Not just Google

A twinge of guilt hit me after the blog post from yesterday about search, advertising, and online literacy.  I was inspired by the original report that talked about students being confused by search links and advertising when doing Google searches.

As we all know, Google isn’t the only search engine on the web.

How do the others handle the same search?  Is it clear what’s advertising and what’s an actual search result?





It’s interesting to see the results and note that not all search engines mark and/or display the advertising results in a similar fashion.

If this isn’t a call for a renewed emphasis of digital literacy and understanding search results, I’m not sure what would be.  Are you sure that your “digital natives” really understand the difference?

And, of course, this is just a select few search engines that I use.  (DuckDuckGo is my default)  Check out the complete list of the “Top 15 Most Popular Search Engines | November 2015“.  There’s more to a searching life than just the default that comes with your browser.

I do repeat the message from yesterday – Education always wins.

Education always wins

There’s been a story that’s been persistently appearing in my readings over the weekend.

Teens have trouble telling between Google ads and search links

My first reaction was “Just teens?”

My second reaction was to think back to a story or a message that someone had shared that indicated that students find what they’re searching for in the first 10 results of a Google search.  (as an aside, I really wish I could remember that source)

My third reaction was that perhaps that isn’t such a bad thing.  After all, if a company makes a product and thinks that it’s the best in the market, it will pay for results placement so that people can find them.

My four reaction was sort of related to that – if the product is that good, then people will be buzzing about the product and it should appear near the top in some form or other.

On the other hand, if this is for classroom research, the student isn’t necessarily interested in making a purchase.  They may be interested in just how things work.

I decided to give it a test here.

My topic?  Something that’s the buzz around this house anyway.  “Elf lights”  (Don’t ask … I lost)

So, I fired up my browser with, as you know from over the weekend, I have ad blocking enabled and got the following result.

I tried the search again with the ad blocking turned off.

There’s a huge difference in the search results.

Now, in Google’s defence, the advertising is clearly identified…if you know what you’re looking for.

So, what’s the answer for students and schools?

Well, I suppose that we could ensure that all advertising is blocked at the school gateway.  Or, perhaps install an advertising blocker on all school computers.

What good does that do though when the student whips out her/his phone and does a search or uses their computer at home or their BYOD device at school?

You’d be forever chasing your tail.

The answer, as in most things, is good teaching and understanding of digital literacies.  That starts with good teachers incorporating what’s important into the classroom.

As the title here says, Education always wins.  I see a wonderful bulletin board display.

An interview with Martha Jez

Martha is another person that I’ve yet to meet in person but does have an interesting online presence. I was looking forward to meeting her face to face at the recent Bring IT, Together conference. That plan fell through so this interview will have to take its place.

Martha and Dustin Jez are principals at Fair Chance Learning and provide professional learning opportunities and support for Canadian educators and School Districts.

Doug:  Thanks for agreeing to the interview, Martha.  I was hoping to meet at BIT but that didn’t work out.  I did attend a highly energetic presentation by Dustin though.

Martha: Doug thanks so much for setting this up. I am sorry to have missed you at BiT- but yes Dustin and I are certainly passionate about what we do and that comes with a high level of energy and enthusiasm :-)

Doug:  With Mom and Dad in the business, technology must be great for the Jez family.  What devices and opportunities would a “fly on the wall” see in the Jez household?

Martha: Yes we are very fortunate to have 3 beautiful children. If I had it my way we would have many more, our house is like a village hub, always full of kids- we wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s funny we have over 50 different devices at any given time yet our children are hardly ever on them. We did have a Promethean Board installed in one of the bedrooms for a while that was pretty fun- the extension from that was the kids thought every wall/surface should be interactive- we had lots of art walls as a result :-)

Doug:  How do you handle screen time with the kids?

Martha: Dustin and I firmly believe that technology is a tool that should enhance our daily routines. We love when our kids use it to create and share with their family, friends and teachers. It’s not so much about screen time with us but interactions we want the kids to be exploring and connecting. However who can’t get wrapped up in looking at Superhero pictures or building in Minecraft? A dog, a big young energetic lab helps keep physical literacies at the forefront as well!

Doug:  Can you share how you predict technology will shape their lives?

Martha: I am all about the process of learning- focused on getting our kids to be reflective about what they are learning and why it is important is a big goal of mine. I believe they need to develop digital literacies and expect more from their technology.  I predict that the technology they use will be ubiquitous and naturalized. So I also want them to be aware of the human and environmental impact that comes with the technology they use and choose thoughtfully.

