This Week in Ontario Edublogs


Welcome to Friday and another amazing collection of blog posts from Ontario Edubloggers. Enjoy!


Hometown

While many people live in their original hometown, Sheila may have you longing for a return if you moved away. I lived in mine for 18 years and then left never to return except for a couple of times to tour the place, visit the cemetery, and relive some memories.

If you moved away, there might be something special to remember – maybe it’s because we were kids and biked everywhere, played everywhere, and didn’t have to worry about work and family? I feel like I know my original hometown better than my current. I’ve got to get the bike out.

In the post, she brings up some music videos that got me thinking. The first one was Bruce Springsteen’s My Hometown

and then there’s one where he actually did as a tribute to his hometown but notes if you listen live that there are some bad words in it.

Hometown is an amazing thing to consider and I thank Sheila for the post. Long-time blog readers around here might remember this post from 2010. https://dougpete.wordpress.com/2010/04/25/a-multimedia-childhood-tour/

I still think that it’s a great activity for the classroom. Lots of room for research and also a chance to apply some computer skills.


The Importance of Student Self-Reflection on Their Own Learning

Reflection is an important part of education and Gonul certainly drives that point home in this post. There’s no room for argument.

I would suggest that, while it’s important to be ongoing, this time of year it’s especially important to reflect on an entire year and the growth and learning that has happened.

She offers a great list of advantages of reflection:

  • Determine their strengths and weaknesses in skills they have developed
  • Analyze their learning process and style
  • Learn to be more independent
  • Understand how they learn
  • Monitor their learning progress
  • Set realistic learning goals
  • Respond positively to feedback to improve performance
  • Take ownership of their own learning

What do you have planned to reflect on a year’s worth of learning?


Becoming a Better Person for Others: Faith into Action

I’ve written a lot of blog posts in my time but, after reading Rolland’s at least four or five times, I leaned back in my chair and just said “Wow!” to myself.

It’s appropriate that it follows Gonul’s post about reflection because this is truly what happens there. Rolland takes four concepts from a resource that he’d read and does an amazing job of internalizing them.

  • Dignity of the Human Person
  • Call to Family, Community, and Participation
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Option for the Poor and Vulnerable

Given his work, he makes the connections to the Catholic Leadership Framework. In addition to analysing the concepts, he identifies next steps for himself.


What is right is more important than who is right:Speaking Truth to Power

Of course, leaders should get a copy of Charles’ book on leadership. He’s been using his blog to go through the messages and podcasting on voicEd Radio in conversation with Stephen Hurley at the same time.

“Being right” seems like such a simple concept. We all want to be right but, as Charles notes, he’s seen so many instances of “deleterious short-termism”. Haven’t we all?

The complete discussion with Stephen can be listened to here.

I’d be interested in listening to a follow discussion about what happens to staff and the community when the decision made goes wrong because it was important for the decision-maker to be right whether it was the right decision or not.


Expat or Local?

While she was a principal at a school in China, Ann Marie was great at blogging and sharing her own thoughts about life and leadership. Many of her posts ended up her for discussion.

Things change though.

Upon returning home for the Chinese New Year, she didn’t return to China but rather spent the rest of the school year doing the principal thing remotely. There’s been a lot of that done lately – the remote thing.

The bug to travel again is starting to bite and Ann Marie shares her thoughts there along with her vision of a “dream job”.

Certainly, things have changed thanks to COVID for all of us. Travel is more of a conscious decision than ever. Read about how it affects a principal that likes to move around!


Unfilled Jobs = Increased Guilt: Reflecting On Needing To Be Away

As teachers, we all know the hassles that being sick or away from the class can make being away more pain than actually going in. And yet, there are some times when that isn’t an option.

Such was the case with Aviva who had to take three days away. This is probably a better scenario than most since she does have a teaching partner so continuity should/could be good. I know from experience that the experience may be better or worse depending upon who got called in during my absence.

It’s not easily handled anywhere…

This means that educators are missing preps, volunteering to take on extra duties, and juggling schedules to make sure that there’s a teacher for every class.

When someone misses a preparation period due to you being away, there’s always this feeling of owing them something when you indeed do get back. I read Aviva’s post and I can totally understand where she’s coming from. It’s the story for all teachers who are away.


Math Links for Week Ending Apr. 15th, 2022

There’s nothing like a good mathematics challenge and David is good every Friday for some inspiration.

My big takeaway was kind of mathematics How many calories do people really eat at Chipotle? but it was more about a presentation technique called “Slow Reveal Graphs”.

