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What Makes Teachers Great? We Care

Lori Gard | Posted 02.02.2015 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

I am not talking about setting a bar for best using either personality or teaching style as criteria. What I am maintaining here is that bringing your BEST SELF to work means bringing the self that cares.

Why Canada Is Lagging Behind When it Comes to Child Health

Nicole Letourneau | Posted 01.13.2015 | Canada Living
Nicole Letourneau

Something is amiss in Canada. A 2014 UNICEF report compared the health and development of children in Canada with 28 other wealthy nations. In spite of being a G8 country, Canada's children rank number 17th, a status that has not budged in the last 10 years. The question is, why are these problems still so widespread?

Press On, Teachers: For When We Need Reminding

Lori Gard | Posted 03.01.2015 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

I remind myself that as a teacher, I need to give myself permission to be a human. To make mistakes. To feel pain. To be a real live person with ISSUES and STRUGGLES and HEARTACHES and SORROW. We as teachers don't completely check our lives at the door when we come to school.

Prentice Dabbling with his own 'Lake of Fire'?

Todd Herron | Posted 01.31.2015 | Canada Alberta
Todd Herron

If the "Lake of Fire" fiasco that cost the Wildrose the last election is any indication, Albertans overwhelmingly vote against a party that smells of promoting homophobia, so there is no need to seek a "safe middle ground" on this wedge issue. In fact, the "middle ground" is not so politically safe for right wing parties. In two years, it will be far less safe. So why is Prentice talking tough but actually equivocating on an issue for which he clearly has overwhelming public support?

It's Time To Stop Black And Orange Day And Let Schools Celebrate Halloween

Buzz Bishop | Posted 12.30.2014 | Canada
Buzz Bishop

So when the traditional North American holidays roll around, don't expect me to sanitize them. I don't expect my brother-in-law to dial down Hannukah thinking I'd find it offensive. I don't expect my mayor to skip Eid because I don't celebrate it. I look forward to the Chinese New Year parade and so do my kids. They shouldn't stop it because I'm not Chinese.

This World Teachers' Day: Reflecting on the Power of a Great Teacher

Jennifer Pellegrini | Posted 12.04.2014 | Canada Living
Jennifer Pellegrini

Mrs. Szathmary's patience with those of us for whom sports didn't come naturally was endless. She would examine gymnastic routines over and over and over again, offering guidance, support and recommendations on how to do it just a little bit better. Have you had a teacher who changed your life?

Six Ways to Get Your Child Excited for the School Year

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 10.20.2014 | Canada Living
Dr Dina Kulik

Some parents, my husband and I included, are eager to ship their kid off to school. But some children need more time to get in the proper mindset of heading back to the classroom. I think with the right preparation most kids can feel eager to head back to the schoolyard. Here are some tips for parents and kids alike to get excited about the school year.

How To Prepare for Back To S̶c̶h̶o̶o̶l̶ Germs

Jason Tetro | Posted 10.17.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

The complaints of a cold, the dread of diarrhea, and vexation of vomiting are all part of a child's growing up process. But one of the keys to a happy school year is to have these unfortunate events happen as infrequently as possible. For that, kids have to be hygienic and stay that way.

Size Matters When it Comes to Classroom Numbers, Hudak

Murtaza Haider | Posted 08.08.2014 | Canada Politics
Murtaza Haider

Research in pedagogy shows that children learn much better in smaller classrooms. Tim Hudak, if elected, has promised to increase classroom sizes and the student-teacher ratios. The Ontario elections could very well be a vote on the learning outcomes for millions of school-going children. Tim Hudak, the leader of the Ontario's Progressive Conservatives, is campaigning to increase the classroom size by two to three students and the student-teacher ratio, in addition to numerous other proposed cuts to the Ontario's education system. This may require parents to learn more about learning before they vote on June 12.

Alberta's $2 Billion Plan For Building Schools

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.29.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - Alberta's top infrastructure bureaucrat says the province still plans to build 50 new schools by the spring of 2016, even though no ground ...

5 Ways To Ensure Our Kids Graduate

Lucy Miller | Posted 07.13.2014 | Canada Alberta
Lucy Miller

Last week, the Alberta government announced school completion rates are on the rise province-wide. It's great news - and now we have an opportunity to build on this success.

Why Are Canadian Kids So Stressed Out?

Stuart Shanker | Posted 06.10.2014 | Canada Living
Stuart Shanker

When a child's stress levels are too high various systems for thinking and metabolic recovery are compromised. The signs of when this is happening show up in the child's behaviour, or mood, or attention, or for that matter, physical well-being. Canadian children are dealing with far too much stress today.

