This Week in Ontario Edublogs

The voicEd Radio show is always fun to do and it keeps me out of trouble for an hour on Wednesday morning. It’s even more special with guest hosts. This week Paul McGuire joined Stephen Hurley and me for the show. If you missed it, all the shows are archived here – https://voiced.ca/project/this-week-in-ontario-edublogs/


Looking Catholic Education in the Face in Ontario

I remember that one of the arguments against full funding was that it would promote one state sponsored religion and their values and teachings against all others.

In this post, Paul McGuire takes on the issues surrounding a comment from a school board trustee and the breaking of the district’s code of conduct. Paul takes a look at the issue and the influences in and out of education.

Most importantly, he applauds the efforts of teacher Paolo De Buono for speaking his mind and keeping the issue up front in the eyes of those who follow him on social media.

The ultimate decision about this one individual trustee will happen at the next set of elections and it will be interesting to follow.


Brutalist worksheets

Writing on the ETFO Heart and Art Blog, Will Gourley shares his thoughts about the use of worksheets in the classroom. Along the way, he uses the term “brutalist” to further his thoughts.

In this day and age with a mixture of modes of education, I can see where a worksheet solves a number of issues and could be seen as an attempt to level the play ground. I know that many schools have now implemented a quota system on the school photocopier, sadly for financial rather than pedagogical reasons!

It’s sad to see so many “21st Century Educators” turning to Google Docs as a replacement for the paper worksheet. Going digital should always add value to the process and is not just an opportunity to replicate bad practice in a digital form.

In the post, Will shares a number of resources that could be used instead and they are digital. Paul recommended Discovery Education resources during the show. While we were live, Will sent me a message indicating that he had omitted TVO in his collection and that he would add it in. A quick check indicates that he was true to his word.


SOCIAL PRESENCE IN ONLINE LEARNING

Writing on the TESL Ontario blog was a new blogger to me – Jennifer Allore and I hope that I’ve managed to track down her social media account for later on in the post.

We know that teaching online or hybrid is a real challenge and people are doing their best to use the tools that are available to them. Sadly, many districts are just saying “here’s a link – good luck” without any professional learning to go along with it.

There are many tools and Jennifer shares some great advice with the following:

  • Video
  • Personal 
  • Discussion Board
  • Feedback

The one area that it seems to me that would be a challenge in the ESL classroom is the conversations that are a part of the normal routine. Can a Zoom session lead to the same results?


What Is Our Responsibility?

For those who aren’t in an Early Years’ classroom, I suspect that it can be a challenge to read content into the sort of play that might be seen on a cursory glance. Fortunately, we have Aviva Dunsiger digging deeply about the concept.

A student wanted a repeat of a Box City project. I’m impressed that this second year kindergarten remembered the fun from a year ago!

Along the way, Aviva shares that they got into a number of pretty important topics.

  • Gender,
  • Racism,
  • Bullying,
  • #BlackLivesMatter

Those are important topics at every grade. Why not here.

I’m be remiss if I didn’t mention the number of pictures that Aviva shares and the way that she does. It’s well done – show the activity and not the faces…


Designing school when students have the Teacher’s Copy

Boy, did I enjoy this post from Dave Cormier. We know that we all live in different times.

When I read the title of Dave’s post, I thought immediately about university life. Some professors had put previous exams in the library so that we could check out what their exams look like. Others refused to do so indicating that they’d have to come up with a new exam if they did that!

Dave addresses the current reality and information scarcity versus information abundance. If you don’t understand information abundance, it’s time for a Google workshop.

So, what is the goal of university? Is it just to go and learn stuff well enough to be able to play it back? Or, is it a place to learn and apply stuff? If it’s the former, then everyone should be able to thrive by staying home. Of course, surveillance tools will be required to ensure that you’re not cheating on exams.

If it’s the latter, it’s a game changer for many – students, universities, professors – and that leads to a great deal of questions which Dave closes his post with.


Math Links for Week Ending Dec 4th, 2020

David Petro is always good for some interesting things to do with mathematics and this collection does disappoint.

I spent a great deal of time poking around with

Desmos colours

I’m intrigued by this upcoming webinar about snowflakes and symmetry.


Getting High

No, Peter Cameron is not talking about the opening of a cannabis story.

He’s after:

  • Moving.
  • Outside.
  • Breathing.
  • Being in the moment.

He and his family are finding it very close to his home. It’s their current “high” and it sounds like they’re really taking advantage of it.

In these COVID days, I’m reading more and more about classes taking advantage of getting outside for periods of time. This post reminds me that there is a huge advantage just being mindful while doing it.


There’s your collection of great posts from Ontario Edubloggers. Take a few moments and click through to enjoy each of these terrific posts.

Then, follow these bloggers (and their blogs) on Twitter:

  • Paul McGuire – @mcguirp
  • Will Gourley – @WillGourley
  • Jennifer Allore – @jen_allore
  • Aviva Dunsiger – @avivaloca
  • Dave Cormier – @davecormier
  • David Petro – @davidpetro314
  • Peter Cameron – @petectweets

This post originated at:

https://dougpete.wordpress.com

If you read it anywhere else, it’s not the original.

3 thoughts on “This Week in Ontario Edublogs

  1. Thanks Doug, as always, for the Friday morning reading. I love how you connect Ontario edubloggers through your blog, and I appreciate your mention of my post here. I should comment that those four topics have not all been explored through Box City (at least not yet, although some have in a few different instances), but the project is ongoing and there’s still time for more talking and doing. Thinking about some of the radio show comments, I should mention here that not every topic is discussed in detail with the full class. We try to take our lead from kids, and expose them to different world issues, but at their developmental levels and in alignment with what they might be discussing. Another reason I love play is that it’s perfect for supporting small group and one-to-one instruction, which can also include these small group conversations. Thanks for giving me more to think about!

    Aviva

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