This Week in Ontario Edublogs

It’s the first Friday of December.  It won’t be long now.

Check out some of the great reading that I enjoyed recently from Ontario Edubloggers.

Paper Twitter: Why and How to Teach Digital Technologies with Paper

Royan Lee suggests a way to teach about digital technologies, specifically Twitter in this post.  He also shares a number of resources for this in his Google Drive account.

It’s an interesting approach that undoubtedly will allow to teach the basics and keep the focus of those learning rather than all the distractions that can come from the real thing.

The purpose of Paper Twitter is not only to deconstruct how the technological aspects of the social media machine works, but also to tone down the figurative volume so that the point of it as a personal, social networking tool can be grasped through, well, social interaction, not initial solitude behind a screen.

I just hope that people don’t get sticker shock when they move on to the real thing.

Recognizing a Reluctant Writer in the Mirror

Jen Aston turned me to this post from Annette Gilbert.  It was a reflection and action stemming from a professional learning opportunity for teachers called “Inspiring Reluctant Writers”.  Part of the learning was to have the group create their own blogs to share reflections.  It’s an interesting approach and she had a couple of questions moving beyond the workshop.

Those are some interesting thoughts and it would be a nice followup to see if she gets answers to those questions.

Hopefully, the blogs extend beyond the course and we have a whole new batch of bloggers pushing the profession.

Effective Facilitating and Blogging

I had mentioned this post by Diana Maliszewski earlier, a person I still have to copy and paste her last name to get it right.  The latter part of the post dealt with her analysis of her own blog in response to a post I’d made of my own earlier.  This time, I took some time to think about the first part of the post where she’s part of a workshop from ETFO called the Presenter’s Pallette.

With the growth of the use of teacher-coaches and consultants helping educational systems grow, it sounds like a fabulous opportunity for her.  Stepping back a bit, it looks like a great opportunity for all teachers.  Even if the ultimate career goal isn’t in that area, the skillset can’t help but benefit any classroom teacher.  Hopefully, it’s made available for others to attend.

Every Day Is Unique

I don’t think that you can argue much about the title of this post from Rola Tibshirani.

Worthwhile of note are her thoughts about growth mindsets – a topic that was really in vogue for a while but seems to have dropped from the radar as of late.  It’s too bad because that’s a concept that’s worth hanging on to and building success from.

Included in the post are numerous quotes and ideas including a Google Presentation.

You definitely need to put this on your “must read today” list.

Do we see poverty in our schools?

Thoughts and sentiments about this are very prevalent at this time of year.  There’s a bigger message in this post from Paul McGuire though worth keeping in mind.

Now, I don’t see this as good enough.  I have been very fortunate to work in a high poverty section of our city – for me this is a first.  I am ashamed to say that I really didn’t know the extent of the poverty in these communities in our own very wealthy city.

For some, it’s a way of life 365 days a year.  A friend of mine notes that it’s more noticeable in the winter since you notice more when kids wear the same clothes day after day and hunger is more apparent.  It’s not as noticeable in the warmer weather when t-shirts and shorts are the order of the day.

It’s something to keep your eyes open for – even if you’re not teaching in a “high poverty section” of your community.  It’s everywhere.

Thanks, Paul, for keeping our eyes open.

Amaryllis Thoughts

I had to smile when I read this post from Kristi Keery Bishop.  I only ever had one class in my entire teaching career with a window.  It was an Accounting class and there were two windows in the back and our caretaker was a bit of a green thumb type person.  Sure enough, on the ledge, he had some plants that enjoyed the sun and thrived.  My regular classroom had no such luck.  It makes all the difference in the world.  The sad part was that being an early arriver and late leaver, there were entire days in the winter that I never saw the sun during the week.

Anyway, Kristi turns her amaryllis experience into an analogy for professional learning.

