Who matters to you?


Angela Maiers’ and my paths have crossed a number of times over the years.

I can recall the two of us being invited as media at the Microsoft Partners in Learning event in Washington.  We sat in the front row and I learned just as much from my conversation with her as anything else from event.

I’ve been in the audience to hear her presentation.

At the Western RCAC, we invited Angela to keynote the event with us.  We shared ketchup potato chips (she didn’t like them) and a fierce London winter storm with her.

Throughout, she’s been consistent with her message “You Matter“.

Unlike many keynote speakers, whose message is essentially “I’m smarter than you are and here’s why…”, Angela encourages all to look at your inner genius.

Now, there’s a way to share that message with others who matter to you.  How about sending them a Mattergram?

You can access it from the Choose2Matter website or directly through the Mattergram site.

For my Ontario Educational blogging friends …you matter.

This Week in Ontario Edublogs


It’s been another week and another opportunity for me to gather some terrific thoughts from the keyboards of Ontario Edubloggers.  Please read on and catch some of what I found and enjoyed.


A Simple and Powerful Leadership Truth

Sue Dunlop uses a Twitter message to a hashtag as the launchpad for sharing her thoughts about context here.

Greatest learning this year: never take context for granted. Always check in and explain.

Particularly with issues in education with its huge diverse perspectives, things do have to be taken in context.  I found that myself this past week with a story from the local newspaper dealing with EQAO results.  Of course, the official line is that the tests provide a snapshot in time and should never be used to compare schools.  But that doesn’t make a headline.  Identifying who’s best and who’s worst makes a story that’s lure-worthy.  As a consultant who visited every school in the district a few times every year, I know that there’s much more to the story behind each school other than just a number.

Where do you access this data?  From a website called compareschoolrankings, of course.  You can then see who scores a perfect 10 and who didn’t.  How?  There’s no explanation.  Perhaps even a sample test would educate us.

Who uses this stuff?  Well, Real Estate agents, to name a category.  The site even goes so far as to plot school stores on Ontario with a Bing map.  You can see the results and it should generate questions.  Like why do we have one school south of Michigan, near the Ohio and Indiana border?

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That’s not a 10.


ORGANIZING AGAINST ISLAMOPHOBIA & THE US TRAVEL BAN

The impact on the travel ban to the United States hit close to the Ontario educational blogging community.  Rusul Alrubail shows us how personal it got for her.

The Educon conference happened in Philly the same weekend the Muslim ban happened.  I was supposed to present there ironically on racial violence, policing and student agency.

The net result was that she elected not to attend.  The post shares her thoughts and reasons why and her thoughts about why the topic wasn’t discussed at the event, even in her absence.


When it is time to drop your lesson and talk about world events….

Earlier this month, Zoe Branigan-Pipe had authored this post.  The answer will vary from teacher to teacher but should always be “yes” when questions arise from students.

Zoe writes a fairly long post inspired by the Women’s March in Washington.  Given the amount of news coverage, it was a natural that students would want to discuss.

Further than the topic and the rationale, Zoe digs into the curriculum reasons why you would want to do this.  It’s a good read and easily applies to any world event that comes along and has students asking questions.


Learning about Canada’s Truth

On another topic of the day, Heidi Solway offers an approach to teaching about Canada’s past.  I like the comparison to comic books that the traditional approach has taken.  I can completely understand it.  That’s how I learned.  You too, I’ll bet.

But is that the truth?

Not only that, as teachers, we would never talk about when the unthinkable happened. My goodness, I didn’t learn about the “truth” until Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s 2008 apology. I was shocked and disgusted by the news.  How would I roll this out to my own students?

The post digs into how the teaching and learning has changed in her class.  She gives a summary of the research assignments that her students took, complete with links to the final product.


Let’s Go Phishing!

I got a request from Peter Beens to update my Livebinder of Ontario Edubloggers with his new address.  He’s pulled all of his content together in one spot.

I was glad to do this; nobody hates dead links more than I do.  While I was there, I checked into this post – a comparison about how he uses Gmail and Hotmail.  One of the major reasons was the way that the different email servers handle phishing attempts.

I had to smile when I took a look at one of the screen captures that he shared.  It was from a “bank” that had warned him about problems with his account and that it had been frozen.  I think I got the exact same message!  Similar messages are caught here regularly.

But, sometimes, your spam/phish filter can be a little aggressive so you do need to check it periodically.  Just this morning, a long comment to a post on this blog got flagged and sent to never-never land.

