Teachers

The Problem with School: We Only Teach the Mind

Lori Gard | Posted 10.17.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

I think most would agree that these are worthwhile endeavours for learning, both in the kindergarten classroom and beyond. Yes, literacy proper and numeracy proper are valued here, but these ideals are not everything we believe is important for learning.

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

Jennifer Pellegrini | Posted 10.05.2014 | 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?

Four Things I've Learned About Being a Teacher

Lori Gard | Posted 10.03.2014 | Canada
Lori Gard

I am a writer who happens to be a teacher. In the wee hours of the night, after the dust of the day has settled, I write about love, care and compass...

Why Learning Outside in Nature Is Good for Teachers and Students

David Suzuki | Posted 09.17.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

Despite all the benefits for students and educators, moving classes outdoors can be daunting. Teachers cite a host of barriers, from parental concerns to lack of time, confidence and support from administration. So how can a teacher ease in (or jump right in) to teaching outside?

Want Good Students? Pay Teachers For Them, Says Fraser Institute

CP | Maria Babbage, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada Living

TORONTO - A new study out of the Fraser Institute contends that financial bonuses and other incentives for teachers should be based on student achieve...

Are Schools Breaking Up Friends?

Lydia Lovric | Posted 09.08.2014 | 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.

Back to School Social Media Rules for Parents and Kids

Jeff Quipp | Posted 09.04.2014 | Canada Living
Jeff Quipp

With the school year back in full swing, it's a great time to revisit a topic that affects students, parents and teachers equally: social media. While social media use continues to grow and becomes increasingly common place, it is nonetheless an area of contention, particularly when it comes to kids -- both in and outside of the classroom.

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.

B.C. Teachers Won't Stop Striking Just Because We're Asked Nicely

Cecelia Griffiths | Posted 10.29.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Cecelia Griffiths

B.C. Education Minister Peter Fassbender has asked the teachers to stop striking now, please. I hate to disappoint you, Mr. Fassbender, but it doesn't matter how nicely you ask. What matters is that you fund public education. Properly.

Teachers Are Preparing Their Classrooms and Their Minds for Back-to-School

Lori Gard | Posted 10.27.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

While I clean shelves and wipe down cupboards, readying things for those little bodies and minds, I ready my own mind. Clean out the cobwebs, so to speak. I need my head to be in the game, need my thoughts to be organized. Need my mind to be clear. For when all is said and done, it's not the classroom that houses the potential and possibility to make this year the best one ever for my incoming class: it's me.

Dolphin Teachers and Pod Classrooms: Why Two Fins are Better than One

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 10.20.2014 | Canada
Dr. Shimi Kang

Ninety Four percent of employers agree that collaboration is an imperative skill for 21st century job success for new graduates. Even though social bo...

Is This On Your Back-To-School 'To Do' List?

Lori Gard | Posted 10.18.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

Be kind to yourself -- don't hold yourself to ridiculous standards. Try not to stress about the little things that no one will remember anyway. Get more rest. Go for walks. Exercise. Recharge. And although it might be unreasonable to ask that you leave your work troubles at your desk, try not to become a slave to your work.

A Teacher's 5 Wishes for the Upcoming School Year

Lori Gard | Posted 10.07.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

As a teacher, this time of the year is one where my mind drifts to 'what ifs' and 'how abouts'. Summer is the time of year when teachers are finally afforded the time in which to breathe, take stock and think about what is yet to come. So while I am not ready to cash in on summer yet, here are five wishes I have for the upcoming school year, set to start in a few short weeks.

More Canadians Should Act Like the Shirtless Jogger

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 09.03.2014 | Canada Politics
Danielle S. McLaughlin

When the shirtless jogger encountered Rob Ford at the Canada Day parade he took the opportunity to do something the media had been forbidden to do the day before: He asked the mayor questions. Like it or not, our elected leaders should expect to be asked hard questions -- and they should be ready to answer those questions, because in a democracy, we expect accountability. And we should be relieved that teachers like Mr. Killoran are demonstrating the courage it takes to stand up and hold politicians accountable.

Simple Math for Teachers: Economic Growth = Higher Wages

Jordan Bateman | Posted 08.18.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Whatever the final government deal is with the B.C. Teachers Federation (BCTF), and whenever it's settled, the BCTF must quit opposing economic growth if it ever hopes to accomplish its long-term salary and class size goals.

It's Almost Summer -- Time to Thank a Teacher

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 08.16.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Track down an old favorite by email or phone, and give the greatest gift a teacher can receive: the knowledge of their long-term impact, and where all their hours of extra care and effort got you.

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.

Dear Teacher Who Wants to Quit

Lori Gard | Posted 08.05.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

Sorry too that I must start first with regret. What a poor way to begin. Bu you are leaving teaching. And a void has already been left in the wake of this momentous decision. I feel that void. And sorrow too; for when decisions like this are to be made, it is grievous. It is hard.

Teacher Makes Students 'Pay To Potty'

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 05.22.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Parents of Grade 3 students in Vancouver, Wash. are furious that their kids are having accidents at school because of an unusual "pay to potty" lesson...

A Teacher's Words Can Stick With a Student Forever - Choose Wisely

Lori Gard | Posted 06.23.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

"You'll never amount to anything. You'll never be much. You're a problem child." So he was told. And I had all but forgotten when she reminded me yet again, as we were talking just the other day, about the cruelty of words and how shattering they can be when ill-spoken. And he'll never forget those words.

Advanced Placement Classes Saved My Life

Franchesca Warren | Posted 06.15.2014 | Canada Impact
Franchesca Warren

While being selected to be in Advanced Placement courses saved me, it always made me wonder how many more "at risk" kids these classes could help? What if students who had the ability were offered to take classes that were so rigorous that it forced them to be engaged?

How Much Do You Know About P.E.I.?

Lori Gard | Posted 06.05.2014 | Canada
Lori Gard

"The loss of these last five days has been a disaster, with the loss of instructional time...and we need to gain back as much (of that time) as we can...

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...

Black Children Need Better Parents, Not Schools

Ike Awgu | Posted 05.08.2014 | Canada
Ike Awgu

The Toronto Star and other publications have touted the success of Ontario's Africentric school system. The problem is, one would expect higher test scores and improved behaviour from students who attend such a school, as the program will self-select parents who care more about their children and are engaged in their education. The fact is, as confirmed in countless studies, that the collapse of the black family within a segment of the black community is the primary reason so many of our children fall through the cracks of society, to be broken against the hard, unbending steel of racism, prejudice, failure and depression. No amount of "specialty schools" can change that.

When Discipline Is Sandwiched in Love

Lori Gard | Posted 05.06.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

You know those kinds of days. Another long day in a stream of long days. More issues to deal with, more meetings to be had. More testing to be done, m...