Learning (or should we call it connecting?) Online in Troubled Times

Yes. Especially at this tumultuous (yet, for some lucky people, incredibly boring) point in time, we need to be talking about connection when it comes to learning. (When I say connect, I mean primarily as in human connection but also as in infrastructure.) There have been a whole new slew of online meeting and learning… Continue reading Learning (or should we call it connecting?) Online in Troubled Times

Caring for each other and being safe. It’s ok to take a break from school learning.

In Quebec, teachers have been told not to teach while the schools are closed for this initial 2-week period (it is hard to believe it has been less than a week that the schools have been closed!): “Teachers, as per the Minister of Education’s statements today, will not be providing work to students over the… Continue reading Caring for each other and being safe. It’s ok to take a break from school learning.

Being liked.

I am back in the classroom. Writing that is akin to writing that I am back home. After a long hiatus that brought me through high school, adult ed, and teacher professional development I am back in an elementary school and it sure feels fine. I am reminded of old posts I wrote on this… Continue reading Being liked.

Why blog? (and it’s not about making learning fun.)

Blogging is not about making journaling fun for students. It’s not about trying to find a reason for students to spell correctly. It’s not even about connecting them to global others. I can think of no more horrible an exercise than forcing all of the students in my class to create a blog for the… Continue reading Why blog? (and it’s not about making learning fun.)

Flipping videos all over the place aka what is a true flip?

Does flipped learning, flipped classroom, flipped ________, have to always be about replacing content with video? Because, let me tell you, that’s what I seem to be seeing and it is driving me CRAZY that I am constantly being referred to video. I like to learn via text. Via lists. Poetry. Words. I like to… Continue reading Flipping videos all over the place aka what is a true flip?

Teacher as container

I remember reading an article some years back called Consultant as Container***, or something like that. It spoke about how an organizational consultant can play a role in ‘holding’ the emotion in the room during periods of change and that this act of holding can assist in allowing the change to continue. A teacher’s work… Continue reading Teacher as container