My PD thoughts turned to my amaryllis.  While I was focused on watching the stem (not) grow to great heights, I completely forgot about what might be going on under the soil.  Maybe my amaryllis has spent it’s energy these last ten days spreading roots so that when the stem does start to grow tall, the bulb will be strong enough to support the height.  You need strong roots before you make great surges in growth.

I think it’s a terrific analogy in our world of accountability where deliverables from PD matter so much.  How many times have we completed an application to speak that starts with “By the end of this session, participants will be able to …”  Maybe it’s more realistic to that “By the end of this session, I will have planted the seed for participants to be able to … on their own”


Donna Fry shares some of the thinkers that influence her –

Other curators help me sort through the unfathomable amount of information on the web.  Stephen Downes, Doug Belshaw, and Audrey Watters are examples of thought leaders who filter, curate and share information regularly.  I know that there will be value in their curations.

But the real message was her being taken to task for retweeting a message.  I think that it’s part of the consideration that we all need to understand.  Hopefully, nobody retweets or likes a message based solely upon a title.

I don’t totally agree with her assertion

An algorithm, which you have no control over, determines what content reaches your eyes.

I suppose it’s true if you’re a passive reader of content and don’t aggressively look for the good stuff.  But, I would challenge it at least based upon my personal experiences.  I like looking for content on my own, from original sources, based specifically on topics of interest to me generally and for what I’m currently curious about.  I make no bones about it; if you follow my sharing and my blog posts, they are definitely tainted by my foci.  I make no claims about sharing both sides to any story or concept.  I may do so in my mind but that never goes public.

The topic is of particular importance right now with stories of social media getting their houses in order after accusations of phony stories arising during the recent US elections.  Will it make online reading a better place?  Probably a bit better but there’s so much and so many sources publishing daily that the best thing you can do is learn how to fine tune your BS detector.  More than ever, the skills of a knowledgeable teacher-librarian should be in high demand in any school or school system that wants to consider themselves best of breed.

Thanks, again, to the wonderful Ontario Edubloggers above for sharing their thoughts and insights again.  Please take the time to click though, read their entire thoughts and then drop a comment or two.  Or, if Donna’s blog post doesn’t scare you again, retweet or share their writing.

This Week in Ontario Edublogs

There are always great thoughts coming from the blogs of Ontario Educators.  Here’s some of what I caught this past week.

#BIT16 takeaways : Flippity

In the first of a pair of posts about takeaways from the recently concluded Bring IT, Together conference, Johanne Ste. Croix was impressed with the tool that underscores Alex Trebek’s contribution to education.

A game of Jeopardy anyone? Need to pick teams? A name at random?  Check it out :!

I remember this demo from the slam and it was effortlessly demonstrated for us.  Good choice, Johanne.  I remember sitting next to someone at the Slam and asked if today’s kids really appreciate what Jeopardy is all about like we long time viewers do.  Regardless, it’s a good tool and can be used effectively in the class.

#BIT16 takeaways :  Breakout EDU

I’m a little jealous that Johanne got to attend one of the BreakoutEDU events.  I had every intention of attending at least one of the sessions but duty called me away to other things.  The neat thing about folks who blogged after the event is that we can share at least part of the experience.

In this post, she shares her thoughts on the experience and how she sees it fitting into her classes.  They pretty much echo the comments that I heard from others.

If you check out her blog, make sure that you scroll back and forth; there are many reflections about other events that inspired her.

Breaking At #BIT16: My Self-Regulated Conference Experience

Aviva Dunsiger makes a long case for her self-regulating at the BIT Conference.  It seemed to hit a positive note with readers with plenty of comments coming through.  She offers some tips for those who feel the need to self-regulate.

It’s an interesting list of things to do.

Personally, I find that I do anything but self-regulate when I’m at these things.  I want to take it all in and then use my time post-conference to regain whatever control that I have.  I think it’s important, as she notes, to identify your own stressors.  Mine is just time at these events.   There isn’t enough of it.

Who’s On First?

