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We Should Inspire And Empower Kids To Eat Healthily At School

Lisa Borden | Posted 10.19.2016 | Canada Parents
Lisa Borden

We need to recognize and respond to the reality that many families need education, resources, and access! Shaming parents, shaming kids while at school, and banning or removing things does not encourage self-esteem or critical thinking -- and I'm pretty sure that is one of the reasons we send our kids to school!

Back-To-School Isn't Something We Should Take For Granted

UNICEF Canada | Posted 10.07.2016 | Canada Impact

It's been over one year since two devastating earthquakes rocked Nepal in April and May 2015. The earthquakes also destroyed more than 35,000 classrooms and jeopardized the futures of millions of children.

Teaching India's Children English With Read-To-Me Software

Ranjani Iyer Mohanty | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada Impact
Ranjani Iyer Mohanty

With India having a British colonial legacy and now being a destination for outsourcing and call centers, one could get the impression that every Indian spoke English. Indeed, the numbers are large but the percentage is small. Some 70 per cent do not speak English.

These Alberta Students Want Schools To Become Models Of Sustainability

David Dodge | Posted 09.16.2016 | Canada Alberta
David Dodge

The students did their own research, they invited resource experts to give presentations and then a delegation of 10 students locked themselves in a room for a weekend with some graduate students from the University of Alberta to boil inputs from 3,000 students down into a sophisticated set of recommendations for change.

Surviving The Freshman Year

Graham Baldwin | Posted 09.16.2016 | Canada
Graham Baldwin

'Ithaca is gorges,' proclaim both the t-shirts found throughout New York State and the first words of the Ithaca tourism website. Ithaca is also the h...

What To Look For And Avoid When Buying A Home

YPNextHome | Posted 09.06.2016 | Canada Business

Buyers' criteria may vary depending on their age and location. When it comes to the value of your home, however, certain neighbourhood features have very distinct influences -- positive and negative -- that you should be aware of.

Dear First-Year Self, You're Entering An Exciting And Challenging Time

Alicia Raimundo | Posted 08.30.2016 | Canada Living
Alicia Raimundo

Whether we want to admit it to ourselves or not, the summer is coming to an end and young people everywhere are gearing up to go back to school. It can be an exciting time but also a stressful time, especially for those of you who are going into university/college or a new school for the first time.

How Millennial Attitudes Will Shape The Future Of Education

Vikram Somasundaram | Posted 07.07.2016 | Canada Living
Vikram Somasundaram

Millennials are now the largest generation in the Canadian workforce, and within the next few years will begin to get real responsibility and influence in shaping our country's future. With the school year now behind us, it's a great time to think about what the future holds for education in Canada and how millennial attitudes will shape this future.

Care Is The Most Necessary Attribute For A Teacher

Lori Gard | Posted 06.27.2016 | Canada Parents
Lori Gard

It is end-of-June: one would think summer and holidays would be on this teacher's mind. Instead, I have been reflecting and writing about my teaching practice, in anticipation for another school year this coming fall, mulling over my personal philosophy about care and how it underlies everything I do in the classroom.

6 Parent/Teacher Interview Tips For Special Needs Parents

Joanne Giacomini | Posted 06.03.2016 | Canada Parents
Joanne Giacomini

Well, it looks like we are at that time of year again, the Parent/Teacher Interview where you see how your child did over the course of the semester and where they are going next year. For parents of children with special needs, this can be both an exciting and terrifying visit. You hope they have improved, and if not so much, did you maybe do something wrong, did your child, did the teacher not reach them?

My Fond Memories Of A B.C. Education Are Sheer Fantasy For My Kids

John Doble | Posted 05.30.2016 | Canada British Columbia
John Doble

I didn't expect the province that I grew up in to have changed their priority on public education so much that there will be a lost generation of students.

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

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 08.30.2016 | 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 06.01.2016 | 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 05.07.2016 | 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.