This Week in Ontario Edublogs


It was yet another great week of blog reading from Ontario Edubloggers as school reopens.. Some teachers were back at it; some were in preparation; some were in PD; some thought they’d might be able to listen live but got interrupted but fortunately, the show is archived. It was just Stephen Hurley and me after a terrific summer of guest hosts.

I’m going to put out a plea. I think I’ve curated a nice collection of Ontario Edubloggers but I’m not confident enough to say that I’ve got everybody. If you’ve got a blog or know of one, please reach out and let me know. I’d love the chance to showcase it on voicEd Radio and/or here on a Friday morning.


Nervous Excitement

Amanda Potts was one of those who thought that she might be able to listen live but got interrupted. Doesn’t that really define the teaching profession?

I couldn’t help but think that Amanda could be talking about most teachers as we reach the end of August. What’s a little different is that she has changed schools and assumed a new role as Department Head. Of what? You’ve got to check out her post to see. That’s a new combination of subject areas for me.

I had to smile as she was cleaning up the memories of a previous professional in her room and making it her own with her mother and a friend. I’m impressed that the school would allow visitors; I’m pretty sure that wouldn’t happen around here.

I had to chuckle a little bit about some of the book titles in a conversation with colleagues and her confession that she has a LOT of books.

It is easy, I suspect, to come up with a priority for teachers as they move into the school year. As an English teacher, there could be so many things – literacy, love of reading, love of writing and composting, … but she chose another interesting word. “JOY” What a word! Read her post to find out why.

I wish her all the best for success and joy in her new position.


Embrace September.

This September is so different. Normally, there’s excitement and nerves and also the dread of going back to work after a nice long summer.

Well, we had a nice long summer at least. To think this is a regular September would be incredibly naïve. In this post, Elizabeth Lyons takes a look back at her 37 first days of school and then a peek at number 38. Obviously, it’s not going to be the same.

There are a lot of ways that number 38 could be handled and I doubt that anyone would seriously challenge any approach, positive or negative. We’re so understanding of what everyone is going to go through.

So, Elizabeth is going to embrace September. I wish her luck, in case she needs it. Happiness has to be there at some level since libraries will be open. She has promised herself a coping mechanism and that’s to record a list of positive things that are happening.

We’ll all be the beneficiary of that, I suspect, as those list items turn themselves into blog posts.


The End of August

The end of August is always special. Of course, there’s the nerves of going back to school but our environment really changes.

These days, it’s cool going out for morning walks and the sun isn’t rising until after 7am. The skies have been so cloudless that this bright sun is hard on the eyes if you’re dog walking toward the east. So, we don’t and just head north and south.

None of this has anything to do with Debbie Donsky’s post but I got on a roll! The picture of peaches on this post just evokes a strong emotion in me. Like Debbie, my birthday is in August and where I live there are fruit and veggie stands everywhere. These days, we’re now seeing every form of apple available along with peaches.

Peaches – Best. Fruit. Ever.

My mom could do a million things with peaches, baking tarts, pies, and just a bowl with slices covered with brown sugar. They were a nice treat from our usual routine of grabbing one and eating it (and wearing the juice) while riding our bikes through town. As we head into the change of seasons, it’s amazing how one delightful fruit leads the charge.


Little Free Library

Amy Bowker closes her post with this question.

Let me know if you have ever seen a Little Library before and if you did, did you get a great book from it?

Well, Amy, let me tell you. It’s a regular outing around here. In fact, we were in Leamington yesterday and a lady was rifling through the collection at Seacliff Park and my wife was anxiously waiting socially distanced for her to get done and get out of the road. She told me that the lady took so long that she was afraid there would be nothing left. Hah! We ended up with five or six new titles to take over and left about seven.

There are regular stops for us when we’re out and about. In addition to Seacliff Park, there’s Sadler’s Pond, Colchester Beach, the one Talbot Street in Essex. It’s a book lover/analyst dream. Such a small box and such diverse collections. They’re no Dewey decimal here and the books are seldom neatly arranged. But there’s just something about the experience.

Back to Amy, that’s what she wanted for her birthday (another Leo?) and she got a gift certificate. The post is also wonderfully educational and you get a chance to see the colourful variations in libraries plus a link to a resource site and mapping ability to find your next library!

We have five identified in town.


Slice of Life: Here

We’re talking about how to set up our classrooms, but won’t be given time to actually set up classrooms.

You’d like to think that professional learning opportunities would allow for setting up classrooms and doing all kinds of things to get ready.

Not in the case of Lisa Corbett – it’s all about hand washing and PPE. I’m so sick of PPE. I’m so sick of picking up masks at the side of the road and putting them in the garbage. I think there should be a pocket and everyone forced to keep a $10 bill in that pocket so they take care of their masks.

The post is an interesting reflection from Lisa and her attempts to pay attention and to address other details.

I hope that she’s wrong about regulations changing monthly but we’ve seen the shifts and wavering over the past year so I suspect she’s correct with that observation.


What if we are the villains?

This is such an un-Diana Maliszewski post that I just had to include it in this post of my own.

It doesn’t matter if an educator’s intention is good, if the impact is negative, then things need to change.

She chose to use this as a summary to her post talking about residential schools, teacher choices, teachers’ use of words and their impact.

I thought that her words were very powerful and should give anyone reading the post an opening to think of moments where they may have been less judicial in words and actions in the past. I suspect that we all feel like we’ve moved beyond these things but a constant reminder can only help but make us better.

Thank you, Diana, for being so brutally open and honest about this.


Episode 22

I’m kind of addicted to Old Fellas New Music. It’s good for an hour of conversation and music. It’s generally new music to me so I don’t have the ability to turn it down as background music like I often do.

I’m never available to listen to it live but do appreciate the fact that it’s recorded for playback at both a MixCloud account and commentary to support it on Paul McGuire’s blog.

I appreciate the fact that Paul and Bob have done the research and share their thoughts with us.


As always, I hope that you enjoy this wonderful collection of blog posts and click through to read them in their entirety.

Then, follow these folks on Twitter.

  • Amanda Potts – @Ahpotts
  • Elizabeth Lyons – @MrsLyonsLibrary
  • Debbie Donsky – @DebbieDonsky
  • Amy Bowker – @amyebowker
  • Lisa Corbett – @LisaCorbett0261
  • Diana Maliszewski – @MzMollyTL
  • Paul McGuire – @mcguirp

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