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Try Comparing Your Canadian Classroom With This Syrian One

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 03.14.2016 | Canada Parents
Debbie Wolfe

This week, World Vision released a video showing what it might be like to have your classroom torn apart by war. In about two minutes, Life As a Classroom shows the destruction of once-friendly schoolroom over Syria's five-year conflict. As the video opens we see the teacher energetically teaching from the front. The walls are covered with colourful posters and a map of the world. All is peaceful. All is as it should be. Suddenly we hear the chanting of political protests in the street outside. Teacher and students move to the windows to look out. That's when things begin to change.

When Your Child Doesn't Have Friends, Here's What To Do

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 03.09.2016 | Canada Parents
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

So what's a parent to do when they realize that their child, for whatever reason, is having difficulty making or maintaining friendships? No parent wants to feel that their child is missing out or... being shunned for one reason or another... Yet, this is the reality for too many children who face rejection on a daily basis.

How To Shop For The Right Backpack

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 02.11.2016 | Canada Living
Sacha DeVoretz

From ski packs to hydration packs and everything in between, there are ways to figure out the exact type of backpack you'll need for any given situation. Let's find out what's right for you!

Today's Kids Could Use A Lesson In Healthy Competition

Silken Laumann | Posted 02.08.2016 | Canada Parents
Silken Laumann

I think competition is good for us, and is critical to helping us find performances that we didn't know we had. Sometimes I feel we have become so sensitive about not leaving anybody feeling left out that we have all but obliterated competition in our schools, and to a large degree in our workplaces. Nobody gets recognized, and actually nobody feels special.

How To Pick The Right School For Your Special Needs Child

Joanne Giacomini | Posted 11.09.2015 | Canada Parents
Joanne Giacomini

Some children need smaller classes sizes, more one-on-one attention, or other services that more specialized or private schools can usually offer. For special needs children with all types of learning issues and challenges, the situation can become even more complicated.

Encouraging Attitudes That Cultivate Female Leadership

G(irls)20 | Posted 11.05.2015 | Canada Parents
G(irls)20

She replied without hesitation: "Well, Daisy was a bit bossy, Ella was showing off and Alice was a bit moody." I responded along the lines of "Oh well, we need bossy people, otherwise nothing would ever get done." and changed the subject. But it got me thinking. How should have I responded?

My Kid Is Not Allowed to Walk to School But Not for the Reason You Think

Buzz Bishop | Posted 08.31.2015 | Canada Parents
Buzz Bishop

The reason I bubble wrap my kids is because of other parents and my neighbours, not because of malicious predators. I'm more worried about accidents than premeditated violent crime.

11 Surprising Ways Schools Across Canada Are Different

The Huffington Post Canada | Helen Racanelli | Posted 09.10.2015 | Canada Parents

Across Canada, education systems differ from each other in surprising ways.

The Way You're Talking To Your Teen About Dress Codes Is All Wrong

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 06.01.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Shimi Kang

Since teenage brains are literally neurobiologically different from adults, coupled with their fluctuating hormones, the way they process information also differs greatly from how we may process the very same things. This creates a situation where, when told not to wear something deemed inappropriate for that particular environment, while an adult may understand that it is simply a fashion issue within that specific circumstance, a teenager may perceive it on a chemical level as a personal threat to their entire identity and independence. As a result, they can become fiercely protective and hypersensitive to any potential threats made to their autonomy and are more likely to push the limits in response.

Most Parents Support the New Sex Ed Curriculum - With Good Reason

Marika Morris | Posted 05.07.2015 | Canada Living
Marika Morris

The misinformation about the new curriculum rivals the inaccuracies kids get about sex from their friends and our culture. Some parents are convinced that their kids will be asked to touch themselves at school. The actual curriculum stresses respecting yourself and respecting others. If you oppose it, fine. At least know what you are opposing. Parents are entitled to pass on their religious or moral beliefs to their kids, but they are not entitled to pass on their religious or moral beliefs to my child. By trying to force the Ontario government to yank the evidence-based, updated portions of the health curriculum for all Ontario kids, they are trying to prevent the majority who support this initiative from benefiting from it. And that's wrong.

Don't Be Ashamed of Me

Kendra Fisher | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada Impact
Kendra Fisher

Anger is not a place I like to write from. I despise this state, the energy it takes. I understand the value of counting to 10, of being mindful and r...

More Bullying Is No Way to Stop Bullying

Angie Campanelli | Posted 04.28.2015 | Canada Living
Angie Campanelli

I find it ironic that as we continue the battle against bullying in schools and amongst the A-list, it is in that very same cultural sphere that people use their cause as their weapon. Although I often disagree with comments made in the media, I more firmly believe that it isn't my place to call someone out for their opinion.

A Tale of Education in Two Cities

Malkin Dare | Posted 04.19.2015 | Canada Living
Malkin Dare

A few months ago, we released a study showing that for at least ten years Edmonton students have consistently and significantly outperformed Calgary students, and furthermore the gap gets larger the longer the students are in school. There is no reason why every city can't get the same great results as Edmonton.

Why Children Overseas May Not Have Been "Good" This Year

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 02.22.2015 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

It's true that most governments in developing countries provide education for children. And there's no doubt that millions of children overseas are intelligent, hard-working and yearning to succeed. But let's consider the many challenges which children in the world's poorest regions face when trying to attend school.

Why I Am Still Teaching

Lori Gard | Posted 01.25.2015 | 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...