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How Students Prefer to Express Themselves

How Students Prefer to Express Themselves

We’ve added a few neat new components to the Director’s Forum this year for the 2nd Annual event. We thought that it would be really neat if students could receive an official invitation to attend the Student Voice Forums this year. Corporate Communications made us some really sweet looking invites […]

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@HWDSB and #OELC – Documenting the Journey (2012)

@HWDSB and #OELC – Documenting the Journey (2012)

On October 3rd, 4th, and 5th, 8 students from each of Hamilton’s Secondary Schools gathered together to engage in a series of team building, relationship, and leadership activities revolving around school climate. The following captures the journey with @bloggucation, @beekfitness, & @HWDSB_Climate. Prior to the three day event, a new […]

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Literacy Expanded: Beyond the Written Word

Literacy Expanded: Beyond the Written Word

Below is my response to the following blog post I read today on the site http://smartblogs.com. The term “Literacy” seems to be misused a lot these days. Often, when we hear the term, the speaker means reading…reading books that is. Not texts in all broad and far reaching definitions of the term but […]

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Reflecting on Badges & Achievements In and For Learning

Reflecting on Badges & Achievements In and For Learning

Today, @mrjarbenne wrote a great blog post reflecting upon a session he attended @ISTE12 regarding the topic of achievements and badges in and for learning. This is a topic Jared and I have discussed on numerous occasions and one that we both find fascinating – definitely our next big challenge […]

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Turning Walls Into Windows: Making Learning Trans-“Parent”

Turning Walls Into Windows: Making Learning Trans-“Parent”

Below is a reblog of my Parents as Partners presentation on http://www.ourschool.ca/ – please check it out and comment in the reply area below. I thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity to share a topic that I am most passionate and so engaged with myself in support of my board’s Annual Operating Plan and Strategic Directions (and as a parent […]

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Far More Engaging Than a Paper Hat (Part 1): Meaningful Art and Learning

Far More Engaging Than a Paper Hat (Part 1): Meaningful Art and Learning

If we believe in children’s intelligence, it changes us. CSU Research: Excellence in Action Karyn Callaghan As an educator that has devoted a large percentage of my career, effort, and passion creating and promoting rich engaging tasks for all students, I am continually amazed by the rote, unengaging, blackline master, […]

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Students co-creating virtual learning environments

Students co-creating virtual learning environments

I wanted to share something that I think is pretty exciting in regards to student engagement – co-creation of virtual learning spaces. Coming next year, we here @HWDSB will be engaging in dynamic curriculum and interactions surrounding The Bruce Trail Trek (an adventure that will feature a journey on the Bruce Trail from […]

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Listening to Our Students: Voice + Choice = Engagement

Listening to Our Students: Voice + Choice = Engagement

The 2011 HWDSB Director’s Student Voice Forums for Secondary Students [jbox border=”6″ radius=”12″ shadow=”5″ title=”Listening to Our Students” icon=”http://bloggucation.learninghood.ca/files/2012/03/phpUKsOW2_c2AM.jpg”]…when we listen to our students they tell us better than anybody else can what they like, what they dislike, and what we can do better.” CHML radio interview with @HWDSB Director […]

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Discussing the “Family Path” with Ken Leithwood

In this clip, Ken Leithwood discusses the “Family Path” and emphasizes that 50% of the student achievement that we, as educators, are responsible for takes place outside of our walls and within the walls of the home. Inviting parents into a school is not a high-leverage parent engagement strategy. The […]

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Parent Engagement vs. Involvement and Why it is Necessary

Parent Engagement vs. Involvement and Why it is Necessary

I just participated in a great session with @Joe_Mazza through Classroom 2.0 Live (http://live.classroom20.com/) – a site that offers a free webinar series on topics related to education, teaching and learning. Today’s topic has motivated me to write a post I have been sitting on for some time and, as […]

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