Literacy · Topics for Parents and Students

Reading and Mental Health

Reading can support students in establishing and maintaining good mental health; it can be the lifeline they desperately need.

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

OSSLT Student Feedback: What we can DO to Improve Their Experience and Scores

If you regularly read @teacherevolution.me, you know that I’m all about student feedback. In my classroom, students share in decisions about content, assignments, organization, agenda etc. I’ve learned that to be a great teacher, I have to be a great listener – and that I have to cultivate and honour the student voice in my… Continue reading OSSLT Student Feedback: What we can DO to Improve Their Experience and Scores

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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

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

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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!