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 […]

Supporting a Growing Open Network of Math Educators

I’m recovering from the Firefighter’s 10-mile Road Race in Thunder Bay today, and quite happy to be sitting for a bit, sharing some of the writing I found intriguing this week. This week I am thinking a lot about what makes a successful open network of educators, and how to lead the building of a […]

We are all Mathematicians!

I’m becoming a mathematician. For a long time, I was a high school math teacher, but I’ve moved so far beyond that now.  Not by going back to university, but by going right back to grade 1. Yes, that’s right, I went back to grade 1 to become a mathematician. Even though I was the […]

From Rich Task Projects to Rich Task Teaching

Today I was invited to work with a group of teachers who are trying to implement rich tasks into their practice. They have spent some time defining a rich task by carefully considering the categories of characteristics, including global competencies. Some of these characteristics include: Multiple entry points Opportunities for enrichment and remediation (such as […]

From #OSSEMOOC to #NotABookStudy – Agency and Access!

Join me in conversation with Mark Carbone about how we have grown in our understanding about OPEN learning for educators in Ontario.

Agency and Access: Personalized Professional Learning at Scale

Educators WANT to learn. As we shift from a culture where learning is provided to a culture where learning is sought, we need to consider how we provide ACCESS to quality learning for our educators. I watched this play out on Thursday night, as Heather Theijsmeijer, a Renewed Math Strategy Coordinator in Rainbow District School […]

Learning Network Leadership – A Path Forward

If we are to build an effective learning network, what will it look like? An effective learning network is complex, changing, growing, shrinking, morphing over old, new and evolving platforms.  It reaches into classrooms and across the globe, held together by personal learning networks (PLNs) that continually build new connections, cultivate new relationships and learning […]

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 […]