Doug:  We’ll start the tech questions with a lob up – OneNote, Keep, or Evernote?  Why?

Martha: I love this interview- Great Questions! OneNote without a doubt. In August, I met with the engineers who won the Microsoft Hack-a-thon this past July. They are in Vancouver and are an amazing group- a snapshot of what they are working on can be found in this article: Ryan Mcminn, @ryanmcminn is the product manager for OneNote and he says everyday they are looking at OneNote as a tool for education. I truly believe that this is the closest tool we have that is a learning for all tool. Teachers love it because they are organized creatures (some in a chaotic way) but it truly is an open canvas that allows students to capture learning in multiple ways and make that learning searchable. My two favorite tools are the search and the tags. The search tool allows students to find information that has been captured by camera, text, images and even voice- that is brilliant!

Doug:  At Dustin’s presentation, he showed us how to find the Office 365 blogging tool that’s visible within the organizational unit.  Does Office 365 for Education have external blogging capabilities?

Martha: is your tool for that scenario. It is a great way to post your thoughts to a larger audience and allow them to interact with your content. Students and Teachers become publishers and also can delve into the data analytics that go along with sharing their message.

Doug:  With your connections to school districts through the variety of professional learning that Fair Chance offers, you’ll have seen a great deal of implementations of Office 365.  Who would you say is leading the pack in Ontario?

Martha: This one took me the longest to respond to, only because I see so many great examples of O365 implementations but from many different angles. Most school boards in Ontario have Office and/or O365 available to staff and students. I love what Greater Essex has done in their approach to encourage collaborative teaching and professional learning with yammer. They had 3500 educators, executives, and administrators sharing their learning and expertise with each other on their yammer site almost immediately after implementing O365. That is a rapid adoption rate that was done organically without a ‘mandate’. I love seeing the tools being used in an authentic and natural way. The TDSB Assistive Technology Department has rolled out an amazing program to support students with disabilities transitioning to high school with the use of OneNote and Surface tablets, over 2000 this year, and the results have been very powerful. Last February we did an #MSFTEnable Accessibility workshop for all the SERTs and many Grade 9 teachers, over 110 teachers, from Halton Catholic District School Board focusing on making content digital with Office 365 so their students can unlock learning opportunities. I have to also shout out to Danny Maas and his team from Edmonton Catholic School Division who are doing an amazing job building teacher capacity and helping teachers redefine the learning experience with Office 365. Also Upper Canada District School Board has an amazing parental engagement strategy that includes a family room in Office 365.  Like I said so many great things happening.

Doug:  Again, with the connections, you’ll have a chance to monitor trends in technology use.  Overall, what skills do you feel Ontario educators have the best grip with?

Martha:  Collaborative learning and leveraging our networks to solve our real problems and having open dialogue about redesigning teaching and learning experiences. You can take any one of your Follow Friday lists of Ontario Educators and it is an example of individuals who are modeling for us what a modern contemporary educator looks like. We are at a point where Technology is now embedded in all pedagogical conversations. As a collective, we have moved beyond convincing educators on why they need to use technology and forward from grabbing the shiniest, loudest and most popping technology. IT and Programs are part of the leadership team in the same room discussing overall school transformation plans.

Doug:  Where is there a need for improvement?

Martha: We need more students involved at the leadership level. We are also at a point where we need to take the islands of innovation that exist and focus on scaling that innovation across the province. Also I think we need to be having deeper conversations about where technology is interfering with learning and having the courage to challenge those situations.

Doug:  A few years ago, I attended a Microsoft Partners in Learning Global Summit as the media guest of Alfred Thompson.  The event showcased some of the incredible things that are happening in classrooms.  I was blown away with what students were doing with Kinect at the time.  I remember throwing a fish at the Pike Place Fish Market simulator.  What sorts of innovation have you seen and been excited about?

Martha: Doug you have to attend a #MSFTCamp21! There you will see the amazing innovation that is Microsoft. Microsoft garage is also a great place to peek at some of Microsoft employee passion projects. Coming up at our camps in the New Year we hope to have some hololens appearances … how cool is that? I am also really interested to see where Microsoft takes the learning analytics they are building into Office 365 with a tool called Delve. Power BI and data visualization is also some pretty incredible stuff. Can’t leave out Minecraft ‘nuff said!