It’s a good post from Peter and certainly should be part of any discussion about digital safety.


New Approaches: #DiveIntoInquiry

Much has been written and shared about inquiry.  Colleen Rose shares how she approached the concept in her Art’s classroom.  It was an activity designed to give students a voice.

How she did it was interesting to me.

She took the students into the Ontario Curriculum and had the students read the expectations and create a document indicating their interpretation of what the expectation means.

It’s an interesting approach and she shares some of the student thoughts.  There are interesting interpretations.

Perhaps this could be done in more courses.


WHY BUILD A WALL?

No, not that wall.

A digital wall to your ideas

Donna Fry asks that question and gives a couple of suggestions as to why you might want a digital wall around your thinking.

Even better though, she shares some links to others who have thought about Open Practice.

I’ve written recently on my own thoughts about being in the open.  In a world where ideas grow exponentially, I would suggest that hiding behind a wall makes you less relevant.


Some great reading, don’t you agree?

Why don’t you drop by, read their complete thoughts, and keep the conversation going?

Also, join in on Wednesdays at 9:15am to hear a conversation with Stephen Hurley on Voiced about This Week in Ontario Edublogs.

This Week in Ontario Edublogs


Happy Friday, everyone!  It’s time to take a wander around the education web as seen though the keyboards of Ontario Edubloggers.  And, once again this week, I had a discussion about what I had collected at that point with Stephen Hurley on Voiced radio on Wednesday.  He pushed me to do some thinking about the topics and you’ll note his influence, I’m sure.


Quebec City Vigil

The first post is on a serious topic.

Jennifer Aston happened to be vacationing in Quebec City when the attack on the mosque happened and it was so close to where she was staying.  The post should have you rethinking just what we are and who we are.

I can’t imagine what this parent with her family was thinking about at that moment.  Thankfully, she wasn’t at the wrong place at the wrong time.

There’s wonderful advice here.

But we have to do the opposite of that.  We need empathy not indifference to fight the fear mongering that is relentless in the news these days.  We need to build bridges, not walls…


Listen with Compassion and Act with Love

This post, from Debbie Donsky, will challenge your beliefs as an educator.  She sets the stage with this statement of her personal belief…

Every child who is in our care, every caregiver who steps through our doors, every staff member who supports the important work we do, has potential to change the trajectory of another person.

Into the discussion, she brings a different perspective dealing with helicoptering parenting.  She challenges an article and its take on parenting.

I found myself agreeing with her.

Hopefully, when you’re done, you’ll be checking your own sense of empathy.


Always Prepare for Teaching; Always Prepare for Surprises

This post from Enzo Ciardelli brought a smile to this Computer Science teacher’s face.  But first, his experience.

I do not want to downplay the importance of precise planning. I can recall a huge sign in teacher’s college that read: “Those who fail to plan also plan to fail.”

Trite advice from a Faculty of Education!

But we all paid attention to it.

How does it look in reality?  You’ll smile as you read his discussion of “reconciliation” with his students.  His amazement is a reminder that, no matter how hard he planned, he didn’t see the discussion coming.

In Computer Science, you plan thorough lessons.  There will be times when you work through a problem with a class, modelling what you think will be the best way and algorithm to solve the problem.  Then, you give them a problem to solve on their own and in a class of 25, you might end up with 26 different approaches.  Were they not paying attention?

The bottom line is to remember that you’re teaching students – not machines.  Everyone has their own baggage, er, perspective and good teachers will not be blindsided by those surprises.


What do you choose to learn about when you’re not at school?

Brandon Grasley starts this very short post with this interesting question that led to a discussion with one of his students.  It culminates with an appreciation for curiosity.

Every teacher is in a position to customize any lesson for students.  It’s what separates real people teaching from computer teaching.  Why wouldn’t you take the time to understand their interests and modify your lesson to embrace that?

But, let’s go further.  Why wouldn’t a teacher share with students just what it is that they’re learning when they’re not at school.  The easy answer would be to talk about lesson preparation for the next day.  But what about personal interests?  Why wouldn’t you want students to know that you’re studying for a Masters degree, learning how to curl, understanding how to knit, trying to understand how a new programming language works, …

Imagine a classroom where everyone is recognized as a real human being constantly learning – and not just at school.


Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You Had

I remember my Grade 13 Calculus teacher.  I’ll admit – hey, I’m proud of this; I did well in mathematics.  On one exam, I got 99%.  I missed one little thing that stopped a perfect score.  She took the time to comment.

