Learning with others in many different ways is what brings about growth and reflection that is not only powerful, it is energizing. It is my privilege and honour to spend time learning alongside with aspiring leaders in formal and informal ways. One formal way is as an instructor for OPC’s Principal’s Qualification Program. This past weekend, we spent time learning about School Operations. The focus was to understand the legislation and policies that are in place that impact how a school runs. Sound exciting? Your initial response may be “no”. Sounds straight-forward but to the contrary it is very complex. Digging deeper and looking at school operations through the lens of a leader makes one realize that it’s about mindset, influence and resiliency.
On Thursday April 23rd at #OTRK12, I was very fortunate to spend an hour of time with educators from all over Ontario discussing professional learning.
Thanks to @Tina_Zita for the poster describing my session. The focus was sharing about how leaders balance and blend online and onground ways of learning. Finding the sweet spot!
OTRK12.ca | On The Rise K-12: Enhancing Digital Learning begins tomorrow!
I am honoured to be facilitating a learning session entitled ” Professional Learning: Onground + Online = Super Visibility ” and it’s for school and system leaders.
Here’s my session description:
How do you find the sweet spot? How do you blend professional learning – onground and online – to create a powerful collaborative learning culture among educators? What works? Why does it work? How do you know when it is working? How do you start and continue building momentum? Let’s reflect on how what we do as leaders matters most of all. It’s more than just modelling–being a connected learner who practices each and every day–is what we mean by Super Visibility.
Come discuss, share your ideas and bring tough questions on how technology enabled learning, with a ‘no opt out – engage everybody’ focus, is possible. In fact, it’s what we need most of all in thecontext of learning and teaching today.
Here’s what I’m proposing as a guiding outline for us:
2. Share some professional learning models – onground and online – it’s always a blend
3. From the stance as leader, list the questions you have about tech-enabled professional learning
4. Begin to list together how to create a “no opt out – engage everybody focus” <— sharing stories
5. Discuss why your practice matters most of all as a connected learner
6. Wonder individually & as a group what’s the next best move in y(our) learning & make a plan
7. Breathe (as Brandon suggests) and sustain our learning beyond this valuable f2f time
This is an ambitious and packed outline. We’ll decide together how to keep it real. Looking forward to our time together. See you soon!
No agenda. Free. Open. Interactive. Meaningful, relevant and powerful conversations that honour the expertise of each individual in the room. Sounds good, doesn’t it?
Last week for two days, ASPS students and staff hosted E-Learning Contacts from Northern Ontario. Often referred to as eLCs, these are educators whose focus is to support Ontario students with digital learning opportunities. As well, learning alongside with us were Education Officers from the Ministry of Education.
How to organize our time together so that our visitors would really understand our learning community and our collaborative culture? Continue reading
Give. It’s that simple.
Giving in the sense of sharing what cannot be seen but only can be felt.
Give kindness. Give time. Give consideration. Give love. Give praise. Give patience. Give humour. Give positivity. Give focus. Give empathy. Give inspiration.
Give to others. What do other need from me?
Give to myself. What do I need from myself?
And lastly, whatever is the give is, be sure it is given openly and generously.
So there, you have it, my word for 2015. Give. It’s that simple.
And the meme goes on. Sue Dunlop, a colleague and friend invited me to join in. This is a neat way to get to know each other by sharing some facts about yourself and reaching out to others to do the same. And as Dean Shareski comments, “it’s just an excuse to write, which is never a bad thing.”
This has been the nudge I need. Thanks Sue and many others! Royan Lee shares that “being a bit allergic to [their] blog dashboards” can happen for some of us. I’m going to really make it a priority to bring my blog back. Bringing it back in a way that is meaningful for me and with any luck meaningful for others. Donna Fry’s post captures nicely what should matter when we write. It is so important to find the joy in writing down our thoughts and sharing them out there openly. Continue reading
As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being. – Carl Jung
What does it mean to be? For me, being is about understanding who I am as an individual and also, who I am as part of a collective. How I live as an individual and how I live with others and the world around me defines who I am. In today’s world, we all have many roles in our onground and online lives that define us and our relationships, ultimately creating the life we live. There is choice and our actions as an individual and interactions with others impact the depth and breadth of who we are or possibly who we could or might be. So, who am I?
Here’s a word cloud on ‘being’ me:
HWDSB Bruce Trail Trek Committee discussing about how we will capture real-time activity during the upcoming Bruce Trail Trek. Very exciting! Logo design contest is underway! Bruce Trail Trek begins on October 30, 2012. It involves a 30 day 900 kilometre hike.
Learn more here: www.brucetrailforkids.ca.