Doug:  Other than BIT, how do Ontario educators get to show off their best stuff to the rest of the province?

Martha: Obviously Twitter, but I have also integrated Skype into a lot of the training and events that I am involved with- it is the most convenient way to get the expertise of educators across Canada and to model to many educators what bringing an expert into your class can do for the learning.  I love EdCamps, and meet-ups. If you want to share your passion as an educator you have opportunities 7 days a week- make sure you take time to pause and be still though. I think it is important to balance the energy and mindfulness.

Doug:  Would you agree with my vision for TouchDevelop as the perfect introductory and intermediate programming language for students?

Martha: Absolutely, our young adults are having difficulty finding full time work and Microsoft is sitting with 10,000+ job openings for people who can code. We need to give everyone the opportunity to explore coding. I love what Michael Fullan said at the #YRDSBQuest conference this week “We need to stop asking students what they want to be when they grow up and ask what wicked problem they want to solve”.

Doug:  What’s stopping it from happening?

Martha: Mindset- like: I teach French how does coding connect? I’m a primary teacher computer science is a secondary school thing. The message to offer coding across grades and throughout the curriculum is being amplified with  and but I think teachers need mentors, models and dare I say training.

Doug:  Microsoft has admittedly been late getting to the online productivity suite table but is now rolling out its products and upgrades regularly.  How would you convince someone to drop their current tools in favour of Office 365?

Martha:  I would never want someone to drop their tools. I would want them to consider everything that Microsoft has to offer education and access these tools to help compliment and support every learner in their learning environment. Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s CEO says: “We approach every day focused on learning about people’s aspirations and how technology can help them realize their true potential.” That is worth knowing about. So a top 5 list perhaps?

  1. OneNote and OneNote Class Notebook – the best learning tool out there
  2. With a teacher/student account for O365 you can get Office 2016 on 15 personal devices (pc, mac, iPad and android)
  3. Your Office 365 login is like a passport so you can enter the wonderful world of Skype, Sway, O365 Video, and many other Apps for Education
  4. Microsoft is building two data centres in Canada! You can rest assured student data is on Canadian soil and is safe and secure
  5. Cortana, if you haven’t met her you are missing out. She is the first digital assistant that is built on Artificial Intelligence – this has huge potential in the classroom where students need support with executive functioning

Doug:  I love this statement from your website “Our focus is on early adoption, meaningful integration, and end user success.”  What does this mean to the classroom teacher?  How is ongoing support handled?

Martha: We are a connected company. Tell us your problem, issue or idea and we will use our resources and networks to help make that happen. When you have partners like Microsoft, hp, Minecraft EDU and many educational institutions and amazing colleagues we can get a lot accomplished.

Doug:  Microsoft has a number of educator programs, including their Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert program.  Is there a list of these Ontario experts somewhere?  How many are there?

Martha: There are over 100 MIEEs in Canada. The list is being built but you can meet some here: and here:

Doug:  Does Fair Chance Learning have a program to support those who would like to become members of this program?

Martha: We sure do. We just recently ran the first ever Canadian Microsoft Innovative Expert Educator and Trainer Academy. Check this out: we ran it at the hp Head Office, included IBM Educational Consultants, and dedicated a whole session to iPad and workflow issues. #thisishowwedo

Doug:  With all your connections, you have a better insight to the future than most.  What will we see in classrooms and schools five years from now?

Martha: I am a hopeful and optimistic person. What I see is all students taking ownership of their learning, connecting and collaborating to solve real world problems with peers and experts from all over the world. I see educators who understand the value of partnership with families, communities and businesses. I see us supporting our students to show us what they learned and where they would like to go next. I also see social entrepreneurship as a priority.

Doug:  I know that you’ve been involved with the organization of the events in Toronto and Vancouver. If someone attended a Camp 21, would they get insights to this future?

Martha: Answered in the innovation question (and Montreal and Fredericton and on our way to Thunder Bay and Saskatoon)

Doug:  What’s new and exciting on the horizon for Fair Chance Learning?

Martha: Wow we are pretty fast paced right now. Our team is evolving, we have already clocked 100,000 km this year in travel across Canada working with educators and it has been nothing short of amazing. We have been pretty good at predicting the trends in education- moving away from Interactive White Boards and the concept of Assistive Technology to cloud, mobile learning strategies and universal technology. We are definitely ‘In the Flow’ of learning and see much more focus being put on the design aspects of learning and that is exciting for us. STEM, Coding, Universal Design, Gaming, and blended learning environments that mix physical reality with augmented reality. I like that direction. The network we have across Canada is so wonderful to work with, meeting and supporting educators who are doing great things is what energizes us. Our team has more than 10,000 hours of investment in designing, implementing and executing high quality professional development and learning opportunities and having the chance to do that every school day is pretty epic.  I hear the States need some help maybe we are headed in that direction.

