A Profound Shift: Seeing Children as Capable and Competent

“This is a profound shift to view the child as a capable, competent, rich in potential rights-bearing individual rather than as an empty vessel waiting to be filled.” Dr. Jean Clinton How do we shift our image of the learner? Recently I had the privilege to listen to Hailey Noseworthy, a Grade 12 student from […]

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 […]

#WhatIsYourWHY

One of the most powerful benefits to having a strong Professional Learning Network (PLN) is how they can push you to do the work you must do, the work that makes you open and vulnerable, even when you think you don’t have time. Why we do what we do is an essential question educators must […]

Sharing “Student Privacy” at Lakehead University Faculty of Education

Recently, I was honoured to be invited to share with first year B.Ed. students (aspiring teachers) at Lakehead University (Thunder Bay Campus). We began by thinking about why digital was important, and by examining Padlet as a tool to be used in classrooms.  Our thinking on digital has been captured below.  Please feel free to […]

We Need You to Lead Us 1/10

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 shares, nobody learns. Thanks Tina!  We Need You to Lead Us This subtitle from Seth Godin’s book, Tribes, is a call […]

Enabling Educators to be Learners: 1/10

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 shares, nobody learns. Thanks Tina! ___________________________________________________________ How can we enable our colleagues to access the rich professional learning opportunities available online? […]

In One Tweet – What I Learned in 2015

Sharing learning is a core value of my professional practice. This space – this blog – is my rough work.  It’s a place to put out the raw thinking and learning and invite comments and challenges so that I might continue to learn and to rethink how we do education. In a nutshell, here is […]

Notes Instead of Thoughts – From 3 Rules to Spark Learning

When talking about Digital Portfolios, both Dr. Alec Couros and George Couros talk about the place where you do your messy work and then the place where you put your best work.  Below is some of my messy work. Sometimes you know you just need to keep things around to refer to and to think […]

What’s the Professional Reading List for Educators? The Shift…

“The reading isn’t merely a book, of course. The reading is what we call it when you do the difficult work of learning to think with the best, to stay caught up, to understand. The reading exposes you to the state of the art. The reading helps you follow a thought-through line of reasoning and […]

Challenging the Status Quo (Safely)

At the end of #YRDSBQuest, Michael Fullan told the educators in attendance that they need to go back and challenge the status quo. I am documenting the ongoing conversation about how to do this safely. We rarely talk about it, but in our work, many educators have told us they won’t blog because they are […]