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
Thank God for Twitter. January 1st, 11pm and this beautiful social media application reminds me to write about my #onewordOnt for 2018. What’s #oneword you may ask? Well, really it’s just that – one word, selected by you that becomes your focus for the new year. Last year my first #oneword attempt was balance (see… Continue reading 2018 #onewordOnt: passion
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
Happy December, everyone! What a great (and busy) time for both staff and students. In the secondary realm we are approaching the end of the semester (yikes!) in January so everyone is in a bit of a panic. Throw in some extra late nights at the shopping mall and holiday parties and, well……teaching can get… Continue reading 10 Christmas Activities for Intermediate and Senior English Classrooms