tholl075@uottawa.ca
4 Feb 2015

Week 5- How are schools responding to bullying?

Another great week- it is actually quite difficult to imagine that this community has only known each other for 5 weeks.  The level of trust and sharing is remarkable- a testament to the students who have chosen this class, but also to some conscious decisions on how to build community among us.  Trust the process…I...
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21 Jan 2015

Restorative Practice- Monday’s class in review

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“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” MLK Another week passes and yet I wonder how it is that I can feel pressed for time in a 3 and 1/2 hour block (I am pretty sure this is not echoed by the students who find this an incredibly long...
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6 Jan 2015

Creating Healthy, Safe and Supportive Learning Environments- class 1

I have the absolute privilege to be teaching my first class at the University of Ottawa.  Although I have run many PD sessions and had the opportunity to TA with two extraordinary mentors (Dr. Ruth Kane & Dr. Linda Radford) in the Urban Cohort last year and this past fall semester- teaching your own class...
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19 Oct 2014

Finnish Lessons- Foreword & Chapter 1

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OECD: “Finland is one of the world’s leaders in the academic performance of its secondary-school students, a position it has held for the past decade. This top performance is also remarkably consistent across schools. Finnish schools seem to serve all students well, regardless of family background, socioeconomic status or ability.” Finnish Lessons by Pasi Sahlberg...
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12 Oct 2014

Learning Targets- Assessment for Learning

The latest issue of Educational Leadership “Instruction that Sticks” arrived with lots of goodies that seem very applicable to what I am focusing on with pre-service and new teachers.  I found the article “Learning Targets on Parade” by Susan M. Brookhart and Connie M. Moss (p.28-33) particularly relevant since we have recently done a PD...
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8 Oct 2014

Mentor Book club

Having Hard Conversations by Jennifer Abrams I am enjoying the first two chapters of the text and am reminded that as awful as some of these conversations are, they are so important for professional growth. Among the many reasons Abrams gave for why we hesitate to have hard conversations (Chapter 2), many spoke to me....
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24 Nov 2013

Journal #9- The final weeks

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In my Epistemologies of Educational Research class, we were asked to keep a journal over the semester.  Initially, I was writing them privately, but have decided to post them to my blog to reflect the research journey I am on.  Although most journals are written as I engage with our required text:  The Research Journey–...
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7 Nov 2013

Article Critique #3- Mentoring focused on one instructional strategy

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Open Text- Week 8   Stanulis, R.N, Little, S. & Wibbens, E. (2012). Intensive mentoring that contributes to change in beginning elementary teachers’ learning to lead classroom discussions.  Teaching and Teacher Education. 28. p.32-43.   “Mentoring has gained popularity as an effective way to support beginning teachers during the induction year”(p.32).  Researchers argue whether an...
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