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Hiring Uncertainty

I’ve been employed as an Occasional Teacher for just over three years now. I spent some time doing daily supply work and I’ve been very fortunate to have worked in full-time Long Term Occasional positions for nearly the whole time since. My last few LTO positions have been full-time, full-year, so I haven’t really been […]

Attending ISRC (In-School Review Committee)

Most of us will attend an ISRC (In-School Review Committee) at some point during our career. Usually, it is for students that we have concerns about in a variety of areas including behaviour, academic success, emotional well being etc… In my experience, the ISRC will include an administrator, a Special Education teacher and a variety […]

Be Strong in the Face of Poor Government

FDK (too soon) EQAO (to help real estate $) Class sizes (to build resilience) Drill and Kill Math (We’re Open for Worksheets) Funding formulas (creative govt accounting to underfund boards) Antiquated HPE curriculum (since no one needs to learn about consent) Don’t let them fool you. Despite what the government says to the contrary: public consultation […]

Before you get hurt…again.

Student: (momentarily non-responsive to verbal interaction) slap, push, slap, hair grab, lunge, slap, yell, cry, run, crouch, cry, calm, apolgize Staff: (1 CYW, 2 SERT) block, block, reassure, block, supportive stance, reassure, block, redirect, clear space, block, reassure, follow, remain calm, reassure, accept The slaps(verbal/physical) are like slabs of concrete that a student piles up when […]

It’s About Relationships!

Over my 10-year career as an educator, there have been a number of times of uncertainty in education. These are the times that drive us to reflect on why we became educators: to have an impact. There have been some great posts within this platform with fantastic tips on how to thrive during these times. […]

Chime and Chant Language Learning

When I was in the Faculty of Education one of my Associate Professors was Jean Malloch, author of “Chime In” and other professional teaching resources.  I learned from her the importance of rhythm and rhyme in the early acquisition of language.  I also love to read and write poetry.   While growing up my sisters […]

Back in the day was better(because now is often unbearable)

Have you ever seen or heard of students… …compromising their identity to put on someone else’s? …blasting their music through headphones so they don’t have to answer another question …not quite knowing where they are going or who to ask for directions? …taking that swig, puff, or hit to show the crowd how much they are […]

Setting up a Positive Relationship with Teaching Assistants

I have had the great pleasure of working with a variety of staff over the past decade as a teacher. TAs, or as they are called in my board Educational Resource Facilitators, play an incredibly important role in the success of my students every day. This year has been my first year that I have […]

Inference Building

Inference: A conclusion reached on the basis of evidence and reasoning. An important skill to have and to be able to utilize in a variety of situations. How do we help students develop this skill? Recently, a friend reached out and wondered if there was a unique or interesting way to help students both develop […]

The breaks when the weather puts the brakes on bussing.

It’s another day when many school boards have made the decision to cancel buses because of imminently deteriorating weather conditions. While this morning appeared calm and the roads dry and clear on my commute, a massive weather event approached that was significant enough to set a flurry of board contingency plans into action. With first […]

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