“You Idot”!!!!!

Spelling mistake hers!  I guess that you can take a spin on what the intent of her comment was.  I kept that exam in a filing cabinet for years until a spring cleaning saw it head to the recycling bin.  Regardless, I always thought that if I got a chance to teach mathematics, I’d want to be like her.  But I’d check my spelling.  <grin>

Kyle Pearce takes the time to review this book written by Tracy Zager.  Actually, his review isn’t about the content; it’s about the author describing a number of different ways to read the book.  My first thought was that it might be a good book study for mathematics teachers.

In my discussion with Stephen Hurley about this, he made reference to a report that he co-authored for the Canadian Education Association. Teaching the Way We Aspire to
Teach: Now and in the Future.  It’s a very good read.

Of course, Kyle will want to teach the way that a certain university professor modelled for him.


Positive or Negative: There is always a choice

I now have confirmation that Jennifer Casa-Todd is a better person than I am with her recent post.  As the father of two girls, I took huge offence to the comment and hashtag #dresslikeawoman.

She notes, “The easiest response is to take offence”.  I guess I took the easy route.

We did share this thought in common “What does that even mean?”

Jennifer takes the time to put things into her own context and shares her own thoughts.  In the meantime, I was still stuck on the words.

The post has some interesting supporting likes and Jennifer created a Storify document to accumulate some of the comments from the hashtag.


The message from the top educational systems in the world

This was a new blog for me to read.

Bill Ferguson does a nice summary of the educational messages from his reading.

The countries I looked at are almost always near the top of the educational standards lists. Finland, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, Canada, China, Shanghai, Taiwan, and Poland among others. All have amazing similarities.

I found it a very interesting read and found myself agreeing with most of what is contained in the post.  It doesn’t come as a surprise since Canada was on the list.  It’s an interesting inclusion since education in Canada is a provincial responsibility.

The post concludes with some recommendations.  I’m not sure that I agree with all of them; they add great financial expenses onto teachers but if systems agree that they’re important enough to do, they should find a way to make them affordable.  Or, even better yet, as a part of the professional learning program.


The Teaching Hub: Week Six, Winter 2017

If you read my post yesterday, you know that I’m a big fan of being open with professional learning.

This post from Fleming College shows that they’re out in the open with plans for their upcoming Teaching and Learning Day.

Take a moment to check out their agenda for the day.  It’s got to be comforting to read that they’re dealing with the same issues that you are.


I always say this but it really is an interesting collection of reading from Ontario Edubloggers.  Please take a moment to drop by these posts, do a read, and then add your thoughts via comment.

 

About TWIOE


It was interesting watching the reaction to yesterday’s This Week in Ontario Edublogs post.  As a blogger, you never really know in advance how well any particular post will be received but this post in the series always seems to do well.

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The number 242 at the end of the URL is WordPress’ way of saying that there are multiple copies of this post with the same title.  So, I’ve been doing this for a while.  The number of posts is actually more than 242.  There were times when I messed up the name of the post so they didn’t get added in!  On the other hand, it means that I got it right 243 times.  That’s a lot of Fridays.

A while ago, I made this graphic as a button to show off some of my favourite bloggers.  (I made the offer to customize a personal one for anyone who wanted one for their own blog)

So, if there are 52 weeks in a year and I try not to miss a Friday … well, you can do the math.

I often get questions about why and how I do it.  Ever looking for a topic to write about, I’m on it.

Why?

I guess the best answer is why not?  Seriously, though, a long time ago I watched how various blogs would be received by others. There were a number of really big name bloggers who seemed to get all the attention.  I recognize that they do it to sell their books or to get speaking jobs but I couldn’t imagine that their passion was any greater than a teacher reflecting on a lesson or an observation that they had during the day and chose to blog about it.

The traditional route would be to drop a comment on their blog and then move on.  But, I wanted a little more.  The comment is typically just a moment between the author and me.  If I turned the tables just a bit, I could make sure that others read my thoughts but, more importantly, might be drawn to read the original post.

There’s also the thing about a reply to a post.  It’s typically a reaction to the original post at that moment.  Good, but perhaps not as good as it could be if I had the chance to really think about it.  Consequently, mulling over a post and then writing a reply later gives me an advantage.

Then, there’s the connections.  As the original post would bounce around in my mind, I could often see personal connections to the post.  It makes it a bit more personal, more meaningful to me (and hopefully the original author), and sometimes gives me inspiration for post of my own.

