Gregorian Rant – Thursday, April 17

Preparing For Lent

Preparing For Lent (Photo credit: akahodag)


Lent—A Time to Choose Direction



Lent is an opportunity to look again at who we are, at where we’re going in life, at how we’re getting to where we say we want to go. The Chinese say, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.” But the aimlessness, the confusion, the anomie that go with it, wear us down, wear us out.

Everybody needs to know that they have lived for something. Everyone has a responsibility to leave this world better than when they found it. Everyone needs to carry light into the darkness of the world around them so that others, too, may follow and find the way.

To go through life with no thought of responsibility for anything other than the self is to live like a leech off the riches of the world around us. To not ask the questions: What is my life goal? What am I contributing to this world? and hear the answer in the echo of the soul, is to be living a hollow life indeed.

Lent does not permit us the luxury of such banality. Lent ends in the shadow of the empty cross and in the sunrise of an empty tomb. There are great things to be done by each of us and each of them takes great effort, requires great struggle, will face great resistance. But the way to the empty tomb goes through the mount of the cross.

Lent is our time to prepare to carry the crosses of the world ourselves. The people around us are hungry; it is up to us to see that they are fed, whatever the cost to ourselves. Children around us are in danger on the streets; it is up to us to see that they are safe. The world is at the mercy of US foreign policy, US economic policy and US militarism; it is up to us to soften the hearts of our own government so that the rest of the world can live a life of dignity and pride.

We must “set our faces like flint,” let nothing deter the Jesus life in us, continue the journey from Galilee to Jerusalem, knowing that however our efforts end, the resurrection is surely on its way.


Keeping your passwords secure – a very simple way to keep all your passwords secure in one place.

Jeans Day today – next $20.00 instalment April 25

Roof Top Photo – 9:50

Rosary group visiting all classes

Stations of the Cross in the gym

Pita Pit today!

Bingo for Kakinada and El Salvador

Challenge Cup

Little Horn Theatre Session # 1 Grade 4

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Gregorian Rant – Wednesday April 16

I’ve had a few arguments with people, but I never carry a grudge. You know why? While you’re carrying a grudge, they’re out dancing.

Buddy Hackett


St. Greg Today

Paul in late today

Pizza Day

Junior triad – (AM) @St. Greg’s

Junior French Triad (PM) @St. Greg’s

Girls basketball @St. Cecelia Tanya out

April Science Live Stream: Wacky Weather on – 1:00 PM

Little Horn Theatre Grade 5/6 Drama session #1 – 3:00 PM

Our Dream of 1:1 ChromeBooks

Shauna went to a conference called the Google Apps for Education Summit in Montreal two weekends ago and learned that the EdTechTeam who put it on is providing class sets of ChromeBooks or Nexus 7s to some classes in order to give back!

We realized that we consistently take our tech to the next level and hope that we can get 1:1 devices in our classroom.

Students created the amazing video above and we all worked together to write our application for the grant.

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Gregorian Rant Tuesday, April 15

“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.”
~ Carl Gustav Jung

Yet another cool Google Tool you can use to encourage students to write – Paul

Story Builder

A great story making tool – please click the link to see how easy it is to create a story (misspelled Josephine – sorry!)

Symbaloo JK Page



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 St. Greg Today

Y Kids Academy

Young Rembrandts


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Gregorian Rant The week of April 14 – 17

Photo taken in 1897, St Helens vs Batley in th...

Photo taken in 1897, St Helens vs Batley in the first Challenge Cup Final (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Cease to inquire what the future has in store, and take as a gift whatever the day brings forth.




tips from the worlds smartest duck best of actual advice mallard (13)


 An interesting ‘walking talk’ – the importance of audience for students – great motivator, students writing for a global audience!



Join us and watch the Music Monday webcast on May 5th, 2014

On May 5th, come and visit our homepage ( and there will be a link to watch our live webcast. The webcast will focus on special events in 10 cities across Canada, representing music education from each region. This live showcase will include performances by school groups and local musicians, to messages from prominent Canadian musicians, politicians and leaders, and inspiration and encouragement from local youth, parents and industry advocates.

