The Reflection Pool

3 Things my Blog Titles Need to be Better

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I just spent some time analyzing a handful of titles from previous posts using Co-schedule Headline Analyzer. Here are my results:

I Can’t Eat the Frog => B+ or 39

It’s Summer, Take Some Time Off => C- or 50

Up the Ladder and Down the Snakes => B+ or 68

Living in the Tension => C- or 64

What Should Professional Learning Look Like? => A+ or 77

Full disclosure: I like writing titles. I’ve always enjoyed thinking up some slightly clever title for papers, poems and now blog posts.  When Doug Peterson shared the link to the analyzer in one of his daily blog posts, I thought it would be fun to analyze my titles. So I was a bit surprised to see that according to this tool, I’m not very good! My so-called cleverness seems to be getting in the way.

So what do I need?

  1. My titles need to be longer. Apparently titles with more words have more power.
  2. My titles need more “emotional” and “power” words. Something called emotional market value makes titles more shareable.
  3. My titles should follow a format that draws a reader in. Formats like questions, lists (note my title for this post), or how to posts gain more traction.

What’s your opinion? What kind of headline leads you to read an article or blog?

(N.B. The headline for this post got an A+. Score!)

#makeschooldifferent – Five Things

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With thanks to Scott McLeod, who started this whole thing, Donna Fry, who picked it up in Ontario, and Aviva Dunsiger who tagged me in her post.

1.  We have to stop pretending…that learning is natural and easy. Maybe when we were babies and toddlers, learning came easy. But it’s hard and it takes time.

2. We have to stop pretending…one kind of professional learning is best. Neither edcamp, or learning communities, or large group or self directed learning work all the time.

3. We have to stop pretending… that learning how to use an application or software means we are using technology to enhance learning.

4. We have to stop pretending…that change can happen quickly. For most of us, we need time to absorb, to try, to reflect, to learn.

5. We have to stop pretending…that one approach, one researcher, one policy maker has all the answers.

Next up, I challenge Jeff Dumoulin, Sherry Spelic, Brandon Grasley, Heather Theijsmeijer, and Beth Hulan. What do you think we need to do to #makeschooldifferent?

Edcamp Hamilton Redux

edcamp-hamiltonToday was our second Edcamp Hamilton and it was great! After months of planning, we welcomed over 60 educators, parents and a student for self directed learning and discussions.  People came from all over southern Ontario, from Belleville through Toronto, Waterloo and Niagara. I reconnected with some many Ontario educators and met some new friends.  And the Smackdown? Epic. Check out the sessions, linked Docs and our Smackdown page at


The openness and level of the sharing and conversation was truly impressive.


And everyone gave up a sunny Saturday to learn. Wow.

(And below – check out some of my fave pics)

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