Why Collective Bargaining is Important for Teachers

I was born into the union. In 1966, my father worked for Timmy Douglas and ran for the an NDP member of parliament in the Ottawa region. Photo below with my father looking over Tommy’s shoulder. And my mother was on the CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees) collective bargaining unit for the secretaries (i.e.typists) local […]

ETFO AQ Edge: Inclusion in Teacher Communities Learning Together

I’ve taken many Additional Qualifications (AQs) in my 19 year teaching career. As a classroom teacher, AQs give me the edge to meet my students’ needs and keep me up to date with the latest pedagogy and technology tools. Through many universities and accredited organizations, I’ve experienced how AQs are presented and organized. I’ve taken […]

#Booksnaps

“Booksnaps” are visual responses to texts that students are reading.  When I first saw #BookSnaps on Twitter I was a little confused.  There were a lot of “Bitmojis” and “emojis” pasted on pictures of text.  My understanding was that the students were providing a personal reaction to the books that they were reading.  I certainly […]

Google Classroom

I just wanted to share about an exciting digital tool I have been trying for a few months now. Google classroom is an organized way of creating a document on google drive and then having it available on google for all your students to use. Google classroom can create a separate copy for each student […]

Differentiating Inquiry and Theme in Kindergarten

With the shift towards inquiry based learning in Kindergarten, I’ve seen some really wonderful things happening in classrooms. Teaching to the interest of the children opens doors to some really authentic, meaningful learning and quite honestly makes our job pretty fun. Educators have the ability to cater their program towards certain interests and often get […]

Training Students To Have Independent Reflection Skills

Assessment in my music room follows a gradual release of responsibility model. I explicitly teach students how to self-assess their ability to create and play a song correctly. I do this regularly throughout the year as we learn how to play different instruments, songs and arrangements.   Co-creating a Criteria Near the beginning of a […]

Personal Wellness

It is at the end of April every year when my personal wellness goes out the window and work seems to take over my life. There are so many events as we gear up for the end of the year, that I often feel like I am a hamster on a running wheel trying desperately […]

Celebrating “Invisible” Progress

A student in my class spoke to me for the first time today. It was the tiniest whisper and only one word, but for this particular student it was big, important progress. She has never been observed speaking to adults at school, only a few other children in the classroom. After trying everything in my ability and […]

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