Digital Literacies: Using Digital Images

The gap between where we are, and where we want to go, is a useful framework to help illustrate the need for change. As I work to lead learning in this area, the “Mind the Gap” image is very useful.       How do I ensure that I am using a copy of the […]

“Homework” for Emerging Leaders!

Today I have the pleasure of working with our “emerging leaders” in NLESD from Western Region, Central Region and Labrador. I was able to share with them some of the important considerations for leadership in 2018 during our time together yesterday. Today, I want to share with them some next steps in connecting with other […]

For Reflection, Not Perfection

This week I’ve tuned into lots of online chatter about the purpose of blogging. How do we reflect?  How do we share? Where are the conversations? What technology makes reflection easier? In the back of my mind for some time, has been this piece by Dean Shareski: I Don’t Read Your Blog  It made me […]

A Decade of Connecting – 10 Years on Twitter With My #PLN

10 years ago today, I created @fryed on Twitter. I’ve spent most of my life in rural Canada – from northern Ontario, to central Ontario, then to my dream location in northwestern Ontario, which will always be a home base.  From there, I have started a quest to learn about education in all of Canada, […]

Leading Learning in 2018

“The balance between leading and learning is essential.” (Fullan 2017, p. 62) Back in early December, we met with our Assistant Principals in Western Region (NLESD) to talk about Learning Leadership.  We shared that Learning Leadership was an essential approach to effective practice in schools.  The feedback from that event was that overwhelmingly, the biggest […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]