Teaching Parents to Use Cell Phones

Photo Source: Gadgets at restaurants quiet kids, but not critics In my 19 years teaching from grades 2 to grade 8, I’ve had many experiences with students and their cell phones. When cell phones first became popular with students, I was waiting for administration to outline rules on how to appropriately deal with cell phones at […]

Behind the behaviour – seeing our students

I see you. I see you trying. I see you fidgeting. I see you working hard. I see you fighting the floor. I see you being a peace maker. I see you standing up to bullies. I see you waiting for snack time. I see your random acts of kindness. I see you struggling to pay attention. […]

Believing in the power of a mentor to support new educators

It’s Progress Report time in many school boards this week. Once again, ETFO colleagues have typed and tweaked their thoughts about student stemming from conversations, observations, and products onto reports that capture “the learning” thus far. This annual first rite of assessment seems to come earlier and earlier each year, but is an important opportunity to map out […]

Gender Rights = Human Rights

Education is one of the foundations of Canadian society … and so are human rights. In Ontario, education is a “publically funded education system to support and reflect the democratic values of fairness, equity, and respect for all” (Policy/Program Memorandum No. 119, Developing and Implementing Equity and Inclusive Education Policies in Ontario Schools, Ministry of […]

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 […]

6 Reasons to Say No to EQAO

Large scale assessments, like EQAO testing, were developed to support standards-based education reform on the premise of setting high standards and establishing measurable goals in order to improve learning outcomes in education. This blog highlights how EQAO testing does not achieve its goals and, in fact, hinders learning outcomes, especially in marginalized student populations. 1. […]

Intentionally Planning with Colleagues

Most educators are routine oriented which in the classroom is a necessity.  Routines bring us predictability and comfort.  My classroom planning was also routine.  I remember spending the majority of my Sundays planning for the week and getting annoyed and almost panicky when I had a social event interfere with my Sunday planning.  Once I had […]

David Suzuki’s message to us all

Today the grade seven and eights at our school were invited to attend the Eco Summit at Mohawk College. It was an exciting opportunity where we got to listen to motivated students from around Hamilton speak about the change they were making in their school community and beyond. Local poets, musicians and activists spoke as […]

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