“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 […]

When Will You Be Ready? 9/10

Are we preparing our students for the world we grew up in or the world they are growing up in?* ___________________________ 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 […]

The Answers Can’t Be Found In The Back of the Book

2014 is coming to a close, and as I read the many excellent reflective educator “end of the year” blogs, so many are asking how to move forward in 2015. There is no simple answer to that question. What will it take to transform our schools into the centres of learning our children need? What […]

What I Learned in 2017

On this last day of 2017, I am going back over my year of learning.  The purpose of this post is mainly to help me reflect, and to organize my work into one place for easy access.  If you are reading this, I invite you to take a quick look at some of the topics […]

Leadership Learning – December 13, 2017

On December 13, 2017, we are looking at the importance of learning leadership with Assistant Principals in Western Region, NLESD. Below are some of the resources we will be using.         Distinguished Professor Viviane Robinson – Does leadership affect education? from Educational Leadership on Vimeo.       Ken Leithwood – Principal […]

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 […]

Best Possible Most Richly Imagined Future

Rather than continue a number of conversations in Twitter DMs about my last post, If There Has Been No Learning, I thought I would clarify a few things here. I have been incredibly fortunate to learn from two women, who both went on to be Chief Student Achievement Officers for the Province of Ontario. Mary […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]