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 […]

Sharing Deep Learning

Recently, several Principals from our Director’s Principal Advisory Group (DPAG, #nledDPAG) travelled to New Brunswick to observe and learn about examples of #NPDL – New Pedagogies for Deep Learning.  Today they shared their observations with us. Ryan Kelley: When we visited schools in New Brunswick to see Deep Learning in action, some of the things […]

Flourishing

What do you need to flourish? For me, 7 hours of quality sleep in fresh air, freshly ground coffee, and a morning run are a perfect start.  Fresh food, great books, interesting and caring friends, love and laughs with family, sloppy kisses from a chocolate lab puppy – these all contribute to the feeling of […]

Learning Leadership is Like Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut, it it’s day, was a major innovation that saved thousands of lives – the lives of sailors who ate sauerkraut and didn’t get scurvy.   In fact, without sauerkraut, James Cook may never have made it to my current home town of Corner Brook, NL. Sticking with that food theme, we know that most […]

From Rich Task Projects to Rich Task Teaching

Today I was invited to work with a group of teachers who are trying to implement rich tasks into their practice. They have spent some time defining a rich task by carefully considering the categories of characteristics, including global competencies. Some of these characteristics include: Multiple entry points Opportunities for enrichment and remediation (such as […]

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 […]

“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 […]

Disrupting Content Delivery in Ontario

We have come a long way in Ontario from the idea that eLearning required a “learning management system” to deliver content, to the understanding that building relationships is at the centre of all learning (f2f or at a distance).   As we work with eLearning teachers through their collaborative inquiries into best practice, I often […]

How Will You Make Your Own Mess? “Creating a Culture Not of Mimics But of Masters”

We have problems.  Big problems. Our world is warming up at an alarming rate.  Child poverty is still a reality in spite of “promises” to end it. Who will solve these problems? What are we doing every day to move toward solutions? Commander Hadfield asked this question recently as host of the CBC Radio program […]

Sharing our Passion for Connecting Education Leaders: TEDxKitchenerED

Mark Carbone and I recently took advantage of the opportunity to share our passion for connecting education leaders at the TEDxKitchenerED event. If you are wondering about #OSSEMOOC, here is the story of how we are working to connect leaders, and helping Ontario learners, to thrive in the complexities of teaching and learning in today’s rapidly […]