How many times have you seen a presenter throw up a screen of information and then use a laser pointer to talk you through the information? This is a much better way of presenting the same information with better results and less information overload.

And, it’s not all that different! You already have the content; this is just a better way of handling it.


As you head into the weekend, I hope that you can click through and enjoy all of these posts and follow these great bloggers.

  • Sheila Stewart – @SheilaSpeaking
  • Gonul Turkdogan – @turkdogan_gonul
  • Rolland Chidiac – @rchids
  • Charles Pascal – @CEPascal
  • Ann Marie Luce – @turnmeluce
  • Aviva Dunsiger – @avivaloca
  • David Petro – @davidpetro314

This Week in Ontario Edublogs

This Week in Ontario Edublogs


It’s time for another wander around the province and to take a look at the writing from Ontario Edubloggers. I’m always looking for more blogs. Reach out if you know of one or you write one yourself. Thanks.


It’s that time of year… placement sheets!

School population and demographics change from year to year and so the perfectly timetabled school one year may not fit into the next. There are other factors for the changing of a school makeup like retirements, people moving to a different school, incoming staff, or just people who want to try something different.

In this post, Beth describes her reality of a school with a declining enrolment and the teacher-librarian always seems to be one of the first targeted. In a perfect world, Beth would want to do the job full-time but also is aware that that might not be possible and so has a plan that you can read about in this post.

I know that, in our neighbourhood, the Catholic board removed the role of Teacher-Librarian years ago and made an alternate direction. I guess that I was so fortunate in having started my career with an excellent Teacher-Librarian who was always sharing resources and newspaper clipping with me. I can’t speak highly enough about how that helped me as a new teacher. It always is sad when you hear the argument for going without; it’s never based on academics but rather the concept of book exchange. One only needs to read the previous post from Beth as she describes everything that she accomplished in a week.


Lessons learned from the ‘Greatest Generation’

Right off the topic, I need to express my sympathies to Laura on the loss of her 97 year old grandmother. This post is a granddaughter’s tribute to everything that her grandmother did for her and for the complete family.

I’ll admit that I got kind of emotional reading the post as it took me back to memories of my own grandmother. Years ago, things were so different. Most women didn’t work outside the home and the men did and certainly weren’t capped by a 40 hour work week. The woman in the house kept the wheels moving.

Laura certainly describes a live well lived. She chunked a number of things.

  • The importance of creating 
  • Suffer no fools
  • Keep it simple 
  • Spend time immersed in the natural world
  • The importance of small traditions

I guess the one that really hit me was the concept of small traditions. For those of us who have had grandmothers who have passed, I’ll bet it’s those little things that you remember and miss most.

Got to move on; something in my eye.


Mentoring Moments: Spring Break around the corner 

It’s so easy to dwell on what’s wrong with this world. There are so many distractions and I found that Nilmini’s post was timely and inspirational for me.

She reminds us that spring is always a time for renewal of everything. In her case, it’s a renewal of her backyard. What a lovely project to usher in the new season. Hopefully, she will share some photos when the project is done.

I hope that you read and start to think about what spring means to you. After all, the Break is next week. I remember as a child going to Goderich with my mom and brother for Young Canada week. Later, as a computing educator, it was always a chance to go to the MACUL conference in Michigan. These days, it’s the first opportunity of returning to my home town just to drive around and reminsce without the danger of a snow storm. Ok, I’ll be realistic, there still is a chance. After all, this is Ontario….

What does Spring Break and Spring mean to you?


Supporting Student Mental Health

From the ETFO Heart and Art of Education Blog, a very serious post from Gary that will have you thinking. I think we all have paid lip service to mental health in the past couple of years; it really has taken a back page to physical health issues.

For those years, students have been yo-yoed around like everything else in a society being told what to do by our government(s). As adults, we probably get it or get enough of it to get by. But our younger citizens have been along for a ride that doesn’t seem to have a great deal of meaning even at the best of times and they certainly have no voice in the decision making process.

Gary very nicely describes the situation and provides a number of links to resources to help. If you’re in a classroom, I’m sure that you’ll find these valuable.

What’s missing, by design since this is about students, is support for the big people in the classroom. Let’s never ever overlook them.


Leadership Portfolio: Reflect, Connect, Learn

Rolland started teaching in 2000. Interesting year, if you remember.

As per tradition, Rolland had a portfolio where he did what we all did as it was the best recommendation at the time. Accumulate artifacts from your professional life, reflect on them and binderize them for interviews or other opportunities for professional growth.

