This Week in Ontario Edublogs


Welcome to July! I hope that everyone is enjoying the beginning of summer. I hope that you can fit reading these fabulous blog posts into your day.


Leadership Lessons from Baseball

Charles’ post takes me back. Not only a memory of Tony LaRussa coaching but going to a Phillie’s game while in Philadelphia at a conference. I’m in the picture here with another Doug from across town.

Charles gets to LaRussa’s retirement and then being brought back to coach and making the decision to walk someone with a 1-2 count. That does seem a little bizarre!

There are great questions at the end of the post that Stephen and I talked about during the Wednesday radio show.

  • Can you think of a public figure who owned up to a mistake in a timely and totally contrite manner?  
  • Can you think of a leader who moved on to let the next gen leaders come forth? 
  • Can you name someone who made a successful and inspiring comeback after a ten-year gap?

They’re great questions. If you have answers, swing over to Charles’ blog and share them there.


Teachers Make Mistakes: Here’s What To Do When You’ve Made One

Kristy’s post was so appropriate to read after Charles set the stage. Do you want to do something scary? Do the math here. (No, it’s not the math that’s scary, it’s the result!)

Years ago, a mentor teacher explained the reality of teacher imperfections. He pointed out that teachers are in the business of communicating – we say, write, and teach a lot of things every day – and if each of us makes only one mistake per day and we multiply that by the number of days in a school year and then by the number of years we spend in the classroom, that works out to many thousands of mistakes and missteps over a career. 

Gulp.

She discusses the topic in some detail that offers a what-to-do when it happens.

  • Admit Your Mistake
  • Hold Yourself Accountable For Your Actions And Remedy The Situation
  • Make Your Admin Aware of Big Mistakes
  • Everyone Makes Mistakes

On the show, Stephen made reference to an incident where he needed to talk to his admin immediately after he shared something in class. He shared it with me privately afterwards and yeah — the administration would want to know when the parents start calling!


Ode to our Guest Educators

I held off on this post from Sue for the last show of the school year. I hear so much about how teachers are moving on but I never hear about administrators moving on.

There will be teachers becoming vice-principals for the first time; there will be vice-principals moving to the big office. Come September, they will have the opportunity to set a mindset and environment for their school.

There will be regular visitors to classrooms who aren’t the regular teacher. We used to call them Supply Teachers and I don’t recall them being treated all that well when I went to school.

In Sue’s school, they don’t use that expression; instead, they’re known as “Guest Educators” which immediately changes the mindset and Sue uses the post to describe what it means to be a guest educator in her school.

I can’t help but think that this is a mindset that should be expected everywhere. So, if you’re making a move this fall, read and consider what you might do.


What you think you know

Cal’s post will have you thinking.

Certainly, as educators, we are well aware that some students do well in other classes and are challenged in ours or vice versa. When you do the math, there are all kinds of students that you interact with daily and as Cal notes, “you can only know so much”. You’d have to be a permanent shadow to understand everything about everybody.

That’s just in the classroom.

Take that to the next step and think about the administrators in the school. They’re even further away from understanding everything about everybody.

My first superintendent was really inspired by the writing of Tom Peters and the philosophy of management by walking around. That is a good step but often an administrator needs that formal feedback from staff and students as well.

Cal had an interesting observation that often administrators only hear about the positive things. But, they’re only human. How should they handle criticisms?

And, … if you’re like me, you’re going to want to look up umwelt.


Create Safe Spaces

I loved the insights from this post from Nilmini. Of paramount importance is the concept of stories. She sees the classroom as being a safe place for students to have a conversation and be comfortable in doing so.

She addresses areas where stories can be used.