If you want a smile and a chuckle from a BIT Conference attendee, then check out this post from Daphne McMenemy.

I think that the big thing to take away is don’t take any of this stuff too seriously.  She focused on the brag tags.

I’ll confess; there were many of us who didn’t know what “Je gazouille” meant.  Even when you do a search, the results come back in French which didn’t help much.  Thank goodness for Google Translate.

It was just so good to hear about the good times enjoyed at the learning experience.

A bit after BIT16 – reflections from a cave

Helen J. DeWaard gives a very lengthy summary of her experience at the conference.  What struck me most was the people connections that she seems to have made.  I think that most of us added a new word to our vocabulary.

The mobile picture frame definitely was a hit.  There’s a huge story about debate and careful carving that goes along with it.

It’s also nice to be mentioned in someone else’s blog post – she made reference to my post Observations from a Conference.

On a very serious note, the Remembrance Day break was noted as well.  For many teachers, it may be the first time for a very serious reflection instead of classroom management during it.

ECOO16: the DIY approach protects you from the tyranny of technology

Tim King absolutely nails it with his reflection on his session at the BIT Conference and technology use in schools in general.  It’s not a quick and easy read but it pushes you to think about things.  He tied his personal history and love for motorcycles together to make a powerful message

The difference between digital technology and automotive technology is that the digital stuff insinuates itself into your relationships and becomes a 24/7 part of your life.  It affects your thinking rather than your muscles.  Not knowing how a car works might occasionally inconvenience you and cost some money, but not understanding digital technology when you spend hours a day socializing through it or (worse) teaching with it, is a disaster waiting to happen.  It isn’t a disaster for tech driven multinationals who live off your data though.  They will happily convert you and your students’ ignorance into profit.

I really thought that his observations about Chromebooks should give you pause to think.  Recently, in the ACSE discussion group, there has been a discussion about Chromebooks being dropped into Computer Science classrooms and the challenge that it poses for CS teachers.  There may have been a time when the devices should have been managed by someone outside the classroom but increasingly that’s becoming something that is dated.  Educators like Tim are on top of things; students are more sophisticated than ever before; why does education still need this dated thinking.  Why shouldn’t building and maintaining your own class computers be seen as valuable?

It leads nicely into his next post – ECOO 2016 Reflections: maker spaces and iteration

If you’re still interested in this them, take a read of a recent Gary Stager post – How Educators Should Understand Hillary Clinton’s Server

Making video work better for you

Since we’re talking about learning at the conference, I’ll make reference to my best takeaway (other than meeting so many new to me people)

It was Carlo Fusco’s demonstration at the BIT Slam that really reinforced how you can make great technology even better.

Why do you want kids to code?

Jim Cash created this terrific graphic to set the stage for his discussion about the difference between “learning to code” and “coding to learn”.

It’s a definite keeper as are Jim’s comments.  Coding seems to be the “current thing” in education and often is just demonstrated with some flashy example and claims that every child is a particular classroom could write the code.  As we all know, your mileage may vary.

I think many computer science teachers would take issue that secondary school computer science courses and their approach are somehow different.  I don’t know of too many who think that what they’re teaching is the definitive answer in programming.  We all realize that there are many languages and syntaxes.  What remains, after the rules are stripped back, appears in the right column.  I think it’s good advice for everyone.

Just why do you want kids to code?

It would make for a great panel discussion somewhere.

What to do when things don’t go as planned….

This is something that EVERY technology teacher needs to understand.  It’s not a matter of “if things don’t go as planned”; it’s “when things don’t go as planned”.  I would suggest that, if everything goes as planned, you’re not doing it right and you’re not taking chances and pushing limits.  It’s not just technology; every teacher of every subject always has a Plan B in their hip pocket.  But what happens when you need something bigger than that?

Adele Stanfield talks about things going wrong at a bigger level than just today’s lesson.  As a result of reorganization within her school, a major rethink was in order.  She lists these options.

