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  • wforrest 8:49 am on September 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    The Why, How and What of Education 

    After reflection about our recent professional learning day, it is clear leaders need people in their organizations to understand the “why, how and what” in that order. This concept comes from a Ted Talks Simon Sinek: How Great Leaders Inspire Action”

    My thoughts…

    As educators if “we can empower our students to learn, achieve and grow, in a diverse world” (HWDSB mission statement – Todd White) we will be helping them to reach their full potential.

    As leaders we must focus on creating positive cultures and well being making sure all stakeholders feel safe, accepted and included. We must also increase student achievement in the areas of early literacy, mathematics as well as increase graduation rates. In the HWDSB we are working hard to transform our learning environments, relationships and opportunities to challenge students and equip them with the skills they need in this diverse world.

    Educators on a daily bases should be using a mix of high yield strategies such as guided reading, blended learning, inquiry, direct instruction, providing effective feedback and everything else that goes along with this. We should be teaching with a global context going cross curricular examining concepts such as power, success, struggle, being a hero, etc and help students create opportunities to demonstrate problem solving, higher order thinking and critical literacy.

    Writing this post has helped me reflect on some of my learning, and if you have any thoughts, comments or (hard) questions let me hear them please.





  • wforrest 10:47 am on September 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: #hwdsb #growthmindset   

    Growth Mindset and Building Relationships 

    People in education use the term growth mindset all the time, but what does it look like in action and what does it mean to students? I see bulletin boards and posters saying anyone can do anything or it’s ok to make mistakes but how do we live it as educators and lead by example?

    I have the pleasure of working with Mr. Tyler Aglor (@mr_aglor) #HWDSB and he taught me a lot yesterday about showing a growth mindset and building relationships with students. During a math lesson he was asking students how many buses the school would need to go on a trip, and he allowed students to solve the problem any way. By default some went straight to the multiplication algorithm, and others drew pictures or arrays etc. But one student made a carrying mistake and told us we got it right because we were smart and then there was a pause.

    Mr. Aglor asked the student to check his work and don’t give up, to believe in himself and with hard work he could learn from this mistake and not make it again in the future. He continued to tell the class a personal story about how when he was in school he wasn’t the smartest but he could guarantee nobody tried harder than him.

    That was a turning point, he had students thinking it’s better to try hard then to just accept if you’re smart or not. The story also showed a human side of teaching and you could see students relating to his experiences.

    As I think about growth mindset and my school board’s Transforming Learning Everywhere philosophy of transforming learning environments, relationships and opportunities I think this is a great example showing how this can be done.

    Do you have any comments, or examples of how you create #growthmindset within your students? Do you have examples of how you are transforming relationships with your students? Any Questions?

    Thanks for reading!

    • Tyler Aglor 9:55 pm on September 15, 2016 Permalink

      Thanks so much for the kind words Mr. Forrester. It’s so great having you pop by our classroom as often as you can because teaching students to have a growth mindset starts with the teacher, and I hope they can see that I have a growth mindset by us working together as I try to learn from you various ways to continue to improve my teaching strategies and abilities. Hopefully my willingness to keep improving will rub off on them! A video I love to show my students first day every year in math is linked below. It’s a great message to set a positive attitude for math, other subject matter and life beyond the classroom on day one.


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