Register here

St. Gregory this week

Monday, April 14

Lunch Lady

Chad Wolfe Fiddle session #1 Grade 5/6 – 2:30 PM

Tuesday, April 15

Y Kids Academy (PM)

Young Rembrandts

Wednesday, April 16

Pizza Day

Junior Triad Meeting (AM)

Paul out – Board office (AM)

Little Horn Theatre Grade 5/6 session #1

Junior French Triad (PM)

Thursday, April 17

Roof top photo – 9:50 all students and staff

Rosary group visit today

Pita Pit

Little Horn Theatre session 1 Gr. 4 3:00 PM

Challenge Cup


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Gregorian Rant Friday, April 11

tips from the worlds smartest duck best of actual advice mallard (25)



Stop Digging

Don’t let other people’s opinions burn holes in your dreams. ~Elsa Joy Bailey

Only he that has traveled the road knows where the holes are deep. ~ Chinese proverb

When I was a little girl you use to learn to sew all the holes in things, darning socks, but nobody mends things anymore. ~ Vivienne Westwood

Fill your every day holes with patches of gratitude. ~ unknown

It’s a good thing to follow The First Law of Holes: if you are in one, stop digging. ~ Denis Healey

Hope fills the holes of frustration in my heart. ~ Emanuel Clever

Quotes about holes, resilience


Discovery Education:

Creating Multimedia Projects with Discovery Ed...

Creating Multimedia Projects with Discovery Education streaming (Photo credit: EducationPlus’s Learning Division)

Discovery Education is an online resource of educational videos, photography, clip art and writing prompts. The site is best known for the library of educational videos available for download or real time viewing. The videos are segmented into small clips so that a teacher, student or class can view the exact segment of the video that pertains to the lesson or activity. All videos can be viewed in their entirety as well. Videos are accompanied by lesson/unit ideas and resources.
Username: e + employee# . ocsb (do not forget the DOT between employee# and ocsb) e.g. (e1234567.ocsb)
Password: Welcome2FL (UPPER CASE: Firstname Initial, Lastname Initial) (e.g. John Smith : Welcome2JS)
Username: s + student# . ocsb (do not forget the DOT between student# and ocsb) (s1234567.ocsb)
Password: Welcome2FL (UPPER CASE: Firstname Initial, Lastname Initial (e.g. Mary Smith : Welcome2MS)
If a staff member requires assistance (account creation or password recovery, they should send a help ticket to the helpdesk).

Note: My article for today is cross posted from OSSEMOOC: Day 5 of 30 days of learning.

Preparing my Next Sermon
Creative Commons License Photo Credit: Mark Hunter via Compfight

Last week, we were asked as a staff to once again articulate what technology needs we  have. Like many schools and school districts, we are working hard to upgrade our infrastructure and our hardware. This is necessary work, to be sure. But as I listened to the ‘wish list’ that teachers have, I reflected on how this conversation about tools did not stem from the need to change practice.

And maybe it can’t. Maybe the process of the integration of technology and shifting practice has to happen at the individual level.

I have a class set of Chromebooks, and the impetus for acquiring them was not pedagogical. In the fall of 2013, I was asked to teach grade 10 communications technology, and the Chromebooks were purchased to support that course. But I had them, so why not use them in all of my classes? This could be a bit of a pilot program, we (the principal and I) told ourselves. Let’s see how these devices work out in the non-tech classroom.

The Chromebooks worked marvelously.

I didn’t.

Sure, I knew how to use the machines and the apps. I knew how to set up student blogs and wikis. I knew how to organize documents and folders, to comment, and to share. What I didn’t know how to do was to integrate the devices into the teaching that I do.  Let me try that again. What I didn’t know was that I needed to see the curriculum (English) in a completely different way. What I didn’t know was that ‘changing my practice’ meant reconsidering every aspect of my practice from how I structured the course (traditionally thematically) to what essential skills I believed my students needed to have and how they would/could demonstrate them.

Here’s an example: Senior students need to demonstrate their ability to research, organize ideas, write, revise, format for publication, and cite sources appropriately. For many teachers, this translates into a research report or essay that is produced in Word or Google documents and that is printed or shared. Is that traditional research report/essay format still valid? Do I need to teach them how to produce their thinking in this manner because that’s the format required or expected in higher ed? Or can students research, curate, embed, link, write, and cite in a wiki? Or is the conversation really about choice?

