The Importance of Water Safety to Aboriginal Children’s Education in Canada

Access to potable water is a fundamental human right and essential to ongoing  human health. Good health is also essential for students to obtain an education. For over 20 years, conditions of water safety and quality on reserve lands continue to be an ongoing concern in Canada. “Despite a substantial amount of funding allocated toward improving […]

The Basics of Understanding Copyright in Canada

Creative Works are Protected Under Canadian Law When protecting creations such as writing, paintings, and even computer programs, regardless of value, Canadian law protects all creative works, under the Copyright Act. Creators of original work have rights that are protected. “Simply put, the Act prohibits others from copying your work without your permission. Its purpose […]

Inclusive Education for All Students Including Those With Special Education Needs

As Ontario teachers, we know that there is a current challenge in addressing the learning needs of special education students with significant behaviour issues including violence against school staff. The Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario has developed a multi-year strategy to address violence in schools. This states specific goals and includes resources such as videos […]

Importance of Teaching Climate Change

Most teachers agree that teaching climate change is important … but why is climate change really important? Given humans will be facing impending global climate change, why don’t all people care about climate change? What climate change is and what it is not. An important thing students need to know is the difference between climate […]

Great Gifts for Teachers

Teachers spend hundreds of dollars on school supplies  . Why these are great gifts for teachers: . 1. Boxes of tissue: Always needed for runny noses! 2. Markers: Sharpie markers, washable markers, dry erase markers 3. Plastic bags with closures, all sizes: great for organizing activities and classroom items  4. A heavy duty pencil sharpener: […]

School Choice and Challenging Charter Schools in Canada

As a citizen of Canada, I am a strong and proud advocate of access to public education. According to John Dewey, public education reinforced a democratic community that can break down barriers “of class, race, and national territory which kept men from perceiving the full import [importance] of their activity” in democracy (Dewey, 1916). The […]

Teaching Parents to Use Cell Phones

Photo Source: Gadgets at restaurants quiet kids, but not critics In my 19 years teaching from grades 2 to grade 8, I’ve had many experiences with students and their cell phones. When cell phones first became popular with students, I was waiting for administration to outline rules on how to appropriately deal with cell phones at […]

Gender Rights = Human Rights

Education is one of the foundations of Canadian society … and so are human rights. In Ontario, education is a “publically funded education system to support and reflect the democratic values of fairness, equity, and respect for all” (Policy/Program Memorandum No. 119, Developing and Implementing Equity and Inclusive Education Policies in Ontario Schools, Ministry of […]

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