Teachers

80 Years On And Not Enough Has Changed

Plan International Canada | Posted 03.23.2017 | Canada Impact
Plan International Canada

Eighty years ago, the Spanish Civil War resulted in a vast displacement and large number of unaccompanied child refugees. It was from the ashes of that crisis that Plan International was created. I am sure John Langdon-Davies, the founder of Plan International, would be heartbroken to know how urgently, in so many parts of the world, our work is still needed.

These Are The Lessons You Won't See In Your Child's Report Card

Lori Gard | Posted 03.06.2017 | Canada Parents
Lori Gard

Later on this week or month, you will perhaps receive and then open an envelope containing your child's tri-annual report card, an account informing you of their academic progress in school so far this year. But you might find that not everything your child has learned will be part of that running commentary.

6 Ways To Support Students As Acts Of Hate Continue To Rise

Jeewan Chanicka | Posted 03.06.2017 | Canada Living
Jeewan Chanicka

Recently, with rising Islamophobia, a Muslim child was threatened on school grounds by someone wearing a mask. Though schools may see themselves as "neutral," the sense of safety and well-being of many children continues to be hijacked with the ongoing rhetoric of political leaders and increasing hate incidents and crimes.

It's Time For Us To Be Honest About Our Own Mental Health

Ingrid Bergman | Posted 03.03.2017 | Canada Living
Ingrid Bergman

In teachers' college, I had an excellent professor who talked about removing oneself from a situation before it became critically difficult to deal with. I'll call it the 60 per cent rule, although he may have given a different number. Don't wait until you are at 99 per cent of what you can handle, when you are dealing with other people.

Ontario Should Learn From Finland's Example On Smaller Class Sizes

Ingrid Bergman | Posted 02.27.2017 | Canada Politics
Ingrid Bergman

Currently, the public education system in Ontario seems more focused on looking good to the public than actually being the best it can be for the children. Ontario should look to Finland. They are now doing something right, but they weren't always #1 in education. In the 1970s they made a conscious systemic decision to focus on learning rather than performance.

Kindness Is Learned In School

Lori Gard | Posted 02.21.2017 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

I know from my years spent in public school classrooms and the schoolyard...that tough love can be done in kindness. I learned that consequences can be carried out with kindness. Gentle critique can be conducted with a cushion of kindness. All of this and more. All can be cradled in kindness and compassion and gentleness and love.

It Isn't Health Canada's Job To Put A Positive Spin On GMOs

Rachel Parent | Posted 02.07.2017 | Canada Politics
Rachel Parent

GMOs have the potential to irreversibly alter the genetic core of the food supply. It is very worrying that Health Canada seems more concerned about jumping on the industry bandwagon by trying to convince the unwilling public about the perceived benefits of GMOs than actually carrying out its own safety studies.

Should Teachers Bring Their Politics Into The Classroom?

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 01.24.2017 | Canada Living
Danielle S. McLaughlin

Among the groups that I saw at the Toronto march was a contingent of elementary school teachers. As most people know, the great majority of elementary school teachers everywhere are women. As women, they have experienced more than their fair share of discrimination, pay inequity, and even violence in the workplace. But should teachers have the right to protest and then to bring their views and opinions into their classrooms? It might depend on the views and how they are expressed.

What I Learned By Teaching A Class Of 104 Children In Tanzania

World Vision | Posted 12.12.2016 | Canada Impact
World Vision

As a Canadian, it's hard to believe it's possible for teachers to successfully educate 104 children of different grades in a single classroom. Where children sit on a dirt floor, have an empty stomach, don't have sufficient school supplies for their needs. Children excited to be in school, no matter how far they had to walk under a blazing sun.

How Teachers Can Build A Positive Environment In The Classroom

Gloria Kopp | Posted 12.05.2016 | Canada Parents
Gloria Kopp

Having a positive classroom environment and solid relationships with both students and parents can make any teaching professional's life so much easier. But a happy classroom, comfortable students, and supportive parents don't simply happen by themselves. Instead, they're the result of hard work and preparation.

Keep Your Hands Off My Kid's Lunchbox

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 11.07.2016 | Canada Parents
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

There's a new trend happening around town and it's one that may be catching on. Consider this my civic duty to spread the word and stop the idiocy of being legislated. That's right -- schools are now trying to tell me what I can and can't put in my kid's lunchbox.

How I Learned To Live With A Psoriasis Diagnosis

Charlene Chapman | Posted 10.05.2016 | Canada Living
Charlene Chapman

For the first time in 15 years, I was able to stop fearing what people thought of me. More importantly, I don't feel self-conscious at all, mostly thanks to the fact you wouldn't be able to tell I am living with psoriasis unless you looked closely to see the blemishes left on my skin.

Teachers Have No Right To Police My Children's Diet At School

Abby Langer | Posted 09.30.2016 | Canada Parents
Abby Langer

Some teachers in an area near Toronto are taking kids' snacks away or not allowing kids to eat them if they're "unhealthy." Parents are furious, and they've got every right to be. When a teacher makes the decision to disallow certain foods in their classroom, the result can be very unsettling.

A Teacher's Care Can Leave A Legacy That Outlasts Lesson Plans

Lori Gard | Posted 09.14.2016 | Canada Parents
Lori Gard

What I have realized time and time again is something so profound, it is actually simple. There is really nothing kids want more than to be liked, to be accepted for who they are. It is the greatest way we can care for children, for youth: we must show them they matter.

Dear Parents, Teachers Are People Too

Blair King | Posted 09.06.2016 | Canada Parents
Blair King

As I have written previously, I am the spouse of a teacher and spend a lot of time with teachers. I'd like to start the new school year by reminding you of some truths about teachers. So if your child comes home and complains about something that happened at school give the teacher the benefit of the doubt.

Sending Your Kids Back To School When You're Divorced

Erin Silver | Posted 09.01.2016 | Canada Parents
Erin Silver

The first day of school was a biggie for us. We all had the back-to-school jitters, so my ex and I brought our boys to school together on their first day last year. It was awkward, and I felt like a phoney showing up to school looking like a family, but I got over it quickly. My kids were happy to have both their parents at school to wave to them and support them as they walked through the school doors.

Teachers Are Paying For Their Own School Supplies

The Huffington Post Canada | Abigail Esteireiro | Posted 08.23.2016 | Canada Parents

And it can get pretty costly.

Should Teachers Be Allowed Freedom Of Expression?

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 08.19.2016 | Canada Living
Danielle S. McLaughlin

If I were a teacher starting my career, or even in a well-established position, I would be very concerned that any publicly unpopular view I might hold could affect my employment. Even if I never chose to let my students know my views, my public political participation would be deeply chilled.

What Real Inclusion For Kids With Autism Looks Like

Kathleen O’Grady | Posted 01.23.2017 | 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 04.09.2017 | 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.