Welcome to another Friday and a chance to take a look at some great blog posts from Ontario Edubloggers. As always, you won’t be disappointed with this great content.
From Roland Chidiac, this is a followup to his Part 1 blog post from a few weeks ago. Read the blog post and you’ll see where Roland and the #girlswhogame are heading now in their learning.
Spoiler – Minecraft
Unlike games of old that are often first person shooter types, the gaming in this classroom includes work with:
- solve problems using an inquiry process
- think of and express questions in order to generate novel ideas
- think about their thinking and have a growth mindset
- participate in team work
- communicate effectively in a variety of ways
- understand how they are globally interconnected
Of course, all of these concepts are fleshed out in the post and it comes complete with pictures so that you can get a sense of what it looks like in Mr. Chidiac’s classroom.
Paul Gauchi shares with us some observations from his recent tour of occasional teaching. He’s noting that many of the teachers he’s working with are female.
In a discussion, as I’m sure happens in all schools, the reclosing of the school buildings is a topic.
Paul offers two reasons why he thinks it won’t happen.
First, he shares his thoughts that the politicians view schools as daycare. Secondly, he wonders about teaching positions being undervalued and expands the list to include a number of positions that are traditionally held by women.
He then takes a turn and offers a solution that might help the cause. As a father of two daughters, I didn’t find it a particularly easy post to read.
Regular readers will know that I really appreciate a good reflective post and Terry Whitmell looks at the first part of the school year and the successes that her school had with online instruction.
- Teacher Networking
- Student Agency
- Professional Learning
- Student-Student Connection
In the voicEd Radio show, I took a bit of liberty with Terry’s post and used the work Efficacy instead of Efficiency. I really liked her observations about how students took control of their educational lives. In a normal school setting, the structure is imposed on students but she observed their taking control of things. That seems to me to be one of the most important things from this post.
The post is written from the perspective of an administrator. I’d love to know if the teachers at the school observed the same things.
Melanie White had me a bit emotional as I read this post. It was difficult to read because she uses “step down” as a delimiter throughout the post. It really was effective as it made me slow down and really mull over her thoughts.
Her thoughts took me through a sense of loneliness as she walks through her school describing what she sees. It reminded me of my own secondary school where we had an old part and a new part. The new part probably could have been a school anywhere in the province but the old part was really unique and yet, at the same time, similar to the building that Melanie describes.
I know that I’ve mentioned it before but her writing can be so moving and she’s done it again.
Then, the bottom fell out when she describes an airless room with Grade 9 students and her efforts to change that. While only a few people could have written something this emotional, I would bet that the emotions and the imagery she uses could be the words of so many others.
The day before I read this post from Larissa Aradj, I’d driven by French Catholic elementary school and students were outside.
Normally, that’s nothing to take note of but the ground was wet and it was the activity that the students were doing that caught my attention. They were lined up, physically distanced of course, and they were doing pushups as the teacher walked along in front of them. I was witnessing a Physical Education activity.
That took me back to my football coaching days!
This year, Larissa has picked up classes of Physical Education herself. It seems to me that that really is a challenging assignment these days. In the good old days, you’d have soccer balls and other tools of the game trade. These are not allowed these days so innovative ways to keep students engaged must be found. In this post, Larissa shares some ideas and links to professionally created activities. It’s a good collection to pass along to colleagues. Thanks, Larissa.
Hey, how about burpees?
I found this an interesting discussion from Alanna King. And she’s right; every curriculum document and course of study is presented chronologically.
My “yah, but” came from Computer Science where you build capacity in that matter; it you jump ahead, you overlook key concepts. I mean, what Computer Science teacher hasn’t had to stop in the middle of a lesson to explain something that was not apparent to be missing when you started.
Alanna’s talking more about the big picture in the humanities and that got her thinking about educational structure.
(Alanna, I felt badly that I started at the top of your list and read down)
From the Edugals blog, a link to their podcast and the notes to go along with it. The topic this time around was EdPuzzle.
Reading this made me feel old!
EdPuzzle is a tool and a technique for helping students understand the content of a video and you’re probably thinking YouTube. I read an article recently that children put more credibility behind something from YouTube rather than something teacher created. When you think about it, it makes sense.
I actually was “formally” taught about how to use video in the classroom and the lesson went far beyond the play button. It involved noting the timer, having a sheet of questions, and most importantly a remote control. So teacher centred!
In the post, the ladies take you through the process as a teacher and a students and offer some sample codes so that you can experience what they’ve been working with.
There’s lots of great content yet again this week that will inspire you and help you take your game to the next level. Please take the time to click through and read all of these wonderful posts.
Then, make sure you’re following these bloggers on Twitter.
- Rolland Chidiac – @rchids
- Paul Gauchi – @PCMalteseFalcon
- Terry Whitmell – @TerryWhitmell
- Melanie White – @WhiteRoomRadio
- Larissa Aradj – @MrsGeekChic
- Alanna King – @banana29
- EduGals – @EduGals
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