  • History
    • This got me thinking; I still know so much about my childhood community and I can tell you stories about it!
  • Reflection
    • For me, the big advantage of blogging is to reflect on something that’s of importance to me. If it’s helpful for you, then great
  • Journalling
    • We were told to keep a journal when I was in school and it should come as no surprise to regular blog readers that I did so to the bare minimum. Now, if blogging had been a thing back then…
  • Graphic Organizers
    • This is so important to computer programming where you lay out your logic. These days, I also do that in preparation for the Wednesday show and this blog post

Last Day of Teaching – Ever!

There have been lots and lots of sentiments of this type on social media. As my dad always said “it’s time to call it a day”. Since I’ve found Marie’s blog, I am an avid reader; she’s frequent and so open and I hope that she continues in her retirement.

I’m envious as I always thought that I’d like to teach in the same school that I went to as a student. That wasn’t to be and I had to learn all about a new community over three hours away.

In Marie’s typical style, it’s not a short post but is so rich in details. She tells a great story. As someone who has gone through this, I do admit to having a tear or two on my keyboard reading this. When I left my school, I got a set of bookends; when I left the Program Department, I got a plaque. As luck would have it for this post, I was cleaning my bookshelf and my wife wondered why I kept those up there.

I think, and it rings solidly in Marie’s post, that there’s something extra special about being in education. Yes, it’s like banging your head against the wall; it feels good when it stops. And yet, there’s something about being an educator that never, ever leaves you. I will always treasure those gifts.

That comes across so clearly in this post and you can see and hear her thoughts here.

https://watch.screencastify.com/v/WH7fCErEfbZh0ws4cgnp

How did she hold it together?


Looking Back Over the Year

Gary gives us another look at a reflection as the year ends. It’s really been a year like no other. Could this have been the worst of the COVID years?

He identifies

  • start the year by working at home
  • getting a new central position
  • getting shifted to a new role
  • becoming a blogger

This truly is a unique year. I like the fact that Gary indicates that he couldn’t have done it on his own. But, it’s not just about him; he acknowledges that so many others struggled through it as well.

Gary, I agree with your plans of kicking back and really, really recharging. We’ve talked about this so often but never has it been so important as this year.


Please take time to read this and follow these great bloggers on Twitter.

  • Charles Pascal – @CEPascal
  • Kristy – @2peasandadog
  • Sue Bruyns – @sbruyns
  • Cal Armstrong – @sig225
  • Nilmini Ratwatte-Henstridge – @NRatwatte
  • Marie Snyder – @MarieSnyder27

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My Week Ending 2022-06-26


Here’s a summary of some of the things I learned and published this week.


Readings 

You can follow my daily readings as they happen here.  Below are a selected few, with commentary, from the past week. They’re posted to the blog daily under the title OTR Links.

Sunday

  • I’m a big fan of infographics – this one is about mountains and rivers
  • The North America Cup is the big harness race from Mohawk Raceway – here’s what happened – read about Campbellville’s newest millionnaire

Monday

  • With a click bait title about the death of Google, it was an interesting read – we have so many alternatives these day
  • A powerful essay about the state of use of personal technology in schools and an inspiration for me to write one of my own

Tuesday

  • Sometimes, I hate reading about new features dropping in a different distro of Linux and get the urge to change. This time, it’s Manjaro
  • If you’re worried about advertisements tracking your movements, here’s a review of the latest and best for 2022

Wednesday

  • Now that high speed internet access is more available, a video editor online becomes a possibility – Clipchamp – and it’s free
  • An interesting read about local (to me anyway) educator Natasha Feghali is a not-so-local location

Thursday

  • Everything you ever wanted to know about JPEG software but were afraid to ask. I doubt it’s going to change the way I use them, but it’s nice to know
  • In 2022, what are the best presentation software? Find some oldies here and some new titles

Friday

  • This is kind of interesting – don’t read it if you work in IT – but can a business run without you these days?
  • An essay from Margaret Atwood predicting what happened yesterday

Saturday

  • I suspect we’re going to see more of these – letters from employers in the US indicating their support for going to another state for an abortion
  • Another reminder that you need to renew your license plates in Ontario

Blog Posts on
doug — off the record

My daily contributions to this blog are linked below. If you’re looking for a week in review for doug–off the record, you came to the right place.


