Talk – Are You Making the Most of an Innate Process?

Today I had the pleasure of attending a second session of professional learning that we call Literacy Hubs at Upper Grand DSB.  These sessions are focused around topics that arise from the feedback that our Curriculum Department has received from schools about new learning that they’d like to have. For part of the day teachers…

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Professional Learning, Teacher Librarians, and the 21st Century!

This past week was a wonderful celebration of the work of over half (about 31) of our elementary teacher librarians who gathered to share the projects they’ve been working on since the fall.  I was lucky to be able to work with Michelle Campbell and Bill MacKenzie , who led Year One of this great…

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Celebrating Teachers of the Arts

I’m pretty excited as I go back to school tomorrow, because one of the projects I’m helping with is a day for Arts teachers in our Board (drama, dance, visual art, music).  For a long time I’ve watched my husband Steve, (drama teacher extraordinaire), work his magic in his classes, production courses and extra-curricular events,…

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ECOO 2011: Inspire, Connect, Learn

Ontario Educators are hoping that you’ll consider putting in a proposal for the ECOO 2011 Annual Conference: Inspire, Connect, Learn! Click here for all the proposal information – you’ve got until April 1st – no joking! 🙂 I’m so indebted to the ECOO community for my knowledge of Ed Tech and for nurturing and pushing…

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Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century Conference

Whew!  I’ve returned from a whirlwind of 3 days of learning at OTF’s latest conference: Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century and as usual, my brain is full of new learning, not only from the keynote presenters, Will Richardson and Garfield Gini-Newman,  but from my own network.  I’m a little late getting to this…

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Networked Learning – It’s how I work now!

This morning I tethered my phone at the Delta hotel intending to write a blog post about Dr. Ross Greene’s presentation about Collaborative Problem Solving with challenging kids, which, by the way…was terrific stuff!  His caring, individual concern for students who are having difficulty and his informed criticism of some of the ineffective ways that…

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Reflections on RCAC Symposium 2010

Sometimes it just seems to take me a while to put my reflections into writing but having attending another great RCAC Symposium this year,  I thought, “Better late than never!”   Thanks so much to Doug Peterson and Doug Sadler for heading up such a great organizational team that makes this event so successful. I read…

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Critical Thinking and Elementary Media Literacy

In October I was taking part in OTF’s Critical Thinking Conference with teachers of all subject areas and grades who are new to the Critical Thinking Framework as defined by the Critical Thinking Consortium (TC2).  Garfield Gini-Newman was the lead presenter, along with some other TC2 folk, and my colleague Peter Skillen and I are…

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A Dose of Reality

I’ve just come up for air after an amazing three days facilitating a Digital Storytelling Camp for the Ontario Teacher’s Federation and as a member of the ECOO Subject Association.   I was really excited to have 3 days to work with teachers, a nice change from my usual after school workshop scenarios and looking forward…

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