#LearningInTheLoo: Indigenous Education Tips

The latest Learning in the Loo poster is a collection of tips about Indigenous Education curated by a great team of educators from my school board based on their own knowledge and that of the students they work with and hear from in our board.

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H/T to Jody, Kris, Kareena, Nancy & Josh.

For the full set of Learning in the Loo posters I’ve made, click here.

– Laura Wheeler (Teacher @ Ridgemont High School, OCDSB; Ottawa, ON)

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My year on Twitter in 2018

I didn’t blog a ton this year. But I was still fairly active on Twitter. So as is the tradition, here is my year-end review of my Tweets that seemed to go over well this year according to the stats from analytics.twitter.com.

This tweet where I tried to summarize how I teach Math in 1 tweet:

A tweet in response to a #BFC530 Twitter chat question – “What is one “best practice” that you do in your school/classroom that, if adopted broadly, could be a game changer for education quality?”:

The OAME Math conference is always good for a few crowd-pleasers:

Another #BFC530 response to the question “What is one thing you would like non-educators to know about education?”.

Seems like every year my Observe Me sign comes down for whatever reason then I decide it should go back up!

As in years past, sketchnotes are always a big hit!
Hope to see you around Twitter & the MTBoS.

– Laura Wheeler (Teacher @ Ridgemont High School, OCDSB; Ottawa, ON)

My Blog in 2017

Last year I wrote up a bit of a summary or review of my blog for the year 2016 after reading similar posts by others around the MTBoS. So here is the look at my most read blog posts in 2017 and some other stats that I find interesting to look through:

Most-read blog posts from 2017:

  1. Building #ThinkingClassrooms (March 15th):
    Detailing the research of Peter Liljedahl, including the use of vertical non-permanent surfaces & visibly random groups. My sketchnote of the elements of the thinking classroom has been updated to accurately reflect his additions to the framework & a link to the most current version is at the top of the post.
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  2. Self-verbalization & Reciprocal Teaching (March 1st):
    This one surprises me. I made a couple of sketchnotes on the topic of self-verbalization & reciprocal teaching as way to take my own notes about them when I was tasked to read up about them before our lesson study at my school. I quickly posted them to the blog. The concepts must have been coming up at other schools too, perhaps as part of RMS, and thus being often searched online.reciprocal-teaching        self-verbalization
  3. Course Packs for the #ThinkingClassroom (November 11th)
    I was very lucky to have Peter Liljedahl visit my classroom this year to see how we implement his Thinking Classroom framework. In his keynote speech the next day at the OAME Leadership Conference, he said some kind words about the “course packs” I create for my students as a “shell” for them to complete their own notes about our learning (one of the elements of the thinking classroom – student-created notes). I got many requests to share my course packs that day, so I put together a blog post w/ links to download course packs for the courses I teach.
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  4. Khan Academy … everyone loves to hate it (November 28th)
    My response to a blog post by David Wees titled “Online Practice is Terrible Practice”. The original post was shared to a wide audience on Twitter by Dan Meyer. David then shared my response to his large audience as well.Screenshot 2017-11-28 at 3.45.27 PM
  5. Kahoot: game-based learning (February 15th)
    A bit of a primer on Kahoot; what it is & how it works. Includes a sketchnote of course 🙂
    Kahoot

Other Stats I Thought Were Neat:

Views my blog gets, year by year. Growth is a good sign.
views by year

Where in the world the views came from this past year:
readers by country

The search terms that lead people to my blog (a lot of searches are encrypted so don’t show up in these results). But I find them interesting nonetheless:
search terms
Someone out there must have their students researching Roger Schank b/c my book summary of his book is often at the top of the views list also.

Finally, these are the top-viewed posts on my blog, NOT necessarily written this year:
most viewed this year - not written this year

Have you done a similar year-end review or summary of your blog? I would love to have a read; leave a link in the comments below!