#FollowFriday – June 24, 2022

Photo by Alexander Shatov on Unsplash

https://wakelet.com/wake/otoNVgMZBvg4a5h-0gaWp


voicEd Radio

This Week in Ontario Edublogs is a blog post/show/podcast that features great writing from Ontario Edubloggers. Stephen Hurley and I use their writing as the basis for a conversation.

Featured Bloggers:

  • Elizabeth Lyons – @mrslyonslibrary
  • Paul McGuire – @mcguirp
  • Aviva Dunsiger – @avivaloca
  • Bonnie Stewart – @bonstewart
  • Diana Maliszewski – @MzMollyTL
  • Marie Snyder – @MarieSnyder27
  • Doug McDowall – @dougzone2_1

This week’s show:

Opening Song:

Closing Song:


Technology Troubleshooting

I had a relatively long drive yesterday. Since COVID, it’s only the second or third time that I’ve purposely left Essex County. I met Stephen Hurley in Port Stanley for lunch. Of course, we went to GT’s on the Beach.

The experience didn’t make me love driving on the 401 any better but I was cognizant of the price of gasoline. It varied from 2.04.7 to 2.12.9.

One of the things that my car has is the ability to check out km/h. With air conditioning ON, I was getting 8.2 km/h. With it OFF, it was 7.4. Big message in there for me.


Look what I made

With all the Wordle craze, I of course blogged about it earlier but also created a Wakelet of all the Wordle clones I could find. Once created, I’ve been adding to it daily, it seems. I guess it’s presumptuous to think I could do it all in one session. It certainly has taken the online world by storm.

My collection is available here: https://wke.lt/w/s/BuvP40

Update – June 18: Up to 67 entries.


Video of the Week

Remember when it was safe to go online?


Photo of the Week

A nose over the register with air conditioning and a cold tile floor is just the recipe for the hot weather.


Thanks for reading.

Please join me daily for something new and, hopefully, interesting for you. I honestly and truthfully appreciate your few moments reading my thoughts. Time willing, this summary appears every Sunday afternoon.

Be safe.

dp

This blog post was originally posted at:

https://dougpete.wordpress.com/

Tomatoes


There has been a lot of vitriol over this.

I’ll start by saying that I love tomatoes.

Photo by engin akyurt on Unsplash
  • tomato sandwiches
  • tomato in salads
  • bacon and tomato sandwiches
  • tomato in sauces for spaghetti and pizza
  • gazpacho
  • tomato salsa
  • tomato soup
  • tomato juice
  • tomato potato chips

I’ve also been known to have had a Caesar or two in my time.

When we used to grow our own, I’d go and pick one from a plant in the garden, make sure there are no tomato or other words, wipe it clean, and just eat it. It’s also actually good for you.

All this goodness came to an end with this announcement.

https://www.clubhouse.ca/en-ca/frenchs/frenchsicle

I couldn’t believe the amount of negativity over the concept of a frenchsicle. The heart of it is tomato! If you visit the link, you’ll see that there are public tastings to be held – for those of us in Ontario, there’s one in Toronto and not surprisingly in Leamington. We grow a lot of tomatoes in Essex County.

If we’re out and about, I think we’ll drop in on the one in Leamington. It’s going to be near Seacliff Park which is one of Jaimie’s favourite walking places.

If not, the recipe seems easy enough to make at home. I know that many people don’t like tomato potato ships so it may not appeal to everyone. The recipe makes it sound like a frozen Caesar. What’s not to like?

My Week Ending 2022-06-19


Here’s a summary of some of the things I learned and published this week.


Readings 

You can follow my daily readings as they happen here.  Below are a selected few, with commentary, from the past week. They’re posted to the blog daily under the title OTR Links.

