My good friend and colleague Jon Orr (@MrOrr_geek) challenged me to reflect on the good things that happened last year. You can read where this originated here and also see one follow up from @MathManAnusic here
Without further ado (spelled: adieu?), my #10goodthings from 2014.
1) I (we) successfully built and developed a Learning Space (Learning Commons) at school full of bean bag chairs, mobile devices, collaboration and critical thought.
2) We threw out the hat rule because we couldn’t answer the “why” (if you know why this rule exists other than “respect” please let me know).
3) I began working on @edmettle (www.edmettle.com) – A social network and feedback management tool for teachers and students to leave positive messages for each other based on the Ontario Learning Skills / Work Habits. Teachers, you can add any skills you wish to the class. Check out the promo video below:
You can also take the tour here:
4) I was hired as a Consultant by the Ministry on Education for eLearning Ontario to lead a team of k-6 teachers in making an electronic resource for coding in the curriculum (stay tuned – we are still working!).
5) I began using Estimation180 to provide students an opportunity to discuss reasonable answers in math.
6) I began moderating #csk8 – Wed nights 8:00 pm EST. Coding in elementary school.
9) @mrsaspinall and I sold our house in three days and moved to the country.
10) We toured each other’s schools and collaborated with @mrbillforrester, @jcorbinh, @PaulClemens5 from #hwdsb which gave us an opportunity to see beyond just our school board. It’s important to get another perspective on #onted.
Thanks, Jon. It feels good to recognize my personal achievements and share them with the world – both personal and professional. If I mentioned you above, I’m challenging you next!