I suspect that that is where it ends for many people. I know that was the way of doing things for me – in fact, I still have that binder on the bookshelf behind me.

Now that Rolland has passed his Leadership Course, he’s been asked to come back and share his current thinking about portfolios. He uses his blog now which I find really intriguing. Particularly in the days of interviews, traditionally you’d take out your portfolio, do some weeding, make sure it’s up to date, and have your reflections in place.

Blogging as a portfolio is a different game. It’s ongoing and continuous so it needs to be current all the time. Instead of a paper portfolio being shared at an interview, it’s online and I’m assuming that Rolland would expect the interview team to read things in advance of the interview. It’s more than that though and that’s what intrigues me. The audience is anyone who happens to click through and see what he’s up to. It changes everything, when you think about it.


Attention and Focus in the Classroom

Every time that I read a post like this, I wonder if my teachers or professors think as deeply about the situation as Jennifer does in this post. We do live in a time and place where every child is expected to succeed and, when they don’t, the teacher is asked why.

Jennifer has done a great deal of research and personal reflection about her practice and those students who don’t pay attention or lose focus. As I think about it personally, there were lots of times for me. Sometimes it was boredom; sometimes it was because I had worked the night before; sometimes I just didn’t care; sometimes I got it and didn’t need the teacher to continue to talk about it; there’s a big list of reasons why I might lose focus.

Of course, all of this is attended to in her post and I think any teacher would be able to put a face to them all. Jennifer is responsible enough to think that maybe she is the problem and she talks about it as well.

I hope that Spring turns things around for everyone. Of course, it won’t, we’ll all be daydreaming about what we’re going to be doing outside later on. Teachers can’t win!

And a big, big welcome back to the blogging world to Jennifer. She’s been missed and she addresses it in the post.


Math Links for Week Ending Feb 25th, 2022

The good thing is that Spring Break is next week. The bad thing is that Spring Break is next week. Mathematics educators lose out on the opportunity to do Pi things on Pi Day.

David Petro (you should see the reference in his Twitter handle) posted this at the end of February so that it’s ready for everyone to use on the 14th. Or today, or after the break.

There’s a fun activity right off the top in this post.

And if you click through a really nice discussion and video from Kyle Pearce as support.

Good stuff as usual.


I hope that you’ll accept my sincere wishes for a relaxing Spring Break next week. But, before you go, make sure that you’re following these great educators.

  • Beth Lyons – @mrslyonslibrary
  • Laura Elliott – @lauraelliottPhD
  • Nilmini Ratwatte Henstridge – @NRatwatte 
  • Gary Stewart
  • Rolland Chidiac – @rchids
  • Jennifer Casa-Todd – @jcasatodd
  • David Petro – @davidpetro314

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This Week in Ontario Edublogs


There was no show this past week but I’m looking forward to rejoining Stephen next week on Wednesday at 8:45 live. In the meantime, that didn’t stop me from reading some pretty decent blog posts. I’m sharing them below.

Even cooler is this Friday #TWIOE post. It’s the 500th post that I’ve written with this title. If you believe in milestones, then this is one for me. You can read the previous 499 from here.


Disrespectful

I can’t begin to be authentically empathic with the people who live in Ottawa and had to live through the protests and all that went into the events that the rest of us witnessed through the evening news. Try as I might, my only exposure were the short news clips that we’d get on the news and the “continuing coverage”.

This is clearly an angry post from Amanda. As I worked my way through it, I got angrier and angrier myself.

After reading Amanda’s post, I’m closer to understanding. This isn’t a short or easy post to read if you have any kind of conscience. Her thoughts start with forgetting to wear a mask and returning to get one lest she be confused with a protester.

This is an incredibly powerful post and did more to share the thoughts of people who had to live through this than the 15 second sound bites that came through on the news. You had to feel for Amanda and I just can’t imagine being in the same position. With her post, I think I can certainly understand better.

And I love the quote on her face mask.


Unleashed and Trapped

Staying on the theme of first person reflections about the events in Ottawa is this post from Heather. It was great to see her back at the keyboard; it’s been far too long. I’m sorry that the topic had to be this.

In a conversation with another teacher, the event was put into terms that all teachers could understand.

A fellow teacher said that it is like having a school full of every angry, acting-out grade 8 student you have ever met. Can you imagine a teacher letting a group of bullies take over a class, intimidate and insult fellow students, re-arrange and barricade the class, block the windows and do whatever the hell they want? 

