The Fraser Report.  
It's only a snapshot of a schools performance. 

Administrators and teachers love getting data on their school to focus on improving performance.  Educators are constantly reflecting on their lesson methodology and student performance to improve upon their professional practice.

New teacher candidates start looking at the process of reflection very early in their first term at my Faculty of Education.

The Fraser Report does not tell the whole story as explained in this article. Be a critical consumer of such reports.

Find out more about a school by:
- visiting it with the administrator
- chat with the students and parents
- look at the web page
- check out social media and news sources
- check out the intramural programs and clubs
- talk to teachers 

I have seen great schools get low ratings and damage community perceptions.
I have heard students say they are from the "bad school and they are the dummy kids".
That is just tragic and unforgivable.   These results, when carelessly published,  can harm student self-image and confidence.

Parents who are not aware of other factors, that can influence scores, can even pick communities and home purchases based on these results. 

When I get into schools with lower scores, I have found this:
- Incredible collaborative inspiring administrators
- Creative engaging teachers
- Wonderful special academic programs addressing special needs
- Outstanding intramural programs
- Awesome parent volunteers and School Councils
- and amazing students doing their best!

Read this article to find out more.

Click here for: The Fraser Report: What Researchers Say

Posted to this Web Page / Blog Jan. 26th, 2019.

Previous knowledge is so important to reading well.

It has a significant impact on reading comprehension scores.
Read this article to find out more.

Thanks to educator Chuck Phillips for sharing this article with me.

Click Here For > Previous Knowledge and Comprehension

Posted to this Web Page / Blog July 8, 2018
EdCan Network  

This is a site with many exciting articles on educational topics.

All up-to-date and relevant today!

Click here > EdCan Network

Posted to this Web Page / Blogs and July 8, 2018

Check out these articles on the Techedvocate Blog Site

The Blog Site is found here. Click here: >> The Techedvocate Blog

Why Digital Learning is Reshaping Education
Click Here for the article >>  Digital Learning Is Reshaping Education

Why Learning To Code Is So Important for Chidren
Click Here for the article >> Why Learning To Code is so Important for Children 

Posted to the above 2 tabs April 4, 2017:  Blogs That Inspire Tab  and   Technology Tab



Fun, informative and thought provoking for the 21st Century Educator
 Check out this sites 2 videos on John Dewey

Listen to his thoughts might have been on:
- technology and how it should be implemented
-  how students learn best
- how classrooms should be designed today to develop future ready students

Click here for the video's on:>> John Dewey and Progressivist Thought

 Posted to this Blog April 29th/2017.
Also Posted to the Technology and Blog Tabs


 A culminating project can really cement that learning. 

Here are 72 fun and creative ways for your students to show what they know. 

This is also an amazing Blog site!! Check it out!

Click Here: Culminating  Learning Tasks 

Posted to the Blogs That Inspire Tab Above



These are a thought provoking blog posts by Ingvi Hrannar Omarsson 

Check out the links below to see what things he suggests it's time to change. 
Well worth checking out!!!

21st Century Change in Schools 
1. Computer Labs
2. Isolated Classrooms
3. Schools with no Wifi
4. Banning Phones and Tablets
5. Tech director with administrator access
6. Teachers that don't share what they do
7. Schools that don't have Facebook and Twitter
8. Unhealthy cafeteria food
9. Starting school at 8am for teenagers
10. Traditional Libraries
11. All students getting the same courses
12. One size fits all professional development workshops
13. Standardized tests to measure the quality of Education

Plus....he added another article.....


1. Divided spaces and multiple entrances
2. Hallways
3. Big Bathrooms and shared showers
4. The teacher is the only one with a white board
5. Empty school yards
6. Isolated subjects for 40 to 80 minutes
7. Restricting Learning to the classroom
8. Books, Paper and a lot of photocopying
9. Parent Teacher Interviews for 30 minutes per year
10. Schools that teach to the test are obsolete.

Click here for first 14 changes >> 21st Century Schools 

Click her for the second article of changes >>  More Obsolete Things to Change

Posted to this Blog / Web Page March 28th/17


What does the recent research show?

