#ONEWORDONT #ONEWORD2017

Back in August, Carlo Fusco invited me to speak on his podcast about my education passions, and the things that were keeping me up at night. (The podcast can be found here) In the podcast, I quickly outline my concern about the gap between what I see happening in schools, and what we need to learn […]

#OneWordONT – 2015 and 2016

My #OneWordONT for 2015 was COURAGE. I checked in here at the halfway point in the year to reflect on how well I was ‘living by the word’ in the first 6 months of 2015.  Courage has been a tough one.  The ‘other side’ of courage can be challenging to manage. By far the most […]

We are Half-Way: How’s Your #OneWordOnt?

In January, we asked educators, “What’s your ONE WORD for 2015?”.  In Ontario, we used #onewordont as a hashtag to collect the ideas, and Julie Balen created a word cloud to share. So how’s it going?  Six months in, is this word still a focus for your work? Today I am thinking a lot about my […]

Cell Phones

Do you feel it now? There have been so many predictions about the increasing pace of change, the volatility and uncertainty in exponential times, and  the ambiguity in how to make good decisions. It’s been a year since Canada’s Digital Talent Strategy was released. It’s a very different time now than it was in March […]

Your Smart Phone Changed Everything 3/10

This post is part of a 10 day posting challenge issued by Tina Zita. You can’t be a connected educator if you don’t contribute. Sometimes we need a nudge to remember that if nobody shares, nobody learns. Thanks Tina!  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A caution as you read this: I am a learner, not an expert.   I […]

Be That One Person

You can change a life trajectory. It is a powerful message, and it’s one I have heard often throughout the last month. Richard Wagamese, storyteller and Canada Reads Peoples’ Choice author, spoke to educators in Thunder Bay about the one person who rescued him from a desperate life path.  It’s a remarkable story that began […]

In One Tweet – What I Learned in 2015

Sharing learning is a core value of my professional practice. This space – this blog – is my rough work.  It’s a place to put out the raw thinking and learning and invite comments and challenges so that I might continue to learn and to rethink how we do education. In a nutshell, here is […]

Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions From Going in One Year and Out the Other

Let me begin with a huge thanks to @RoyanLee who suggested the @InquiringShow Inquiring Minds podcast in his blog last summer. It has been such a great source of learning for me, especially while out walking the dog, doing the dishes, folding laundry or even (yes, Brandon Grasley) while brushing my teeth! The January 2, […]

The Loneliness of the First Follower

It’s harder to follow than it is to lead.   Leaders have passion for what they do.  They have practiced sticking out their necks, taking risks, trying new things, and failing. For leaders, being the lone dancer in the crowd is their norm. Dancing to the music is the right thing to do, even if […]

“Why Would I Want to Learn From Someone Who Doesn’t Want to Learn From Me?”

The graphic created by the 2013-2014 (Ontario Education) Minister’s Student Advisory Council has been distributed widely.  It is the “student voice” on where Ontario Schools should be going. One section that struck me was the part that said “why would I want to learn from someone who does not want to learn from me?” In […]