Brian Harrison: How Do We Talk To Parents About Math?

Brian Harrison is an Ontario School Leader and veteran blogger.  His blog has been shared widely through SIM (System Implementation and Montoring) in Ontario and it is followed by many educators.

Recently, Brian addressed the challenges of  communicating with parents about our practices around the teaching of mathematics in Ontario.

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One of my favourite lines is, “We can use a lot of terms to describe math, but ‘new’ is not one of them …”.  Brian provides some valuable logic about the meaning of “back to basics”.

Parents exist in a world bombarded by media reports of declining math scores.  Our work as education leaders is in helping parents understand more clearly the importance of the processes we are using to ensure students fully grasp numeracy, rather than memorizing algorithms (as many of the parents were forced to do in school).

Further learning around how we can share our understanding of math instruction can be found on this Ontario Student Achievement Resources site: LearnTeachLead.ca.  Posted on the site is a link to a recorded webinar where Dr. Chris Suurtamm discusses Confronting Myths and Challenges in Mathematics Education.

Be sure to read Brian’s full post here.

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David Jaremy: How Do We Interact With The Digital World?

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What are you thinking about these days?  As we wind down 2014, we are following Tom Carroll’s lead and asking this question of our education leaders in Ontario.

OSSEMOOC has included links to educator blogs on this website so that they are easily accessible.

Today we are reading David Jaremy’s blog, where he writes about his first impressions of the book “The Digital Principal” by Janette Hughes and Anne Burke.

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David writes about his thinking around the read-write web and how our ability (and, perhaps, our obligation) to contribute, changes the way we need to interact with our students.

How many of us have taken the time to think about this?

Where do we share our ideas around this shift?

His post reminded me of an example we used in our “30 Days of Getting Connected” Series.  Ira David Socol writes about how change is not new, but in the Web 1.0 days, change was happening at a different level, and was not as apparent to us.  Web 2.0, the read-write web, allows the ability to create and contribute, which results in change that impacts all of us.

For an excellent overview of Web 1.0 -> Web 2.0 -> Web 3.0 and its impact on learning and teaching, refer to the work of Dr. Jackie Gerstein here.

Shared under a Creative Commons Attribution - Non-Commercial - No Derivatives licence by Dr. Jackie Gerstien.
Shared under a Creative Commons Attribution – Non-Commercial – No Derivatives licence by Dr. Jackie Gerstein.

So how does the read-write web change our dynamics as a teacher?

We look forward to reading more of David Jaremy’s thinking and reading on this topic.  In the meantime, continue the conversation by leaving comments on his blog post here.

*David Jaremy is the Principal of Hornepayne Elementary and Secondary School, a JK-12 school in a small, Northern Ontario community!

OSSEMOOC Flex Month

OSSEMOOC will be taking a break from the regular Tuesday night “open mic” sessions during the month of December.

Throughout the next 3 weeks, we will be emailing, posting and tweeting about suggested good reads, writing prompts, asking questions and encouraging your continued involvement in building & sharing with your PLN.

We are already busy planning an exciting agenda for 2015, and will share details as we are able.

Your OSSEMOOC Team

Ten Minutes of Connecting: Day 30 – Oh The Places You’ll Go!

Congratulations!  You have committed time over the past month to become a connected leader.  You have found where the learning is happening. You have found places to connect with other colleagues who value learning in the way that you do.

What lies ahead?

Your thinking about your practice may have shifted significantly over the past month, but relationships remain at the centre of our learning.

Sometimes, as you share your excitement about what you have learned with your colleagues,  you will feel like the voice of the “Lone Wolf”.

An important blog post on the loneliness of the innovator by David Truss.  Click on the image for the full article.
An important blog post on the loneliness of the innovator by David Truss. Click on the image for the full article.

At other times, when you are with your “tribe”, you will feel like you are “preaching to the choir”.  This too, has value.

Sharing the importance of nurturing the early risk-takers who are modelling the learning we want for our students, but Stacey Wallwin. Click on the excerpt  for a link to the full blog post.
Sharing the importance of nurturing the early risk-takers who are modelling the learning we want for our students, but Stacey Wallwin. Click on the excerpt for a link to the full blog post.

As a connected leader, you are taking ownership of your own learning.  Isn’t this exactly what you want for your students?