Sunday

  • To me, the default answer should be people but I understand the need for robots to get the best from a search engine
  • I’m not sure that every networking term is in this list of 100 but it is a pretty good list of things that you should know

Monday

  • Canada and Denmark reach an agreement about the ownership of Hans Island. It’s a great story and I guess it’s a good thing that the two countries didn’t have to go to war to resolve this
  • Some thoughts about using screencasting in the classroom. Some of them I already knew but there were some interesting new thoughts

Tuesday

  • Thoughts from the largest US teacher union about gun control
  • The largest photo ever of New York City – it’s work exploring because you can zoom in so deeply and not lose resolution

Wednesday

  • Logic would seem to indicated that emergency rooms would be better off lately but that’s not necessarily true
  • Crawling under the bed and hoping it goes away isn’t the answer to Monkeypox no matter how good an idea it seems to be

Thursday

  • If you have a glass shower door, this article may be the best housekeeping advice that you’ve had in a long time
  • Installing old applications is always dangerous and this article reminds us that Android applications are no different

Friday

  • This is very important for Microsoft Windows users – there was a major threat that was patched this week. You need to get it
  • I had never heard of the concept of slow biking much less that there was a competition for it

Saturday

  • This may well be the location of your latest spam caller. I found this an interesting and insightful read. I still don’t appreciate them
  • Stories about Bill Cosby take yet another twist. Seems he’s always in the news anymore

Blog Posts on
doug — off the record

My daily contributions to this blog are linked below. If you’re looking for a week in review for doug–off the record, you came to the right place.


#FollowFriday – June 17, 2022

Photo by Alexander Shatov on Unsplash

https://wakelet.com/wake/zrylqta5G2X48Ra_gyJzi


voicEd Radio

This Week in Ontario Edublogs is a blog post/show/podcast that features great writing from Ontario Edubloggers. Stephen Hurley and I use their writing as the basis for a conversation.

Featured Bloggers:

  • Rolland Chidiac – @rchids
  • Alexandra Woods – @XanWoods
  • Jennifer Casa-Todd – @jcasatodd
  • Susan Hopkins – @susanhopkins5
  • Barb Seaton – @barb_seaton
  • Fair Chance Learning – @FCLEdu
  • Kyle Pearce – @mathletepearce 

This week’s show:

Opening Song:

Closing Song:


Technology Troubleshooting

This may turn out to be a great tip if you’re a podcaster or otherwise recording your voice and your microphone picks up little noises from this on your desk. In my case, it was simply the act of picking up or putting down a coffee mug.

My solution?

I did a tour of a local brewery and they gave us some coasters as a memory of their visit. I put it on my desk and the microphone stand on top of the coaster. Voila! Stephen Hurley is now not concerned about background noises during our show.


Look what I made

With all the Wordle craze, I of course blogged about it earlier but also created a Wakelet of all the Wordle clones I could find. Once created, I’ve been adding to it daily, it seems. I guess it’s presumptuous to think I could do it all in one session. It certainly has taken the online world by storm.

My collection is available here: https://wke.lt/w/s/BuvP40

Update – June 18: Up to 67 entries.


Video of the Week

Could you imagine Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen on the stage together? Bruce did a walk-on to celebrate McCartney’s 80th birthday.

Photo of the Week

If you’re in Colchester, Ontario in search of lunch or supper, check out The Wreck. You won’t be disappointed. I know a guy and they just opened …


Thanks for reading.

Please join me daily for something new and, hopefully, interesting for you. I honestly and truthfully appreciate your few moments reading my thoughts. Time willing, this summary appears every Sunday afternoon.

Be safe.

dp

This blog post was originally posted at:

https://dougpete.wordpress.com/

My Week Ending 2022-06-12


Here’s a summary of some of the things I learned and published this week.


Readings 

You can follow my daily readings as they happen here.  Below are a selected few, with commentary, from the past week. They’re posted to the blog daily under the title OTR Links.