Doug:  Thank you so much for taking the time for this interview.  I appreciate it.  You’ve really given me some insights as to what services your company provides and a glimpse into the future.  I’m sorry I took you away from preparing supper last week.

Martha: Doug, it was a real and sincere pleasure to answer your thoughtful questions. You are a skilled journalist and I appreciate the opportunity. You have really captured the essence of who I am professionally and what Fair Chance Learning is all about.

You can follow Martha and her adventures in professional learning at and Fair Chance Learning is online at

A complete listing of the people I’ve had the chance to interview appears here.

The computer decides

Sometimes, it’s tough to make a decision so why not let your computer do it for you?

And here’s just the tool for it.  It’s called WheelDecide.

The default wheel when you visit the site helps you decide what to choose for dinner!

There’s a nice collection of offerings to play with, including the results from a Magic Eight Ball. 

Or, create your own.  In an election, for example, when the three parties were too close to call, maybe the computer has the insight.

Dang, this thing is good.  I only had to try three times to get the result correct.

Will it work on an iPad.  Yes, you’re covered there.

Think of all the times when you use a spinner for math, probability, or just decision making.  This web tool can easily replace it.

Give it a try.

This Week in Ontario Edublogs

It was another great week of reading and learning from some of the spectacular Ontario Edubloggers that I follow. It’s like Christmas morning, writing this post.  Every Friday, I start a new blog post scheduled for the next week and, as I’m attracted to a post, I drop the URL and some preliminary comments into the document.  When it comes to writing this, I look back at the post and my initial comments before giving the post another read.

Here’s a bit that caught my attention this week.

Growth Mindset: Hacky Sack Style

I had to smile as I read this post from Colleen Rose as she describes her “out of her comfort zone” experience trying to learn to play with her geography students.

Maybe now she can fully appreciate how I felt sitting next to her in a Sketchnote workshop as she was whipping out her artwork and I was trying my darnedest to draw a straight line.  I’m getting pretty good at that.  Maybe it’s time to expand my skills!  What’s next?  A circle?

“We Can See” Project: Connecting our Classrooms Online via the Blogsphere and Twitterverse

Who says the youngest of learners can’t learn by being connected?  Certainly not Angie Harrison.  She’s started another round of “We can see” looking for connect with other classrooms to share just what the outside space around Early Years’ classrooms looks like.  It’s a relatively simple entry point and, of course, you could take it as far as you want.  The post is full of ideas and suggestions.

As you can see, the project is off to a great start.  Why not read and share with your colleagues to get involved?

Noticing inequity and taking action

There are times when you’re just proud of your kids and Jennifer Casa-Todd describes one of those moments with her daughter.

After dinner last night, my daughter was perusing an American Girl catalogue and occasionally looked up with dismay.  Not only had she noticed the fact that there was an inequity in the representation of the white vs visible minority dolls, but before we knew it, she had taken out her computer and asked for our input on a letter she was going to send.

Don’t ever let anyone tell you that kids don’t notice.  Maybe we’d be in a better place if more took action on what they see as wrong.  After all, it’s our generation that so often lays the groundwork for them.  Does apathy imply agreement?

Why do we feel the need to abandon good ideas for the next shiny new thing?

While on Jennifer’s blog, I have to take issue with some of the statements in this post.

The irony that she was in a session on Periscope which didn’t exist until recently is not lost on me.  By the end of the post, I think she had taken issue herself and had an action plan for part of her learning.

The concept of “mastery” of something, anything in this context bothers me.  I’ve said this before but the last time that I think I fully understood how a computer worked was back in the DOS days when you had a manual and could work your way through all the commands.  Now, we just push a mouse around and rely on magic happening.  And, I’m really good with that.  I was going to try and corner a friend at the BIT conference and ask about the LiveScribe pen.  A few years ago, it was the absolute answer for students and notetaking.  Now, nobody talks about it.

