What is an Educated Adult in 2016?

It was an incredible honour yesterday, to hear Dr. Tony Wagner speak about his work in rethinking education for today.  Being able to ask my question about how we work with a system that still defines graduates by 2-digit numbers, and ranks them individually, was enlightening and empowering. I am a huge fan of Dr. […]

The Compelling Case for Change: TELL 2016

This year’s Technology Enabled Learning and Leading Symposium for Principals is wrapping up today.  Yesterday we had the opportunity to have conversations with Dr. Tony Wagner about how the current pathways for our students are no longer leading to success. Creating that Compelling Case for Change is so critical.  We are in times of exponential change, […]

For Credit or for Learning?

As we think about the needs of learners in online environments, there is one dichotomy that we often forget. Some students take online courses because they need a credit or qualification for a life pathway, not because the want to learn. I was first introduced to this thinking as a secondary online teacher , and […]

Are All Kids Able to Choose?

Recently, in my Primary/Junior Math AQ course, we examined process expectations in the Ontario primary/junior math curriculum document. Of particular interest to me was the process expectation around “selecting tools and computational strategies”. The Ontario math curriculum document was written in 2005, five years before the first iPad was released, and two years before the […]

Are you Asking the Right Questions?

Yesterday, a colleague, Sean Mieghan,  posted a great little video that clearly demonstrates the importance of asking the right questions.     “Life is Good” owners tell us that their ideas came from the questions their mother asked every day at the dinner table.  She empowered them to come up with ideas – lots of […]

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 […]