Anti-bullying

Kindness and Gratitude

My hope in asking for a junior division assignment was that the students would be more independent however, I also knew that in exchange, I would be likely dealing with the issues of the tumultuous “tween” years.  My expectations for this group were particularly high because I had taught nearly half of them for two […]

So why teach LGBTQIT human rights?

   “Coming out hasn’t come as far as we think” (Emma Teitel, national affairs columnist, Toronto Star, August 11, 2017, A8) “Coming out” as a LGBTQIT* person, by making friends and family aware that they are not part of the heterosexual majority, has many implications. Specifically, LGBTQIT people who are not part of the “heterosexual” […]

Get, Give or Pass

As part of our end of the week celebration my class convenes with our daily circle discussion. In addition to our debrief of the week’s events, we add our ‘Get, Give or Pass’ activity. Each person in the circle is asked whether they would like to give a compliment to another person, get a compliment […]

Cancer, pink shirts, and why I hate Jell-O

Cancer is a ruthless disease. It knows no boundaries, respects no ideologies or cultures, and disrupts the lives of everyone affected by it. Cancer has a twin in education. It’s bullying. Recently, I was creating some TED Ed lessons about bullying(in its various forms -The Cyber Bullying Virus and Bully Dance). This got me thinking about the following […]

Mental health in the hallowed halls.

Here’s a snippet from casual conversations playing out in school hallways everywhere. Pick the lines you’ve heard or have used before. “How are you? How’s it going? What’s up? How’s it?” “Good. Great. All good here. Meh. No worries. Busy. So busy. Cool. Not too bad. OK. Could be worse.” What would you do if someone answered […]

Safe and Accepting Schools in today’s Social/Political Climate

ETFOBlogBev

All teachers are familiar with the Ontario Ministry of Education’s initiative for teaching inclusion; “A safe, inclusive and accepting school environment is a necessary condition for student success. Students cannot be expected to reach their potential in an environment where they feel insecure and intimidated. We are committed to providing all students with the supports […]

Promoting Prosocial Behaviour

Most students, if asked, know not to bully or know not to litter. Yet, you may see those same students exhibiting behaviours that contradict what they know. Prosocial behaviour is behaviour that uses positive words or actions to benefit others. Rather than a desire for personal gain, students are prompted to act this was by […]

A Great Classroom Is Created When…

Mike Beetham

I had to share this with someone, so I felt this blog was the best way. At a recent class meeting we all sat down and started to talk about what makes a classroom great. This topic generated a myriad of ideas, discussion and debate. I am sharing with you the final product that came […]

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