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Addressing the Knowledge-Doing Gap

Addressing the Knowledge-Doing Gap | Voices in Canadian Education | Scoop.it
Objects In Motion...One of the main barriers to turning knowledge into action is the tendency to treat talking about something as equivalent to actually doing something about it.—Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert Sutton, in The Knowing-Doing Gap read more...
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The need to move to action. 

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The Truth About Your Ego: Why We're Resistant to Change

The Truth About Your Ego: Why We're Resistant to Change | Voices in Canadian Education | Scoop.it
Our biggest obstacle to change is what’s staring back at us in the mirror. And the main force that feeds us misinformation is our egos.
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This is a rather sobering way to wake up on a Tuesday morning. 

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Ontario’s Education Zombie: The Health Curriculum

Ontario’s Education Zombie: The Health Curriculum | Voices in Canadian Education | Scoop.it
One of the biggest popular culture cliches around is the horror movie villain that won’t die.
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Touchy and contentious: It's really about sex! 

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No Guts, No Glory

No Guts, No Glory | Voices in Canadian Education | Scoop.it
As I was assembling the Flipboard document yesterday, there was a recurring theme from Ron Canuel’s presentation… This, from @CCareyHerbert via Twitter The first quote took me back to Sundays as a child.  After church, my brother and I would have...
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Mid-Adopters or mid-adapters? 

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Scale Model House

Scale Model House | Voices in Canadian Education | Scoop.it
Over the last month or so, our Grade 10 students in MFM 2P, have been working on creating scale model homes.  My colleague found this great resource online (sorry I do not have the original source) that gave the student's the opportunity to use their understanding of scales to create both the measurements for the…
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I know that whenever students get a chance to put hands to real materials, some great learning always happens!

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Disruption and Innovation in Education

Disruption and Innovation in Education | Voices in Canadian Education | Scoop.it
I recently attended and had the privilege of presenting at the YRDSB edtechcamp conference where Holly Clark and Tanya Avrith were the AMAZING keynotes.
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Deborah McCallum (@bigideasinedu) shares her thinking but asks for your input on disruptive innovation in the classroom.

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Getting Connected With Purpose

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Whether you know me personally, are a reader of this blog or have connected online of F2F,  you know that I am passionate about connected learners needing connected leaders, and this fuels much of the work I do.
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In Praise of connectivity in leadership and in learning from @markwcarbone

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“Blended Talking”: Building Relationships In Today’s Classroom

I had almost an entire blog post written on the Transforming Learning Everywhere Open House, and then I read this recent post by Bill Forrester: an instructional coach with our Board, a friend of mine, and our volunteer driver for the event.
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Some deeper thinking about the nature of classroom relationships in our current age. 

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"It’s about Integrity" in Teaching, Learning, & Education

"It’s about Integrity" in Teaching, Learning, & Education | Voices in Canadian Education | Scoop.it

An A friendly reminder
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A plea for more attention to proper attribution. Is it integrity, time or awareness? Thanks to @RusulAlrubail

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Is “Hard” The Goal of Good Learning?

Is “Hard” The Goal of Good Learning? | Voices in Canadian Education | Scoop.it
I often ask people what they believe about learning.
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Thinking this morning about my own learning and wondering whether it was blood, sweat and tears OR that pure joy of "finding something out" that grounded the powerful moments!

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Lessons From My Drive Home

Lessons From My Drive Home | Voices in Canadian Education | Scoop.it
We had a Staff Meeting after school today, and I was heading home a little later than usual. My head was on my day at school, changed plans for tomorrow, and a blog post for tonight.
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Some of the best learning happens when...

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Learn about Pedagogical Documentation

Learn about Pedagogical Documentation | Voices in Canadian Education | Scoop.it
Join OSSEMOOC on Tuesday Oct. 28th, 8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT for a presentation and discussion about pedagogical documentation. Click  [here]  to connect to the online meeting space any time after 7:30 p.m.
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You may want to put this one on your calendar for the coming week. Should be a good discussion!

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Reflection Trumps Connection

Reflection Trumps Connection | Voices in Canadian Education | Scoop.it
This month is Connected Educator month. That’s a good thing. I think we need to continue to support the notion that teachers need each other. We now have a myriad of ways to stay in touch with the brightest and best around the world.
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A great reminder from @shareski about the value of being a connected educator/learner! 