Do students who use laptops, show an improvement in marks and retention of knowledge?

Studies show, it depends on the student natural intelligence, their ability focus on the lesson and avoidance of social media while taking notes.

Check out what the research says.

This research is posted to Daniel Willingham's Blog.
He is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia.  

Click here for his Blog. >> Daniel Willingham's Blog 

Click here for the research article: >> The Effect of Laptops In Lecture

Posted to this Web Page / Blog April 4, 2017 


Harnessing the Incredible Learning Potential 

of the Adolescent Brain

Posted by Mind/Shift

Have a look at this great article on learning and the Adolescent Brain

This site is will take you to other great topics:
Teacher Stories
Growth Mind Set
Teaching Strategies 
Big Ideas
Games and Learning

Click Here for the article on:  The Learning Potential of the Adolescent Brain

Posted to blog Nov. 3, 2016

Miss Wideen's Class Blog -  A must see!!

     Ms Wideens Amazing Classroom Blog



Ontario School and System Leaders Edtech MOOC

This is an incredibly informative site where you can check blogs of many educators through Ontario.
It is a massive resource for Edtech learning.

Developed by Donna Fry
Provincial Lead for Leading Technology Enabled Learning & Teaching

Scroll down the right side of her web page for 50 educator blog sites.

Click Here: Ontario Connected Educators  

This is also posted under my favourites on this web page.

Donna Says:
So with #OSSEMOOC, we are trying to build capacity and promote connections.
We need to create a sustainable learning environment in Ontario that promotes self-directed learning for education leaders, and...
  • considers all learning preferences
  • allows for all levels of readiness
  • provides numerous entry points
  • is flexible
  • allows choice
  • respects limitations of time
  • supports a variety of learner interests
  • promotes the development of connections and connected learning
Check out her site!
You will come back to it time and time again!

9 Elephants In The Classroom

By Will Richardson 



One of the best articles I have read on these issues outlined below:
 Posted April 10/16 by Zoe Branigan Pipe to her Facebook Enrichment Page.

I wonder if there is a ministry of education, anywhere around the world, that has addressed these elephants in the classroom.

I worked at a school in the 90's that due to the principal leadership did address these issues. But when he left the elephants returned.

Educational leaders and philosophers have been talking about these changes for decades. (Fullan, Kohn, Freire, Sir Ken Robinson, ) .

Ministers of Education, Directors of program at the Ministry, Directors of Education in Boards, (along with you Zoe, and George Couros and forward thinking educators) need to develop an Inquiry to change what we are doing or we are always going to get what we have gotten in the past.

Factory model classrooms, and curriculum are not the way of the future. Zoe Branigan-Pipe, the classroom environment you are developing should be in every classroom in Ontario.

Why isn't it? What do we do about it?


1.  Most knowledge we teach is forgotten after the test. What really needs to be taught?

2. How do we make schools engaging? Handing a student an iPad is not good enough.

3. How do we structure the physical environment of factory model schools for 21st Century teaching and learning?....and universities and colleges ?

4. We need to assess what matters. What actually matters? We need to stop training students for exams that computers can pass.

5.  Learning is being destroyed by administering grades.  Look at Kohn's research on what Grades do to learning.  See my Blogs Assessment Tab above.

6.  What should the 21st Century Curriculum look like?  We are not there yet.

7.  We know that separating learning into discrete subjects and time blocks is not the best way to prepare kids for the real world.Why are we doing it?  Even age groupings are not wise.  I had a grade 2 student who could beat every intermediate student in chess. What do we learn from that?

8.   We know the system of education as currently constructed is not adequately preparing kids for what follows if and when they graduate.  Look at Ontario's Math scores.  We better look at what we are doing to remedy that beyond add 20 minutes a day to that old fashioned Math block!

9. And finally, we know that learning that sticks is usually learned informally, that explicit knowledge accounts for very little of our success in most professions.

Click Here for Article and Blog Connection:

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