How to “Teach” Social Presence

This blog post is about “Social Presence” for the #HumanMOOC Course

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Learning “How to Learn” Online…..with a focus on Social Presence

When I co-facilitated ED722 with Dr Ian O’Byrne last year….(A course  to introduce you to emerging trends, issues and practices in online learning.) we thought long and hard about developing our digital presence – but also about how to help develop the students’ online presence so students could develop confidence to learn on their own – online.…

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What Makes You Say That?

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“What makes you say that?”……4 powerful words that can change the learning culture of your classroom.

Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for All Learners by Ron Ritchhart, Mark Church and Karen Morrison is full of strategies that will allow visible thinking to become a part of your classroom culture.…

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Hard Choices – A Review and Reflection

I recently finished the book, Hard Choices by Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton). I have long respected Mrs. Clinton’s drive and wanted to learn more about her. As well, I found the title intriguing as we all face hard choices, and I wanted to see if I could learn from a woman who has not only faced difficult personal, life choices but was faced with daily choices as Secretary of State that would have enormous implications for the United States and the world.…

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Creating a Culture of Caring At Bishop Carroll

One of the best things about my job at Bishop Carroll, is empowering my students to create a positive change in the world. Over the past month I have been working with a student lead initiative called #CarrollCulture as a part of our recently established Spectrum Club.…

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Assessing Differentiated Tasks

A recent discussion with a colleague has me again wondering how best to assess differentiated tasks, though really, it’s not so much assessment, but grading, that I have a problem with. If we give students a choice of tasks, differentiated according to prior learning and understanding, basically by content, rather than by interest or presentation style, should a student who does ‘easier’ work be able to get the same marks as a student who does ‘harder’ work?…

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Reflections with my Grade 10 students

In May when I received my classes for the 2014-2015 school year, my heart sunk a little because I was assigned a Grade 10 ELA class and I had been spoiled with Grade 12’s and 11’s for the past few years.…

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Digital Technologies | A Curriculum

Last year I was lucky enough to be involved with VCAA in trialling the new Digital Technologies Curriculum in the primary school.  The AusVELS‘ version of the Australian Curriculum is set to be released later in the year and will be the first time we have seen computer science in the primary curriculum.  …

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10 Years Blogging

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Ten years ago today I made my first post on this blog. 882 post (plus this one) for a total of over a quarter of a million words. I’d posted to blogs before this one, but this one stuck.

You would think, by this time, I’d have some sort of plan going, but no, this blog continues to be pretty haphazard without a real sense of audience or single purpose.…

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Snowball’s of Advice from Bishop Carroll’s Mental Health Symposium.

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http://www.healthyplace.com/stigma/stand-up-for-mental-health/stand-up-for-mental-health-campaign/

On January 7th , 2015, during our Mental Health/ Wellness Symposium students found solutions to real world problems.

Activity: Snowball Advice

You don’t have to look far to get advice. Some of the best advice comes from your peers

  • Please write down on the form provided, a situation which  you or someone you know, may be struggling with right now.
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