Those are some pretty major decisions to be made.

I’m pleased to see the alternative that she chose and wish her all the best.  You’ll have to read her post to know the answer.

I think every teacher can read this post and empathize at some level.  If we only lived in a perfect world.

What an amazing collection of thoughts from Ontario Educators!  Please click through, read their thoughts and leave a comment.

Until next week…

Spreading the word for @nobleknits2

I got this request from our good friend @nobleknits2.

So here it is.

Embedded so that it links back to the original looks like this.

I hope this blog qualifies.

My reason?

I would say it’s just to help me with my learning.  We know that students learn better when they take notes, try to make connections, and try to dig deeper.  Why wouldn’t it work for all?  I like to think that’s what I do here.

This Week in Ontario Edublogs

Happy Friday from the Bring IT, Together Conference!  It’s a wonderful day to share some of the great reading I enjoyed recently from the blogs of Ontario Edubloggers.  It’s always a pleasure to share some of the great thinking that’s happening.

Finding the Motivation

It’s easy to “fall off the blogging wagon” at times.  Life and other commitments sometimes get in the road.  This post, by Jaimie Reaburn Weir, is a reflection on her personal blogging situation.

It’s good to see her blog back up and active again.  She regularly shares insights about teaching and certainly is high on my reading list.  Her emphasis on empathy is a great lesson for all.

ECOO16: Virtual Reality & The DIY School Computer Lab

I got a chance to stop by Tim King’s Minds on Media session yesterday.  It was hard to miss.  Many sessions were involved with people sitting on the floor operating robots or in chairs working with a piece of software.

Tim’s session was considerably different.  Participants had virtual reality headsets and folks were waving their hands as they were immersed in a virtual universe.

Tim has become a very important part of the conference in the past few years.  In this post, he shares thoughts about his Minds on Media session and his Friday breakout session.  Both definitely are off the straight and easy path.  If you’re looking for something completely different…

Best BITs: Wrestling with math in School 2.0

Alanna King takes on the topic of mathematics and where/how it fits into schooling.

Math does need to infiltrate all disciplines to be authentic. It would be best not taught in isolation. Embed it into art, dance, science, social studies etc. . . make it real by pondering real numbers and real questions.”

We talk about across the curriculum needs in so many subject areas.

Who better to offer a suggestion than a teacher-librarian who actually sees it all.  They’re in the best position to take the pulse of education and the pulse of the culture within a school.  I found her observations powerful and found my head nodding in agreement as she relates first her own personal experience with mathematics (which wasn’t negative in the beginning) and then extrapolates her current school.

Learning is a drug…no really, it is

David Carruthers made sure that I didn’t miss this post from Heidi Solway.  So, with Roxy Music playing in my head, I clicked to check it out.

I’d like to think that the concepts that she touches on describes my fascination for continually looking for and learning new things.

Learning is a drug. No really, it is. If you find the right ‘stuff’ to learn about…you get hooked! You keep coming back for more, just like a gambler keeps hitting the casinos.

There are things that have to fall into place for the mindset of addiction to be effective and you shouldn’t feel a need to apologize searching for it.  After all, nothing succeeds like success.  It’s definitely worth the hunt.

Social Media is Not Real Life


You only have to turn your thoughts to two things in our recent past.

  • the US election
  • Pokémon

Could we agree that social media is a way to report on or enhance real life?

Yet, at the same time, we have to whip out our BS detector.  Is effective literacy instruction a matter of helping students draw that line between real and not real life?

Student-Paced mode in @PearDeck for #3ActMath tasks

There are so many right in this post from Laura Wheeler.

I make no apologies for loving mathematics.  I always have.  I’ve always thought of every mathematics problem as a puzzle to be solved.

But, growing up learning mathematics, we never had things like PearDeck or the internet or the pedagogy of the 3 Act Math task.

So, reading this post was exciting for this guy.

