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Why I Am Still Teaching

Lori Gard | Posted 11.25.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

This is all I could ever really hope for as a teacher -- to be a safe haven and a soft landing for my students to fall on. Everything else is secondary. I strive to be a person my students know will be there for them, each day and every day, through all the moments, both shining and otherwise.

Why We Should Empower Youth With Epilepsy Education

Epilepsy Ontario | Posted 12.13.2014 | Canada Impact
Epilepsy Ontario

Last spring, I joined my daughter Journey's fifth grade class as a volunteer on her field trip. I had the pleasure of watching a classmate approach Journey who was taking photos of a museum exhibit. The classmate suggested she turn off the camera flash; he was concerned that it could trigger one of her seizures. I was overcome with pride and appreciation for the caring, supportive community we have created in partnership with the school administration.

Are Schools Breaking Up Friends?

Lydia Lovric | Posted 11.05.2014 | Canada Living
Lydia Lovric

On the first day of school when the class list was posted, I was shocked to discover that my son had absolutely zero former classmates in his class. None. Not one. Across the playground, there were quite a few other kids in tears after discovering that their best or closest friends would not be in their new class, either.

How Schools Can Better Prepare For Students With Epilepsy

Epilepsy Ontario | Posted 11.01.2014 | Canada Impact
Epilepsy Ontario

My daughter Journey will not live on a shelf. We may not be able to protect her from every seizure risk and she may incur some injuries now and then, but she will live life fully and share diverse experiences as a result of the collaborative efforts of her family, friends, educational team, and community.

Probiotics May Help Children Become Better Students

Jason Tetro | Posted 11.01.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

The benefit of probiotic bacteria on the brain could eventually lead to more specialized probiotics designed specifically to help improve learning and memory. While these products may be years away, parents can take advantage of what has already been learned to help their children today.

Dear Parents, Teachers Are Anxious About the End of Summer Too

Lori Gard | Posted 10.30.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

When you place your precious loved one on the bus in the morning or drop them off at our classroom doors, we want you to know, parents: we do not take this responsibility we've been given lightly. And might I add, when those dear ones are returned to you again, when those precious children arrive home at the end of the day, we won't stop caring.

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.

The Most Gorgeous University Campuses In Canada

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 08.22.2014 | Canada Living

From gorgeous mountain backdrops to breathtaking green landscapes, Canada is home to some of the most scenic campuses in the world. Most Canadian s...

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.

The Best Teachers See the Best in Their Students

Lori Gard | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

After moving when I was 16, I was enrolled in a brand new school, close to our new home. My new teacher, Mr. T, was unforgettable. What I remember now as a teacher myself was his smile. His laughter. And I remember that he saw me. There are times in our service as teachers when we set aside the habitual act of doing for the sacred work of being.

Your New Year's Resolution in Six Words

Larry Smith | Posted 02.25.2014 | Canada
Larry Smith

If you had exactly six words to describe your life, what would they be? That's the question I've been asking people across the world for more then...

Schools Need to Lay Off Our Kids' Lunch Bags

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

When a mom in Manitoba sent her two kids to school with homemade lunches that included roast beef, potatoes, carrots, oranges and milk, she was shocked to receive a note from the school telling her that their lunches were deemed "unbalanced" and were supplemented with Ritz crackers. The school follows the strict guidelines of what many believe to be a very outdated Canada's Food Guide and felt that the "grains" category had been neglected. To add insult to injury, this mom was fined $10 for her oversight. I'm confused, and if I was this mom, I would be livid.

A Politically Correct Nightmare: The School That Cancelled Halloween

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Halloween celebrations are cancelled at one Ontario school. No candy, no costumes, no fun. The reasoning behind this puzzling decision is supposedly one of inclusiveness, according to school administrators. The decision of the school board to cave in to these demands is political correctness on steroids.

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.

How to Raise Kids Who Handle Pressure Like Pros

Jennifer Pellegrini | Posted 11.09.2013 | Canada Living
Jennifer Pellegrini

As young as Grade 3, kids are under pressure to wear the right clothes, like the right music, have the right friends and be cool. Often, that leads to stress and anxiety for youngsters. Well-intentioned parents often try too hard to prevent the bumps and scrapes of feelings as kids grow up, but one parenting expert says they're doing more harm than good.

When You Love the Library, You Never Stop Learning

Hilary Farr | Posted 11.03.2013 | Canada Living
Hilary Farr

It's not easy being a student today. You need some relief -- try Learning-For-The-Sake-Of-It which can discovered and nurtured by...books! Who knows how long these stunning old buildings will survive the wrecking ball or be turned into condos. Enjoy them while you can.

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.

Technology Should Revolutionize Education

Jason Clemens | Posted 10.26.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Clemens

Yet there is one significant aspect of society where very little has changed over the last century: education. It is the one area where a worker, in this case a teacher, from 1913 could be transported to 2013 and adapt quite easily to the modern world.

Do you Spend More Time Teaching Your Daughter Than Your Son?

r/ally | Posted 07.24.2013 | Canada Living
r/ally

Daughters get a lot more parental time investment than sons in reading, storytelling, and teaching of letters and numbers. This was the finding of a study done by Michael Baker of the University of Toronto and Kevin Milligan of the University of British Columbia.

Dress Codes Disguise Real Bullying Problems

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 07.03.2013 | Canada Living
Danielle S. McLaughlin

A number of schools have decided that the bullying problem can be solved by instituting a uniform or a dress code. To many people, this sounds like a reasonable solution to the pervasive problem of bullying. To people who actually experience bullying, it can look ridiculous, if not dangerous.

B.C. School Officials Getting Raises Without Reviews

Jordan Bateman | Posted 06.05.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

School trustees and superintendents may bristle at the suggestion that top education staffers don't deserve pay increases. But how can they defend that position when they fail to evaluate their top employees every year?

Dear Robert Munsch: Love You Forever

Lori Gard | Posted 03.18.2013 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

Our school lost a shining light this week. A little boy -- six years old. He, the lover of hockey, fishing and fun, was taken suddenly, leaving our school community grappling with life and death issues. In my classroom, I turned to the one sure thing I knew could shed some light, love and laughter on an otherwise dark cloud that hovered low. Your books.

Why We Should Keep The Ryerson Principle For The Public School Curriculum

Bill Haines | Posted 03.12.2013 | Canada Alberta
Bill Haines

To paraphrase John Locke in his Essay on Human Understanding, we want to be lovers of the truth; we want rational knowledge, we want proofs. And we want probability to help us assent to matters, where we do not have sufficient knowledge and proofs to ground our reason. And we want our ethics, which is the seeking out those rules and measures of human actions, which lead to happiness, and the means to practice them.

What I Want Parents to Know About Lockdown Drills

Lori Gard | Posted 02.14.2013 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

We sit, huddled tightly together in the cramped space of a corner. The blinds are darkly drawn, the door is shut. Locked. Little bodies press in close together to the wall. I place my body as a barrier along the tips of their tiny feet, all the while smiling into anxious children's eyes and modelling breathing.