What’s up with Ontario’s Health Curriculum?

What’s up with Ontario’s Health Curriculum? … 10% is what’s up! It’s June 2018 and the newly elected Ontario Conservative government is planning to pull the most recently updated 2015 Health and Physical Education Curriculum. I interpret this statement as meaning that Ontario’s Ministry of Education will use the previous Health and Physical Education Curriculum […]

Why Ontario Teachers Need to be Political

According to The Washington Post’s Valarie Strauss “Teachers are often expected to remain politically neutral in class, not letting their students know which candidate they support or where they stand on controversial issues” (Strauss, 2016). Parents may anticipate that teachers could “indoctrinate” students by expressing their own views in classrooms (Strauss, 2016) and as a […]

Why Collective Bargaining is Important for Teachers

I was born into the union. In 1966, my father worked for Timmy Douglas and ran for the an NDP member of parliament in the Ottawa region. Photo below with my father looking over Tommy’s shoulder. And my mother was on the CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees) collective bargaining unit for the secretaries (i.e.typists) local […]

ETFO AQ Edge: Inclusion in Teacher Communities Learning Together

I’ve taken many Additional Qualifications (AQs) in my 19 year teaching career. As a classroom teacher, AQs give me the edge to meet my students’ needs and keep me up to date with the latest pedagogy and technology tools. Through many universities and accredited organizations, I’ve experienced how AQs are presented and organized. I’ve taken […]

Why It’s Time to End Publicly Funded Catholic Schools in 2018

What is the purpose of publicly funded schools? According to the publication, Good Governance: A Guide for Trustees, School Boards, Directors of Education and Communities, the purpose of publicaly funded Ontario schools is to “provide universally accessible education for all students, regardless of their ethnic, racial, or cultural backgrounds; social or economic status; gender; individual exceptionality; […]

Know Your Responsibilities Dealing with Safety in Learning Environments

As teachers, it is our responsibility to keep our students safe at school. I tell my students that keeping them safe is my first job as their teacher. My second job is to teach them something. As a teacher, knowing your rights and responsibilities in the teaching profession is key to protecting yourself and your […]

Recognizing and Responding to Mental Health Problems Among Students

SupportingMinds An Educator’s Guide to Promoting Students’ Mental Health and Well-being Government of Ontario Draft 2013 Note that dealing with mental health problems among students is highly complex and challenging. Often students are not responsive to using mindfulness and self-regulation strategies as their significant mental health needs require the support of professionals such as doctors, […]

Gender Equity in 2018

  The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms outlines what gender equity should look like … but do women really have gender equity in 2018? In education and workplace participation, gender equity has made some strides. in 2015, women are almost as likely to have a high school (82.5% women vs. 89.3% men) or university […]

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