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“Christmas Vacation” as an Allegory of Education Labour Disputes

What can the comedy classic Christmas Vacation teach us about education worker labour disputes in Ontario? Read on to find out!

Literacy · Teaching Reflections · Teaching Topics/Activities · Topics for Parents and Students

10 Easy Strategies to make Literacy a Family Activity this Fall

As a parent and teacher, nearly every conversation I’ve had in the past couple weeks has focused on the topic of whether or not to send kids back to school due to the threat of COVID 19 and/or disruption of COVID-19 restrictions and rules. Spoiler alert: I’m sending my kids back to school – for… Continue reading 10 Easy Strategies to make Literacy a Family Activity this Fall

Teaching Reflections

Ode to the teachers, parents and students “grinding out” distance learning

In a matter of days in March 2020, our education system in Canada – and throughout the world- changed drastically due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Unceremoniously, teachers, parents and students were forced into the uncomfortable and challenging new world of ‘distance learning’: a place where nothing is certain and  no one is sure what to… Continue reading Ode to the teachers, parents and students “grinding out” distance learning

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‘Questioning’ is OK and NECESSARY in the Coronavirus Pandemic

When students learn how to question effectively, they are thinking deeply: about purpose, audience, reliability, bias, etc. We teach them to think rather than blindly accept everything that is communicated to them at face value. 

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3 Steps to Successful Distance Learning

Regardless of semantics, the function of teaching and learning online is the same wether you are using elearning courses or other technology based delivery methods. Moreover, for these digital learning platforms to be successful, teachers and students must follow three key steps: organization and routine, meaningful communication, and engaging content/work completion. 

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Coronavirus Journal for Kids!

After mulling it over for a couple days, I decided to create a Coronavirus Journal for my own kids and students. This journal can be adapted to kids of all ages, and includes 10 activities aimed at encouraging students to think, learn, research, read, write and even have fun with memes!

Education Labour Disputes · Health and Wellness for Teachers · Teaching Reflections · Topics for Parents and Students

Ten steps too far…the dangerous vilification of teachers in Ontario

What will the vilification of great, hardworking teachers do to the profession? Also, how many potential teachers are being turned away from the teaching profession due to the public vilification of teachers on social media, in the news, by the government and public?