– Laura Wheeler (Teacher @ Ridgemont High School, OCDSB; Ottawa, ON)

My Tweets in 2016 #MTBoS

 

I started out sharing on Twitter, and it wasn’t until I felt the real need to move beyond 140 characters that I tried blogging. My blog has been a place to go into more detail on activities I’ve done with my classes or strategies I’ve been implementing. But I wanted to look back and archive some of what I shared on Twitter here on my blog. So I’ve compiled a rough list of top-ish tweets (as best as I can tell using analytics.twitter.com):

The Ottawa Slow EdChat was the brainchild of Derek Rhodenizer & Sandra Walker. It fizzled out at the end of 2015, so with their permission I tried to get it back up and running for 2016. It now has its own Twitter profile so everyone can easily find the weekly question. If you live in the Ottawa/Gatineau area I hope you’ll consider giving it a follow!

Jo Boaler is pretty incredible. She released a great article on her YouCubed site all about Visual Maths. I sketchnoted a summary and shared it.

It’s no secret that I really love Pear Deck!

People seemed to really like my sketchnotes of the OAME conference Ignite sessions. They’re a bit wordy -should be more visual, but it made for a good review of the talks. And got a lot of people asking more about sketchnoting too!

This tweet proved popular and I wanted to make sure to include it as it’s one a few top tweets not including a sketchnote. The #BFC530 chat is a great 15 minute chat in the morning for early risers!

I have still yet to read the full book (I made this sketchnote from a shorter article on the topic) but it’s on my list!

I put this together in order to share some posters that I have on my classroom walls all in one image.

Two sketchnotes from the #EdInnovation summit in Ottawa.

A sketchnote from the EdTech Team Google summit in Rosemere, QC.

This last one is sort of cheating as this exact tweet was posted in January 2017. But as I finished the sketchnote for each section of the book through the fall of 2016 I posted them to Twitter & they each got big views. So I finally used some holiday time to finish the book and posted all 4 sketchnotes in this tweet above. So it’s summarizing the earlier tweets here.

Mostly I notice that all except one of my tweets that did the best contain sketchnotes. People really love the visual summaries of talks, videos, articles & books! Get in touch if you’d like to learn more about sketchnoting. I will hopefully blog about the topic in 2017 as well!

A big thank-you to my Twitter PLN for sharing, listening, advising, and pushing. I can’t being a teacher without all of you to work with!

– Laura Wheeler (Teacher @ Ridgemont High School, OCDSB; Ottawa, ON)

My Blog in 2016

My blog has steadily increased its views over the years which is great:blog-views

It’s pretty neat to see where in the world readers are from:blog map.JPG

It turns out that none of my top 5 blog posts for this year were written in 2016. Not sure what to make of this fact. Perhaps I’m not blogging about things that interest others as much; I have been blogging more about specific activities than big ideas lately. Thoughts?

Here are the top 5 most viewed posts from my blog in 2016:

  1. Teacher Interviews: April, 2014. All about the topics that teachers in the OCDSB should be ready to speak to in an interview. Viewed 2.5 times more often than the next place finisher. When I meet new teachers in my school or board, this is the post they mention to me most often.
  2. Number Talks in High School: November, 2013. Written at a time when I still opened each class with a bellwork / warm-up. I no longer do, but I still use the basic concept of a number talk to structure discussions in class about a given calculation. Also, with my ELD (pre-ESL) math class, I had my student teacher doing one number talk a day to start each class in December.
  3. Visibly random groups & vertical non-permanent surfaces: November, 2014. Incorporating VRGs & VNPSs into my classroom was a game changer for me and my students. Teachers often find this post when they Google the acronyms VRG & VNPS to find out what they are. I also share this post online often with teachers if I think it’s something they might be interested in.
  4. A day in the life of a Math teacher: November, 2014. This was a blogging challenge put forth by the Explore MTBoS team a year previous. It also happened to be a very strange teaching day due to a scary incident that ground much of our city to a halt for lockdowns.
  5. Assessment & Evaluation in the OCDSB: March, 2014. My school board implemented a big shift in our assessment & evaluation policies & strategies. Many teachers were reluctant, but I found a lot of great things about the new system. I created a 4-part series about the new system to try to share what I knew about & how I was using the new ideas in my classes.

