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!

Literacy · Teaching Reflections · Technology in Education · Topics for Parents and Students

5 Easy Steps to use Instagram in Creating a Culture of Reading at your School

Last year when teaching my students about social media, I had them complete a poll: what social media applications did they use the most? We were in the midst of studying social media applications, their power and influence but I had an ulterior motive: I wanted to find out their digital patterns to use as… Continue reading 5 Easy Steps to use Instagram in Creating a Culture of Reading at your School

Literacy · Teaching Reflections · Topics for Parents and Students

An Open Letter to Parents: why your teenager needs to read

Hi parents of teenagers, it’s me – an annoying teacher trying to tell you how to raise your kids. Well, it’s not all that bad, actually; I’m just telling you that you need to do one thing: get your teenagers to read. It’s REALLY, REALLY important. Actually, research shows that it is the single best… Continue reading An Open Letter to Parents: why your teenager needs to read

Literacy · Teaching Reflections · Topics for Parents and Students

EQAO results do matter; why can’t they be celebrated? And why can’t we use them as red flags for schools that are struggling?

Why are school administrators backing away from celebrating EQAO achievements? Is this creating complacency in underperforming schools?