Why We Must Teach Our Kids to Be "Culturally Bilingual"

Amira Elghawaby | Posted 05.31.2014 | Canada Politics
Amira Elghawaby

The fact is our student populations are becoming more diverse, though that's barely mirrored in the staff make-up of most urban schools. And while there is recognition of a need to hire teachers that better reflect the student population, reaching that goal remains a long way off considering the comparably low number of teachers who self-identify as visible minorities. In the meantime, we need to foster culturally sensitive and inclusive schools where student engagement leads to higher graduation rates, the de-glamorization of gangs, and the nurturing of productive citizens of all backgrounds.

When Teachers Choose Love

Lori Gard | Posted 05.19.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

It's almost recess and I am urging the children to put away their snacks so as to ready for the recess bell. The students start slowly stowing their l...

Why I Work to Keep Smokestacks Away From Schoolyards

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 05.10.2014 | Canada Impact
Carl Duivenvoorden

I was raised on a dairy farm in Belledune, a small community on New Brunswick's North Shore. By the time I showed up to school in the fall of 1968, the schoolhouse was bordered by a smelter on one side and a fertilizer plant on the other. I started hearing a little voice inside me saying, "Do something!"

Can Metadata Solve Washroom Graffiti?

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 05.02.2014 | Canada Living
Danielle S. McLaughlin

Instead of reassuring yourself that since you have nothing to hide, collection of metadata won't reveal anything interesting about you, ask your children how they feel about the proposed washroom math lesson. Then you can both stand up for your rights.

Why Was a Family Fined for Taking Their Kids on Vacation?

Emma Waverman | Posted 03.26.2014 | Canada Living
Emma Waverman

A British couple has been fined 1,800 dollars (approximately) for taking their two kids to Greece for one week during the school year. Their vacation contravened a new British law that forbids missing school for a vacation. I have no issue with pulling your kids out of school for vacation. I think kids learn a lot more from experience than they do from sitting at a desk.

Gay Straight Alliance and Marriage

Bill Haines | Posted 01.24.2014 | Canada Alberta
Bill Haines

Keeping all children safe and happy is our first priority. Let's teach the kids in public school to always show great love and respect to all people, no matter race, creed, colour or sexual orientation.

Lice. Not Nice.

Melissa Carr | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Melissa Carr

Nobody ever tells you about lice. Seriously, though, there should be a handbook that they give you when your child goes into any kind of childcare or school facility warning you of the perils you will face as a parent. Then, at least, you will be fully educated and may actually decide that the person homeschooling their child on your street may just actually have the right idea. Kids are gross.

When Learning Disabilities Disguise Themselves

Barbara Arrowsmith-Young | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Barbara Arrowsmith-Young

For children and youth with learning disabilities, school is complicated and back to school can be very different. Academic performance is interrupted by any number of difficulties, and for some students, expectations of social etiquette and self-sufficiency frequently create an environment ripe for true catastrophes.

Back to School: Keep Your Kids Safe From Germs

Jason Tetro | Posted 11.09.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgAccording to some advertisements, back to school is the most wonderful time of the year. But for many parents, the dawn of the school year can also mark a much less joyous time, filled with sniffles, coughs, and diarrhea.

The Back to School Speech Every Teacher Should Hear

Dean Shareski | Posted 10.31.2013 | Canada Living
Dean Shareski

Learning is personal and schools should help everyone discover their passions and build on their strengths. We need to stop spending so much time listening to the "experts" and instead recognize and listen to the experts that spend time in classrooms every single day.

10 Last Minute To-Dos for Back to School

Andrea Traynor | Posted 08.19.2014 | Canada Living
Andrea Traynor

It's senior kindergarten. My son is five. We don't need calculators or binders. Heck, we don't even need pencils or paper. So why have I got this feeling in the pit of my stomach that I've forgotten something? And now I'm writing this post as my to-do list as we ease back into the routine in which most kids thrive and most parents rejoice. Maybe it'll help you, too.

When Teachers Teach to Reach

Lori Gard | Posted 10.28.2013 | Canada
Lori Gard

There are two times a year when P.E.I. teachers feel like celebrities. Once during the Annual Provincial Teacher's Convention when rubbing shoulders w...

Over 60 Million Children Aren't Getting an Education

Barbara Stegemann | Posted 07.09.2013 | Canada Impact
Barbara Stegemann

Our son graduated from high school in June. He's grateful. Living in North America with access to public school is a luxury that we will never take for granted. As he walked across the stage, I thought about the 60 million children in our world who are not getting an education. An education is the way out of poverty and the ultimate peace weapon to end war.