Professional Learning

Cultural Connection

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada has exercises, projects, and activities for students aged 4 to 16. Parents and educators, taps into resources like this. Voice, history, and acknowledgment are steps toward reconciliation. It doesn’t have to be complicated. Integrate aboriginal content. Encourage the child questions. Be honest and if you don’t know, say so. Then do some research together. We’re all learning together.

The Toronto District School Board is engaged and moving forward progressively. Check out their resources here.

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Professional Knowledge

Hi friends,

I’ve been thinking of something recently…Professional Knowledge.

What an interesting thing…to take in the world around us in…in all it’s gloriousness and misgivings and then process it in a way that contributes meaningfully to our practice. I’m really looking forward to the journey ahead. Life is fan-flippin’-tastic, isn’t it?! Not just the path I can see laid out ahead of me but in all the trials and tribulations along the way that will color and shape my practice as an educator. There is so much excitement for me in the unknown. Leap. Work hard. Trust.

Rethink Classroom Tools

We talk so much about using tech as a tool in our classrooms. What if, and bare with me, we considered moving in the other direction (most days)? I’m talkin’ low-tech, y’all. What’s the value of rethinking our classroom tools?

Edutopia has a short but wonderful post about The Growth Mindset called, ‘A Simple Tool for Fostering Growth Mindset’, that talks about the benefits of low-fi-ing your classroom.  Check it out, friends.

#SuperZoomyTwitterChat

That’s what participating in #ECEChat felt like tonight. #SuperZoomy.

It took real effort to stay up to speed on what was being said, asked and answered. I’d see a question and in the time it took me to ponder and formulate a <140 character response, about 7 other peeps had piped up and Tweeted back. It took me a good ten mins to find my groove.

So, the very same thing that was the challenge was also the most wonderful part. I got to talk to a bucket load of people who all do a similar kind of work in tooooootally different parts of the world. Instantly! Ok, I know this interweb thing has been around for a little while now and seems to be catching on (personally, I think it’s around to stay) buuuuut I haven’t ever really dabbled in the “instant social media” realm before (I’m not even sure that’s a thing, maybe I made that social media category up. I dunno.). I used FB back in its heyday but for years now it’s felt stale, too curated, and voyeuristic. Twitter feels like the future. Only now. So, the present, I guess. It was super fun to chat in real time on a platform that has its kinks worked out. Twitter offers a space where you can engage positively. A rarity, I think. Even Reddit (which I love) has this seedy, lurker underbelly to it that makes me not want to engage (which makes me a lurker, I know).

So 10/10 would #edchat again. Probably gonna make this a regular thing.

And fun fact, Ss = students. Ya learn something new everyday, Folks

Annnnnnd…I’m starting to understand why teenagers use shorthand all the time in any text medium…Omitting vowels brings your chrctr cnt wy dwn. < see what I did there?!? and you still understood it. #Amzng #TheFutureIsNow

 

*I’ve loved her since the OG Jurassic Park. Jus sayin’

RSS. It’s a Whole New World.

I had no idea what an RSS was. It stand for “Rich Site Summary” I’ve learned that it’s a way to add feeds directly to Feedly and have all the latest feeds from all your fave site/ ppl/ blogs/ news outlets pop up in one location – your Feedly landing page. Mind blown.

Each morning my alarm goes off at 5:30am. I read the news for 20 mins. Then go work out in my garage gym. Until I learned about Feedly I would zoom through the news apps on my phone and read through one or two articles from each. Feedly is a game changer in how I consume my morning news. Now I just open up my Feedly app and get reading.

I’ve added a few of my go-to news sites to keep in the global loop. CBC, BBC, Al Jazeera, to name a few.

I’ve also added Ed sources to my feed. They run the gamut from how to integrate technology into the classroom with Free Technology for Teachers to how to integrate Montessori methodologies at home with your own children with How We Montessori.

With a little digging – not too much at all really, the platform is super user friendly – I found a few gems.

I’m following the musings of Dangerously Irrelevant who talks technology, leadership, and the future of schools. Defining educational leadership has been something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately. Transformational leadership vs. transactional leadership.  Dispersal of power. Diffusion of power. Lots to consider. Ed leadership is an ambiguous term but Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Colorado Denver, Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is exploring what it can, should, could, and will mean moving forward.

 

Another goodie is Edutopia. The George Lucas Educational foundation has a wide variety of contributors who write about topics like Educational Equity, School Leadership, Classroom Management, Blended Learning, and Growth Mindset. A search about Growth Mindset brought their feed up in Feedly. This summer I’d read Mindset by Carol Dweck and I’ve been hooked on following the research and approach this month. A recent post about A Simple Tool For Fostering Growth Mindset is a valuable read for parents and educators alike.

And I almost forgot the best part…if you like something you see and want to share it, Feedly makes it so easy to share feeds on Twitter. So. Easy. I’m new to Twitter as a tweeter…I’ve always been a lurker but now I actually engage. And it’s easy.

Happy Feedly-ing!

Here’s a snap of my Feedly homepage this morning.