Your Friends Help You Learn

Every day I am thankful for the plethora of great reading and resources my friends share with me online. This morning, I woke up to Tom D’Amico sharing this remarkable digital library of children’s books in many different languages. Immediately I thought of our work with English Language Learners in Newfoundland and Labrador, and throughout […]

Activity or Learning?

Today our Programs Leaders took time to dig into the work of Stephen Katz and Lisa Ain Dack (Intentional Interruption, 2013). Here are some of the resources we looked at today. We began by examining our own definitions of learning from our earlier work together this year, and then considering the idea that learning is […]

#nled Digital Identity, Digital Leadership

This week, in #nled, principals in the Western Region are meeting f2f.  At one of our sessions, we are learning about the connections between the networked lives of our students, and their mental health. The slides for the session are shared below.  Thanks, in particular, to Dr. Alec Couros for posting his slides on Slideshare. […]

#WhatIsYourWHY

One of the most powerful benefits to having a strong Professional Learning Network (PLN) is how they can push you to do the work you must do, the work that makes you open and vulnerable, even when you think you don’t have time. Why we do what we do is an essential question educators must […]

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 […]