Well, you know we are in a "new normal" when emails are sent out at 4:37 on a Saturday, to respond to changes since Friday. Our teachers received an email, ahead of the posting of a letter to parents on our board's website, letting them know that our online population has grown from 54,000 to … Continue reading School Online – Journal – Day 7 and a half….
Isn't technology fun? Maybe, or maybe not. Here are some snippets from my Friday: Welcoming new pre-service teachers to Ontario Tech University Adobe Connect was new to them. Several didn't have earbuds or headphones, and so any audio from their speaker went back out their mic, creating a disconcerting echo. I'm hoping that they'll have … Continue reading School Online – Journal – Day 7
Well it's almost bed time for me, and I'm having to think hard to remember what my day looked like today. It started out slow, and then ended like a freight train! As I mentioned earlier, our teachers don't yet know what they will be teaching next week. So, a survey was designed to be … Continue reading School Online – Journal – Day 6
Day 5 for both our "bricks and mortar" schools, and our new Online School! In person, our teachers are welcoming Cohort B of Grade 9 students, combining COVID training with our traditional welcome to secondary school. I can't imagine what it's like for our teens, heading off to "high school" in such a time. Online, … Continue reading School Online – Journal – Day 5
After the long weekend, we teachers expect to head back to school, meet our students, and embark on the new school year with excitement and optimism. This year is different. Teachers in "bricks and mortar" schools in our district are spending this week orienting students to the new reality of COVID-19. Today they welcome Cohort … Continue reading School Online – Journal – Day 4
It is still the traditional "week before school starts", but this is one of those unusual years the occur once every six years where we need days before Labour Day in order to fit all of the school days between Labour Day and the end of June. So today is Day 3 for our teachers, … Continue reading School Online – Journal – Day 3
Today's Professional Learning began with my joining the staff of one of our "bricks and mortar" schools, working through a PowerPoint presentation in Zoom. With 100 staff in the room, and only about 20 with cameras on, it was an effective and somewhat relaxing way to begin the day. I thought a lot about how … Continue reading School Online – Journal – Day 2
September 1, 2020 was a day unlike any other since I began "school" at age 5 in 1965. While students remain at home, our teachers have begun the first of three Professional Learning Days. But, unlike other years where we have met prior to the Labour Day Weekend, this one began online. We were all … Continue reading School Online – Journal – Day 1
Over the past two months I have begun teaching online in two very different environments from the F2F classrooms I've experienced most of my career. In one setting I am using an LMS (Learning Management System) called Canvas as the course organization, and teaching synchronously using Adobe Connect for two hours per week. My students … Continue reading Learning Online – What works? What’s not working?
I recently shared the books on my bookshelf that have inspired me on my exploration of a world without marks. Here are some reflections on quotes from some of the journal articles that I have found most interesting: "Educators have a moral imperative to dismantle the inequities that endure in our schools." (p. 55) Feldman, … Continue reading My "Gradeless" Reading – Academic Journal Articles