I liked the concept of the lesson that she develops and shows how she works with, groups students, and implements the 3 Act Math.  Mathematics teachers – take note – does it work for you?

Just a Project. Just a Mark.

I had a quick talk with Colleen Rose about this post.  She called it just a short quick one.

But there’s so much there if you’re willing to think about the traditional approach to projects.

It sounds like she’s opened a door for that student and is now feeling the pressure to support him in a manner that she hadn’t expected.

So often, we think of blog posts has having the answer to a problem.  What if they became the genesis for new thinking, learning, and teaching?

Love it.

Please take the time to drop by and check out these wonderful blog posts.  Then, head on over to the Ontario Edublogger list for even more.

This Week in Ontario Edublogs

Real thoughts.  Real concepts.  Reality from the blogs of Ontario Educators.  Check out some of these posts.

I Love My New Job

Didn’t we all have that emotion when we got a new one?  After all, that’s why you said yes to the job offer.

After a couple of months into her new job, Eva Thompson reflects on her experience.

I think that it’s positive in her growth as a professional that she feels that way and that she’s continually learning.  What more could a person want?  It also speaks nicely of her employer to put her in such a position and support her doing this.

Be More Salmon

I’ve never been a fan of eating salmon as a food but I’ve always been intrigued by the traits of the salmon and its pereverance at getting where it needs to be.  Who hasn’t seen videos of this?

Matthew Oldridge takes us to the Credit River for this thought.

It leads to a great question.  Should we all “be more salmon”?

The ABCs of October

It’s a trip through the alphabet with Sue Bruyns.

We’ve all experienced them before and interestingly enough, when I did some research, women are more prone to them…..  Earworms!  You know when a song gets stuck in your head and no matter what you do, it plays over and over again.

She uses the alphabet to reflect on what October thoughts that she had.

There’s some great thinking here and I suspect that her thoughts might resonate with many people.

And, she managed to find a thought for a Q as well.  You’ve got to love that.

What Does “You Don’t Know… What You Don’t Know…” Really Mean?

I feel like this is how I live my life.  By exploring and playing around, there’s so much more to learn.  I think that it’s particularly effective for me because there’s that satisfaction that comes from learning about something new, learning more about it, and either mastering it or having at least enough success to get that “Aha” moment.

This post, from Mishaal Surti, should get your thoughts moving about yourself and your students.

There’s an excellent conclusion in the last paragraph and a reminder that, if it wasn’t for this condition, there would be no need for a school system or teachers.

Talk Less, Listen More

Kyle Pearce addresses his own bit of learning in his new role.

He describes an interesting approach to backing away from expressing his thoughts in favour of listening to others.  I hope that he thinks this through.  In education, listening isn’t necessarily all that it’s cracked up to be.  For any topic, in his case mathematics education, there are all kinds of experts for any particular slant on the topic.  I think that you have to be discerning about what you listen and retain.  I’ll throw in a couple of quotes of my own.

  • An expert is someone from out of town
  • An expert knows more and more about everything until she knows absolutely nothing about anything

I think that it’s important to realize that the real genius may well be you.

Talking, blogging, other social media can be very powerful.  (as is listening)  I think that there’s a healthy balance that needs to be found.  Nobody likes a siphon.  Similarly, nobody likes a know it all.  In my opinion, the key to success is to both listen and then “talk” in whatever mode works for you to encourage discussion to help you sharpen your thoughts and approaches.  Give yourself license to be wrong, to change your mind, and to morph towards the goal.

When Peeing And Pooping Enter Play, What Do You Do?

Given that this post from Aviva Dunsiger was posted yesterday, I was wondering if this was click bait to get me to include it in TWIOE!  After I got that, I thought about the comments that a colleague shared with me once about the problems of teaching in a portable classroom.

As I dug into Aviva’s post, she described the very real situation that teachers of our youngest students deal with daily.