Of course, not. I’ve never taught Grade 8 but I do remember Grade 9 students in the first weeks of secondary school. As a teacher, you set your rules and your expectations for students. You know that if there are major issues, you have a department head, vice-principal, and principal standing behind you.

But what are your thoughts if you’re not supported? What happens when the rules and laws are not supported? Classroom reality seems a little petty compared to what Heather describes.


On the Importance of Civics Classes

When I saw the title to Marie’s post, I thought that it might be a continuation on the Ottawa theme. I suppose it could and you’ve got to believe what the topics of discussion would have been in Civics classes lately.

The post will stand the test of time as she focuses instead on the importance of the course and how it’s taught by those who do so. I thought that she did a really nice job of addressing that.

The comment to her post was interesting from a teacher who taught the course but was surprised to realize how little students know about Current Events. There’s a call to action for every Civic teacher. I remember my son who loved the course because it was a chance to talk with others or event debate the events of the day. His classroom had their own subscription to the local newspaper. I’ve never regretted having the kids watch the evening news ever since.

BUT the difference is that what happens in political arena affects your life no matter who you are. There’s a much bigger payoff for everyone if we all have this information solidified.

Marie’s quote brought a smile as there was a time when he thought he might get into politics! Certainly, the Ottawa event had to be motivation for every Civics class in the province.

Consequently, doing Civics right has never been so important. Thanks, Marie, for this insightful post.


There’s Math in Our Woods

Of course there is!

Rob’s post took my back to high school and snowmobiling out to a friend’s house in the county to visit and then go out for lunch. When I met his mom at the door, she told me that he was out at the sugar shack. (This isn’t the same but I couldn’t resist.)

Anyway, I’d never been to a real sugar shack before so it was an eye opening experience for me. I got a complete lesson in handling sap, boiling, stirring (and stirring and stirring and stirring) and didn’t realize it at the time but a whack of mathematics!

Rob shares his anticipation for getting out to the woods and the same experience. It kicked off with a Twitter chat moderated by Jonathan So.


Researcher’s Journal – Looking for a question

What are current history teaching methodologies used by history teachers and taught to teacher candidatesHow are historical thinking concepts beginning to enter the school system?

Paul’s back to doing some of his thinking out loud and in a blog post.

Big questions are something that we always encourage in students. I think we think that it just comes naturally to those who are or should be inquisitive. Paul’s post kind of scuttles that train of thought or at least lets us know that it’s not coming easily to him.

His quote above and the thoughts from a couple of the posts above have got me thinking that the discussion of teaching methodologies for History and Civics classes couldn’t be more relevant. Between Ottawa and what we’re seeing now in Ukraine amplifies the importance of getting it right – relevant, fact-checking, seeing alternative viewpoints, …

I can’t get over how great and timely his question is. There should be all kinds of extremely worthwhile research falling from it.


Learning about Self Love

Amy notes that it feels weird talking about “self love”. Imagine trying to write my thoughts about her thoughts on the topic just by reading the title. Of course, I had to dig through it.

She doesn’t address the topic superficially. She goes deep, provides resources, and shares her thoughts about her own personal routines. There’s a bit of a crossover between “Self Love” and “Self Care” although she is clear that they’re not necessarily the same thing in her mind.

She doesn’t think that she practices “Self Love” but I suspect that she does more than what she would admit. But, she does ask a couple of good probing questions.

What advice would you give me to learn about loving myself? How do you love yourself?

I think these are two excellent questions. I can’t help but think that those who are in the teaching profession just don’t have enough time at the end of the day to take care of themselves. For me, it was always a case of being totally exhausted to the point that I’d often get sick as the bugs got the better of me. To make things worse, I was always taking summer courses to upgrade my qualifications and there just wasn’t time left for myself.

My best advice to her was given to me by my superintendent who, I didn’t realize at the time, was watching me manage my job and spent a morning with me talking about the taking care thing. His advice has always stuck with me – when you’re scheduling things, schedule personal time first and then let everything else fall around it. It made a huge difference to me.


“A good teacher is like …” … do you agree?

Laura’s taking an AQ course and had to finish that sentence and an internet search revealed this image that I think every teacher has seen.

Thanks, Starecat.com

We all feel that way at some point.

I thought that it was so appropriate that I read Laura’s post right after I’d read Amy’s. That image says so much.

I firmly believe that the education system will eat you alive if you let it. And, maybe some people are OK with that. I thought I was until that conversation with my superintendent that I talked about in response to Amy’s post.

