The Risks of Vaccination Vacations

………. https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s–n7cJ-LTe–/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/rr4bz7xerbtjbdusoktw.mp4 ………. Canadian Health Headlines 2018  Measles case confirmed at Skookum Festival, multiple Vancouver locations Why does Europe suddenly have measles? Mumps makes a comeback in Canada and the U.S. Whooping cough outbreaks in Canada tied to lower vaccine immunity Update on invasive meningococcal vaccination for Canadian children and youth How HPV is causing […]

Let’s talk about P

Let’s talk about P Yes, this blog is about teachers’ urination and the lack of opportunities to do so! I’ve been teaching over 19 years now and I know I am having a good day when I have eaten my lunch – before 3 pm, and had a pee break. Teachers often joke about this, […]

Switching to a four-day school week

Switching to a four-day school week I recently read a NPR post about the Colorado School District Switching to a four-day school week to save money. This made me very concerned as many educational policy trends in the United States make their way to Canada. In the 2018-2019 school year, Colorado’s School District 27J has […]

Welcoming Refugees … by any other name

Turned Away: Tale of St. Louis and the fate of its 907 German Jews. Welcoming Refugees by any other name While reading the Toronto Star, I came across an article by Martin Regg Cohn writing about his experience meeting refugees making their way through the Vermont forest into Canada. This made me think about black […]

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 […]

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