Author Archives: Chris Hale

About Chris Hale

Teacher, parent, husband, fan of tech in class. Have eventually become a runner.

10 Concepts for Teaching Effective Listening Skills — Global Digital Citizen Foundation

Listen is a single word with such big implications. When it comes to good listening skills, it’s not so much about the ears as it is about being observant. A good listener receives information, processes it, gives feedback for clarity, … Continue reading

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Learning from one of my teachers about a site for ELL students that presents news articles at 5 different reading levels.  Wish I had this when I taught English! https://newsela.com/

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Ten Minutes of Connecting: Day 20 – How Leaders Use Google Drive for Collaboration

Originally posted on OSSEMOOC:
Today we are building on some of the learning you have been doing in this series.  We have focused on a number of tools to help you connect.  We hope that you are continuing to set…

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#EdCamp Learning

Today as I watch my son in his weekly para-dressage lesson, there are dedicated teachers in various cities, like Ottawa, taking part in EdCamp learning opportunities. While I can’t attend, I can follow the back channel Twitter feeds. I think … Continue reading

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Don’t need permission to let myself unwind

I’m sitting in my office surrounded by paper, lots of paper, listening to music on my iPhone (random play so it’s jumped around from Metric, Tommy Guerro, BB King, Attack in Black, and David Myles — right now it’s “Stayin’ … Continue reading

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Reflections on PD

Today was the first full PD day I had with my new staff at Ridgemont HS. I’ve really enjoyed working with this great group of educators, but today I really got to see how these people work together to further … Continue reading

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Collaborative Lesson Creation

Today I joined some science teachers as they created a lesson as a team. This was the last gathering of this team after spending time together every two weeks when the team created lessons for an observed class, took part … Continue reading

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Testing questions, questioning testing

One of the things I like most about being a Vice Principal is having the opportunity to go into many classrooms to see what and how students are learning, as well as how teachers engage their students.  Recently I had … Continue reading

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Change is good

I have spent part of this evening upgrading my computer’s OS because it was time to change. The decision to move to a newer OS was not taken lightly as I was comfortable with what I had. Questions were numerous. … Continue reading

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A letter to my teacher

It has been suggested to me many times at various PD events that teachers should take a moment to write a letter to teachers who were themselves influential and important to us. the Ontario College of Teachers’ publication Professionally Speaking … Continue reading

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