My personal thought is that the state of educational technology would be pretty boring if we waited until we completely mastered something before trying to make it work for the learning environment.  Does anyone remember “Ready, Fire, Aim”?  I don’t think any teacher should ever apologize for learning something new and see if it fits in terms of curriculum, motivation, or engagement.  Think about it – we have people teaching Mathematics but haven’t mastered the discipline.  They teach; they learn; they get better.  I’d be more concerned with the other approach.  With all the money that school districts invest into hardware, there should be an ongoing program of professional learning so that the investment isn’t wasted.

5 Reasons Teachers Should NOT Use Twitter

OK, so I fell for Brian Aspinall’s clickbait title.  Then, in true bait and switch mentality, there is a different message conveyed.

Yeah, I did tweet the article and am including it in this post.  You’ll have to click on over to figure out what’s going on.

Hacks ‘n’ Apps: iMessage is the New Dropbox

If you think that you’ve mastered your digital lifestyle, then you probably just don’t get it.  In this post, Royan Lee takes us a great deal deeper into how he functions in his Macintosh environment.

Whether it’s a technique or an app, Royan shares some of his favourites and invites readers to add their own.

Isn’t this the true promise of personal in “personal computer”?

#peel21st Blog Hop: My One Best Thing

I’d never heard of the Blog Hop that Peel teachers are doing but I think it’s a great concept that all districts could use.

I’m equally as impressed that Tina Zite broke the rules for the event – but in a good way.

Read on to find out her memorable learning moment AND how she broke the rules.

Fair is Fair…or is it?

Remember the saying “floggings will continue until morale improves”?

As Brian Harrison notes in this post, we’ve moved on to a protocol that promises better results.

Included in the post is a link to a TED talk that puts so much into perspective.  It’s a must see.

Eek! Going Public With My Plan!

There’s nothing wrong with being transparent with your plans and Aviva Dunsiger most certainly does so in this recent post.  She’s garnered quite a few people commenting and writing encouragement.

She shares

All of this, leads to my big wonder…

I won’t spoil it for you.  You’ll have to read her entire post.  It’s a long one and you might need a couple of reads to fully digest the message but I think it’s worth the time.
It’s a “plan” that I think could be adopted for many schools and many grade levels.  If you’re looking for a place to get started, she’s done the heavy lifting for you.

Once again, I was able to benefit from a great collection of sharing and thinking from educators from throughout the province.  Thanks so much.

Please take a moment to click through and show how much you appreciate their sharing.

A postcard from San Diego…

What are you doing this July?

How about joining groups of Computer Science teachers for the annual CSTA Conference in San Diego, California?

San Diego has a special place in my computing heart.  It was here that I got my first in-depth, one to one introduction to Ubuntu. 

Details are on the conference website.  The CSTA Conference moves from location to location to include various regional ideas but there are those that go every year, no matter the location.

CSTA Conference History

2016 San Diego, CA
2015 Grapevine, TX
2014 St. Charles, IL
2013 Quincy, MA
2012 Irvine, CA
2011 New York, NY
2010 Mountain View, CA
2009 Washington, DC
2008 San Antonio, TX
2007 Atlanta, GA
2006 San Diego, CA
2005 Philadelphia, PA
2005 St. Louis, MO
2004 New Orleans, LA
2003 Seattle, WA
2002 San Antonio, TX
2001 Chicago, IL
2000 Atlanta, GA

Here’s your official postcard invitation.



This Week in Ontario Edublogs

And, it’s Friday again.  Another day to share some of the writing from the excellent Ontario Edubloggers.  Read on to see some of the things that appeared this past week.

November Thanks

There are so many great ideas and calls to action online.  If you tried to do them all, you’d be so overly involved that you’d never get anything done.  Kristi Keeri Bishop has a simple concept.  Simple yes, but it can make all the difference to someone.

November is indeed a tough month to get motivated and excited.  So much is weather and climate related.  Let me add a secondary school element – football practices and games can get so unbearable.  I still feel it in my bones when I think of our championship game against Walkerville.  We won but it was still cold.

Can you use her suggestion make a difference?

Find a Remedy

I could swear that Paul Cornies had read Kristi’s blog post.  In this motivational post, he quotes Flora Whittemore, Mark Twain, and Henry Ford.

Paul taught me about serendipity.  I ran into a lot of it this week!

Sharing from #BIT15: Heidi Siwak’s Keynote Address

Donna Fry may not know this but she was in my line of sight during Heidi Siwak’s closing keynote.  Her head was bobbing in agreement throughout and I could see her taking all kinds of notes.