How?

There’s no single way that I’ve managed this concept over the years.  In the beginning, I’d tuck the URL away in Evernote and then bring the links over to the blog later.  But, I’ve found a better way that works for me.  I start the blog post on Saturday morning and schedule it for the next Friday.  Then, as I find things I’d like to feature, I just add them in.  The real advantage is that I can make the actual post a work in progress.

How do I find the blog posts?  Like everyone, I have my favourites and you may notice that there are some authors who regularly are featured in the post.  It’s because I enjoy their insights, their thoughts, their writing style, and so much more. Another place to turn is the Livebinder of Ontario Edubloggers.  I also maintain a Feedly account with content so that I know when something is new and fresh.  But, more often, I’ll look to my Twitter feed to see whose written something and shared it with the world.  Why not help it go just a bit further.  Or, every now and again, someone will have written a post and ask me to include it.

The sad part is that I don’t get a chance to include all the blog posts that I’ve read.  I do try to cull them to make it readable and I make the effort to try to include as many different bloggers as I can.

As I often say, “my blog, my rules”.  You may be aware that I like to do a #FollowFriday of some of the wonderful folks in Ontario Education who have been active recently.  The very first #FollowFriday, scheduled for 5am to go along with the TWIOE post on any given Friday, is always an acknowledgement to the bloggers that are featured that week.

Yesterday’s was …

All of this works when you’re a reading junkie such as me.

It’s been a great ride and I want it to continue.  Ontario Edubloggers are a special sort of educator.  I hope that you enjoy reading TWIOE as much as I enjoy writing the post.

All of the posts can be accessed via the archive here.

And, if you’re a blogger and not on the list, why not add yourself so that I can follow you?

This Week in Ontario Edublogs


Happy Friday!  Are you looking for some great thoughts from Ontario Edubloggers?  Look no further; here’s what I caught recently.


“Don’t Worry, Be Happy”?

Royan Lee offers his thoughts about mental health.  His personal history on the topic I’ll bet mirrors most everyone’s.

He concludes with a powerful promise to his kids.

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On perhaps a less serious bent, is it a coincidence that Ontario report cards are done during the “Let’s Talk” event?  It is a stressful time for educators and sacrifices are made to get this task done.  Aviva Dunsiger notes her compromises in this post “My Blogging Break Is Over … And It Will Not Be Happening Again!”  It’s a thoughtful post with an additional thoughtful reply.


The Case for Teaching Integrated Skills vs Separate Subjects

Deborah McCallum writes an interesting essay on this topic.  It’s not a quick and easy read but will get you thinking.  A common message is “we do it for the kids”.  We do it for success in “real life”.

How much of “real life” is presented in distinct topics.  A well rounded citizen takes everything on and not just having a focus on a particular thing before moving on to the next.

There is a strong message when you look at a school timetable where each separate subject is given the same amount of time.  Does this honour the fact that some students need differing times to understand?

For many, the current focus is on specialist teachers for subjects like mathematics.  This post may help you frame a different approach.


Safer Internet Day – what will you do?

Helen DeWaard reached out to me to help promote the concept of a Safer Internet Day in Canada.

So, here it is.

To support the cause, she’s asking us to use the hashtag #SaferInternetDayCA.

If you want to get involved, and who wouldn’t, this post provides a large number of resources to help the cause.  There’s some great stuff there.

What are you doing for Safer Internet Day on February 7?


From Grade 8 to Grade 9

I’ll blame Heather Theijsmeijer for a sleepless night after reading her post itemizing everything that is “new” when a students moves from Grade 8 to Grade 9.

It brought back so many nightmares for me.  We had a Grade 8 teacher who told us that we were going to have problems when we went to “collegiate” even though our secondary school hadn’t been a collegiate for years.

I also remembered Initiation Day where we had to wear our mother’s nightgown and were forced to do the bidding of the Grade 12s and 13s if we were caught in the halls between classes.  A valuable lesson learned was that classrooms were safe havens!

Her post addresses so many of the concerns students have or shortly will have.  Are schools and school districts addressing them?  Sure, there are Grade 8 nights but does that do the trick?

School realities extend beyond that as well.  What about schools where Grade 7s and 8s are already members of the secondary school for accommodation issues?  Or schools where students go from Kindergarten to Grade 12?    Or IB programs?  Or even a choice of schools?

