The Work-Life-Blogging Balance Challenge

Jenni’s question this week is one that needs more that 140 characters to answer. I think we have to begin with why we even bother to blog.  It begins with a fundamental belief that knowledge is to be shared and that learning comes from conversations.  It isn’t enough to just learn any more.  We need […]

Find the Right Inch

It’s that time of year when almost any outdoor activity during the work week requires an additional accessory – a headlamp. Last night, when I paused for my beagle to grab a drink at the water’s edge, we could see a ribbon of light on the horizon as the sun faded for the day. I […]

When Knowledge and Belief Collide

Recently I had a second opportunity to listen to the Director of Education for the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, John Malloy, speak at a conference (#NOELonline). Below are my notes (with personal annotations) from his presentation. What are our beliefs as educators? Photomatt28 via Compfight cc We have beliefs around what classrooms should look like […]

Changing the Trajectory

What assumptions do we make about the life trajectories of the students in our classrooms? Over the past three days I have been very fortunate to have the opportunity to share in learning with the Northern Ontario Education Leaders at their fall conference #NOELONLINE. The pre-conference address was given by the Director of the Bruce […]

Going Deeper with Twitter

Whenever someone is presenting on the value of Twitter for teachers and educators, and there is a shout out for “tell us who you are and why you love Twitter for education”, there is always a flurry of people talking about how they love twitter for connecting with other educators, for conversation and for sharing […]

Lanterne Rouge

    Photo Credit: One-Fat-Man via Compfight cc A friend once said to me, “I never expect much of anything. That way, I am never disappointed.” It’s an odd way to live.  I would sooner set my sights very high, and learn to get over any hint of disappointment. Reflecting on that makes me think […]

Are You Unhappy with the Status Quo?

When I first started connecting online and building the amazing PLN I have today, I saw all of the wonderful things people were doing and the changes they were making in education.  I thought it couldn’t be that hard if so many people were doing it and being so successful at it. But when I […]

Learning about Leading Change

If you have seen this video a hundred times, please don’t go away yet. Scroll down … If it is new to you, please take a moment to view it.  It was produced in 2008.  At the time, it was at the leading edge, and it was used as an introduction to so many presentations […]

Want More Pleasure? Study More!

How do you get more pleasure in your life? According to cognitive psychologist Paul Bloom, the answer is to study more (I don’t think even Dan Pink came up with this one as a motivator!). Seriously, to appreciate and truly derive pleasure from so many things in life, you need to understand them, says Bloom […]

It’s Not Reform we Need, It’s a Revolution

Update: July 12/12: http://www.scoop.it/t/leading-learning/p/2159233406/we-need-different-not-better I will just quote Will Richardson, because I can’t think of a better way to say it! * We don’t need better assessments; we need different assessments that help us understand students as learners and constructors of their own ongoing education instead of knowers of information and narrow skills. * We […]