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  • Introductions
    One of the most beautiful introductions I have witnessed happened on an ordinary fall day. I had word that a new student would be joining one of my schools, and I remember walking into the office that morning and seeing a girl sitting next to her mother. Her name was Mariam* and she had just … Continue reading Introductions
  • The Significance of Professional Learning for New Teachers
    PL Value Participating in professional learning (PL) is a valuable and optional supplement to the ongoing job-embedded PL during the school day and the New Teacher Induction Program, to which new teachers are entitled. This additional avenue for growth aims to provide a range of benefits to educators, complementing their existing learning experiences. New teachers … Continue reading The Significance of Professional Learning for New Teachers
  • Holocaust Education Week
    In my school, the focus is on small group instruction, specially targeting reading. On a daily basis, I am looking at pulling small groups to focus on a literacy skill. During Holocaust Education Week (November 1-9), I pulled my small groups and we read “My Secret Camera”, an article in the Nelson literacy grade eight … Continue reading Holocaust Education Week
  • wha’ppen
    I used to listen to a lot of ska (two tone) music during my youth. It was time well spent. Hearing the steady rhythms and upbeat lyrics from the Specials, the Skatelites, and Madness always put me in the right headspace. Now, before you think I have overlooked another key group, look back at the … Continue reading wha’ppen
Heart and Art of Teaching and Learning book cover

The book, The Heart and Art of Teaching and Learning: Practical Ideas and Resources for Beginning Teachers, is meant to be the beginning of sharing and learning with each other, which includes practical tips on setting up your own classroom, building inclusion, working with parents and more.