Is group work overrated? What benefits and drawbacks does it have for students and how can teachers make the most of it?
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.
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
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
Over the past couple weeks, Ontario teachers have been up in arms in arms about the repealing then, re-structuring of the sex ed curriculum. As an observer, I’ve kind of shrugged my shoulders about this because as an English teacher I know that many of us tackle these topics in our classrooms regularly – regardless… Continue reading Social Issues in Ontario will always have a home in English Class!
Did you know that if people take the time to sit and write out their goals that they are 50% more likely to accomplish them? Crazy, right? I have to say that I’m a big proponent of goal setting, and I have two thanks for that: my parents and Olympia Sports Camp. My parents are… Continue reading 5 Practical Ideas for Back to School Goal Setting (for Teachers and Students)
Take a moment and think a bit about your childhood. What did you learn from your parents, extended family or friends and what did you learn at school? More importantly, how did the two learning environments overlap, developing consistency and clear expectations? I remember my parents (and grandparents) teaching me a wide variety of skills… Continue reading The Decline of ‘Parenting’ and its Impact on Education
Thursday, June 7th is election day in Ontario. VOTE! Be a role model for youth who can’t!
Think about your own experience as a student. What do you remember? More importantly, WHO do you remember? My guess is that like me, it isn’t the teacher who had the best lessons, delivered the most curriculum, returned marking promptly, followed all the administrative and ministry rules or had the most organized classroom. To kids, none of this stuff matters, at least it didn’t to me.
I recently attended the OCEdiscovery conference in Toronto, Ontario where I had the opportunity to attend as part of a Ministry of Education delegation. This amazing conference brings together various aspects of innovation and entrepreneurship in Ontario. My job was to observe, and collaborate with colleagues from across the province, then report back to my school district about… Continue reading The Future is Here: AI Robotics; Data Mining and Analysis; Complex, Collaborative Problem Solving