Literacy · Teaching Reflections · Topics for Parents and Students

5 Reasons Why Note Taking Rocks!

Before I became a teacher, I volunteered at my alma mater elementary school with a seasoned primary teacher who banned handouts in her grade 2 classroom.  Although it was a rough start, it was amazing to see the growth in her students’ penmanship and literacy skills as the year progressed. That experience stuck with me,… Continue reading 5 Reasons Why Note Taking Rocks!

Teaching Reflections · Topics for Parents and Students

Dear Lisa Thompson…

Yesterday was a disappointing day for Ontario’s teachers, parents and students. On a day when we reached out to begin good-faith consultations with Ontario’s Ford government, we instead  heard you blame teachers and unions for a student walkout at schools across the province, when in reality it was your government’s policies that sparked this action.

Teaching Reflections · Topics for Parents and Students

Why are ‘veteran’ teachers inherently more valuable to the education system? A serious question to consider in the wake of Ford’s planned decimation of young teachers in Ontario…

Why are young/less experienced teachers losing their jobs when there are veteran teachers that exist who are performing poorly or complacently, making more money, and don’t have to worry about a pink slip? It’s just not fair…

Literacy · Teaching Reflections · Topics for Parents and Students

5 easy ways to teach ‘inferencing’

Inferencing is much more than a reading skill; essentially, it is the process of training the brain to think metaphorically rather than literally. Many students have already acquired this skill as it has been modelled at home in the context of both reading materials and experiences, but for many of our students it is something completely foreign to them that needs to be explicitly taught. 

Teaching Reflections

The problem(s) with mandatory e-learning…

As both a teacher and student, the e-learning environment works for me, but I’m an adult with a university education. I also happen to be tech savvy, and have good literacy and independent learning skills. Despite my personal admiration for the virtual teaching world, I can’t ignore the reasons why it’s not a great fit for many teachers and students. 

cannabislegalization · Teaching Reflections

Dear Ontario Government: The legalization of cannabis will impact schools. We’d appreciate some guidance and resources.

Dear Wise Ontario Government Officials, I’ve been putting off writing this piece for a while thinking…it’s getting close- there must be something coming. But here I am – Saturday, October 13th and as of today Ontario educators have received no guidance or resources regarding the legalization of cannabis on October 17th. For me, as a… Continue reading Dear Ontario Government: The legalization of cannabis will impact schools. We’d appreciate some guidance and resources.

Teaching Reflections · Topics for Parents and Students

Why Educators Must Be Trained to Deal with Families in High Conflict Custody Disputes

This is a touchy subject, as it involves divorce and child custody issues. These topics rarely bring out the best in people, and quite usually very strong opinions and emotions. Everybody knows somebody who has experienced a messy divorce where children have been used as pawns; it’s not pretty to watch and much worse to… Continue reading Why Educators Must Be Trained to Deal with Families in High Conflict Custody Disputes

Health and Wellness for Teachers · Teaching Reflections

Three Expectations to LET GO of as a New Teacher

Starting a new job as a teacher is a lot like becoming a parent. Full of energy and expectations, you plan, organize and renovate, re-plan, research, stress…….well, that describes me in both situations, anyways. New teachers (for the most part) are optimistic, naive and wholly unprepared for what awaits them. They can’t wait to prove… Continue reading Three Expectations to LET GO of as a New Teacher