Better Sleep for Better Learning

As educators, we are relentless in our pursuit of understanding of how to enable learning to happen for our students. We consider pedagogical research and build a repertoire of approaches to meet the needs of all learners. Before implementing new approaches, we want “evidence” that the approach has proven to be effective. But how often […]

The Power of Networks for School Improvement: Learning with Steven Katz (3)

Creating the Conditions for Focused Professional Learning (Part 1) How do we create a learning organization when there is a power differential? If we want to create a learning organization, so it must be safe for everyone to talk. [Does your school district/division demand compliance? Is rank switched on or off?] This creates the challenge. […]

The Power of Networks for School Improvement: Learning with Steven Katz (2)

The Power of Networks for School Improvement Just because we work in groups doesn’t mean good things will happen. Not all group work is good work. What are some of the potential PERILS of learning networks and learning communities? Quality Control – Anything spreads. [We see this in our online Professional Learning Networks]. A bad […]

Modern Learners: A Frame for Decisions

We struggle to make sense of the world. We swim in a sea of notifications, podcasts, new books to read, white papers, comments. My head hurts sometimes, just trying to make sense of what we are learning, and how it can be organized, documented, and shared with others. I used my learning time this morning […]

Enrolment

In schools systems, “enrolment” is data.  The number of children in schools is the basis for funding and staffing allocations.  From an operations perspective, it’s a critical piece of information. But enrolment is also about showing up and choosing to engage in learning.  Is this how our students approach school? Fullan, Quinn and McEachen, 2018, […]

Finding Purpose, Skill, and Connection

  In 2018, why would students take conventional schooling seriously? According to Fullan, Quinn and McEachen (Deep Learning, 2018, p. 3), there is no reason for the majority of students to do so. The current school structure is oppressive to many young people. How many educators have experienced a school day from the place of […]

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 […]

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 […]

Is eLearning for You? Yes it is!

“eLearning may not be for everyone.” Really? What if you are the only student at a high school needing a credit in SPH4U? eLearning might be your only option. As educators, are we really saying that eLearning might not be for this student? Or should we be saying, eLearning is just learning, and we will […]

Where’s the Beef? – 6/10

When we talk about “Visible Learning” and “Visible Thinking”, can we now focus more on the Thinking and Learning than on the Visible? 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 […]