Taking care of one’s self doesn’t make you weak or less efficient. I firmly believe that it makes you better and stronger.

There’s my answer, Laura. Thanks for asking the question.


I’m glad that I’ve committed myself to writing about Ontario Education blogs. I find them inspirational and I’m always pumped and recharged when I schedule the post for Friday mornings at 5:00am. I hope that you can take the time to click through and read all these fabulous posts.

Then, follow these folks on Twitter for more.

  • Amanda Potts – @Ahpotts 
  • Heather Swail – @hbswail
  • Marie Snyder – @MarieSnyder27
  • Rob Ridley – @RangerRidley
  • Paul McGuire – @mcguirp
  • Amy Bowker – @amyebowker 
  • Laura Wheeler – @wheeler_laura 

This Week in Ontario Edublogs


There was no voicEd Radio show this past week so this will be a first look at these posts for everyone. Enjoy.


Step Away From the Stickers

In this post on the Self-Reg blog, Lisa make an interesting case against the use of stickers summarizing their use as “they are founded on a self-control paradigm, not one of self-regulation”.

Later in the post, she takes a turn away from an out and out abolishment to accepting that there are times when they can be used. She used a personal example of getting a sticker after donating blood. That’s obviously not a classroom example but the concepts are interesting to think about.

It’s also interesting to note that the world has really turned to stickers or badging as a way of communicating success. While I don’t typically go looking for them, I do see them all over the place on social media. This of all those likes and animated badges that are prevalent on timelines. Even Words with Friends gives you the opportunity to send a sticker after you make a move.

It is worth considering the actual purpose and what is your motive behind them. It’s such a simple concept but really had me thinking. That’s always a good thing.


I Told My Students I Had Covid, Here’s What Happened Next

I was a bit worried for Matthew when he started the post outlining all the things that he felt were wrong with him and hoping that it was just the flu or something. We live in interesting times and every self-diagnosis starts with assuming that you have COVID. We’re even told that we should just assume that we have COVID and isolate.

I’m getting the message that he was a little bit disappointed with the lack of empathy in his class’ response to his announcement to them that he had missed school because of testing positive.

 It took up less than four minutes. “Yeah, I had it over winter break” one student responded. Others chimed in: “My aunty had it and had to stay in our basement for a week”

He has an interesting personal summary of what he thinks of their response. To me, it sounds like they’re tired of mountains and are now assuming the new reality of dealing with it and moving on.

Sorry to hear that you had it, man, and I hope that moving on gets you moving on.


Equity in Mathematics Teaching & Learning: Part One

Since the topic was mathematics, I was immediately drawn to Shelly’s post. She lists what I would call Motherhood and Apple Pie for education. I hope that that idiom is OK to use. After all, who could argue with Shelly’s list?

  • Building relationships 
  • Accessing a rigorous mathematics curriculum
  • Receiving high quality instruction 
  • Ensuring access to technology
  • Differentiating instruction (including enrichment opportunities)
  • and more

I would hope that these attributes and, indeed, all of them that are on her list are there for every subject. Mathematics is a little different because it’s traditionally been the “toughest” subject. The fact that it’s allowed to continue to have that notion is something that needs addressing.

So, as I read through Shelly’s well thought out list, I can’t help but think that that sets the table to steal another idiom. Will that turn into success for all?

I think of some of the really good mathematics teachers that I had and they had one thing in common – they truly enjoyed mathematics and it wasn’t just solving the problem. It was solving the problem with a flourish and an admiration for the process and that was inspirational. After all, you could just look at the answer at the back of the book if that was all that mattered. That sense of satisfaction speaks volumes to encouraging success. We actually looked forward to those extra problems that pushed us harder.

In terms of diversity, I didn’t have much going to my school. We had a couple of teachers that were physically different but for the most part, it was a faculty of white ladies and gentlemen. It was at university that I had larger access to a diverse group of professors. The ones that I still remember today are great in my mind because they just exuded a love for problem-solving. I think that goes so far and hope that Shelly addresses that in the follow-up posts to this one.

If you go back to Shelly’s original announcement on Twitter, there was an American educator who jumped in and talked about equity by zip code. That, by itself, is really an invitation to think deeply about this. I hope that Shelly talks about that in future posts as well.


Slice of (Snowy) Life

Lisa is on her eleventh snow day. Wow! I think there’s been one or maybe two around here.

I like how Lisa and her class rolled with the punches and used the opportunity to be selective about what activities they chose to do.