Sunday

  • The Queen and Paddington Bear – what’s not to like
  • I know that Google Fanboys think the company can do no wrong – here are 10 times when they flopped. Their biggest strength is that they keep on trying to innovate

Monday

  • It’s been exactly one year since the horrible event in London Ontario taking the lives of a Muslim family.
  • One of my favourite daily reads is the Leadership Freak and this article about courage really spoke to me

Tuesday

  • Everything is bigger and more expensive in Saudi Arabia including the purse for a golf tournament
  • Some tips for cleaning your laptop computer. They will last exactly until you want to use it again

Wednesday

  • A quickie time waster – someone’s collection of the worse images from Google Streetview – I’d seen some of them before
  • Horrible news about a school threat with the Lambton-Kent District School Board and how they handled the day

Thursday

  • When the renewal price of the driver’s licence in Ontario was dropped, that was the big story but the rest of the story is that you still have to renew
  • This isn’t good news if you’re a user of Microsoft Word – be careful of that document that was sent to you

Friday

  • If 3.14 was good enough for you for the value of Pi, you’re not going to like to have to memorize this
  • This temporary tax cut can’t come too quickly for most Ontarians. I know that I’ve made some stay at home decisions rather than fill up on gas

Saturday

  • When a computer is listed at $1.850 off, you have to ask how much markup and profit is there in the product to begin with
  • If you believe that pictures speak a thousand words, you’ll love this post. I did

Blog Posts on
doug — off the record

My daily contributions to this blog are linked below. If you’re looking for a week in review for doug–off the record, you came to the right place.


#FollowFriday – June 10, 2022

Photo by Alexander Shatov on Unsplash

https://wke.lt/w/s/1YOOZY


voicEd Radio

This Week in Ontario Edublogs is a blog post/show/podcast that features great writing from Ontario Edubloggers. Stephen Hurley and I use their writing as the basis for a conversation.

Featured Bloggers:

  • Sue Bruyns – @sbruyns
  • Lisa Corbett – @LisaCorbett0261
  • Jennifer Aston – @mmejaston
  • Melissa Turnbull – @missmturnbull
  • Marc Hodginson – @Mr_H_Teacher
  • Matthew Morris – @callmemrmorris
  • Melanie White – @WhiteRoomRadio

This week’s show:

Opening Song:

Closing Song:


Technology Troubleshooting

This blog post needed to be trouble shot today. Of all days, today, I plan to go to Dresden to the harness races. I need to be on the road by 10.

I started writing it in Microsoft Edge and it locked up.

I restarted writing in Firefox and tried to save a draft because I could go to the rec room and watch the Formula 1 race from Azerbaijan on the big television. For some reason, it wouldn’t save.

In both cases, the Wednesday TWIOE show would not imbed. I was just going to use a link instead.

So, third time’s a charm. I’m writing in my recliner chair with my Chromebook. This is the third start I’ve made today. So far, so good.

If this goes live at 5pm, you’ll know I was successful.


Look what I made

With all the Wordle craze, I of course blogged about it earlier but also created a Wakelet of all the Wordle clones I could find. Once created, I’ve been adding to it daily, it seems. I guess it’s presumptuous to think I could do it all in one session. It certainly has taken the online world by storm.

My collection is available here: https://wke.lt/w/s/BuvP40

Update – June 11: Up to 65 entries.


Video of the Week

If the writers of Law and Order are looking for script ideas…

Photo of the Week

This is actually a Facebook memory from six years ago. It was a hot day so we had the air conditioning on. Jaimie approves.


Thanks for reading.

Please join me daily for something new and, hopefully, interesting for you. I honestly and truthfully appreciate your few moments reading my thoughts. Time willing, this summary appears every Sunday afternoon.

Be safe.

dp

This blog post was originally posted at:

https://dougpete.wordpress.com/