This past February, I had a conversation with Steve Anderson (@Web20Classroom ) about content curation, in which I raised these same questions. His response? We need to understand that “there is no final solution when it comes to [student] learning.”

No final solution. No one way. No program. No script.

What I learn a bit more each day is to be okay with feeling off balance as I figure out what to hang on to from how I taught before and what to let go of. And this, I think, is not something that anyone else can do for me.


St. Greg Today

Heads up…
I am taking my class outside to mark the edge of the ice and later record how much it melts in a day.
We are using sidewalk chalk to mark the pavement in the yard at the back.
I will take pictures.
Bingo for Kakinada/El Salvador
Challenge Cup today
Srarr Gymnastics – last day
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Gregorian Rant – Thursday, April 10

Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.
John Adams


Savage Chickens

St. Greg’s Today

Pit Pit

Lunch for staff with Dean Shareski

FSL In-service Caroline out, Melanie in, Jen out, Natasha in.

Cathy out (PM) Marina Costa in

Starr Gymnastics in all day

27 Ways Teachers Can Give and Receive Feedback Infographic


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Gregorian Rant – Wednesday, April 9

Maybe you are searching among the branches, for what only appears in the roots.


Everyone is quick to laugh at this dog and yell, “FAIL”. I see it differently. This little guy went for it. Sure he didn’t make it, but that didn’t stop him from getting right back up, trying again and succeeding!

Nanakorobi yaoki is a Japanese proverb that translates to: Fall seven times and stand up eight. When life knocks you down, stand back up and keep trying :)

ps. the slow-motion, music and expression on the dog’s face as he ‘goes for it’ are hilarious. Nobody’s debating that!


St. Greg Today


(Teresa out Jillian in)

Pizza Day

Starr Gymnastics – week II

Vimy Ridge Day


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Gregorian Rant – Tuesday, April 8

 St. Greg Today

Y Kids Academy continues at St. Greg’s

Staff Meeting

Young Rembrandts

School Council



The Teacher’s Visual Guide To Social Media
07/26/2012, Terry Heick, 11 Comments

from Teachthought

What can social media do for you in your classroom? A lot, actually.

The use of social media in formal learning environments is an exciting possibility for a variety of reasons, including authenticity of learning materials, widespread availability, low cost (assuming technology to access it is in place), and other potential, including higher-level thinking possibilities, many of which we outlined in our twitter spectrum.

The following visual takes a look at facebook, twitter, wordpress, pinterest, and YouTube (a topic we also covered recently).

From searching for relevant images on pinterest,

Also interesting is the way this visual frames the use of social media in terms of three distinct functions–connect, curate, and notify–actions the learners would parallel in their own use in a classroom.

Comments or suggestions below? How do you use social media in your classroom?

Or do you?



A Teacher’s Guide to Social Media

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Gregorian Rant – The week of April 7 – 11


In this fantastic night-time capture by iwillbehomesoon, we see the iconic Saint Basil’s Cathedral in the Red Square, Moscow, Russia. The former church, which is now a museum, was built from 1555–61 on orders from Ivan the Terrible and commemorates the capture of Kazan and Astrakhan. [source]

The building is shaped as a flame of a bonfire rising into the sky, a design that has no analogues in Russian architecture. As part of the program of state atheism, the church was confiscated from the Russian Orthodox community as part of the Soviet Union’s anti-theist campaigns and has operated as a division of the State Historical Museum since 1928. It was completely and forcefully secularized in 1929 and remains a federal property of the Russian Federation. The church has been part of the Moscow Kremlin and Red Square UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1990. [source]

When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is now before the Lord.” But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

- 1 Samuel 16:6-7

St. Greg This Week

Monday, April 7

Welcome Crystal Payne to St. Gregory School!!

girls basketball

Lunch lady

Tuesday, April 8

Y Kids Academy

Staff Meeting – please add to our agenda here

Wednesday, April 9

Pizza Day!!

Starr Gymnastics

We Day

Thursday, April 10

Starr Gymnastics

Friday, April 11

Bingo for Kakinada and El Salvador – $1.00 to play!

