Literacy · Teaching Reflections

10 Christmas Activities for Intermediate and Senior English Classrooms

Happy December, everyone! What a great (and busy) time for both staff and students. In the secondary realm we are approaching the end of the semester (yikes!) in January so everyone is in a bit of a panic. Throw in some extra late nights at the shopping mall and holiday parties and, well……teaching can get… Continue reading 10 Christmas Activities for Intermediate and Senior English Classrooms

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

Rant like Rick: teaching students to rant is both necessary and fun!

While flipping through MacLean’s magazine a couple of years ago I came across the following article:  “Rick Mercer: Why I rant. And why you should too”.  I read it because I enjoyed Rick’s work – especially his rants, but I walked away thinking……hey I could teach this. So, I did. It started pretty simply. The first… Continue reading Rant like Rick: teaching students to rant is both necessary and fun!

Literacy · Topics for Parents and Students

Hot Teen Reads for Christmas Stockings!

My mom had a saying at Christmas time when my brother and I sat down to make our lists for Santa. We were to include items in the following categories: “something you want, something you need, something to wear, something to read”. She sticks to these same parameters today, as do I when buying for… Continue reading Hot Teen Reads for Christmas Stockings!

Teaching Reflections · Topics for Parents and Students

Want an extended family? Teach at or send your kids to a community school.

Today was a sad day at my small, rural community school. We were brought together to mourn the tragic and premature passing of a parent who was very involved in the lives of her children, both the elementary and secondary community schools and the community at large. Such a crowd had gathered for the funeral… Continue reading Want an extended family? Teach at or send your kids to a community school.

Topics for Parents and Students

The Do’s and Don’ts of Parent Teacher Interviews (for both parties)

Parent-teacher interviews can be a bit like playing poker. You’ve got to know when to hold ’em, when to fold ’em, when to walk away and when to run.  These 5 minute bites of time can either form a fantastic working relationship between parents and teachers or unfortunately destroy any possibility of a partnership. I’ve… Continue reading The Do’s and Don’ts of Parent Teacher Interviews (for both parties)

Technology in Education · Teaching Reflections

5 Essential Technology Infographics for Teachers

I wasn’t always techy; it’s something I’ve forced myself to learn as I saw the necessity for it in terms of engaging my students, increasing communication with colleagues, students and parents and organizing my resources effectively. But don’t get me wrong – I’m far from a professional. I’m constantly learning and trying new things in… Continue reading 5 Essential Technology Infographics for Teachers