Nothing is more amusing to them than “peeing” or “pooping,” and they like to discuss these topics while eating, while playing, and while doing everything else in between.

Anyone who has ever had children of their own know all to well what an important and frustrating time this can be as a child grows.

Of course, the topic never goes away.  But it does pose a continuum of ways that educators need to address it with students.

My epic fail and other learning

What a beautiful lead in to Jennifer Casa-Todd’s recent post.

Now, before you get all excited to find out what the real biological problem is, let’s head it off.

Spoiler Alert.

It’s still an interesting read but deals with Google Keep.

But don’t you just wonder about supper conversations in their house?


The latest addition to the Bring IT, Together blog outlines all of the social events for attendees.

  • HyperJam Open Mic Session
  • #BIT16 Reads Book Club Breakfast
  • Thursday ‘AfterSLAM’ Reception
  • BIT’s Got Talent Contest
  • Breakout EDU
  • BIT Minecraft Party
  • Social time at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville
  • Rise and shine it’s exercise time!

Oh, and there’s a pretty good conference wrapped around all this social stuff.

It’s tough to think that, a week from now, it will be all over.

There’s always some pretty amazing thinking and sharing from Ontario Edubloggers.  I hope that you take the opportunity to click through and read the original posts and share a thought or two with the authors.  They’ll appreciate.

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This Week in Ontario Edublogs

Happy Friday.  Check out some great articles from Ontario Edubloggers.

Tweeting as an Organization

I think I’ve been insulted by this post from Royan Lee.

I’m part of the group that he calls an “underground party of misfits”.  Well, maybe it’s a badge of honour instead of an insult?  I can remember fighting to get Twitter unblocked; I can remember trying to get people see the value of connecting and learning on Twitter.  I probably failed more than succeeded at the time.  I’ll bet there are lots of dormant accounts.  In a technology world, we expect to get immediate gratification.  I’m sure that not all people “got it” at the time.  Success only comes when you work it.

As Royan correctly continues, things have certainly changed over the years.  I have to smile when I see people who “don’t want to see a picture of what you had for lunch” now becoming active.  What does it mean as an organization though?  Used properly, I think that it is absolutely the sign of an organization that is growing and learning together.  But, to be effective, it has to be more than just retweeting thoughts of others.  Are members also reflecting and creating new knowledge?  Are they sharing their professional reading and learning as a result?  Are they recognizing the best practices?  Are they promoting the great things that their colleagues are doing?

We Just Clicked

And, if you want to see it in action, check out this post from Diana Maliszewski.

I’ve mentioned so many times about how it can be lonely within a school.  Going outside the physical walls, using social media and the power of its connections, can result in amazing things.

You’ve got to check out this post – complete with a collection of Twitter messages to validate her message – and use it to convince anyone who questions the value of being connected.  When you make stellar connections like this, there’s no stopping you.

Diana definitely reinforces the message that you don’t need to learn alone.

Is it time to innovate your staff meeting?

Maybe this is the place to start.  Jennifer Casa-Todd shares a blueprint for success that begins at the humble staff meeting.

How many of these will you suffer your way through during your career?  This is a plan for engagement of staff who perhaps expected another sit and git and listen to the reading of recent memos.

Could it change the culture in your school?

Could it model what could be done if you decided to bring the concept into your own classroom?

Could it be a lesson for a principal’s course?

Conversations about parent-teacher interviews

It really is the season.

Here, Sheila Stewart pulls together older blog posts from Nancy Angevine-Sands, Rusul Alrubail, and me about our thoughts on parent-teacher interviews.  There were some interesting points about the process.  It might serve well as an inspiration or refresher before the next event.  Most teachers are getting ready for them over the next few weeks in the province.

Design Process Thinking: Mind Mapping

I’m a big fan of Mind Mapping.  I’ve used many mind mapping tools over the years and have had a lot of favourites.  Maybe it’s the fact that I learned how to program and document coding with flowcharts but the essence of what can be done is so powerful.  Consequently, I really enjoyed this post from Colleen Rose.

