Category: learning

Versioning


I started yesterday morning thinking I might do all my work in the Vivaldi web browser.  Upon launch, it let me know there was a minor update so I applied it.  Then, I headed off to check my Gmail and got an error that the browser wasn’t supported.  Rather than argue, I just quit Vivaldi and loaded Opera instead.

And, it had an update waiting too.  So, I applied it.  I’m now at:

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The update was a small-ish update from version 51.0.2830.32.  I’m always a believer in keeping things up to date, particularly a web browser.  There are always new features to have which are nice but there’s the bugs and weaknesses in the code that are always being addressed.

The version numbers are interesting to follow.  A good discussion can be found here.

Versioning is a discipline all by itself.  When you teach computer science, it’s always important to help students acquire the skills to know about versioning so that they can plan and track the revisions to their code.  It’s so seldom that you have a student that can sit down and write a program from beginning to end without the work spanning over a period of days.  (If they can, your problems are too easy.  <grin>)

When was the last time you saw Version 1.0 of anything?

Now, applications like Opera are the “real world”.  At version 51, there have been many versions of the code.  It’s a geeky trip along memory lane to see when features were added to the base project.  If nothing else, it’s worthwhile in the classroom to demonstrate how tracking is done with a formal project.  Of course, in this case, I’m fixated on Opera as it was the last to be updated but the same concepts apply to any piece of software.  But, you know that.  You’ve updated your software when appropriate, or notified, or have it done silently in the background for you.

Even your applications that appear in the browser  and run from a remote server have version numbers.  The instance of Tweetdeck that I’m using is

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It’s not just code that can benefit from a good solid treatment of versioning.  How about that essay that takes a bit of work to be completed?  How do you know which of the many versions is the latest?  Is the date and timestamp the tool that you use?  What if you have to rollback to a previous version?  How do you manage that?

A very interesting read can be found here.

Back to coding, I know that a number of computer science teachers use the educational implementation of GitHub for this explicit purpose.  It sure beats the heck out of a paper log or a self-documented ongoing file on your computer but it might be overkill for some!

Regardless of your project, when it takes more than a single sitting, you might find yourself working with and managing various versions of whatever you’re working on.  How do you handle and/or teach versioning?

 

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This Week in Ontario Edublogs


As I was looking through the blog posts that I had tucked away for inclusion in this post, it strikes me that this will be a very Hamilton-Wentworth-ish type of post.  I generally don’t go looking for specific areas or themes; I just let my reading take me where it may.  Our friend Aviva gets tagged twice.

Please read along and enjoy some great blog posts from Ontario Edubloggers.


From Experimental to Theoretical Probability: Sample Lesson

Probability can be a scary topic for some.  In reality, it can be a great deal of fun.  So much of what we take for granted around us in the world has an element of probability to it.  Otherwise, everything would be cut and dried and, well boring.  And, of course, what would a game be without an element of chance.

Mark Chubb shows us a way that you might want to talk about probability and he uses a game approach to it.  Two wins.

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There’s so much good, solid mathematics in it, including some charting of results.  Three wins.  Is there a correct answer?  That would be pretty boring but there certainly is a player who is in a better position to win.  What would change if you wanted to use three coins?

Could this be done with a coding solution?  Absolutely.


A Two Sided Blog Post

A pair of bloggers, Kristi Keery-Bishop and Aviva Dunsiger join up to write a blog post where we get the opportunity “to see both sides now”.

The topic?

Have you ever wondered what really goes on in a school to support a student who struggles with self-regulation? 

It’s an interesting post to devour.  It’s not short but does give a pretty descriptive perspective from both an administrator and a teacher.

They approach the topic with what happens “right now” and then take a look at the longer term approach.


When LESS Really Is A Whole Lot MORE!

I had to include this standalone post from Aviva Dunsiger, if for no other reason than I was tagged in it.

