Activity or Learning?

Today our Programs Leaders took time to dig into the work of Stephen Katz and Lisa Ain Dack (Intentional Interruption, 2013). Here are some of the resources we looked at today. We began by examining our own definitions of learning from our earlier work together this year, and then considering the idea that learning is […]

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 […]

A New Rhythm for Learning

Note: CATC (Computers Across the Curriculum) Camp is a Professional Learning Opportunity for Educators in Waterloo Region District School Board.  About 125 teachers meet at the Kempenfelt Conference Centre each summer to share and learn about how to integrate technology into their curriculum and to use technology effectively in their practice. This year we celebrate […]

We Don’t Think Differently (or do we?) – 7/10

Do we think differently, or have we just learned differently? 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! _________________________________________________________ Silence. You’ve felt that right? […]

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 […]

Let’s UNLEARN a Few Assumptions About School

Many teachers teach the way they were taught. The B.Ed. program would do well to emphasize the unlearning of wrong assumptions about schooling – like “sit up straight” and “sit still” and “look at the teacher”. Change won’t happen until we all deeply question our assumptions of what school should look like for kids. Thanks to […]

Why Leave All That Learning Only in Your Head?

So many educators reading so many books that impact their practice!     That was my takeaway from #satchat this morning, and #ontedleaders last week as we were challenged to share the reading that was impacting our work at this time.   I can’t possibly read all of those books, but my colleagues in my […]

“Engagement” is a Low Bar

Have you ever experienced so much learning that your head hurts? Tonight, amid the beautiful sunset, the lightning show and the Perseid Meteor Shower, many educators are reflecting and thinking about today’s amazing learning at #CATC15.   I started to write some notes about today’s learning, but why should I hide those ideas away in […]

Do Schools Create Non-Learners?

I am taking a little of my own advice today, and rereading Carol Dweck’s 2006 book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. I am still working through the first chapters, but I have already found a number of connections to other work. The most interesting new learning for me comes from exploring the symptoms of […]