Why is it that when questions of the efficacy of education, curriculum, student achievement, etc. arise in Ontario teachers are the last to be consulted (if at all)? One would think that perhaps, as sole providers of daily education to students we may (long shot) have some kind of idea about what is going on… Continue reading The Fallacy of De-Streaming as a Bandaid for Education in Ontario
Follow my blog with Bloglovin Earlier this school year, I wrote about my ongoing battles with secondary students and smartphone use in the classroom. My ‘new’ attempt at controlling the issue was to educate students about the dangers of smartphone use and to let them set their own classroom guidelines collaboratively with me so that… Continue reading The Cell Phone Struggle: Part 2
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
Dear Parents: Please stop doing your kids homework. You aren’t fooling anyone, just teaching your child to be manipulative and dishonest.
Want your students to become better readers? Become their reading mentor and allow them choice. #independentreading
My latest read is Micheal Moss’s bestseller, Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us. It’s a shocking tale of the level of deception, food altering and chemical engineering the food industry in North America has invested in causing us (the consumer) to crave salt, sugar and fat. Although I knew that these substances… Continue reading Salt Sugar and Fat: Get them OUT of our Schools
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