Going back to my high school days, I remember the event where we got clobbered with snow. It hit so hard and fast, they couldn’t call the buses quickly enough and the county kids got storm stayed. Now, what happens next will seem a bit strange but it’s true.

One of the units that we did at high school was square dancing. Really. The double gym was opened and we were all engaged. Well, during the storm days, we made some phone calls and either walked or snowmobiled over to the school and square danced for a while. The school was open because there were some teachers who were stranded there as well. I still remember it as being one of those days of choice – and we chose to go to school.

We made the best of it and it sounds like Lisa’s four students did as well. As far as her desire to teach in a one-room schoolhouse, it’s not all it cracks up to me. I married one who did that for her first years at school and she has no fond memories of being clumped together with other students and then trying to learn something. Maybe Lisa will have better success. Are there any one-room schoolhouses in operation today?


The 500 – #329 – In The Jungle Groove – James Brown

Frequent readers of this blog will know that I’m following Marc’s analysis of the list of 500 and I just need to comment on this one. I was reading an article about Bob Seger the other day and he was asked if he had any regrets.

  • Seger has met several of his musical idols over the years — including Bob Dylan, Tina Turner and Little Richard. There’s one icon, however, he never got to meet. Any guesses who?
  • Answer: “I’m sorry that I never met James Brown, because he was one of my hugest influences,” he says.

I enjoyed Marc’s analysis of the different songs and I was so pleased to see that there was actually a playlist on YouTube.

Marc added “Funky Drummer” to his playlist that he’s accumulating as a result of his work but who can ever forget this.


We Don’t Do The Weather Anymore, Or Do We?

One of my favourite jokes of all time.

“Is it raining?”
“I don’t know; call the dog in and see if he’s wet”

It comes as no surprise to me that Aviva talks about the weather. If you follow her blog and Instagram account, there are always pictures of her students in action and I especially like the action shots when they’re outside learning. The ones in the classroom could be seen in many primary classes. The actors are just different.

I like the fact that she talks about “doing weather” as if it’s some sort of distinct subject area and it is for so many classrooms. One of the comments to her post talks about “doing weather” in the French classroom. The word “doing” implies a beginning and an end of the event – like “doing decimals” or something.

With Aviva’s class spending so much time outside, “doing weather” wouldn’t cut it. Instead, the class will need to plan and make decisions depending on whether or not the dog is wet. They’ll have to dress themselves appropriately and make decisions about what areas of the yard will be suitable and which might be ill-advised. Her class is actually “doing weather” without “doing the weather”.


Forests Ontario – Teaching with Trees FREE Virtual Workshop

It just doesn’t seem quite right to have a workshop about trees but have to do it virtually but that’s our reality and it allows for people to join in from all over the province if they’re inclined to do so.

If you’re reading this for the first time on Friday morning or later, you missed the first workshop but there’s another one upcoming on March 1.

This is a free virtual workshop looking to help leverage our natural connection to forests in your teaching practice through a variety of resources, programs, and tools offered by Forests Ontario, Project Learning Tree Canada, and the Canadian Institute of Forestry. 

It promises ties to the Ontario Curriculum for a variety of grade levels. Registration is required.


Please take some time to click through and enjoy these posts. Then, follow the authors on Twitter.

  • Lisa Cranston – @lisacran
  • Matthew Morris – @callmemrmorris
  • Shelly Vohra – @raspberryberet3
  • Lisa Corbett – @LisaCorbett0261
  • Marc Hodgkinson – @Mr_H_Teacher
  • Aviva Dunsiger – @avivaloca
  • Science Teachers’ Association of Ontario – @staoapso

Ooodles of fun


A big shoutout goes to Kim Stenhouse for the lead on this one. She was complaining on Facebook that someone had shown the complete solution to this morning’s Wordle and spoiled her chances for solving it legitimately. I know that lesser people would solve it in one move and then show off on social media so kudos for her for that.

Instead, she played a different Wordle-like game. And, it wasn’t yet another ripoff of Wordle; this time it’s about mathematics.

There aren’t enough Os in cool to express how I feel about Ooodle.

Admittedly, it’s the same concept (sort of) where you fill in the blanks to get an answer.

This time, though, it’s filling in blanks with digits or numbers to create a correct equation.

If you love mathematics, you’ll be hooked immediately; I know that I was. To say that there are all kinds of applications to the classroom would be an understatement!

You can check it out here.

Thanks, Kim, for posting about this. I have a new diversion.