I had blogged about the meme that was passed around digitally asking people to share a photo of a “great book” and then tag others in it.

I was involved, having been tagged by Hazel Mason and pulled one of my favourite coffee table books from the bookshelf behind me.  Like my post, Aviva extracted and shares a number of messages from the stream.  I thought the choices in the whole thing turned out to be pretty interesting.

  • it’s great that educators had that quality of book at home
  • it became almost a one-up challenge to get a better book than the previous person
  • some people chose to share books that use in the classroom

Aviva then takes an interesting turn when she asks what students would do.  I think that the rules would have to be specific so that they would nominate a “great book” instead of a “favourite book”.  But, it would be an interesting activity to see what comes up.  It looks like there might be a taker in Peter Cameron.

Just, please, please, please, use a hashtag so we can follow it.


BE A CATALYST FOR CHANGE

And, I was tagged in this post from David Carruthers which was his response to Stephen Hurley’s and my comments about a previous post of David’s.  This time, he took on our use of the word catalyst.

He nailed the concept of catalyst perfectly.

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I like the conclusion where he indicates that he’s looking for this sort of person when he makes school visits.

I would hazard a guess that these people aren’t always recognized for their efforts.  Not always do they percolate to the top.  A cheerleader like David will make sure that they get supported, if they want.

Who knows?  The next great educator with fabulous insights might be waiting to be found.


Dear 100 Year Old Me!

I had a chance to talk with Cameron Steltman recently and he was sharing what an exciting assignment that he has this year.  The discussion came around to how he’s having students blogging after being provoked.

The provocation in this post was to send a message to their 100 year old self.  The number 100 itself takes on such importance in many classes this time of year as they reach the 100th day of school.  More than that, though, 100 is such a great number.  It’s not a perfect number but it does have so much importance.

  • 100 pennies in a dollar (what’s a penny sir?)
  • 100 km/h speed limit on freeways
  • who doesn’t like holding a 100 dollar bill?
  • and certainly you don’t want to leave home with your phone less than 100% charged

But most importantly, don’t we all want to live to be 100?

If Mr. Steltman’s blog is still running 90 some years from now, I hope the true banana queen still has fond memories of Frog Math.


Four Ways to Extend My Digital Leadership

Here’s a link and the email to your principal, superintendent, or principal might start like this…

How are you planning to leverage and extend your digital leadership?  Here’s what Sue Dunlop is doing…

  • Using the digital spaces in our organization.
  • Interacting on Twitter.
  • Sharing links and articles.
  • Share the thinking in my blog.

Conclude with

If you need help, Sue is willing to help.


Put Some Respeck On My Name

This post from Matthew Morris should be required reading for every Faculty of Education student.

In a way, practice teaching gives a false sense of what classrooms can be like.  When you’re parachuted into one, you pick up on the routines and regimen of the classroom teacher.  It’s a whole new world when you get a classroom of your own.

As Matthew noted, we grew up in an educational system where the teacher had respect by virtue of standing at the front of the classroom.  He provoked me to think of just how many of my teachers had first names.  Or at least first names that I knew.  I always figured it was a scheme devised to stop us from looking up their address in the phone book.  (what’s a phone book sir?)

Certainly, back in the day, I didn’t have the ability to follow my teacher on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.  I didn’t give paybacks with RateMyTeacher.  Heck, I didn’t even have Canada411.

Matthew reminds us that it’s a different world today.  By its nature, so much is open, available, and friendly.  Casual and easily made relationships are the norm.

Consequently, respect doesn’t come as part of the job.

You want respect – you’ve got to earn it. You want respect? You have to establish it.


How’s that for a collection of inspirational blog posts to start your Friday?  Make sure that you click through and read them in their entirety.  Then, head over to the big collection for even more.  If you’re blogging and from Ontario, there’s a form there to add your blog to the list for me.  Some folks are even using the form just to let me know their Twitter handle.  That’s OK too.