What was so powerful about this post, after setting the context, was Colleen sharing some of the mind maps that her students created and then reflected on each.

These show real evidence of complex thinking and connections.  Check them out.

Analyzing a Bike Rim in 5 Days

Alex Overwijk is on a mission to bring the practical and just plain fun and engaging activity into his MHF course.  It involved a trip to the local bicycle store for manipulatives and he effectively set the table for the students to “discover and experience more of the Trigonometry in the course”.

My original intent for this activity was to redo the radian plate activity and the radian war activity from this site. This is where I have grown. I am thinking what else can I do with this (thank you #MTBOS for #WCYDWT) This post reflects my creative juices in squeezing curriculum out of an activity. Hope you enjoyed. Honestly – this activity feels like what I envisioned for a spiraled course and wrote about back in 2013. #makeitstick #spiraling #activitybasedlearning #interleaving

The post is, in effect, a very complete lesson plan for the activity.  It can’t help but be a great deal of fun and learning for the students.

Why 50?

Have you ever wondered why the Bring IT, Together conference has 50 minute sessions?  Read this post to find out.

How’s that for a start to your Friday morning.  Great posts and ideas from Ontario Edubloggers.  Please click through and read the entire posts.

Have a great weekend.

This Week in Ontario Edublogs

Happy Friday, everyone.  I hope that today finds you in great shape with your classes after this short week.

Continue this happiness with some great blog reading from Ontario Edubloggers.


I was intrigued by just the title of this post from Rusul Alrubail.

Then, I had to check to see if I was on the right site.  This wasn’t written by her!  In fact, it was an introduction to a podcast interview between Rusul and Rolland Chidiac.

Once I got my head around this, I listened to this 45 minute interview.

It was indeed very interesting and I learned so much more about both Rusul and Rolland.

How Learning To “Get Down” Changed Things For Me!

Aviva Dunsiger wrote another wonderful post that was really a narrative and then a reflection on a real life experience for her.  The whole post is worth reading twice.  Once to understand the situation that Aviva describes.  Then, take a second read and inject yourself into the situation.

Would you be asking yourself the same questions that Aviva asked herself?

Would I have focused on punishment instead of focusing on solving the problem? Would I have seen this behaviour as “misbehaviour” versus “stress behaviour,” and would this perception have changed my actions? 

Riding Around Town

How can you not like a post that includes the words “I have a wonderful job”!  Sue Dunlop rang the bell with those words recently.

She tied her thoughts into International Walk (or Roll) to School Day.  I didn’t know one existed.  I certainly could never have biked to the locations that I needed to be at, for the most part.  But I suppose there were a few.

But, I’ve got to tell you — I had this vision of her flying down the Red Hill Valley Parkway in Hamilton.  My geographic knowledge of Hamilton isn’t all that good.  Would that area be classified as downtown?

Teaching cell phone photography

The title to this post from Brandon Grasley is almost as long as the post itself!  But, it’s well worth the read because there’s a link to his digital photography handout.

Race to Nowhere

While we’re on the topic of short posts, check out Royan Lee’s latest.

I watched Race to Nowhere with some friends. Here’s a little doodle about it.

I hope that you’re curious enough to click through and see his little doodle.


We’re getting closer to the US Election.  But, more importantly, we’re getting closer to the Bring IT, Together Conference.  In this recent post, Peter McAsh gives us a lay of the land for the sessions on Thursday and Friday.

There are really three things to fill your calendar.


  • the sessions
  • the keynote addresses AND
  • the social events on Thursday evening

Don’t plan to do anything else; make sure that you’re registered for everything!

Hopefully, you’ll find as much enjoyment in these posts as I did when I read them.  Please drop by and leave these wonderful bloggers a comment or two.

Then, check out the complete collection of Ontario Edubloggers.