Sharing our stories – some thoughts on narratives in research and professional learning/development

Reviving my blog back to my general education interests (for new readers, excuse the campaign coverage!). I spent a few minutes looking at some of my past posts and just deleted [reposted, thanks, Diana for your comment] an earlier post with an old draft of my Master’s title and abstract. You can read the final(ish) version […]

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Teacher learning – W5H

Just starting to wind down after a busy month – paper submission, presentations, conference galore, etc. I just came back from Winnipeg, Manitoba where my co-presenters Alana Callan, Colin Harris, and I talked about teacher learning, reflective practice and instructor/faculty development in technology integration. [slideshare id=12798861&doc=finalmadlat-120504090005-phpapp02]   I’ve been quietly reflecting on the experience on […]

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“Newcomers baffled by our system” 2007 to today

This article in the Toronto Star by education reporter Kris Rushowy was printed in 2007.  This is nothing new & actually, nothing has changed. Newcomers baffled by school system Excerpt: Middle Eastern parents wonder why their children don’t get more homework. Russian parents might expect weekly reports from teachers. Some Pakistani parents find it rude […]

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Media Coverage re: Sex Education, Bill 13 & disclaimer

Here is another recent article from our 1st all-candidates meeting. http://www.torontoobserver.ca/2012/02/22/scarborough-agincourt-school-trustee-candidates-discuss-anti-bullying-legislation/ Disclaimer: The journalist focuses in on one topic, however does not make clear distinctions between the proposed Sex Ed curriculum and anti-bullying legislation, “Bill 13”. I only spoke in reference to the Sex Ed curriculum, the original question. Most candidates spoke of Bill 13. […]

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Social Media and Parental Involvement

I’ve been thinking quite a bit about how we engage with parents at classroom and board levels.  I recently posted about how I seek to make a clear, direct path and link between parents and myself as Trustee. I know many educators who use email, Twitter, class blogs, websites, Facebook, and other on-line platforms to […]

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Social media & digital literacy – what to do?

I’ve heard mixed reviews about teachers’ on-line participation and communication with students.  Specifically, a concern I often hear is that this treads into cyber surveillance. Some think becoming Facebook friends or a Twitter follower of students will require you to be hyper-vigilant in terms of monitoring their after-school or out-of-classroom activity. However, what are the […]

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Parental Voice in Education – Breaking the hierarchy, beyond the school walls

You’re a parent and have concerns, ideas, and suggestions regarding your child’s education, the local school, or perhaps the Toronto District School Board at large.  Who do you talk to? Traditionally, you would approach the teacher or principal. Some of you may even be part of the advisory committees.  Is this the only way? What […]

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Specialization or Generalization of Education – thoughts?

This is one of a few topics I wanted to explore at Edcamp Toronto, but I didn’t end up facilitating this discussion.  I post it here in hopes it’ll promote some dialogue with readers: Many of us subscribe to some sort of teaching interest/passion or approach: educational technology, environmental education, holistic education, inquiry, media literacy, […]

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The new year brings a new trustee – my campaign begins…

On our first day of 2012, I would like to share an important message with you. It is with the overwhelming support of my family and many colleagues, friends, and mentors that I will be running in the by-election for Toronto District School Board (TDSB) Trustee for Ward 20 – Scarborough-Agincourt.  I am excited & encouraged […]

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Introducing Math Journals – instructional & student reflection

I had the opportunity to introduce Math Journals with Grade 3 students.  It was a work in progress over four weeks.  I saw exponential growth from Day 1 to Day 15-20. Logistically, we worked on Math Journals at the beginning of our instructional block. It began right after lunch recess and it was a good […]

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The #Edtech litmus test – quotation from interview

I’m currently transcribing one of my interviews with “David” (pseudonym), an Ontario educator (more of this in another blog post).  I quickly wanted to share a key statement: There are so many people in education who like to depict themselves or to present themselves as people who do “techie” professional development or workshops or are […]

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ECOO11/Minds on Media: Playing around with Stop Motion Animation

Better late than never, here are two videos from our playful exploration of Frames, an Animation and Digital Storytelling software (available through OSAPAC).  We were at the October 22, 2011 Minds on Media event/ECOO.  The wiki from the day is available here. Special thanks to Kent Manning, he ran the Frames workshop.  The Wiki page […]

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