Teachers

What Real Inclusion For Kids With Autism Looks Like

Kathleen O’Grady | Posted 07.19.2016 | Canada Parents
Kathleen O’Grady

Our son, Casey, has autism, a neuro-developmental disorder that is often characterized by rigid and repetitive behaviours, difficulty with social communication and uneven intellectual development, among many other challenges. Regular participation in an integrated public school has not always been easy for him.

Your Child's Teacher Deserves A Year-End Gift With Heart

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 06.27.2016 | Canada Parents
Debbie Wolfe

The gift you choose this week could make all the difference in how your child's teacher feels about the last 10 months. It could help them understand how they've helped your entire family to grow. You know your child's teacher best, but here are some tips shared with me by my boys' homeroom teachers over the years.

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.

Dear Graduate: As A Teacher, Watching You Grow Up Amazed Me

Lori Gard | Posted 06.02.2016 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

I may have never taught you, but I want you to hear this: I feel I know you. I taught you, kid. Or versions of you. Taught you in kindergarten, in Grade 3, again in Grade 5 and in Grade 7. You moved quickly through the years. And now you are finally here, at the pinnacle of your secondary schooling career. You've reached the top, kid. This is it.

Ontario Liberals Must Repay Secret Funds Funneled To Unions

Christine Van Geyn | Posted 05.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Christine Van Geyn

If someone gave you $80.5 million dollars, you'd probably feel pretty good about them. You may want to shout it from the rooftops that you think they're great -- and you may even be willing to pay a million dollars or two to shout it, especially if it meant the money would keep rolling in. In essence, that's what auditor general Bonnie Lysyk found was happening in Ontario with the Wynne government's secret payments to teachers' unions. The total amounts paid by the government to teachers union organizations is astounding: since 2000, $80.5 million in taxpayer money has been funneled to teachers' organizations.

All Teachers Can Relate To The Sheer Craziness That Is May

Lori Gard | Posted 05.12.2016 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

I know that the August "me" and the May "me" are just two totally different people. Autumn was made for teachers. Ahh, yes. There is no time quite like fall and the beginning of the school year for assessing prime teacher performance. Fall is just our best time. We're at our peak. On our game.

Who Watches The Watchmen And Teaches The Teachers?

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 04.08.2016 | Canada Living
Danielle S. McLaughlin

This may come as a shock to some readers: Teachers are human beings -- nearly all of them. This means that, like the rest of us, they make mistakes, behave badly, and sometimes just lose it. It also means that, like the rest of us, most teachers are basically good and honest people who work hard to do a very difficult job. But some are not. And the ones who are not should not be teaching.

Parents, It's Time To Stop Undermining Our Kids' Teachers

Blair King | Posted 04.25.2016 | Canada Parents
Blair King

We are doing a huge disservice to our kids. We are raising a generation of children who are going to be incapable of succeeding in the modern era. They are being taught to be egocentric and to give up, often before even trying.

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 The Right Teacher Can Make A Difference In a Special Needs Child's Life

Joanne Giacomini | Posted 02.08.2016 | Canada Parents
Joanne Giacomini

In those early days of my son's autism diagnosis, I had completely lost my parental instinct in "getting" my son. And then I did find those wonderful therapists and first teachers at my son's adapted preschool. The school showed me the way to getting my son the help he needed. When he started at his adapted preschool, the first thing his teachers taught me was how to enjoy playing with my son, not to "make him" talk, but to "engage him," to bring him into the world where he could see how much fun we could both have when he played with me.

Why Teachers Throw The Lesson Plan Under The Bus

Lori Gard | Posted 02.02.2016 | Canada Parents
Lori Gard

As necessary and significant as teachers know curriculum is to our work and calling: you must also realize that we will throw it all under the bus if it means assisting a child. We will put it all on the back burner if our students need us to teach them life lessons that will help them be better friends, better citizens, better people.

