Although exams are an ‘option’ for course culminating tasks at the secondary level in Ontario, it is my belief that they should be mandatory. In the current world of education, they really are one of the only methods of generating authentic learning from students. Moreover, they allow students opportunities for independence, resilience and confidence – all attributes that students in our modern world are desperately in need of.
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?
What are your thoughts regarding teacher performance pay in Ontario? I believe it’s something we should explore as a profession. Read on to learn why…
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.
Dear Wise Ontario Government Officials, I’ve been putting off writing this piece for a while thinking…it’s getting close- there must be something coming. But here I am – Saturday, October 13th and as of today Ontario educators have received no guidance or resources regarding the legalization of cannabis on October 17th. For me, as a… Continue reading Dear Ontario Government: The legalization of cannabis will impact schools. We’d appreciate some guidance and resources.
I’ve attended approximately 90 professional development days in my career as a teacher to date, but can honestly say that only 5 of them have had a positive, lasting effect on my practice. You don’t have to be a mathematician to see that those odds aren’t good. Some have been memorable for other reasons…..like the time one of… Continue reading Why Teacher PD Should be Genius Time