A Vision of Effective Mathematics Teaching and Learning

What is your vision of effective mathematics teaching and learning in elementary school? This is a new question for me.  This blog is Learning About Learning, and I have a lot of learning to do about mathematics education. I am hoping you can help me. Here are a few of the things I am thinking […]

Learning Math “in the Open”

We’re trying something new. It’s an innovative approach to a challenging problem, and it has the commitment of leaders from throughout northeastern Ontario. We are building our understanding of how to learn and lead mathematics in our elementary schools, and we are doing it out in the open. Embedded in our learning is a commitment […]

The Robots are Coming…. No, Wait, They are Here!

How are we preparing our students for the digital economy that is not their future, but their present? How do we create the compelling argument that this is important, that this should be a priority in our school system? ~~~~~~~~~~ Walmart is mere months away from replacing their warehouse workers with drones and robots. Automation […]

Thinking Differently About Absent Students

Twice this year I have been fortunate to hear the very engaging Provincial School Attendance Counsellor, Tony Di Lena, speak about the persistent absenteeism issues in Ontario – northern Ontario in particular. Persistent absenteeism is defined as missing 10% of school days – 2 days per month, essentially. Last time, he was speaking to a group of […]

The Digital Networked Lives of Our Children – #picsymposia2016

Today in Thunder Bay, close to 60 parents gave up their Saturday to learn about parent leadership in our education system. The Ministry of Education sponsored event was an opportunity for parents to learn all about what is important in education and how to access funds to share knowledge in their boards. I was so […]

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 […]

We’re Different – And Why?

How do we successfully navigate the chasm between “progressives” and “traditionalists”?  The RSA Report (March 2016) Creative Public Leadership suggests that creating a compelling argument is the first step. For those of us who have been learning online for nearly 20 years, creating a compelling argument might seem redundant. We wonder why it seems so hard […]

Open Resources for #onted: Becoming a Digital Leader

You’ve decided to self-direct your professional learning on Twitter.  Your students want a class Facebook page.  Your school board is implementing a BYOD policy. Where can you go to ensure you and your students will thrive in online environments? OSAPAC has led the creation of three series of resources for Ontario educators. Digital Citizenship and […]

Learning that is 24/7

When we consider the factors that impact learning, we have to think about: 1) the characteristics of the individual child 2) the learning that occurs outside of school 3) the learning that occurs while at school   As educators, we often believe that we really only have control over the learning that happens in school. […]

Theory Into Action: #supdsb

We talk a lot about how the world is changing.  We hear predictions that concern us for awhile, then we go back to our jobs. But here we are: “Every single job function we can identify is being fundamentally transformed.” (David Rose, in D. Culberhouse, The Future Will Be Very Different) Continuing to do what we […]