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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

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

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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

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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