Thoughts on System Change

Change brings about uncertainty, which brings about vulnerability. Vulnerability and uncertainty can be unsettling for employees and other stakeholders in an organization. In my case, in a school setting, system change impacts not only the employees (teaching and non-teaching staff), but students and parents as well, and potentially other community members. Remember, most people need…

Final Project

Next semester I will be co-teaching a grade 7 robotics course with our Design and Innovation Specialist at our school.  As I have mentioned in earlier posts, our Design and Innovation Lab was newly opened this year, and our Design and Innovation Specialist is new to our school this year.  She is also fairly new…

Deep Learning

This week is an opportunity for me to revisit some concepts that have had a huge impact on me not only as a teacher, but as a leader, and a coach.  There are two big ideas from the reading that I want to focus my post on, that is Project Based Learning (PBL), and Design…

Thoughts on Courage

The SXSW talk by Brene Brown started with two powerful questions around courage: “Is courage the willingness to show up and be seen, even when you can’t control the outcome”? “Is courage something that is inherent in us, or something we can teach and develop in people and in ourselves”? These two questions caused me…

Deep Learning

This week I want to focus on one of our additional resources that really resonated with me. Fullan and Langworthy’s white paper Towards a New End: New Pedagogies for Deep Learning focuses in on deep learning, which is categorized by character education, citizenship, communication, critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity, and how deep learning can be…

New Pedagogies and Deep Learning

This week, I focussed my writing around Fullan and Langworthy’s work: A Rich Seam: How New Pedagogies Find Deep Learning. To quickly recap, a key focus of the writing is the idea of New Pedagogies, which are comprised of three areas, New Learning Partnerships, Deep Learning Tasks, and Digital Tools and Resources. New Learning Partnerships…

Frameworks of Reference

This past summer I had the opportunity to study at the Principals Training Center in Miami and take the Technology Leadership course.  Our instructors for the course were John Mikton @jmiktonand Patrick Green @pgreensoup, I highly recommend following them on Twitter.  I also highly recommend taking this course with the PTC if you have the…

Course 3 Final Project

Final Project – Tech Tools for Collaboration Why Collaboration? For my final project for course 3, I chose the professional learning option, as I wanted the opportunity to work collaboratively on a learning experience for staff. I formed a working group with Alex, Saadia and Matt. We decided to focus our efforts on collaboration and…

Hearing All Voices

For those readers who are not in the COETAIL course, I invite you to get involved with our reading this week! Here is the QR code and link to our community Flipgrid. Our reading this week is around the Harro’s Cycle of Socialization. We ask that you read the chapter, and share with us one…

Curb Appeal

In the first blog post for Course 3 I briefly spoke about working with middle school students who were creating TedTalks and the opportunity I had to teach them about the CARP acronym. For this week’s task, I decided to take that presentation and utilize the resources provided to create version 2.0. But before I…