Educational Discourse

Learning through experiences, discussions, & stories.

About

Hi, I’m Kelly. This is usually where the blog owner tries to give you an idea of who they are and the purpose of the blog. For me, the purpose of the blog is slightly easier so I’ll begin there.

The purpose of Educational Discourse is to support teachers through discussions surrounding education and educational issues. At at time when teachers are being told by almost everyone who and what they should be, it’s often difficult to focus on listening to oneself and finding that voice within. I don’t want to tell you what great teachers do or how they act or what they have in their classroom or anything like that but I want to provide you with ideas, suggestions, routines, resources, thoughts about finding and developing your own voice.

Besides this, I am a father of 8 lovely children aged 8 to 25 years of age. I am married to a wonderful, caring, and sharing woman who helps me to be the person that I am. Together, we have changed locations 7 times, remodeled 8 houses and shared numerous adventures.

Each day in our house is a new adventure and I learn daily from my children, mostly how to be humble! It is an awesome task/privilege, parenting, that comes with no manual or set of foolproof steps. Our family is unique in that our oldest four are girls and our youngest four are boys.

I’m currently looking to see where the next opportunity will take me! I am working on a PhD at the University of Regina. Before that I was a principal of a K – 12 school in a small town in Saskatchewan for the previous 3 years. I have lived and taught in a wide variety of schools, both Catholic and public. I spent the first 10 years of my career as a classroom teacher, mostly at the middle years level. The last 12 years I have been a teaching principal. I have lived and taught in city and rural schools, I have been the administrator of 2 school campuses at the same time (and taught) and I have had the unique experience of opening a new school. From these experiences, I have learned that I have much to learn.

I have been blogging for about 10 years. When I first began my online venture, I adopted the name kwhobbes partly because of the the philosopher and thinker Hobbes but mostly because of the tiger in the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes. I see alot of myself in the character of Calvin and can identify with him on a few different levels and have always been intrigued by the role that Hobbes has in his life. Besides, I have never had to worry about that user name being taken!  During this time I have met some wonderful people, been involved in numerous learning adventures and each day has become a PD day as I learn something new. I’ve also challenged a number of people which really makes one look closely at what they believe – their core values.

I am looking for ways to help the teachers help their students. During this process, I hope to make many contacts and expand my learning and understanding!

That’s me.

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5 thoughts on “About

  1. Given you interest in e-learning, you might find it interesting to take a look at Kerika: there’s a 2-minute demo on how Kerika can be used in teaching and student projects at http://www.kerika.com/kerika_for_school.html. This shows Kerika’s use in an university environment, but I would be curious to know if you think there is potential for using it in K-12 as well.

    The software is free for academic users.

  2. I enjoyed reading your recent posting on Pageflakes regarding teaching and wanted to update you on a couple of new additions that Pageflakes.com is actively working on within education and socially, if you’re interested in writing about them:

    About Pageflakes:
    With Pageflakes, you just sign in quickly to the website, add url’s (‘flakes’) to your page (‘pagecast’), shuffle them around in priority of importance, create a snazzy background and off you go. This is now your new home page instead of having to rummage through many websites on a daily basis. You can see all your favorite websites on one page and can create additional pages based on themes i.e. cookery, sports, fashion, celebrities or your own enterprise & business updates etc. Upload videos, use the ‘anything flake’ to add personal messages, calendars and more. Users can chat with other pagecast users directly or through the community section, copy flakes and discuss like-minded topics.

    Education:
    Pageflakes are working with local schools and educational boards to help them organize their class schedules. Teachers are using Pageflakes as the main site for their students to see update calendars, exam timelines, research study information, grade trackers, message boards and the list continues… Check out a few below:
    1. Homepage platform to set up all educational needs: http://teacher.pageflakes.com
    2. Class Schedule: http://www.pageflakes.com/Community/Content/Flakes.aspx?moduleKey=6028&filter=0
    3. Grade Tracker: http://www.pageflakes.com/Community/Content/Flakes.aspx?moduleKey=757&filter=0
    4. Message Board: http://www.pageflakes.com/Community/Content/Flakes.aspx?moduleKey=3877&filter=0

    Socially:
    In addition, Pageflakes have now created a series of ‘open’ Pagecasts for the consumer to use as an ongoing campaign – whether you’re a Pageflakes registered user or not. Some of the themes are below and more are to come throughout the year (Mothers Day, sporting events, national holidays etc). Anyone can see these from clicking the links or signing in and looking in the community section. These theme pagecasts have been produced by Pageflakes using both new flakes and incorporating flakes from existing pagecast users:
    http://www.pageflakes.com/superbowl
    http://www.pageflakes.com/valentinesday
    http://www.pageflakes.com/carnaval – Mexican Carnival

    Please let me know if you’d like me to send you screenshots of either/both education and social pagecasts.

    Kind regards

    Heddi Cundle
    Consort Partners Ltd
    US Cell: +1 818 693 9779
    US Landline: + 415 626 6638
    Skype: heddi cundle
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