View this email in your browser


so BITS gives you quality professional learning in 10 minute chunks.  
Got 10 minutes to learn? 

Please forward this email to colleagues.

Over the past week, here are some of the new ideas about education that have been emerging.

Educators are tired.  We are known for not taking care of ourselves while we are taking such great care of others.  Here in Newfoundland, the flooding and landslides have made a normal school day seem out of reach at times. One of the best medicines known is laughter, so read this and heal!  

As we continue to think about what school is for (#SchoolPurposCAN), we need to consider the benefits of school components (like music) that are often seen as frivolous or "extras".

We are all trying to untangle the growing prevalence of anxiety in our students, along with other mental health concerns.  This article from the New York Times provides an in-depth overview of some ideas on this topic.

This week we were also so excited to hear the Federal announcement that $50 million will be provided to organizations like TakingITGlobal to ensure ALL learners have access to coding instruction and devices!

As we think about our impact as leaders, we often ask questions like, "What have you changed your mind about this week?".  Our willingness to be open to new ideas is critical to our leadership, but not everyone in the organization thinks this way.


Networking Opportunity - #NLEDmath
This week, some Newfoundland and Labrador English School District educators began to dig into the text Young Mathematicians at Work: Constructing Multiplication and Division.  On Tuesday evening, we listened to the podcast author Dr. Cathy Fosnot created with VoicEd Radio host Stephen Hurley on chapter 1, and we Tweeted our thinking together.  On Thursday evening, we revisited some of our key questions together in a Twitter chat.

Would you like to explore and challenge thinking on teaching math?  Join us!  More details on the blog here.

Learning Opportunity:

Guiding readers by interest, not levels!
Fountas and Pinnell Webinar.  Register using the link above.
Research Document of the Week:
Free eBook by Education Futurist
David Culberhouse @dculberhouse

Are you looking for something to read that will provoke your thinking about the purpose of school?

Matthew Oldridge explores the topic here.


David Truss' (@datruss) Tweet this week reminded me of the critical importance of networks in learning in 2018.  How are we helping our students to grow their learning networks?  How are we growing our own professional learning networks?  What skills are needed for this work?

Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano (@langwitches) writes about this at length in her work on documenting learning.  

Do you have colleagues who are unsure of the benefits of using Twitter for professional learning and networking?  Share this blog post
Focus on Twitter: Who Should I Follow?

Twitter Account of the Week:
The Learning Exchange @TLX_ED

From their Twitter account: A focus of the Student Achievement Division is to support Ontario educators in improving achievement in literacy and mathematics at all levels

Follow all the suggested accounts here.

Education Bloggers generously share their professional practice openly with others so that we can all learn from their reflections, creating a rich source of learning.
What blogs are you reading regularly?

Educational Blog of the Week:

Check out what educator and speaker Jonathan So is up to this week.
Videos tell stories that help us reimagine what's possible.

One video to watch this week:
As educators, how do we ensure assessment is GOOD for our students?
This Week's Learning Podcast

Taking math out of the textbook and into students' lives: NPR TED Radio Hour - Solve for X
Did you enjoy this opportunity to build your Professional Learning Network?  Please forward it to your colleagues.  Subscribe here.

Image courtesy of The Learning Partnerships

This B.I.T.S. curation was compiled by

Donna Miller Fry.  

Connect with me on Twitter @fryed or by email at

CC-BY-NC-SA-4.0 2018 Learning About Learning, Some rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp