten questions about her practice that deserve her focus.
I think that the list of ten questions casts the net very widely. It’s going to be a challenge to address all the questions effectively. But who doesn’t like a professional challenge.
I went through the same process once with a superintendent and he challenged me to create similar questions and then identify specific things that would let me know if I had been successful.
Podcasts on Youth Development
From Conrad Glogowski, a short blog announcement about updates to his research newsletter. Conrad encourages you to subscribe to the newsletter entitled Youth Development Today.
As a teaser, you can click through and read a couple of newsletters focused on:
- Youth Mental Health
- The Teenage Brain
Preserving and Listening to Soundscapes
In this post, Krista McCracken introduces us to a podcast series called Forest 404. The premise is interesting…
The podcast is set in a futuristic 24th Century, in a time after a massive data crash and in a era in which forests and much of the natural world no longer exist.
As a result, she started thinking about the concept of the Soundscape, including a bit of a history. I followed some of the links that she provides and very quickly found myself down an audio rabbit hole. Admittedly, by today’s standards, some of the resources are older but certainly the content is not dated. In fact, it may be more realistic today than when originally created.
I found the whole idea interesting. And, it made me make sure that my backups are working.
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