It’s not easy being a kid these days.  I guess we had it so much easier.


RESOURCES TO TEACH ABOUT THE #MUSLIMBAN

Many educators are often afraid of discussing “controversial” issues in the classroom. The word “controversial” here puts a shroud on many relevant topics, such as politics, daily events, history, social justice issues, equality, and many others.

This quote, from Rusul Alrubail, should be the motivation if required to talk about the current reality falling from the executive order from the United States president last weekend.

I’ll confess; I never really paid all that much attention to the fact that things like this can be done without going through regular government channels.  It did bring back a memory of the Canadian War Measures Act.

Living near the border makes it a frequent news story here.  So many people need to cross the border just to get to work.

In the post, Rusul provides a nice collection of resources if you’re looking for somewhere to start.  Obviously, I can’t guarantee this, but I’ve always found her open and responsive to questions.


Au Restaurant: Menus

Thanks to Jennifer Aston, I was recently made aware of this blog from Bruce Emmerton.

He presents an interesting approach to authentic learning – restaurant menus.

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What wonderful opportunities we have in our connected world.  I can’t remember the last time that I went to a new restaurant without checking them out online first.  Why not turn the process into a learning experience.

How’s this for the inspiration to learn “Read and understand or go hungry”.


TED Ed in the Classroom

Have you ever used TED in the classroom?  I know that many of us have learned so much and have been so inspired by watching a TED video on a particular topic.  It’s been a terrific platform for so many who have a message or lesson to share.

Will Gourley writes about how to use TED Ed in the classroom in this post.

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Separate sections devoted to TED Ed Clubs and TED Ed Lessons are sure to give you background to think about working in this realm.  A link to the TED lesson editor will be of great value.


Free images done right

This is a post that appeared on this blog.  It introduces readers to an image search and attribution service that I think would work nicely for some students to do so properly and as an introduction to referencing properly.

While I think it’s a great concept for the classroom, Stephen Downes doesn’t. He calls it “free images done wrong“.

You’ll have to be the judge.


Yet another wonderful week of great thoughts from Ontario Edubloggers.

Please take a moment or two to click through and read the entire messages and drop them a comment or two to let them know that you appreciate their work.

Beyond Blogging – A New Tab


This past week was fun pulling together some examples how Ontario Educators have gone beyond the blog.  It was so interesting to explore the efforts of:

  • Rolland Chidiac
  • Alice Aspinall
  • Peter McAsh
  • Aviva Dunsiger

I then decided that I wanted to make sure that their efforts didn’t just fade into blog scrolling history.

So, I added a new tab to my collection of Ontario Edubloggers.

Four links hardly make a collection so I’ve added to the list.

I just know that this is the tip of the iceberg.

If you’re an Ontario Educator creating media that’s publically available, is a series, and taps into Ontario education like these do, please complete the form here and I’ll happily add you to the collection.

This Week in Ontario Edublogs


Welcome to another Friday.  It’s time for me to share some of the wonderful reading from the fingertips of Ontario Edubloggers.  Read on and click through to read some exceptional blog posts.


Sick

There may well be more information about sickness and being sick in this post from Debbie Donsky than you would ever want to read in one place.  I waffled between smiling and getting worried about myself.  I’m certainly glad that I took the time to get the flu shot.  Now, if I could only shake this persistent cold and cough.

My worries are grounded in my insecurities about my worthiness, ability, strength and body. I have heard that if we don’t listen to what our body needs, our body screams back at us. Hopefully this time I heard it.

She shares her thoughts about sickness and a support network that’s in place.  It’s wonderful that that network exists and I hope that things work out for her.  Do you have such a network?


Stop the Insanity – Redefining Success For Exceptional Learners

An embedded thought that runs through this post from Laurie Azzi is that of “YET”.  For everyone, there is that moment when “YET” is met.

Albert Einstein spoke to this reality when he said, “ Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

There is no YET for that fish and for some students, there will be no YET unless we redefine what success means in the education system.  We need to redefine what it means to be a reader and writer in this digital age.

Laurie speaks to the need to understand what “YET” means for every student.  As long as a standard is defined that applies equally to all students, there will be those that never reach it.  This post, including the story from Helen Keller and a powerful moment of insight, will get you thinking and hopefully gain an insight as to just what success might mean.


Developing Thoughts on Multilingualism

Jennifer Aston concludes this post with this thought.

