Health & Safety

Before you get hurt…again.

Student: (momentarily non-responsive to verbal interaction) slap, push, slap, hair grab, lunge, slap, yell, cry, run, crouch, cry, calm, apolgize Staff: (1 CYW, 2 SERT) block, block, reassure, block, supportive stance, reassure, block, redirect, clear space, block, reassure, follow, remain calm, reassure, accept The slaps(verbal/physical) are like slabs of concrete that a student piles up when […]

Education is in crisis – and so are our students

I wrote this in response to the CBC story about violence in classrooms that went live this past weekend. I was – and am – fired up about it. If you’re wondering what you can do to help us, to help these children in crisis, to repair our broken system: make education, social services, and […]

Beating the winter blahs

Brrrr! If my teeth weren’t chattering so much I’d be able to truly describe how b-b-b-barbarically c-c-c-cold it is outside right n-n-n-now. Not surprisingly, with such brutally un-balmy temps comes some interesting behaviour at school. Perhaps it’s a function of daylight hours(or lack thereof) or our proximity to one another as we cocoon indoors(achoo), or maybe due to […]

Gaming…safely?

We have been trained to watch for concerns of a child’s well being. This didn’t include cyber information. As a responsible teacher I’m drawing the attention of students to current events. During this time of sharing, my students have become more relaxed and open about their after school activities which include gaming for many. When […]

Mindful Pause, with or without Technology?

Everywhere I turn I see the effects of our technologically advanced world. Gains have been made in medical research, communication abilities, and advancements toward an easier life? Some of the effects on individuals are now coming to light. Many people are connected to the internet 24/7. This is causing sleep disturbances, eye issues, addiction behaviours, […]

School Kiss and Ride Zone Safety for All

School Kiss and Ride zone locations are designed to drop off and pick up children in vehicles before and after school. In some schools over 200 students are picked up and dropped off every day. In winter and on rainy days, this number increases relative to worsening weather conditions. In addition, parking lots are often […]

Drawing The Line

Each year, in Canada, approximately 460,000 women are sexually assaulted, although only a fraction of them report the assault to the police (1). In a day and age where this statistic holds true, it’s hard to imagine that our government is wanting to go back to a time where consent and gender identity aren’t being discussed […]

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 […]

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