Discovering Our Inner Poet

We cut out words and phrases from newspapers and ordered them to create a themed poem.

I love teaching writing.  Let me be more specific.  I loved teaching writing except when it came to poetry.  For some reason, I’ve always managed to bring to life the other writing formats and genres with engaging lessons set upon a backdrop of real world contexts.  The students, for the most part, ate it all […]

Equity Work: Difficult and Transformative

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I am currently taking a Mentoring AQ course that is really impacting my understanding of equity in education and how I can work with my colleagues to explore this topic in our teaching practice.  I truly believe that it is necessary for all of us to take a step back and explore equity as it pertains […]

What’s On My Professional Learning Bookshelf?

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A question that sometimes comes up in my ongoing teaching-learning cycles with colleagues and beginning teachers is, “What books do you recommend I read for my own learning?”  Yikes, this is a tough one!  As teachers, the truth is that if we were to pile up the professional learning books we’ve read and/or used throughout […]

Building Skyscrapers

We Build Skyscrapers

This year my Grade 6 students have demonstrated a deep interest in looking at a few social justice issues that they feel have a direct impact on their lives.  The most important issue has been bullying (at school, the home, and in society as a whole).  I have described how we have focused on exploring […]

Opening Hearts and Minds Through Social Justice

Social Justice Begins With Me

I recently blogged about an excellent new resource created by ETFO entitled “Social Justice Begins With Me.”  In my post I described how we implemented one of the lessons in the classroom and then extended our learning by taking it out into the community.  It was such a meaningful experience that I decided to share […]

My Grade Six Bullying Task Force

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In light of the focus on bullying that has come as a result of Amanda Todd’s heart breaking story depicting the path that led her to put an end to the pain and feeling of helplessness she endured for so many years, our class devoted much time and discussion to this urgent topic.  I, like […]

Social Justice Begins With Me!

Living the Me to We Lifestyle Bulletin Board

“A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead As we ease into another school year our class has begun to live the truth of this quote by Margaret Mead.  We started by becoming involved in learning a dance for a flashmob that we […]

Lifeclass Begins

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“The difference between school and life is that in school you learn the lessons and then get a test, but in life you get a test and then learn the lessons.” This year I have decided to dedicate a substantial amount of time and effort to learning about and teaching life lessons that can be […]

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