Precarious Absences – The impact of teacher intervention truancy systems

I write this blog in response to watching a highly capable and talented, long-term occasional teacher worrying about taking time off to go to a medical appointment. She actually considered cancelling her appointment as she worried about taking too much time off school because she thought it would impact her chance for a full-time teacher […]

The Teacher Who Couldn’t Read

It’s hard to imagine that a school board would every hire a teacher who couldn’t read. Well, if I have been given a reading test past the grade 4 level, I may not have been hired. I am a teacher with 18 years experience. I am qualified in many areas including Reading, Technology, Math, and […]

Health & Safety … Make it Happen!

As a classroom teacher in a school, I often forget I am also classified as a worker in a workplace. For teachers, health and safety is an important part of our work environment. It’s crucial that teachers have a safe workplace in order to do their jobs and students have safe places to learn. I […]

Duty to Report School Violence

As an elementary teacher, with 18 years experience, I’ve seen my share of violence in schools. In 3 lockdowns, I’ve had to keep my students quiet, calm, and safe. As a classroom teacher, I’ve had objects thrown at me (like chairs). More than once, I’ve been purposely hit and kicked so hard, bruises were left. […]

Acknowledging First Nations Women in the development of Canada

If you have studied Canadian History, you will know that without the establishment of the fur trade, our nation of Canada may have been limited to the banks of Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, the Saint Lawrence River, and the Atlantic Ocean. Without the push of fur traders called Courier du Bois (i.e. Runners of the […]

Math Instruction for Struggling Readers

As a learner, have you ever felt really frustrated because you know you can do the work but you just have a barrier that prevent you from moving forward? This is how struggling readers feel when they try to complete their math assignments and assessments but cannot read the words. Did you know that most […]

Does Homework Work?

The Purpose and Politics of Homework   After teaching for over 18 years, one topic which is frequently addressed in parent/teacher interviews is homework. Often parents see homework as being critical to academic success. It’s a topic often debated and never really resolved, even for me as a teacher and as a parent. In my […]

5 Things Teachers Need to Know to Teach Math

  Here’s 5 things that are important to know if you teach math … Mathematical objects or learning objects (i.e. using manipulatives or models) These help students figure out and explain their thinking. Manipulatives (concrete or virtual) tend to draw out students’ need to explain and focus on different representations and meanings of mathematics concepts and […]

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