tholl075@uottawa.ca
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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7 Nov 2013

Theoretical Notes #10- Language

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Theoretical notes #10 Pennycook, A. (2004). Performativity and Language Studies. Critical Inquiry in Language Studies: An International Journal. 1(1), 1-19. There is a crisis in the understanding of language which may give an important impetus to the development of language studies. Consider languages themselves from an anti-foundationalist perspective, whereby language use is an act of...
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6 Nov 2013

Journal 8- Week 8

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In my epistemology class, we are being asked to keep a journal over the weeks of this semester.  Initially, I was writing them privately, but have decided to post them to my blog to reflect the research journey I am on.  For the most part, the journals are written as I engage with our required...
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31 Oct 2013

Open Text #6- Teacher mentoring and evaluation

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Open Text – week 7 Darling-Hammond, Linda (2013)  When Teachers Support and Evaluate their Peers.  Educational Leadership 71(2).p.24-29 Future reading:  Darling-Hammond, Linda. (2013)  Getting Teacher Evaluation Right: What really Matters for Effectiveness and Improvement (Teachers College Press); The Art of Coaching by Elena Aguilar (Jossey-Bass, 2013) Key notes from article: Focus of the magazine is on...
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31 Oct 2013

Theoretical notes #9- In preparation for a guest lecture by Colin Evers

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Theoretical notes #9 Evers, Colin and Lakomski, Gabriele (2013).  Methodological individualism, educational administration, and leadership.  Journal of Educational Administration and History.  45(2) p.159-173 The article argues for a more balanced approach to organizational functioning, one that involves both structures and individuals. There are serious problems with leader-centric accounts which involve a commitment to methodological individualism:...
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