Before you leave, make sure that you add these people to your learning network.

Show a little social media love and retweet the link to any of these posts that resonate with you.  Or, just share this post and do them all at once.

Puzzling


Who doesn’t like a good puzzle?

I often think that part of the reason why I did so well in Mathematics and went on to study it was that I had great teachers.  One of the commonapproaches that seemed to run through all of them was not to assign “problems” but to present each activity as a puzzled to be solved.  When they solved them in front of the class, you could see the joy they had in the solution.

I can’t say that the same approach would work for everyone but I know that it did for me.  I can actually remember the names of just about every teacher or professor that had that sort of impact on me.  The most recent was Ross Honsberger.  In fact, I was so inspired that I remember dipping into the very shallow coffers of a university student to buy books from his series Mathematical Gems.  I see now that they’re available to view online if you’re so inclined.

Now, those puzzles or gems might be a little intense for K12 schools but SolveMe Puzzles certainly aren’t.

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I played around with all three categories of puzzle and will confess that “Who Am I?” really caught my fancy.

Each of these broad categories takes you into a section where you actually play the puzzles.  But, it’s more than that.  Check out the Bingo area for each and then, impressively, you can make your own puzzles.  Or students could create their own to challenge their classmates.

You can sign in to keep track of your progress or play anonymously.

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However you use it, just don’t call them “problems”.  They’re mathematical puzzles at their finest.

ReBlink


Yesterday, I had the opportunity to see part of the Art Gallery of Ontario as part of the learning activities provided by the Ontario Teachers’ Federation’s Curriculum Forum.

There was one section that was of focus for us and that was ReBlink.

Unfortunately, the iPads that were part of the project weren’t working.  But, one of the people in our group had the flyer so we knew that we could download the application for our own devices.  In my case, it was my phone.

After connecting to the AGO wifi (recommended since the application was big), I soon had it on my device.  For it to work, you had to go to selected pieces of art, load the application, and then just point your device at the picture.  What happens next is just amazing.

If you read the link from the AGO above, you get the concept.  If not, here’s the teaser.

Have you ever wondered how the AGO’s paintings would look with a modern update? How would the portraits change? And how would the landscapes transform?

Really?  Oh yes!

And the application makes it so easy to activate and, with a click, you’re sharing your image on social media.

Now, by itself, that image might not do it for you.  But, you had to be there.  Just moments before this, the people in the pictures were actually in separate frames.  The lady on the left; the man on the right.

There were a couple of footprints on the floor between the two paintings and a box a couple of metres away.  Fortunately, in my group was Anthony Carabache (@HeyCarabache) and he was up for a little experimenting.

I had to have one of myself.

This was so cool.  Being the inquisitive people we are, we tried to come up with a “how did they do that” moment.  The best hypothesis we came up with was that the process must work with a Google Goggles approach; the application recognizes the specific picture and then acts on it.

If that’s true, then is it the actual painting that triggers it or is it the image?

We tried our hypothesis first by taking a picture of the painting and then pointing the application on a second phone to the first phone.  Next step was to try it on the flyer that was mentioned above.  The result?  Well, you’ll have to try it yourself.

Then, it was off to find the other paintings that had been specially marked to be part of the exhibit.

Like the canned comment says “We couldn’t believe our eyes”.  The 3D presentation and the ability to look around corners and see the little things that were hidden in the new pictures really engaged us and kept us wanting more.

If you happen to be in Toronto, support the Art Gallery of Ontario and enjoy this feature while it’s still running.

This Week in Ontario Edublogs


After a bizarre week of snowy and then warm and melting weather, it’s time to sit back and take a good read of some of the things that have appeared recently on the blogs of Ontario Edubloggers.  There’s always good stuff to read.

And think about.


WE ALL HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO LEAD

Are these trite words?

Maybe, but then David Carruthers saw this image in a social media feed.

