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Tier 2 Vocabulary: The Secret Elixir of Success for Secondary and Post Secondary Education

A couple years ago, as a Special Education Program Leader I attended a professional development session with our board speech pathologists about the importance of vocabulary and the challenges of acquisition for special education students, especially those with LD’s. I was all ears, and what I learned was (in my opinion) shocking. First of all,… Continue reading Tier 2 Vocabulary: The Secret Elixir of Success for Secondary and Post Secondary Education

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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

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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!

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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

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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