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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?

Literacy · Teaching Reflections · Topics for Parents and Students

No, the world is not coming to an end: 10 teachable moments about the American Election results to use in the classroom and at home

America has a new president-elect: Mr. Donald Trump, and kids want to talk about it, debate opinions, watch news programs and gasp – maybe even read about it or write a reflection expressing their emotions. It’s Christmas come early for teachable moments. More importantly, though, is our role in education to dispel the negative hype and… Continue reading No, the world is not coming to an end: 10 teachable moments about the American Election results to use in the classroom and at home