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10 Easy Strategies to make Literacy a Family Activity this Fall

As a parent and teacher, nearly every conversation I’ve had in the past couple weeks has focused on the topic of whether or not to send kids back to school due to the threat of COVID 19 and/or disruption of COVID-19 restrictions and rules. Spoiler alert: I’m sending my kids back to school – for… Continue reading 10 Easy Strategies to make Literacy a Family Activity this Fall

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‘Questioning’ is OK and NECESSARY in the Coronavirus Pandemic

When students learn how to question effectively, they are thinking deeply: about purpose, audience, reliability, bias, etc. We teach them to think rather than blindly accept everything that is communicated to them at face value. 

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3 Steps to Successful Distance Learning

Regardless of semantics, the function of teaching and learning online is the same wether you are using elearning courses or other technology based delivery methods. Moreover, for these digital learning platforms to be successful, teachers and students must follow three key steps: organization and routine, meaningful communication, and engaging content/work completion. 

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Coronavirus Journal for Kids!

After mulling it over for a couple days, I decided to create a Coronavirus Journal for my own kids and students. This journal can be adapted to kids of all ages, and includes 10 activities aimed at encouraging students to think, learn, research, read, write and even have fun with memes!

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Ten steps too far…the dangerous vilification of teachers in Ontario

What will the vilification of great, hardworking teachers do to the profession? Also, how many potential teachers are being turned away from the teaching profession due to the public vilification of teachers on social media, in the news, by the government and public?

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Dear Ontario Parents, don’t stress about withheld report cards…

Dear Ontario Parents,
Don’t stress about withheld report cards. Seriously. They really aren’t the ‘cat’s meow’ you think they are. 

This is actually a great opportunity for you to change the way you look at school assessment and feedback about your child. The ball’s in your court; here’s how you can make a play. 

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Assistive Technology IS NOT the “answer” for students struggling with literacy skills

Literacy is central to success in life – academically, socially and financially, but like everything else in life it comes easy to some and much harder to others. Unfortunately, since it is literally the vehicle of education this becomes incredibly problematic if children struggle with literacy skills. We all desperately want a solution to support them in moving along with their classmates, but handing them a computer with assistive technology programming is not the solution we should be leaning towards – it should be intensive, evidence based instruction – both at home and school. For literacy intervention to be successful, there needs to be a “all hands on deck” approach. 

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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!

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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.