Examining The State Of Ontario Education

Malkin Dare | Posted 01.04.2016 | Canada
Malkin Dare

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Rhianna Schmunk

B.C. Teacher Hunts Down Thief, Scolds Him, Then Gives Him A Hug

HuffingtonPost.com | Rhianna Schmunk | Posted 12.08.2015 | Canada British Columbia

"It was just crazy, the craziest experience."

Life Insurance Should Be A Part Of Your Financial Toolkit

Doug Baker | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Business
Doug Baker

Too many Canadians overlook a critical aspect of their financial plan: life insurance. We know the number of households that own individual life insurance policies is falling, but the reality is that 33 per cent of families would be in immediate financial trouble if something were to happen to their primary breadwinner.

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?

Life Insurance Providers Must Innovate In A Millennial World

Doug Baker | Posted 10.30.2015 | Canada Business
Doug Baker

The current process has all the hallmarks of other industries that have been severely disrupted: centrally controlled by a head office, highly regulated, lacking transparency, subject to byzantine rules, and a lot of process friction from start to finish. There is nothing close to "online," "real time" or "customizable" about it.

Teachers, Which Character Will You Play In Your Students' Life Stories?

Lori Gard | Posted 10.28.2015 | Canada
Lori Gard

Teachers: we have this year to write a part for ourselves in a child's life. To write a scene for ourselves in a student's life. To influence a young person, a teenager, a young adult in the writing of their life account. It might seem a small role. But we are crucial in that we are those who can make a difference.

Teach Like the School Is On Fire

Lori Gard | Posted 10.10.2015 | Canada Parents
Lori Gard

Sometimes as teachers I feel we forget that we have priorities. There are some things more important than others. Curriculum is necessary, but if the house is on fire, that document is not coming with me. Outcomes are necessary but if the room is under threat, I will not give them a moment's notice. Lesson plans are useful, but if a child's life is at risk, that carefully laid-out plan for my day would be the last thing on my mind.

An Ode to My Grade 9 English Teacher

Amy Leask | Posted 09.07.2015 | Canada Living
Amy Leask

Okay, I was a bit of a keener, but I didn't think of teachers as being mere dispensers of marks. Because I was raised among teachers, I knew they were human beings too, and usually interesting ones. I did well in school partly because I worked my tail off, but also because acknowledging that my teachers were human allowed me to figure out what they expected, and how they worked.

Tips for the Beginning of the School Year

Shanita Hubbard | Posted 08.31.2015 | Canada Parents
Shanita Hubbard

New Power episodes are no longer playing on Starz, you can't turn on the TV or radio without some type of "bogo" sale going on and at least one person is having their final all white party. If this was Twitter, that sentence would have ended with #SummerIsOver #Back2SchoolSeasonIsHere #TeachersStopCrying.

A Letter to My Students Before School Starts

Lori Gard | Posted 08.18.2015 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

We are not taught to notice, we are taught to do. Told to get out our pencil and pens. Get out our paper, and write. Read. Discuss. Speak. Told to turn to page five and then fashion a paragraph. Told to answer six questions on page 32.

In Ontario, We Shouldn't Need to Be Told That Teachers Matter

Ann Hawkins | Posted 08.13.2015 | Canada Politics
Ann Hawkins

Parents have a right to know what's really at stake, the issues that could cause a further decline in the teaching profession's reputation and resources as political leaders attempt to pay off their debts through cuts to education. These negotiations are about the fact that teachers matter, and the way they're treated matters too.

What Ontario's Teachers Really Want

Lori Gard | Posted 07.23.2016 | Canada Parents
Lori Gard

Teachers should ideally be called into this profession -- a calling of the heart. One that serves to inspire, motivate, encourage and arouse within young people the seed for greatness. Teachers talk about choosing this profession because we want to make a difference in someone's life. We want to be known as the catalyst for someone elses' greatness. We believe that we truly are the wind beneath our students' wings. We even desire to see our students surpass our wildest expectations.

Why Parents Should Care About Teacher Cuts to Education

Lori Gard | Posted 06.26.2016 | Canada Parents
Lori Gard

Teachers are not just teachers. Teachers are so much more. But until we as people are impacted personally by this caregiving aspect role that describes a true educator, we really don't understand how important it is.