Class Size and Composition Matters

Class Size and Composition Matters As a teacher of 19 years, I’ve seen many changes to classroom composition. When I first started teaching, students with behaviour needs where either supported through Educational Assistants (EAs) or in separate contained classes. In addition, students with significant special education needs had additional supports and/or placement options for contained […]

Violence in Ontario Schools

Violence in the classroom is emerging as a significant issue for teachers’ working conditions and students’ learning conditions. In the United States, a national survey of 2998 teachers from 48 states noted that 80% of teachers reported at least one incidence of violence with 94% of respondents stating students as the source (McMahon, Martinez, Espelage, […]

What is the Rand Formula and why it matters to teachers?

The Rand Formula provides legislation that all members of trade unions must pay union dues regardless of the worker’s status. The Rand Formula was established by Supreme Court of Canada Justice Ivan Rand which was introduced in 1946 as a result of the Ford Strike of 1945 in Windsor, Canada. The Rand Formula is also […]

Evaluating e-learning

Like many things in our lives, using technology to learn online does not seem out of place. In business and in education, adults take courses online to upgrade their skills and knowledge. Indeed, online e-learning for Additional Teacher Qualifications is a thriving business. In March 2019, the Ontario government announced that high school students would […]

Emotional labour: What matters most to our students

As a mother of adult children, I find with every year they get older, I take on less physical labour and more emotional labour in supporting them through their life. It’s the heart breaks and the support in adult decision making that keeps me in the “mom loop”. There is also supporting my children with […]

Less Screen Time, More Play and Sleep Time

    An April 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) study highlighted the need for children to be more physically active and get more sleep. It particularly stressed the need for children under 5 to spend less time “sitting watching screens, or restrained in prams and seats, get better quality sleep and have more time […]

The Courage to Teach

The Courage to Teach In this very challenging time of education cutbacks, teachers are on the edge. They wonder how long they will keep their jobs and what will classrooms be like in the next school year. Losing your job as a teacher is not just about losing a job, it is about losing the […]

Smaller Class Sizes Matter for Kids

As I started researching smaller class sizes, my Google search made it evident that smaller class sizes are significantly better … for students in private schools. Private schools use small class sizes to sell their product. They also get to pick who will be in their classes and who will be in their schools. With […]

Why students walked out today – April 4th, 2019

 Several students at schools participated in the Ontario-wide, student-organized, school walkouts to protest the provincial government’s recent changes to education. Here are some of the students’ words … “I walked out today because special school programs are amazing to help kids, just like me, with special education problems.” Grade 3 student “Why I walked out […]

Honouring student identity: Culturally responsive teaching and assessment pedagogy for building an equitable and inclusive classroom for all

The role of culturally responsive teaching is to understand who students are as people and who they are within their community. This pedagogical approach acknowledges, responds to, and celebrates fundamental aspects of student culture while providing equitable and inclusive education for students of all backgrounds and identities. This is especially important for students who identify […]

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