This is a short post (two paragraphs and a sentence) but it speaks volumes.  David takes a quick look at people and the positions they hold in education.

You’ll have to read his post, but as you do, ask “Who has the people”?, “Who is really leading in education?”, “Are there people leading and don’t know it?”

Thanks, David, for a post that really had me thinking.


Modeling an Analogue Clock in Scratch

Think of the clocks that today’s students see.  How many would you think would be analogue?  How many digital?

Think of your own youth.  How many of each did you see?

In honour of the analogue clock, Jim Cash explains a Scratch project where a pair of students create an analogue clock.  As Jim points, out, it’s not a trivial activity and like so many of the projects that he shares, there’s just a whack of mathematics involved.

I can recall a similar project that my students took on much like this.  (Theirs included an alarm feature).  It’s not a quick and easy project.


Hope and a Groundhog

Beyond waiting for Wiarton Willie to let us know whether or not he sees his shadow (as an aside, with all the lights and television cameras, how could he not see it?), there is a message of hope that spring is on its way.

But then, Ramona Meharg takes a look around her classroom and shares the hope and good wishes that she has for her students for the future.

I hope for so many things.  I hope my students will be safe when they are not at school.  I hope they will believe in themselves.  I hope they will overcome the obstacles life puts in their way.  I hope I will find that spark in them that makes them want to come to school.  I hope they will always choose to be kind.  I hope I will continue to be a model of life long learning throughout my career and life.  I hope I and those I care about will stay healthy.  I hope for happiness, well being and a well lived life.

Her students are so fortunate that they have a loving and caring teacher who thinks about this.  Do you?

Hope is an interesting word.  It implies that you want something to happen.  By itself, to me, it gives a sense of chance.

Where does hard work and effort fit?


Is it a good deal?

I love this post by Lisa Corbett.  She had me at the opening sentence.

Perhaps the only thing worse than being a teacher’s kid, is being a teacher’s spouse.

I think of comments from my own kids when they’d ask a question and expect an answer but got a probing question instead.

“Dad, you’re such a teacher.”

Or, when I have a conversation with my wife.

“I want an answer and don’t go all teacher on me.”

I had to smile at the two images of solving a mathematics problem in Lisa’s post.  It’s a comparison of two worlds – old school and new school mathematics.

If you’re a kid, who do you go to for homework help?


Why not go? (and some ways to get there)

I like how Lisa Noble is exploring things in her self-funded leave.

This time around, she shared a presentation that she gave to the recent OLA Conference.  About knitting!

This is a conference that everyone in the province really should attend at least once.  True to the notion of the teacher-librarian having a finger in all subject areas, there’s a little something for everyone.

I attended the conference three times.  The first time as a participant; the second doing a session with a teacher-librarian colleague and the third time doing the Great OSLA Faceoff with my competitor Zoe Branigan-Pipe.  There were pictures and I still have the t-shirt.

How do you get to go to conferences like these?  In Lisa’s post, she shares a number of different strategies to make conference going affordable.

I’ll bet that Lisa never pays sticker price for anything!


Thinking about Inclusion

Jennifer Casa-Todd went to the same conference as Lisa (I hope they met up) and shares her thoughts and takeaways.  It’s a different take since Jennifer didn’t present.

Her big question that helps frame the post is…

How are we genuinely building community in our schools and helping our most vulnerable students feel welcome and included?

She shares with us three sessions and the impact that they had on her.  It’s an interesting read and she makes the connection to what she sees as a teacher-librarian day in and day out.

And, of course, she sees how social media can play a part.


JOURNALING – A MEANS TO ENHANCE RESEARCH WRITING

From the TESL Ontario blog, comes an entry by Laura Brass.

She talks about research – even the word brings back not-so-fond university memories in the non-mathematics or computer science courses.

While the research we conduct as language teachers is not a life-and-death matter, we all strive for accuracy and need useful points of reference. In my case, research journaling kept me from getting lost in the sea of references, articles, methods, and conventions, while at the same time, it helped me connect the dots between theory and practice.