Did I peak in 2014 in terms of blogging?

Thanks to everyone that has read something I’ve written this past year! I appreciate all the great feedback I get on Twitter, in the blog comments and face to face. It’s this online community that helps pushing my thinking and encourages me to keep trying new things, so thanks to all of you!

– Laura Wheeler (Teacher @ Ridgemont High School, OCDSB; Ottawa, ON)

My Classroom Setup

This morning’s BFC530 chat was about one’s ideal classroom setup:

I said that my room is pretty much ideal as is & then realised I didn’t have a good current photo showing off our setup. So once I arrived at school I fixed that scenario:

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– Laura Wheeler (Teacher @ Ridgemont High School, OCDSB; Ottawa, ON)

Problems We Solved in #MFM2P

My plan was to blog about every problem-based learning activity I did this year. I did not succeed; I think I blogged about two from the my MFM2P course? So as a runner up to a full blog post reflection on each, you’re getting one post with a summary image of each activity or problem & a link to my materials for it.
I’ll group them by strand here, but they are not listed in the order that we did the activities. If you’d like to see the progression of activities I used, you can see that here.

Linear Relations

26 Squares: This one I did manage to blog about.Summary (11).jpg

Banquet Hall2016.04.22 2P summary.png

Phone Charging2016.05.19 2p.JPG

Phone Plans2016.04.27 2p.png

Gummy Bears: I did blog about this one here.Summary 2016.02.29 2P.jpg

Measurement & Trigonometry

Lamppost: w/ shadows 2016.04.15 2P Summary.jpg

School Height: w/ mirrors 2016.05.25 (1).JPG

Tree Height: w/ clinometer 2016.05.11 2p summary.jpg

Wheelchair ramp2016.06.08 2p (1).JPG

Filing cabinet post-itsSummary Filing Cabinet 3-Act.jpg

Pyramid Post-its2016.05.13 2p (1).JPG

Quadratic Relations

26 Squares: I did blog about this one2d 2016.02.08 (1).JPG

Visual Pattern2016.04.12 2p summary (1).JPG

Not every lesson we did was problem-based. Sometimes I need to do some direct teaching right from the get go, like with expanding & factoring. Other times we explore & investigate by drawing & cutting out shapes, like with similar triangles & trigonometry. But in any case, maybe someone new to the MFM2P course (or not so new to it) will find these activities useful!

– Laura Wheeler (Teacher @ Ridgemont High School, OCDSB; Ottawa, ON)

What pedagogical skill took you the longest to learn? #BFC530

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This morning’s #BFC530 chat was on this question:

And this week I’ve been trying to sketchnote some summaries to the chats in advance of hosting Thursday’s chat about how we could use sketchnoting with our students in class. I posted my visual summary of today’s chat on Twitter but it wasn’t until this tweet . . .

. . . that I thought maybe it’s worth sharing on my blog, also, for new teachers.

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A colleague and I who are both on prep period together were just discussing  how beginning teachers might view this list differently than a seasoned teacher. Thoughts? Are you a beginning teacher? How do you feel about this list? Leave a comment below or get in touch via Twitter!

– Laura Wheeler (Teacher @ Ridgemont High School, OCDSB; Ottawa, ON)

#GAFEsummit Demo Slam

Last weekend I attended & presented at the #GAFEsummit in Ottawa; the biggest Google Apps For Education summit in the world they tell me. Each day of the summit is topped off by a Demo Slam & so I decided to broadcast it live using Periscope; it was a good excuse to try out the app for the first time. Here’s the video:

https://katch.me/embed/v/478bbcda-0755-34da-b2b0-59a5c3dfdb8d?sync=1

– Laura Wheeler (Teacher @ Ridgemont High School, OCDSB; Ottawa, ON