Fortunately, she turned it into a blog post so that we can all enjoy.

If you were unable to attend Heidi Siwak’s closing keynote at #BIT15 this year, you missed an amazing learning experience.

Let’s see if we can share the important points.

If you couldn’t attend, or you’d like a revisit, check out the post.  There’s a link to a post on Heidi’s blog to continue the discussion and to read Heidi’s own words about her talk.

It’s About the Shift, Not the Conclusion

Consider this quote:

Who said that?

If I told you it was a student in Heidi Siwak’s Grade 6 class, would you sit back and say “Whoa”.

Check out this post to see a collection of quotes from her class.  If you heard Heidi’s closing keynote at BIT15, you’d probably not be surprised.

These students appear to be wise beyond their years.

The essential @dougpete

Forget the dougpete part.

Instead, read the real message in Anne Shillolo’s post.  Like so, so many, the sessions sponsored by the Ontario Teachers’ Federation a few years ago changed things for so many of us in Ontario.  I remember talking to a new friend at a session and saying that they’ve managed to accomplish what the Ministry and School Districts have tried to do for years – teachers connecting to other teachers in other districts and having deep professional discussions on their terms – not something that was laid-on.  It makes going to conferences like the BIT Conference something to look forward to.  It’s a wonderful chance to talk with like minded educators from all over the province.  Without the OTF event, I certainly wouldn’t have had a chance of meeting Anne.  Now, we talk when we get to the same place and use social media to keep the conversation alive between times.

The other reason that I decided to include this post was through the serendipity that happened this week.  Even before I read Anne’s post, I included a link to a resource that Danika Tipping had provided for her workshop on Evernote.  It was a major bit of learning for me and it all stemmed from being in the right place at the right time.

As an aside, Anne’s site is another in a line of Blogger sites that I can’t comment on.  It’s comforting, doing my research, to find out I’m not the only one but I’d sure like to know why.

My Ever Growing and Changing Learning Curve

Case in point.  Eva Thompson.  Her blog is a regular stop on my reading and I finally got a chance to meet her face to face.


In an elevator in Niagara Falls.  Thank goodness that she’s one of those people that put a real picture on their Twitter profile.  I stepped in the elevator and I’m not one to stare at the floor.  I look around to see who is there.  On the other side was this young lady and I just knew that I knew her.  Or at least of her, her online persona, and her writing.  So, it was a quick introduction there and a promise to meet up later to chat.

In this blog post, she shares her feelings about presenting at the conference.  She concludes with …

I think she’s being overly harsh on herself.  It’s always good to be critical of your performance with an eye to improvement.

My thoughts about presenters at conferences are like this.

You go to hear a keynote speaker to be part of a crowd; you know that you’re going to hear generalities about big ideas and hopefully get that bit of inspiration.  But, I value the time that I spend in breakout sessions even more, and for different reasons.  These sessions are delivered by mortal teachers who just want to share real stories about real students about real learning.  Their passion about a topic is all that counts.  Style points, not so much.  So often, keynote speakers talk about great things in other classrooms or something they discovered on YouTube or some hypothetical scenario or some sort of research.  What makes the individual presenter session so special for me is that it’s based in solid reality and you could actually replicate it, with their support, if you wanted to.

So, I hope that Eva’s ready to offer her enthusiasm for teaching when there are calls for proposals again.  Maybe attend an EdCamp or lead a session with her school colleagues or lead an online seminar for a little more practice.  The learning world needs people who are this honest and open.

Math Links for Week Ending Nov. 6th, 2015

I can’t believe that it’s taken me this long to discover David Petro’s mathematics blog.

I can see that I’m going to spend way too much time on this blog.  I enjoy doing mathematics puzzles just for the enjoyment of doing the puzzle.  The 50 cent puzzle that was making the rounds recently made it into this blog.  (along with a lot of other really good stuff)

Of huge interest is tagging resources to the Ontario Curriculum.  How can you miss?

I Don’t Read

This is a great story about what teachers do best.

They analyse the situation, consider the alternatives, the sources, and make recommendations that will make the student successful.

In this post, Jennifer Aston describes how she handles a student who told her…

Like I said, it’s a great story, with great dialogue, a plan, a followup, a next steps and, importantly a request for advice from the community of people who read her blog.  Oh, and her community responded.

I hope that you enjoy checking out these blog posts as much as I did.  There’s some really great stuff here.

Thanks to all of these bloggers for sharing their thoughts.  Together we learn.