June 14, 2017

Transforming thinking with Ayodele Harrison

One evening back in April, I came across a tweet about a Facebook live professional development event given by Ayodele Harrison.

I was intrigued by the title – Strategies & tools to engage disconnected students who hate learning math. Free online PD – so went to check it out. I came in towards the end of the session and knew that I had found a kindred teaching spirit in Ayodele!

Ayodele had not been one of my Twitter contacts before that night so it was sheer serendipity that I found that tweet in my timeline. We are now connected on Twitter and if you have an account, I suggest you click on his picture here and follow him – his tweets and resources will be valuable additions to your professional learning practice!

His message is one of relationship around learning. As teachers, we have the power to design learning situations and create an environment that will allow our students to talk about math and, through conversation, become more engaged in their math learning. Ayodele does work in the area of teaching and learning strategies as well as in an area that is strongly connected to our ability to use and adapt to new strategies – and that is through our own sense of self-efficacy in teaching.

What I just described is a very rudimentary description of what Ayodele can offer. I connected with his message and his delivery so much that I asked if we could use some of the Facebook live footage on PD Mosaic. Lucky for us – he agreed!

He is in the process of turning the hour-long event into a series of shorter videos, each one framing a specific aspect of his message about transforming mathematical thinking in our students. The first two videos are already live on PD Mosaic and the others will be added as they are completed. They form part of a collection of resources called Rethinking Math Teaching and Learning. Click on the image below to go directly to this collection.

Rethinking math on PD Mosaic

I invite you to watch the series as it unfolds on PD Mosaic. These videos are designed for Math teachers however Ayodele also provides great resources for ALL educators. Besides through his Twitter link above, you can connect with Ayodele at the following spots:

  • Ayodele’s YouTube channel – what a wealth of online learning!!
  • His website – “Educating is about positioning all learners to discover, understand and walk in their greatness.“- Ayodele Harrison
  • Ayodele’s Facebook page – Like his page to receive updates about future online PD sessions and other resources!

I am so happy to have created this connection with Ayodele. As I often say – we can only truly get better together!

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December 9, 2016

Fall Highlights, Construction Zones, & Road Maps

We are in a period of great flux. There is movement everywhere so I’m going to take a few minutes this morning to slow down and take a look at where we are going and at what we are doing to help us get there. Care to join me?

I’m going to jump forward a bit and invite you to view this slideshow. It has recent highlights about how we are getting to where we want to go – from great teachers to great conversations.

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September 8, 2016

Offer of Service 2016-17 – How can I help you?

We are at the beginning of an exciting year with all of the anticipation that new beginnings bring us!

Jack's 1st bus ride

I need your help in discovering teacher stories to document and make videos about as well as to collaborate on the creation of new PD Mosaic tiles to use throughout the province!

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June 29, 2016

Summer Infoletter: Thanking you all

I love my job.

Everyday is different as I work with the Adult Education community across the province in our joint quest to get better at what we do. I learn so much every single day from all of you.

As we enter the summer season, I want to thank all of the teachers, students, support staff, consultants, and administrators who welcome me into their school boards, centres, and classrooms – who share their work and ideas with me everyday.

Without all of you and your tenacious collaboration, my job would be near to impossible.

A specific highlight for me this year was how I am seeing the use of technology become more integrated in practices across the province. Technology use is becoming less of an event and is starting to be used much more naturally, when it is needed and when it makes sense. This is something I think about a lot and it is exhilarating to see it come to life! Here is a video I created last summer that talks about this very thing.

And finally, here are the fruits of your collaboration! These are some of the most recent resources I have put together with and because of you. I am looking forward to continuing our work in August!

Teacher Stories YouTube Channel
This is where all of the teacher story videos live. Some of them are also included in different PD Mosaic tiles but if you just want to be inspired by teachers in Adult Education from across the province, take a look here. http://bit.ly/TeacherStoryVideos

PD Mosaic
Here are three PD Mosaic resources that I put together in the past month or so. They were created in collaboration with a lot of different people, so be sure to scroll down to the bottom of each tile to see who contributed. While you are there, take some time to look through the rest of the site. You never know, you may see something that inspires you or even someone you know!

  • An Intro to Evaluation FOR Learning – including ideas for why and how to get started from teachers http://bit.ly/EvalForLearning
  • Learning in Stations – including one teacher’s story about how she got started using stations with her adult learners and her plans for the future http://bit.ly/PDMosaicStations
  • Triangulation – creating a clearer picture of student learning through formative assessment http://bit.ly/TriangPDM

(And a special thanks to Susie for inspiring this post 🙂 )
Tracy

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February 17, 2016

What does your Provincial RECIT in Adult Education do?

This little slide show is organized around the mandate for the Provincial Services of the RECIT in Quebec. It shows my vision as well as some examples of the work I do in different areas of Adult Education (you can click on the links to see examples).

Please contact me if you have any questions about how I can serve you in your classroom, centre, or school board.

~ Tracy Rosen

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