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Week 2

With two weeks of school now behind us, are you beginning to settle into some classroom and school routines?  What about personal routines?  Summer is a great time to let go of them, but as we get back into the school year, routines help us ensure the important tasks, including self care, are attended to.

What is your professional learning routine?  With all the planning to do and the many commitments pulling at us, it's easy to let professional learning become the one thing we don't get to.

The value in professional learning networks lies not only in what we learn from others, but also in what we contribute to the learning of others.  As I learn throughout the week, I curate the content I find helpful or interesting, and share it back in this publication and send it to your inbox where you can find it when you have a few spare minutes during the week.

My hope is that in your precious little bits of time, this will help you easily access some content that will challenge your thinking and cultivate your sense of wonder.  

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.
Calling all Newfoundland and Labrador bloggers - and friends!

How can we gather the #NLED online voice?  Are you interested in collaborating on provocations, group and guest blogging, quad blogging, or blog hops?

Let us know who you are and where your blog is here.

(If you are not in Newfoundland and Labrador but wish you were, please join us!)
unsplash-logoAndrew Seaman
John Malloy is the Director of Toronto District School Board.  His questions emphasize our need to empower student voice, including recognizing that children are knowledgeable, capable, and benefit from learning from each other.
How are you enabling student voice in your work?

Shared by John Goldsworthy and Christine Elliott

Just Google It!


Does Googling It Impact Impact Inquiry in the Classroom?
How do we help learners distinguish the differences among information, knowledge and wisdom?
"The long-term value lies in helping students see the difference for themselves. Search is about finding pieces; knowledge is about knowing the potential value of those pieces; wisdom understands the need to see the big picture, no matter how difficult or seemingly complex or how many perspectives you have to consider or people you have to ask, and put it all together."

Be sure to follow The Inquiry Hub High School on social media (accounts managed by students) to see a model of how this can work.
The Difference Between Googling And Inquiry-Based Learning
Collaborative Inquiry

What part does INQUIRY play in our daily practice?

As educators, how effective are our PLCs at really changing practice to enhance student learning and achievement?  

"Through CI, educators work together to improve their understanding of what learning is (or could be), generate evidence of what’s working (and what’s not), make decisions about next steps and take action to introduce improvements and innovations. And then they start again on emerging new issues and challenges. Notably, CI sees educators as key participants in understanding how to achieve excellence and equity in education."

This Facilitator's Guide for Collaborative Inquiry spells out how to lead and participate in this work.
Facilitator's Guide to Collaborative Inquiry

Digital Literacies: An Urgent Need?


Are educators insulated from the pace of change in the world?

Right now, we know Canada will be short about 200,000 workers in the IT sector in 2020 - a mere 15.5 months away.  

The change is so rapid now that we really can't predict what the world will look like when our current kindergarten students graduate.  How does this understanding impact the way we work in public education? 

"The volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (vuca) of today’s world is requiring us to think more, not only of the future, but FOR the future." 

This week, ICTC released its plan for all Canadians to acquire the Digital Literacies needed to thrive in our exponentially changing world.

This Digital Roadmap for digital literacies outlines specific knowledge and competencies for grade levels.  How will this compare with work done by school districts already?
How do we ensure that our learners know how to choose images that are legal to use?  Here's a short explanation of one tool that can help.
Quick bites: Some further learning that might be interesting to you.
Educators share some great things on Twitter.  You don't need an account to read them! allows you to find all kinds of interesting information.  Favourite searches? #fdk for Full Day Kindergarten, #nled for Newfoundland and Labrador Education (similarly - #onted, #nsed, #bced...)
Dr. Jackie Gerstien has a wonderful blog where she shares insight into experiential learning and maker education.  Follow this blog to learn about how students learn through making.  This week she revisits the question of why we think students need to be grouped by age level.

Here in Newfoundland and Labrador, we are working to help families understand the importance of knowing everyone can be successful in learning mathematics.  How we assess students impacts their beliefs about what they can do and achieve. 

While curriculum guides our work as educators, how often do we ask where curriculum comes from, and who gets to decide what is important for children to learn?

Here are some excellent new features in Google Classroom.

More on Learning in the 21st Century  And as a special treat this week, some amazing information on the geology of where I am from: The north shore of Lake Superior


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