#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 […]

School

School Now close your eyes.  What’s in your head? We gather around that word. We want good schools, the BEST schools for our kids.  Schools provide hope.  Schools help kids succeed. And if we could just get rid of this discovery nonsense and get back to basics… But is “school” what our kids need in […]

Why Build a Wall?

This is a wall: If your purpose is to protect information, this wall is useful. If your purpose is to make money on the information, this wall is useful. But if your purpose is to share information this wall will keep people out. When we are trying to build a community, even if everyone has […]

A Vision of Effective Mathematics Teaching and Learning

What is your vision of effective mathematics teaching and learning in elementary school? This is a new question for me.  This blog is Learning About Learning, and I have a lot of learning to do about mathematics education. I am hoping you can help me. Here are a few of the things I am thinking […]

Afraid to be Wrong

Over the past few days, mostly while shovelling snow, I have been listening to one particular podcast from the CBC Ideas Program: Knowledge and Democracy.  The program examines the interaction between science and society, looking at the “position” of the discipline “science” in a democracy. It is of particular interest to me because of our […]

The Key to Innovative Practice? More Ideas!

For a long time in Ontario, we have relied heavily on standardized test results, and the tested ideas and strategies grounded in research to inform our educational practice. But does this kind of thinking short-change our kids? Dr. Chris Dede talks about the importance of spreading pockets of excellence and adapting successful practice into our […]

Are Digital Portfolios a Disadvantage?

It won’t surprise anyone that I am a strong proponent of digital professional portfolios.  I demonstrate how to create them here, and over the past year, George Couros has worked with Principal Associations in Ontario (CPCO/OPC/ADFO) to help our school leaders become connected learners, including the idea of using a blog as a portfolio. I’ve […]

Thoughts: Labour Day 2014

I wanted to tell a funny story on this Labour Day. I will share this entertaining piece instead: Teachers Don’t Sleep on Labour Day by  @albertfong I have plenty of my own crazy tales, of course, having spent nearly 30 years of Labour Days ignoring my family in spite of it being my daughter’s birthday, our wedding anniversary, a […]

Be the Change

I really loved @dkuropatwa‘s presentation at #canedu14.   Share your story so others have the opportunity to learn.

Stories of Open Sharing – And Why It Is Important

Alan Levine (@cogdog) is a champion of open storytelling. I followed Alan for years on Twitter before finally meeting him in person first in Terrace Bay (video below) and then again at Unplug*d12. He asked me for our story about the time Commander Hadfield tweeted me to say that up in the ISS, he had watched […]