Home for the Holidays?

Due to the Covid pandemic, my partner and I have been thinking about how we will handle Christmas. We usually have several Christmas dinners with “the relatives” and then a dinner in our home. We have spoken to various cousins and siblings and have decided as a collective that Christmas dinners will be cancelled. Due […]

Covid-19 Testing Privilege

Covid-19 Testing Privilege: Are we really all in this together? After experiencing some symptoms on the Covid-19 list, I booked off school and set out to get tested. I wanted to make sure I would return to my school Covid free, keeping my students and my school safe. First Test This was my second time getting […]

Equity or Anti-Racism

Equity vs Anti-racism As part of my advocacy for students, I’m on a school-based committee to address systemic equity issues within my school board. These board wide equity issues deal specifically with documented Black racism. Within our committees’ discussions, a debate launched into what our committee should be called. Some members wanted the title, Equity […]

Teacher Advocacy Matters in the Right to Read

Ontario Human Rights Commission on the Right to Read In the past school year (2019-2020), the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) on the Right to Read has launched a public inquiry on the human rights issues affecting students with learning disabilities. This public inquiry was facilitated due to concerns from parents and recent Education Quality and Accountability […]

Self-preservation, in the time of Covid-19

In the time of Covid-19, feeling like I am working all the time has become a regular part of my existing. Spring 2020 In the first lockdown, I was working 7 days a week, planning, instructing, and assessing. My learning curve was steep as I was developing skills in teaching through an online classroom via […]

Honouring those who experienced war

Today, Wednesday, November 11, 2020, I spoke with my students about why Remembrance Day is a special day to honour those who lived through war. I recognized that my words had little meaning as they were just words. We watched videos about people who had been in war; but these images had little context and […]

Unpacking the Invisible White Backpack in a Time of Black Lives Matter

In a time focusing on the impact of racial equality, Black Lives Matter advocacy is pushing for the human rights of all those who do not identify as White. As a person who identifies as White, I do not go through life with the same experiences as people who do not identify as White. I […]

What is Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)?

When I started reading Ontario’s 2020 Mathematic Curriculum, I came across “Overall Expectations A. Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Skills in Mathematics and the Mathematical Processes.” According to the ministry document … “This (Math) strand focuses on students’ development and application of social-emotional learning skills to support their learning of math concepts and skills, foster their overall […]

It’s Too Much: Teacher Anxiety in the Time of School with Covid-19

As I usually write blogs about educational issues, I’ve decided to make this one more personal. I know that teachers are feeling very stressed at the thought of going back to school in a pandemic while having to face classrooms with up to 30 elementary students. At this point in time, students will return to […]

Fostering Student Engagement Through Voice and Choice via Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

Now, more than any other time, it is important to give students a place for their advocacy and hearing their opinions. In this time of Covid-19, students are unsettled. Their traditional ways of going through their lives have been disrupted by the closing of schools and times of isolation during the lockdown. Students have not […]

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