Shared by Bill Ferriter @plugusin under a Creative Commons Attribution - Non-Commercial License.
Shared by Bill Ferriter @plugusin under a Creative Commons Attribution – Non-Commercial License.

You’ve learned that Twitter is a 24/7 stream of learning for educators.  Random captures of Tweetdeck demonstrate how many ideas are flowing at once.

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Will Richardson shares eight attributes of modern educational leaders here.  Understanding where to find the best and most current ideas about education is the first attribute.

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Watch what happens when connected leaders understand the importance of networking for students:

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Look at the number of comments on this blog!  How powerful is this conversation among teachers and student about mindset and learning?!

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Here is a sample of the kinds of conversations among teachers and students you will see on this class blog.  Take a moment to comment on some of the student thinking.

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As you continue to connect, you will experience magical moments, learning and connecting that grow from your open sharing.  Alan Levine expertly collects these stories.  I think Ms. Balen and Ms. Calder need to contribute to this collection!

 “The power, the strength, the future of the internet as we know it now, depends on this two-way flow. Share openly, and then share your story.”

Alan Levine (@cogdog)

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 Check out some of these fabulous stories of connecting, then be sure to share your story when the magic happens for you.

Congratulations on a successful 30 days of connecting.

Here at OSSEMOOC, we look forward to continuing to learn from you.  Be sure to add your blog to the list through our “Join In” page.

Thanks for your participation and feedback.  We hope you will continue to add resources to our posts through the comments, and that you will continue to spread the word!

We leave you with some inspiring words from Connected Leaders in Ontario – The OSSEMOOC K12 Online Conference Presentation for 2014.

 

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Stacey Wallwin (@wallwins)

Bill Ferriter (@plugusin)

Julie Balen (@jacbalen)

Jaclyn Calder (@jaccalder)

Alan Levine (@cogdog)

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 The Importance of Connected Learning EnvironmentsJackie Gerstein

Ten Minutes of Connecting: Day 29 – Digital Leadership

Congratulations! You have now spent 28 days learning how to be a connected leader.

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Shared under a Creative Commons Attribution – Non-Commercial – Share-Alike License by Guilia Forsythe

Throughout this series we have emphasized the critical importance of Digital Leadership.  Today we want to share some further thinking around this topic.  In particular, consider the changing conversations around the concept of Digital Citizenship.

Here are a few opportunities to expand your thinking about the importance of being a networked lead learner.

In 2008,  Ira Socol shared his thinking about why so few educators were connected leaders.  Take a few minutes to read this excerpt, or click on the image to read the full essay.

 

From "Toolbelt Theory for Everyone" by Ira David Socol, 2008 (click on the image for the link to the blog)
From “Toolbelt Theory for Everyone” by Ira David Socol, 2008 (click on the image for the link to the blog)

 

Today, we often hear that it isn’t about the tools, it’s about the pedagogy.  What does your experience tell you about this?  Should we be teaching tool use explicitly in schools?  How does this posting challenge your thinking about your leadership?

As leaders in education, we often think about the safety of children in online spaces.  How do we best teach digital citizenship in our schools?  Current thinking about this topic is shifting, as evidenced by the following conversation with Tanya Avrith.

(Tanya’s script from her ISTE Ignite session can be found here: http://www.edtechschools.com/rebrand-digital-citizenship-get-ignited/)

Screen Shot 2014-12-01 at 6.48.39 AMGeorge Couros frequently speaks about the importance of establishing our own digital presence, before someone does it for us.

Every one of your students will be Googled before they get their first job.  How are you helping them to create the digital presence that will help them achieve success? (@jcasap)

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Eric Sheninger has written extensively on the importance of Digital Leadership, and how it is the most important factor in creating schools that work for kids.

Dean Shareski shares his thoughts here on how technology can be a catalyst for changing educator mindsets.

What do you think?  Take some time to reflect on your learning over the past month.  How does the concept of “digital leadership” fit with your current professional practice?

What further resources do you have to help others with their learning on this topic?

 

Further Resources:

How to Become a Digital Leader: Bill Ferriter (@plugusin) on ASCD

7 Pillars of Digital Leadership: Eric Sheniger on TeachThought

Leadership Resources: Stacey Wallwin (@wallwins)

Why do [Our Students] Need Connected Leaders?