But, this month, there has been not one, but two Tenilles performing on Stingray music. I always have music on in the background when I’m blogging or doing other computer work. It keeps me focused.
To be honest, I don’t always pay a great deal of attention to the names as they’re displayed on the screen. But, with the loss of Kobe Bryant, the song Jersey on the Wall (I’m Just Asking) really caught my attention.
Some OSSTF members will be participating in a one day strike today.•
• Keewatin-Patricia District School Board • District School Board Ontario North East • Moose Factory Island District Area School Board • James Bay Lowlands Secondary School Board • Rainbow District School Board • Bluewater District School Board • Upper Grand District School Board • Wellington Catholic District School Board • Durham District School Board • Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board • Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board • Ottawa-Carleton District School Board • Upper Canada District School Board • Conseil scolaire de district catholique des Grandes Rivières • Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l’Est ontarien • Provincial Schools Authority
As well as members from Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est, Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario, Conseil scolaire Viamonde, Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir, Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario, and Conseil scolaire public du Grand Nord de l’Ontario.
Posted to the voicEd Radio blog, Tina Berman shares her first attempt at blogging (that I know of), inspired by a voicEd Radio podcast.
For the longest of times, I didn’t really put much thought into this. I was teaching Computer Science at the secondary school level which, by itself, appeals to a certain element of the school population which do know how to read.
Even as a child, I never thought about it. My parents read to us and weekly we would go to the town library to get a couple of books. We just read.
It was only later, as a member of the Program Department working with my superintendent and various elementary school literacy consultants that I dug deeply into the “how” rather than just the assumption that all children can read. So much research has been done, and Tina touches on some pretty important concepts in this post.
She also includes a nice collection of supporting references.
As I typically do, I make myself notes on the blog posts that I read for use on the radio show and in this post. The first thing that I wrote when I read this post from Melanie White was:
Might be the most important thing you read today
Maybe it’s what I consider my analytic mind, but her pie graphs really solidified her message for me.
I guess, growing up, the choice of reading and studying in the classroom really didn’t make me think. We just assumed that the teacher was instructed to use that one novel or it was one that he/she liked or had notes for. As long as we could buy the Coles Notes version of the book, we were good and didn’t have to actually do all the reading. One of the few books that I remember was The Great Gatsby. Maybe not for the story, but for the fact that we had a field trip to London to watch the movie.
It was a real yawner. And, it was far beyond us. We didn’t have an East Egg or a West Egg but we did have an East Street.
Back to Melanie’s post. She did an analysis of her book room and her results weren’t unexpected. Lots of stories written by white men. Does her collection go back in time to the days when I was in high school? Unless you haven’t been paying attention for the past twenty-thirty years, today we have a different society and a different sensibility.
Should our collection of literature change? Melanie sure thinks so. Read her post. Also, this story from the Ottawa Citizen.
If nothing else, Lynn Thomas’ post about time should have you nodding your head. Embedded in it is an infographic from BusyTeacher.org that highlights so many of the things that teachers have been trying to impress on the current government about the profession.
I think that every teacher knows that, if they didn’t force themselves to sleep, there are times when the job could consume exactly 24 hours of your day.
Fortunately, we live in a time when we recognize the importance of personal well-being. How many times do we see the word “balance” promoted as a teacher one-word for the year? And, I think that we all know, that won’t be reached. For teachers, the job is just too darned important. Those that see the profession as a filler between university and retirement are usually out of the profession in their first couple of years.
There are way less stressful jobs to do. And, of fairness, more stressful ones as well.
The job is always evolving too. Every time someone who isn’t in the classroom comes up with a new research or theory and administration thinks it’s a good idea, you need to adjust. Flexibility – I think that needs to be added to that list as well.
I would have to think that common sense would dictate that those who would be successful in an eLearning course would be those that need a credit to get into university. Probably their course interest was one where an individual school didn’t have enough students to offer a face-to-face class as well.
The observations from Dave Lanovaz is interesting. He taught the Grade 12 Data Management university level course. That isn’t a course that appeals to everyone so having it available online seems like a nice alternative for those that don’t have it offered at their school.
His own data manages to make me think.
The course started with 32 students enrolled and ended up with 15 students who were successful in gaining the credit. Read his post for greater details about the enrolment throughout the course. We know there are always drops and adds.
It would be easy to blame the students and move on. But, Dave is looking inwardly as any good teacher does to see what he could do better and hopefully get better results. In particular, he touches on elements that need attention to in an online course.
I wish him good luck in this endeavour trying to make this course better for all.
But, go back to the original premise and think about the proposed eLearning courses for all requirement. With this success rate with university bound students, what does that predict for others?
Members of AEFO will be on a one day strike today.
The planned job action by AEFO members has been cancelled due to the threat of “significant snow”.
One of the most stressful jobs in a school district has to be the person who says yea or nay to the running of school buses. The overwhelming determining factor has to be the safety of the students. A step further comes with the determination that schools have to be closed. There, the factor is the safety of everyone.
I know that I’ve been in a number of these cases where classes or school have been cancelled and the weather clears up mid-morning. But, the best possible decision has to be made with an eye towards safety in time for the impact on a system or parts of it. Despite the best and wisest decisions, there are always those second guessers that seem to be come out after the fact.
I hope that doesn’t happen in this case. With the weather forecasts and warnings from Environment Canada starting on Tuesday, the case of significant weather has been predicted well in advance. To that end, I have to agree with the decision make by those making them for AEFO. The last thing that you would ever want to endure is an accident driving to a job action site or something that actually happens on the picket line.
I have no doubt that there will be those detractors that will be spreading an alternate side to this. We’re already seeing those commenting that teacher federations won’t be striking during the upcoming March Break. My recommendation to them is to really think about what a strike action means – a withholding of services – and the fact that there would be no services to be withheld when school are on a break.
It’s a difficult time and I think that, more than ever, teachers have to take care of themselves and of each other.
Would it be too optimistic to think that decisions like these bring a sense of reality to mind and that efforts are made when talks resume to end it once and for all?