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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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The Fallacy of De-Streaming as a Bandaid for Education in Ontario

  THIS BLOG WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN FEBRUARY 2018. IT HAS BEEN REPUBLISHED IN LIGHT OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT BY EDUCATION MINISTER LECCE TO END STREAMING OF GRADE 9 IN ONTARIO (JULY 2020) – CBC.CA ARTICLE Care enough about this topic to sign a petition? If you do, please visit: https://www.change.org/p/stephen-lecce-stop-de-streaming-grade-9-in-ontario Why is it that when… Continue reading The Fallacy of De-Streaming as a Bandaid for Education in Ontario

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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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Hello January: 5 Easy, Engaging Activities to Teach Goal Setting

Hello January! Just like that, a new year’s begun – full of potential and opportunity. It’s become a cultural tradition in North America to use this time of year for reflection, goal setting and planning for the upcoming year. To many of us, these activities come as second nature – especially A type teachers like… Continue reading Hello January: 5 Easy, Engaging Activities to Teach Goal Setting

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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!