Happy Friday, the 13th. Do yourself a favour and take a pass on Port Dover today. Be safe.
Check out some great blogging from Ontario Edubloggers instead.
Larissa Aradj lent blogging space to Tamara Bolotenko to share some of her thoughts about Treaty Recognition Week. In the post, she shared some sobering realities for many of us.
In our education, we had no sense of the realities that current students are understanding. Like Tamara, I learned in school that Canada was discovered by Jacques Cartier. I guess this land was just sitting around waiting to be discovered? Nothing else was happening? As she notes, so much of what we learned was so Eurocentric and it’s only later in life that that was just part of the story.
Her post is interesting and quite humbling to read and I would encourage you to do so. As part of an AQ course, she had to create a resource – she used YouTube- and she has them embedded in both English and French.
Kudos to her for being so open with her learning.
Jessica Outram has done it again!
In this post, complete with pictures, she reminds me of the difference between me and creative people. I’ve always maintained that creative types see things that I would normally just walk by, sometimes paying a bit of attention, most of the times not.
Interestingly, she ties some wonderful photographs with her thoughts and endeavours surrounding creativity.
The images are surrounded by some clever wordsmithing and makes for an interesting read, look, and ponder.
Inspired by this post which I had bookmarked for this blog post and Wednesday morning’s This Week in Ontario Edublogs, my wife and I took a trip to Point Pelee. It’s a luxury that we normally enjoy a few times over the summer but we stayed away this year. We had a bit of incredible November weather and so did spend an afternoon there. I took my phone out and made a conscious effort during our outing and took some pictures of my own.
They’re not in the same class as Jessica’s art but I am kind of proud that I did take the time to find some interesting shots and will assemble them into a blog post for Saturday.
Thanks, Jessica. I love it when people push me.
From the Heart and Art of Education blog, Will Gourley shares a couple of blog posts describing his fall.
Part 1 deals with some thoughts about inclusion and equity. These are important concepts and Will’s Grade 4 and 5 class were up to the challenge.
Some quotes from the students in the post…
These are wonderful comments from these students.
You have to ask yourself — if they feel this way now but change their opinions later as they get older, what happened? How can education be the enduring answer?
In Part 2, Will gives us a week by week summary of how things when for him in October. In education, it was a month like no other. It’s supposed to be the time for sugar and pumpkin distractions. That’s all different this year.
Will speaks, I know, for so many educators when he notes that October is also the time for “Meet the teacher”, “Curriculum nights”, and of course Progress Reports.
Thrown into this month like no other, there were also a number of teachers thrown adrift by reorganization of schools in addition to online, hybrid, face to face, and whatever buzzword describes your reality.
These are a great pair of blog posts and it wouldn’t be fair to include only one of them here.
During our radio show, Stephen Hurley asked me if I felt awkward using the term EduGals to describe the authors of this blog post. I had to confess; yes, I did but it’s the name that they elected to use so we use.
They do acknowledge that it’s tough times for all educators.
It’s difficult to pinpoint just one audience for this post, based upon their podcast on the topic. From beginning to end, it’s rich with naming various technologies and how they can be used in the classrooms of today.
As I mentioned in the show, this is truly the time for technology to step up and deliver for all teachers. I think that many will acknowledge that serious and deep use of technology only occurred when school classrooms were closed in the spring. So many people were unprepared for the wide variety of tools that are available to tackle the job.
In this post, Rachel and Katie identify some of their favourite tools and deliver an engaging analysis and how they might be used by the connected educator. It’s not a short blog post but identifies so many tools that are worth the time to explore and see if they fit into your teaching flow.
This post is well worth the read.
It was great to see a new post to Peter Cameron’s blog. It had been a while. The post isn’t unique to his blog, it’s actually a copy of a letter that he sent to a friend and shared with us. He let us know that he was busy … but I hope that it feels good for him to be back at it.
There are lots of links to presentations and collections of resources that he’s working on. He spoke at Lakehead University in addition to his day job and provides us with a list of things that he has done in the past and wants to do in the future.
But that future will be different … he applied for a new gig. I know that those who read his blog and experience his successes wish him the best going forward. He shares what’s up in a Twitter message.
If you read the blog post, you’ll note that he’s promising us big things in November. I’m looking forward to it.
I don’t know, Diana, but this past Monday and Tuesday were pretty good golfing days around here. As I drove by many of the courses in Essex County, they’re doing a good late fall business.
Of course, it’s different in schools.
In Health and Physical Education, many traditional activities are off the table for now. I think we all understand and appreciate that. Diana has acknowledged that it’s been a while since she taught Physical Education but she decided to give it a shot … indoors.
Well, maybe not a chip shot but a putt for sure.
What do you do when you don’t have golf equipment at your school? You cobble together some things and make it happen.
This post is inspirational … read and learn from it!
- never say never
- if nothing else,
stealborrow Diana’s idea for those inside winter classes
Better late than never. After all, The Master’s starts today.
Please take some time to click through and read/enjoy all of these terrific blog posts.
Then follow these bloggers on Twitter.
- Tamara Bolotenko – @TamaraBolotenko
- Jessica Outram – @jessicaoutram
- Will Gourley – @WillGourley
- EduGals – @EduGals
- Peter Cameron – @cherandpete
- Diana Maliszewski – @MzMollyTL
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