Knowledge and/or Skills

This week, in the Learning About Learning Newsletter, we are looking at resources shared this week around the purpose of school (in 2017), and the debates that are framing our pedagogical decisions. The purpose of the newsletter is to share some of the key conversations among educators on social media, including the readings that contribute […]

From Around the Web

We often hear that educators want to own their own learning.  Where do educators go for quality content? Many educators are curating resources in many different locations.  Tonight I started a newsletter for blog followers that brings to your attention some of the most recent, interesting information being shared on the web, and suggests people […]

Learning Conversations

Here are some of the recorded conversations I have had recently with educators dedicated to producing audio work to promote quality professional learning. I encourage you to listen to their other podcasts as well (links provided).   With Derek Rodenizer (Ontario) on the Beyond the Staffroom Podcast ….as we discuss keeping learners at the centre […]

Our Most Pressing Problem – With Tristan Harris

From the TED Talk by Tristan Harris Your thoughts and feelings are being manipulated.  Right now. The goal of technology companies is to capture your attention.  There is only so much of it, so competition is fierce. The science of persuasion is used to keep you on a site, through known techniques such as video auto-play […]

Best Possible Most Richly Imagined Future

Rather than continue a number of conversations in Twitter DMs about my last post, If There Has Been No Learning, I thought I would clarify a few things here. I have been incredibly fortunate to learn from two women, who both went on to be Chief Student Achievement Officers for the Province of Ontario. Mary […]

If There Has Been No Learning

If there has been no learning, there has been no teaching. As educators, we work in service of student learning. We ask where a learner is now (assessment), where a learner is going (curriculum learning expectations), how a learner will get there (strategies to ensure students construct that learning) and how we will know (monitoring […]

Supporting a Growing Open Network of Math Educators

I’m recovering from the Firefighter’s 10-mile Road Race in Thunder Bay today, and quite happy to be sitting for a bit, sharing some of the writing I found intriguing this week. This week I am thinking a lot about what makes a successful open network of educators, and how to lead the building of a […]

We are all Mathematicians!

I’m becoming a mathematician. For a long time, I was a high school math teacher, but I’ve moved so far beyond that now.  Not by going back to university, but by going right back to grade 1. Yes, that’s right, I went back to grade 1 to become a mathematician. Even though I was the […]

From Rich Task Projects to Rich Task Teaching

Today I was invited to work with a group of teachers who are trying to implement rich tasks into their practice. They have spent some time defining a rich task by carefully considering the categories of characteristics, including global competencies. Some of these characteristics include: Multiple entry points Opportunities for enrichment and remediation (such as […]

From #OSSEMOOC to #NotABookStudy – Agency and Access!

Join me in conversation with Mark Carbone about how we have grown in our understanding about OPEN learning for educators in Ontario.