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Settling in…


Here’s the picture so far: second year being redundant, not recalled this year, but offered an LTO. Not content with one period each semester that changes every other day, I start applying to everything…. I mean everything! July 25th get a call from Jesse in rankin inlet Nunavut. Start the mad dash of interviews, paperwork, phone calls, then buying enough clothes and a $500 winter coat that will keep my rear from freezing, getting things ready, packed flying on the 13th of August. What a rush!

So here I am adjusting to things in the north, things work differently up here, and I realize I haven’t blogged yet. “welcome to the north” seems to be the mantra when things go wrong or are delayed, so I’m going to chalk it up to that.

Everyone here that I’ve met are really nice! All of the staff are fabulous and very helpful. So helpful that just driving up to their house two teachers from the high school call me in for coffee and to find me a bag for the pile of books I was carrying. Most helpful of all has been Jesse, who went far above and beyond when I lost my keys on day two… He is just fantastic and I love his accent, which reminds me of home and nanny & poppy. Some of the staff even live in my apartment building, including the vice principal! I love small towns, but this feels like a large family. Three of us even did a 5k awareness run for diabetes. Even though it took twice around the town to rack up 5km…

I’m really looking forward to tomorrow when school actually starts. Of course the first day will be bogged down with administrivia, but all ready things seem to be moving quickly, it’s hard to believe its almost been a week up here. I miss my wife and family, but with my new iPad things will be easier. Things always happen for a reason, so let’s embrace what we have and do the best that we can. I hope to update this blog as much as I can with personal and professional tidbits, so stay tuned.


Challenge of Distractions


While driving in this morning, a beautiful but chilly sunrise on the horizion, my ipod spouting off the first Webinar 3 (Thanks again for the audio copies) I realized what one of my biggest challenges is.


Not bad distractions, but distractions that take me away from what my original focus was.

For example:  Friday I started reading Ben Rossman’s post about classroom tech ideas http://plpcommunityhub.com/forum/topics/classroom-tech-ideas when Todd, jane, and Steven  Mentioned and endorsed Prezi.com – curious, I started my meandering wander…

A fabulous tool in itself, prezi also brought me content that I found facinating – no to mention the best terms of useexplanation EVAR – which uses Prezi (bullet 4)  

I discovered a prezi that a music teacher – bass player had put together – and spent a bit of time revisiting the awe and love of victor wooten


I also found an interesting presentation by Chris Anderson which went with a TED talk about crowd accelerated innovation.



So throuroughly inspired, I shot a link off to a collegue who had been talking to me about passion, jotted a note on twitter, and the bell rang – I had spent an hour and a half, and had only covered one small discussion in the community hub.  

Even while writing this blog post, I was tempted to stray again – TED-active – such a wonderful concept, but I can’t run out of time, I still have things to setup for my students coming in 15 minutes – what?? my 15 minutes alloted turned into 30.  

So, I’ve found one of my challenges in my new connected learning state, and it makes me think about students.  The wild tangents that they may see themselves on, as well as being tempted by social media (my facebook time is afterschool)  and games, and friends, and other classes, and the list goes on.  No wonder they don’t want to dive deeply when the breadth is so inviting and accommodating.  The grass is #4DBD33 on the other page..


Darren Kools

Kenner Music – KPRDSB, Peterborough, Ontario Canada

 ** Cross posted to plpcommunityhub.com**