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Quick bites: Some learning that might be interesting to you.
Thanks to Rodney Mitchell for sharing this link to John Hattie's Visible Learning Feedback webinar.  

What does your self-talk sound like?  Are you giving yourself excessive negative feedback? Check in on your personal dialog here.

Are you looking for some fantastic math visuals?  Look no further than here!

Kyle Pearce is doing some great work in sharing visual math lessons here.  Try starting with subitizing and dot cards.

While we are at it, let's teach math that matters in the real world!
Moving Away from "Sort and Select" - the Traditional Model of Schooling
How often do you question our traditional model of schooling? What improvements do you consider to be essential?

As we work toward new models of what a relevant education looks like, how will you challenge your own thinking? Unlearning your current habits is essential to innovation.   

Unlearning often begins when you notice that you feel uncomfortable about something new.  Change impacts our concept of our identity - of what we have done in the past that has worked for us.

What assumptions are you bringing to your work?  What do you need to challenge?

Here are 4 questions suggested by Mind/Shift's Leah Shaffer:

1. Do I need to think, behave, do or perceive in a new way?
2. Is there previous learning that is getting in the way of my thinking, behaving or perceiving in new ways?
3. Is what I am trying to learn a threat/challenge to my identity, to how I see myself or how I see the world?
4. Would trying harder give me the results I am looking for or might it create more entrenchment?
Welcome to Week 4!

Routines are starting to set in for the new school year.  Are you remembering to take 10 minutes to learn?

This publication is here to give you quick access to some of the new learning that has surfaced in education this week.

So when can YOU learn?  Whenever you choose.  This newsletter is a curated selection of little BITS of learning for you to tap into as you go through your busy week.

Forward this email to a friend. Chat about what you learn. As we move from traditional models of schooling to one that focuses on ALL learners, what can we learn from each other?  How do we keep on top of all the new ideas in this rapidly changing world?

Make a cup of tea, and sit for 10 minutes.  Click a link and learn.  Reflect and share back with your colleagues.  Spread the learning.
The Importance of Struggle - from

Identity - What will become of us and who will decide?

Leading from the Middle

by Andy Hargreaves and Dennis Shirley

As we shift our thinking from what we do TO children in schools, to what children need from us as capable, creative and curious individuals, considering the well-being of our children surfaces as an essential part of the work.  In particular, children must own the learning, and see themselves in the curriculum.  How do we honour the developing identities of our students?

Two quotes from Leading from the Middle 2018 help direct our thinking:

"Schools do not only educate young minds. They also develop whole persons, including their identities. This means that educators have a powerful and privileged platform to create the generations of the future. They teach their students what to know and what to do. Deliberately or inadvertently, they also teach young people how to be, and how to live together."

p. 14

"But the world is changing and with it the responsibilities of educators. Today, educators have a responsibility to acknowledge the diverse identities that students bring with them to school, and to offer curricula that will enable them to develop with their identities fully intact. If schools can do this, all of our young people will learn not only how to be the best version of themselves as individuals, but also to come together in the quest to build a strong and inclusive community, with a collective identity."

p. 15

Read the full document here.

Shifting thinking

Play-based Learning

What do Principals Need to Know?

Video support for play-based learning
All children are competent, curious, capable of complex thinking, and rich in potential and experience.

This is just one of the important shifts in thinking needed by educators 
Play-based learning support for leaders
More resources for Play-Based learning:

Social Emotional Routines

The Need to Play

Natural Curiosity

How Learning Happens

In Ontario, the rollback to old Health curriculum has sparked controversy about what students should be learning, and who should decide.  Today's Parent weighs in here.  

As educators, are we checking our own assumptions about gender stereotypes?  What about when it comes to dress codes?
Newfoundland Educators Write!

This week, Cathy Baker shared her thinking about self-regulation and how learning about this has changed her practice.  Check it out here.

Richard Churchill shared his beginning work in Restorative Practices.  You can read more here.

Be sure to support our Newfoundland and Labrador bloggers by reading and commenting on their work.

Don't forget to add your blog to our list here if you are an educator in Newfoundland, or just wish you were!

Make your thinking and learning visible!
Thanks to Tania Stirling for sharing this!  Practice self-care.
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