What is Your Workflow?

What is Your Workflow?

Last Saturday marked the 2nd TEDxKitchenerED at the Centre for International Governance Innovation downtown. I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to share the stage with some very amazing folks from across Ontario. Check out the speaker line-up here.

During intermission, I had an interesting conversation with Jamie Weir, Will Gourley and Dina Pestonji about workflow. Will admitted to writing a script, practising in front of his wife and rehearsing like we all do. I admitted that my slides were my script, hoping to be somewhat natural in my talk. Dina admitted to practicing several times by herself. At which point Jamie asked us about the Writing Process in our classrooms. I pride myself on offering student choice but something about her comment struck a chord. Sure, I can provide different graphic organizers, different concept maps, etc. but is that truly student choice? Acknowledging the different TEDx Talk workflow we had admitted, I thought long on my drive home about the Writing Process at school. Concept map, graphic organizer, rough draft, edit, revise publish. Sure different writing topics, but the process? Everyone the same.

Subsequently I was trolling #satchat on Sunday and noticed an interesting tweet from Will Richardson.


Personalized learning is more than just ‘topic’ and different graphic organizers won’t accomplish anything for the student who doesn’t like graphic organizers. While I encourage students to write about their passions, the process in which it is done is far too similar to be anything but personal. I have some work to do.

Jamie, Will and Dina, your ideas are definitely worth spreading!




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  1. Jonathan
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    Brian got me thinking and I have no answers just questions.

    The writing process was developed for a reason (wouldn’t you say) like an algorithm? Students have to understand various components in order to make it work but it does work, no? Just trying to figure out what you would change in the process? How would the writing process differ for individuals?

    Do you mean that not all kids need to do all components of the process (like all the steps in an algorithm?)

    I know I struggle in writing and have to do pretty much all the steps to get it to work but I know many who just start writing. If that is the case then I think that is an easy fix. Just let the kids write and as a teacher if you know they struggle direct them or show them the benifit of using a process that they are missing.

    Not to sure if this rambling makes sense but you do have me thinking.


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