I like the process that she describes and wish that I knew about it when I last had to do research.  Gone are the little stickers and scribbled notes I used as my advanced organization tools!

Her conclusion?

Conducting research is FUN.


Please take the time to click through and read the original posts.  There’s lots of good material in these blogs.  Share them (or this post) with colleagues and just bask in the wisdom of these great Ontario educators.

And make sure to follow them on Twitter.  (You’ve already bookmarked their blogs, right?)

This Week in Ontario Edublogs


Happy February and Groundhog Day (updated)…

For this Huron County boy, there only is one weather predictor – Wiarton Willie.  But I understand there are others.

While you wait for the sun to rise, check out these posts from Ontario Edubloggers.  I usually refer to this link but I also keep a Scoopit collection here.  I refer to that because

Gold

It’s now at a gold level.  That’s a lot of blogging.  Way to go, folks.


I’m sorry, but the world needs more real apologizing

Heather Swail has an interesting take and insight on a Canadian trait – being nice.  I mean, who among us hasn’t apologized without any real need?  I smile when I think of a lady who wasn’t paying attention at the store the other day and ran her grocery cart into me.   I apologized to her.

What can I say?  I was raised to be polite.

Heather’s take is that an apology should be …

A real heartfelt – not intellectually or strategically manufactured – apology involves reflection and thought on the part of the apologizer.

My action, I guess, could best be described as a reflex action.

We know that learned behaviours can be modified.  Is the reflex on my part worth the time and training that would be needed or is there a problem with being overly apologetic?


A $50 Million Gift Horse

This post, by Anne Shillolo is actually a copy of an email that she wrote to the Minister of Innovation with respect to the $50 million that has been allocated to the CanCode project.

The CanCode program will invest $50 million over two years, starting in 2017-18, to support initiatives providing educational opportunities for coding and digital skills development to Canadian youth from kindergarten to grade 12 (K-12). It also supports initiatives that provide K-12 teachers with the training and professional development they need to introduce digital skills, coding and related concepts into the classroom.

Anne correctly identifies the lay of the land, at least here in Ontario.

  • Not enough young women in technology,
  • Not enough computer science (CS) teachers in Ontario,
  • Most teachers’ colleges are no longer training CS teachers,
  • Teacher candidates are not choosing CS as a teachable.
  • High school CS and engineering courses are not offered province wide.

Then, she proceeds to share her thoughts about outsourcing professional development for teachers.  It’s a letter that will get you thinking.

The CanCode details can be found here and the list of winning companies here.


Precarious Absences – The impact of teacher intervention truancy systems

Deborah Weston tagged me in the announcement of the release of this post.

It’s a standing joke in the educational profession that it’s easier to come to work sick than to plan lessons for someone else to teach while you are under the weather.  Creating lessons is difficult enough when you’re healthy.  Being sick makes it even more difficult.

I see you nodding your head.  We’ve all said that.

Yet, there are times when you have to take time off.  It’s very seldom to get a doctor’s appointment in other than school hours.  Society generally likes people working from 8-5.

Now, I like a computer to do all kinds of administrative things for me as much as the next person.  Deborah talks about teacher truancy systems that track days off and then performs some sort of action for excessive time off.

As Deborah notes, it does cast a wide net.  Wouldn’t the principal of a school be in a better position of knowing if someone is potentially taking advantage of days off?

In the bigger scheme of things, the days are laid out as a matter in a collective agreement.  At what point does this become a violation of that agreement?


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For the record, I don’t own a Google Home device.  But, I do have an Android phone with the Google Assistance installed and I’ll admit that it’s darn handy at times to just ask a question and get Google to try and respond with a a useful suggestion.

I’ve even trained Google to know that my dog’s name is Jaimie.  It was just a case of fooling around, asking Google…

“What’s my dog’s name?”