Starr Gymnastics

Girls basketball

Challenge Cup

My Dad is a Dreamworks Animator. Look at What My Video Memories Look Like. Awesome! – See more at:

Little James is the hero of his father’s very short videos, posted on Youtube and getting viral. As a professional after effects animator for Dreamworks studios, Daniel Hashimoto has the talent it takes to turn his son’s everyday moments into incredible actions.
Have a look a this set of fantastic scenes made up by a fantastic father, for his kid.
“I made them mostly because he is really funny and imaginative,” Hashimoto told the Daily News. “James doesn’t watch TV or movies very much. We play tons of games with him throughout the day.”
The clips show little James, 3, shift his Lego aircraft into hyperdrive, disappear into a puddle, transform a McDonald’s PlayPlace into a rocket and enter the Matrix.
“I think they are a lot of fun,” mother Mandy Richardville told The News. “It’s so cute watching Hashi film James while he’s playing around. Then he goes and turns it to magic later.”
- See more at:


Make Chromebooks Work Smarter in the Classroom

These five tips can help teachers better integrate the Google Chrome–based mobile devices into instruction.

Make Chromebooks Work Smarter in the Classroom

 terrific advice – make sure you all take a chromebook home for this summer and play!!

Learning shouldn’t be confined to classroom walls. Edina Public Schools’Classroom in the Cloud implementation allows students to use mobile technology — in this case, Samsung Chromebooks — to access content, collaborate with others, and create assignments and other projects that can be shared with anyone.

Chromebooks are easy to deploy and use, and they’re also particularly effective at motivating and engaging students in the learning process. But like any technology, they should enhance (not hijack) the curriculum.
Here are five ways to effectively integrate Chromebooks into instruction.

1. Play First

Work with students to learn how to navigate the Google Chrome operating system and Google Apps for Education‘s many tools.

For example, when introducing Google Docs, have each student type a list of five facts about themselves and five questions they have for a partner. Teach students how to share their document with a partner, add a comment and respond to the questions. Watching their document change right before their eyes gets students excited about the other things they can achieve in the cloud — and eases the transition to actual content work.

2. Have Students Collaborate and Create Together

Google Presentations and Google Sites provide two effective ways to increase collaboration in the classroom and beyond.

Using Presentations, each student can create a slide that’s part of a classroom project. The presentation can be embedded on a website and shared easily with others. Using Sites, students can demonstrate learning, show mastery and display work. These sites can then be shared with others to provide feedback to the creator.

The ability to share students’ work so easily increases student engagement and typically leads to significantly greater amounts of feedback.

3. Use Google Drive

Students who attend schools that rely on the cloud for teaching and learning can no longer claim that the dog ate their homework, because all work is saved automatically and available online. When students use Google Driveon Chromebooks, they can collaborate with peers in real time, asynchronously — even when they aren’t physically together.

4. Utilize Apps and Extensions

Adding apps and extensions from the Chrome Web Store can help students personalize their Chromebook and support their learning. To interact with text, for example, consider these apps: Google Dictionary, Clearly, Chrome Speak, Awesome Screenshot, and Read&Write for Google.

Students also can use keyboard search to conduct Google searches or navigate to other apps on their Chromebook.

5. Surrender Control and Trust Students

In the digital age, teachers are learners too. Don’t worry about staying ahead of the students; embrace being on the journey with them. Learn about Twitter together. Learn about YouTube together. Continue learning about the best ways to use technology, together. Set parameters, hold students accountable and be a collaborator with them so trust extends both ways.

Hear from other school IT leaders who have effectively integrated Chromebooks into instruction

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School districts are flipping education on its head with mobile and online teaching tools.


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Gregorian Rant – Friday, April 4

The only difference between a good day and a bad day is your attitude.  ~Dennis S. Brown

 St. Greg Today

Starr Gymnastics continues

Grade 1 and 2 Triad meeting

Gymnastics showcase at Corona Gym

Grade 2/3 Triad meeting (PM)

Bingo for Kakinada and El Salvador – $1.00 to play! – noon

Challenge Cup Announcement


Sharing how students are using Kaizena add on to their Google Doc. I used Snagit to screen share how students apply it and how I send feedback to them.

Rola Tibshirani

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