We are not a “melting pot”.  We have the right to practice different religions, celebrate different cultures and speak different languages in Canada.  And if I can borrow the idea from a colleague from a few years back, we’re more like a salad.  We can retain our identities.  While French and English are important, we also need to recognize that we are more than this.  So how can we reflect this better in our school system?

Given what’s happening in the world at this time, it’s a very profound message that should make all pause and feel good about being a Canadian educator.  But, are we doing enough?  So many efforts have gone into promoting bilingualism.  Do we stop there?  Thoughts from the post dig into Danish, Oneida, and Arabic.  What is the cultural price to be paid when a school system chooses to overlook?

You’ll leave this post thinking.


The inauguration in my school library learning commons

Why indeed would an Ontario school choose to broadcast the inauguration of a United States president?

Alanna King addresses the “why” from a literacy perspective.

Living on the other side of the U.S. border has its challenges for a small town teacher-librarian.  While we dance around the idea of Canadian identity and what that means when our culture is represented, Canadian publishers in all media forms are still driven by American markets and American values.  So populating a library with well-loved material of  CanCon isn’t always what pleases the staff and students because we’ve been  gorging ourselves on the fire hose of American content.  But the direction of Trump’s politics is certainly affecting my library just 150 km from our border.  It is our mandate to give equal weight to the voices in my school respectfully, responsibly and compassionately.

Alanna concludes by confirming to us that she made the right choice.  The questions of inquiry from the students are very important.  If they follow through looking for answers, it may be the most important civics lesson that they learn this year.

There’s a big renewed interest in George Orwell’s 1984.  I wonder how many copies are in Alanna’s library.

Want to read it online?  Check it out here.


Doing It For The Likes

The opening question from Matthew Morris is something that all teachers who deal with technology in the classroom must come to grips with.  Whether it’s school computers or that little invasive device in their pockets, there will be times when you don’t have their undivided attention to the current classroom task.

What do you do when you teach a classroom of students who are more concerned with the number of likes they get on a selfie than the number of percentage points they earn on a math test?

If there ever was an insight into the rationale that we need to blow up what schools have traditionally done, it comes through loudly and clearly in his post.  Sure, we give lip service to embracing technology but how effective can it be if only done every now and again, a school district chooses a set of tools that were designed for a generation ago, contemporary tools are blocked from entering the building, …

I’m not sure that we’re looking for students to “like” a lesson delivered via an LMS (although the concept is intriguing), there’s a strong message here that all need to read and relate to their own reality.

Do we need to offer more of this?


Beyond Shapes

This was a new blog for me to read this week.  It deals with mathematics and coding and this article is written by a teacher candidate at Western University.  There’s a very comprehensive report on the experience of teacher candidates working with teachers in Thames Valley to investigate coding in their classroom. It sounds like an awesome experience for all.

The post concludes with this…

While creating shapes in Scratch works as a tremendous introduction to coding, the potential in Scratch extends much further than simply movements and drawings.  It’s easy to be tricked by its simple, colourful, block based user interface, but the fact of the matter is that Scratch is a powerful tool with endless possibilities.

I think this nails the experience for so many.  It’s easy to hop on the “Hour of Code” bandwagon or have an expert come in to work with teachers and/or students for an hour or two to check off the box that says “We did coding”.  How many times do you see a Twitter message or a superintendent let everyone know that “we support coding”?

If it’s going to make a substantial difference and have an impact in the classroom, more digging is required.  Is your system just doing it for the moment?  The real impact will only come when a committed effort is made to ensure that there is ongoing and persistent professional learning opportunities for all.  Every school district has a Computer Consultant and/or teacher coaches devoted to technology or mathematics or literacy.  What have they provided for you lately?


#1 Trick for Beating Procrastination

Have you noticed how your most insightful and creative ideas that have nothing to do with your work only come to you when you are on a deadline? For example, in the middle of you working on your project, suddenly it dawns on you that you need to wash all the dishes in the sink or else you can’t work on your project.  Or you glance at your home office and notice it’s too messy and it needs a vacuum right away.

I thought I was the only one that this happens to!  It happens to me all the time.  I thought it was just me being easily distracted.

Now, I can add Shadi Yazdan to the group.  How about you?

I like the trick that is described in the post.  It may well be worth a shot.

In the time that it took to write this, I think I have about four or five ideas that need addressing….


Wow!

Yet another wonderful week of reading and inspiration from Ontario Edubloggers.

Please take a few moments to click through and read the original posts.  There’s a lot of good thinking there.