And the first time, Google didn’t know.  So, I taught it.

Now, when I ask “What’s my dog’s name?”, Google will respond correctly.

Chris Cluff shares a combo blog post, podcast with Chad Reay about Google Home.  Both the blog post and the podcast are entertaining and insightful.  I recommend both.

As for Google Home, my son got one for Christmas and we did have some fun with it.  But, when you put your tinfoil beanie on, you do realize that it’s listening all the time waiting for you to say “Hey, Google”.

The podcast did get me thinking about whether or not it is a welcome member of the household or classroom.  What do you think?


The Essential Catchall

When I read the title for this post by Tim King, I didn’t know what to expect.

It turns out, he’s reflecting on his teaching of an Essentials class.  This post is a powerful look inside the classroom and shares with us just how students end up in this course.  With Tim’s description, it’s quite obvious that a course geared for a particular type of student certainly takes a turn for the worse when it becomes a catchall.

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I found Tim’s description quite disturbing.

I would have thought if anyone could reach out and design a course to engage students, it would be him.  He embraces technology and learning at an inspiring level.  And yet, he reports that equipment in his shop gets broken.

You can’t help but speculate that success would only be achieved if the catchall philosophy is abandoned and student needs become paramount rather than the current reality.


Taking the step: Vertical Non-Permanent Surfaces in my mathematics classroom

When you close a blog post with

The richness of the mathematics and the thinking that resulted from it was well-worth the challenges though. Moving forward we will use this strategy for some logic puzzles and number challenges, and then transition into specific curriculum content.

you know that you’re onto something good.

Melissa Dean’s post is interesting and got me thinking just about “how” we do mathematics.  Typically, it’s done by yourself flat on a desktop.  After all, the school board paid a lot for those desks.

Occasionally, you get called to write your solution to a problem on the black/white/green board in the classroom.  It’s different; you’re writing in a different direction but you now have a potential audience looking at your work.  She describes a problem solving situation that involves a triad and the role of the scribe.  (You have to read her post to see why I used that word!)

What I think is particularly noteworthy is for her to step back and view the students as mathematicians.  This whole activity is certainly worth trying out in your classroom.


Knowledgehook Math PLC Planning Tool

Kyle Pearce takes us through a very thorough walkthrough of the Knowledgehook PLC tool.

The product is made by a Kitchener based company and claims a few Ontario school boards already as clients.

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It’s an interesting walkthrough with Kyle’s comments as your guide to what’s happening on the screen captures that he shares.

Clicking through Kyle’s post takes you to the Knowledgehook website where there are a number of mathematics tools running the gamut from free with a few features to a subscription model with much more utility.


In case you missed it, I had a chance earlier this week to interview Helen DeWaard.


Thanks for sticking with this post to get to the bottom!  I hope that you’ll click through and read the original posts in all their glory.  There’s lots there for learning and reflection.

And, don’t forget to add these bloggers to your learning network.

This Week in Ontario Edublogs


Can you believe that we’re almost at the end of January?  Around here, we had a high of 11.5 degrees after suffering through some of the coldest weather.  Today, we’re back well below zero again.

How’s that for a lead-in to the first post as I take a look at great things from Ontario Edubloggers over the past while?


Oh, those pesky bugs!

It’s not often that you see someone come out and admit to being Patient Zero.  But, that’s what Ramona Meharg does in this post!

I know that, around here, the news is reporting that the hospitals are well over 100% occupancy with the latest round of the flu putting things over the top.

But, it’s only a teacher that could stop coughing and spitting at their computer screen long enough to blog about it and try to turn viruses into something positive.

