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Easy Peasy Strategies to Curb Summer Learning Loss

What are you doing to curb summer learning loss with your kids? Read on for some easy ideas to keep their brains active in the dog days of summer!

Health and Wellness for Teachers · Literacy · Teaching Reflections · Topics for Parents and Students

The Decline of ‘Parenting’ and its Impact on Education

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

Literacy · Teaching Reflections · Teaching Topics/Activities · Topics for Parents and Students

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

Teaching Reflections · Topics for Parents and Students

The Importance of Teachable Moments

I’m swamped at work. So busy, in fact that I haven’t blogged in nearly a month, but somehow by the grace of God I’ve found 25 minutes to sit and write. My class agendas currently also feel this type of pressure.  I’m teaching multiple grade 10 English courses, so we are ramping up towards the… Continue reading The Importance of Teachable Moments

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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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The Cell Phone Struggle: Part 2

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

Literacy · Teaching Reflections · Teaching Topics/Activities · Topics for Parents and Students

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