Welcome to Ontario’s Newest Blogger

We welcome Andrea Gillespie, Superintendent with Trillium Lakelands District School Board to our growing list of School and System Leader edubloggers (left side of this page).

Andrea is a force behind #TLDSBLearns and she is modelling the practice of making her thinking and learning visible so that we can all learn from her.

Check out her blog here (I’m sure she would welcome your comments!): http://andreagillespie.wordpress.com/ and follow her on Twitter @1223Andrea.

Let’s continue to encourage all education leaders to blog and share their thinking.  If nobody shares, nobody learns!

Google Forms for School Administrators

Are you looking for a great tool to collect and organize data?

Google forms are simple to create and easy to embed in your email or website.  The responses are automatically organized into a spreadsheet where you can sort and manipulate the information to suit your needs.

Would you like to learn more?

Participate in the OSSEMOOC open mic  Tuesday October 21st to learn and ask questions about how Google Forms can be used in your practice.

Click  [here]  any time after 7:30 p.m. EDT to join our 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. session to learn more about this very useful tool.


Here we are playing with how to embed Google Forms

Flipping Your Staff Meeting session resources

The session recording of the Flipping Your Staff Meetings presented by  Mark McMath  from Oct. 14th, 2014 is now available  [here].

The sample files referred to in the session are all linked in this Google Doc.

Thank you for leading a very informative session Mark.


Flipping your staff meeting

Join  OSSEMOOC Tuesday night at 8:00 p.m.  EDT  for a mini-mooc session on flipping your staff meeting with Google Apps tools .  This session will be hosted by WRDSB Principal Mark McMath.

Click  [here]  to join our online conversation space anytime after 7:30 p.m.  If you are joining us for the first time, please allow a few minutes for the necessary plugins to download and install.

We hope you can join us.

Your OSSEMOOC team.

Our conversation: Considering the Impact of “Mindset”

Over the past few weeks, Twitter has been buzzing with ideas around the impact of “mindset” on student learning.  As #fallSIM* makes its way across Ontario, we see an amazing array of resources being posted on Twitter. Screen Shot 2014-10-03 at 12.37.15 PM

This page contains an array of resources around teaching the growth mindset, including videos from Ontario educators outlining how they are doing this in their schools.

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Konrad Glogowski shared this extensive compilation of resources for teachers.

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David Sornberger from #TLDSBLearns shared this video on Twitter: http://video.wsd.k12.ca.us/videos/345/professor-carol-dweck-‘teaching-a-growth-mindset’-at-young-minds-2 

We have so much to think about when it comes to the importance of a growth mindset.  How do we ensure our hiring practices are putting teachers with a growth mindset in front of students?  If we know that challenging tasks impact the growth of brain cells, what are the rights of gifted children to appropriate levels of instruction and challenge?

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Let’s continue the conversation.

On Tuesday, October 7, join the the Growth Mindset “open mic” chat (8:00 p.m. EDT start time)  by clicking  [here]  anytime after 7:30 p.m.  EDT. Note:  If you are joining for the first time , please allow a few moments for the necessary plugins to download. We look forward to your participation in this professional learning opportunity.


*#LNSSIM and #FallSIM refer to “System Implementation and Monitoring”, hosted by the Ontario Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat (LNS) http://sim.abel.yorku.ca/

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