Driving home on Friday, after having to send two more students home midway through the day with flu symptoms, I got to thinking, it’s too bad I couldn’t viralize other things to infect them with. I mean, wouldn’t it be great if I could infect them with a love of reading or learning in general? I’d love to give them a bug that would get them to believe in themselves and their abilities, instead of listening to the negative comments of others, or their own negative self talk. What if I could infect them with resilience, so that they could take the lemons life hands them and make the most refreshing lemonade out of them every time? How about a virus that reminds them to be kind to each other, at every opportunity, in every exchange? Or a bug that gives them the courage to take risks, to try new things, to be open to new experiences? I really should have paid more attention in Chemistry and Biology class – I might have gained the ability to create these “super-bugs.”

I feel like a lesser person.  I don’t think I ever had thoughts like that when I was driving home sick.


Looking BACK to Look FORWARD.

Peter Cameron had me hooked in the introduction to this blog post – it’s really a letter to his students – when he addressed them like this:

Dear Difference Makers

Yes, in Mr. Cameron’s class, you are indeed a somebody.

Peter describes to us an exercise where the students reflect back on the fall and what they’ve accomplished in class with a look to planning for the future.  It’s all documented in their Writer’s Notebook.

He even includes a number of images to jog student memories.  In the post, he honours the pathes that the students have taken and acknowledges that it hasn’t been the same or easy for everyone.

If you steal only one educational idea today, make it this one.


Do Kids See With Their Hands?

It’s an interesting question that Aviva Dunsiger asks.

Literally, the answer would be no, they don’t see with their hands.

But, change the question just a bit.

Do Kids See the Big Picture When They Use their Hands?

Then, I’d say the answer would be yes, undoubtedly.  We have five senses (some argue of a sixth) and why wouldn’t students be able to use them all to fully understand a situation.

The only time I can recall not being able to use all my senses was in a science experiment in elementary school where we could reach into a paper bag and could only feel what we could touch inside and had to describe it.

We’d be less understanding of our world if we couldn’t use all our senses.


Better

In a longish string of One Words for 2018, Will Gourley offers “Better”.  To support his choice of a word, he includes some very nice descriptions.

Whether written, spoken, or withheld on purpose my words will be better in 2018.
They will edify not nullify.
They will appreciate not devastate.
They will lead not supersede.

It’s nicely done but what makes this approach unique to me is that he offers a way to quantify “better”.

It’s just a matter of being 1% better every day.

I wonder if you would even realize it when someone is 1% kinder from one day to the next, but after a month 30% increase would be difficult to ignore.

The Stigma Surrounding Mental Health in the World of Education

Paul McGuire offers an insight that many of us have never seen.  It’s from his position as a former administrator and he says that he has often viewed mental health issues – teachers, students, parents.

I easily saw more people in distress as an administrator than I ever saw as a counsellor. At least I knew what these people were going through. Most administrators do not and that is not a good situation.

It’s a telling observation.  I can’t believe that Paul is alone.  What’s disturbing is that the system doesn’t prepare him for this.

As luck would have it, Lisa Noble had blogged about an initiative in her district on this very topic.  Is this enough?


Compromise, Crisis and Collaboration

From The Beast Blog, comes a discussion inspired by the actions of Sarah Silverman earlier this year.

There are some great questions and discussions in this back and forth between Andrea  and Kelly

  • What happens when we bump into someone who is absolute in their beliefs and they don’t buy what we are selling?
  • Is the purpose of learning to come to a consensus?
  • Can you purposely enter a crisis with someone you don’t trust?

How would you answer those questions? – then click through and see how their discussion went.


Encourage Parents to Read with their Children During Family Literacy Month

From the Toronto District School Board Professional Library comes this reminder.

Family Literacy Day is celebrated every year on January 27th to promote the important role parents can play in fostering their children’s literacy skills and encouraging a love of lifelong learning for the whole family.

The site provides a place for both parents and students to submit book reviews.

It seems to me that this would be an exciting option for all school districts to offer.


As always, I hope that you do take the time to click through and read each of these original blog posts.

There’s so much there to help you grow professionally.

Way to go, Ontario Edubloggers.

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