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What Great Principals Do Differently: An Introduction

What Great Principals Do Differently: An Introduction | Voices in Canadian Education | Scoop.it
The WHY
What sets great principals apart? Whitaker argues that if we can clarify “what the best leaders do, and then [practice] it ourselves, [we] can move into their ranks” (xi). But he does not argue for a prescribed recipe.
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This post by Julie Balen had me thinking back to the many principals with whom I've worked over the years. Great read! 

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Isabelle Pontbriand's curator insight, November 19, 2014 9:27 PM

Infographique à propos de ce que les meilleures directions font différemment. 

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Coffee Shops Are Better Than Classrooms

Coffee Shops Are Better Than Classrooms | Voices in Canadian Education | Scoop.it
The commercial and cultural success of Harry Potter books is well know. Less well-known is that the books were written in a coffee shop. J.K.
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What if our learning spaces were more like Coffee Shops? What is about "working" at a Starbucks that is so appealing

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Ten Minutes of Connecting: Day 15 – Commenting on Blogs

Ten Minutes of Connecting: Day 15 – Commenting on Blogs | Voices in Canadian Education | Scoop.it
Welcome to Day 15 of “Couch to Connected”, the OSSEMOOC series for educators who need to become “connected leaders”. You can access all of the previous postings by clicking on the links on the right side of this page.
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Have you commented on a blog today? I love the passion of @fryed  @markwcarbone and their band of connected educators!

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Imaginative Awakening

Imaginative Awakening | Voices in Canadian Education | Scoop.it
I don’t know about you, but my day is usually influenced by firsts: the first things things that I choose to eat when I wander down to the kitchen each morning, the first emails that I decide to read, the first words that I speak to my children or...
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Going to add to this today!

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Good Alone; Better Together!

This week has really made me think about the value of a team. On Wednesday, we started to explore measurement as we compared the sizes of our various pumpkins.
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Always open to new learning through collaborative networks. That's @avivaloca for you!

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Smart People I Know Everywhere: Episode 1

Smart People I Know Everywhere: Episode 1 | Voices in Canadian Education | Scoop.it
I had an idea on a flight today.
Smart People I Know presentation
My other podcasts
Now add your questions or ideas. Thanks.
 
 
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@shareski is looking for your input on a new podcast idea that he is developing. I love new podcast ideas! 

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Belief Can Outrank Reality!

Belief Can Outrank Reality! | Voices in Canadian Education | Scoop.it
Watch on Vimeo for larger image and a greater impact – so to speak!  “I’m an idiot!” That was my thought about my crash landing shown in the video clip. I didn’t flare to slow down for the landing. Why not!
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How can a "hard landing" in paragliding get us thinking more deeply about the way we see and use information in our classrooms?

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Cultivating Creativity: Personally, Parentally and Professionally

Cultivating Creativity: Personally, Parentally and Professionally | Voices in Canadian Education | Scoop.it
I’ve been thinking a great deal about Imagination and Creativity for the past couple of years.
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Just starting to do some thinking out loud about something that is as important to me as...well...breathing

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When Things Go Right, and When They Go Wrong

When Things Go Right, and When They Go Wrong | Voices in Canadian Education | Scoop.it
This week I have had the opportunity to be informally observed by my Principal and my Vice-Principal; two people I highly respect not only at our school but outside as well.
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How many other teachers actively seek out the feedback that Emily Fitzpatrick does in this honest post?

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This Has Potential

This Has Potential | Voices in Canadian Education | Scoop.it
My wife and I were talking mathematics the other day.  She wanted to know why teachers were getting beat up over the teaching of mathematics.  In Ontario, it boils down to one thing – EQAO scores.  This is big media news as schools are compared to...
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My 7 year-old son says that he's not at math because he doesn't know his multiplication tables! Thanks to @dougpete for some personal reflections

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What George and Basketball Have Taught Me

What George and Basketball Have Taught Me | Voices in Canadian Education | Scoop.it
Today was an amazing day. Last May I had the pleasure of hearing George Couros’ keynote address via an e-learning conference hosted during the OAME conference.  That day in May he touched my heart and I knew immediately that I wanted the awesome...
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Welcome to one of Ontario's newest Education bloggers H/T @dougpete

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Transforming Schools into Community Hubs: Where’s the Spark of Social Innovation?

Transforming Schools into Community Hubs: Where’s the Spark of Social Innovation? | Voices in Canadian Education | Scoop.it
Sitting in the dimly lit, bunker-like Conference Room on a sunny Saturday afternoon in Canada’s last surviving Wandlyn Inn was a little depressing.
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The rush to "policy" and "guidelines" might just kill the innovative spirit. Thanks to @educhatter for this! 

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