Teachers

Advanced Placement Classes Saved My Life

Franchesca Warren | Posted 04.15.2014 | 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 04.05.2014 | 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 03.19.2014 | 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 03.09.2014 | 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 03.06.2014 | 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...

The One Thing Teachers Must Remember About Students

Lori Gard | Posted 02.22.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

As much as I am passionate about what I teach, I am more passionate about the people I teach. I am more interested that they are content and happy -- that they are not under undue duress or strain; what is the point of spouting out facts and figures, as important as they might be, if the students' heart is not in it? If their belly is empty?

The Words Young Teachers Need To Hear

Jacqueline Catcher | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada Living
Jacqueline Catcher

I found your letter and it does not fall on deaf ears. In fact, it falls on desperate ears. I need you to tell me that I can explain an assignment in three different, well-organized mediums that address all types of learners and that it's okay that there will still be a student who raises his hand and asks, "So what are we supposed to do?"

I'll Never Grow Out of Being a Teacher-Seeker

Marni Soupcoff | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Living
Marni Soupcoff

The best part of aging is that the addiction to approbation starts to fade, while the appetite for edification lives on. You still like the pats on the head. You just find them less thrilling than the illumination of discovery. Then you're onto the real value of a teacher.

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.

What Kids Who've Been Bullied Need To Know

Lori Gard | Posted 04.02.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

I don't know if your face fell. I don't know if inside you crumbled into tiny little pieces. I don't know how many times you've heard those words before. I don't know if you even believed them. But I got the feeling that this might not have been the first time. And in the instant it took to process what just had happened, a million memories flashed through my mind.

10 Things Teacher's College Never Prepared Me For

Lori Gard | Posted 03.17.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

Having been held hostage by the whims of the cutest sort of five-year-old juvenile delinquents and lived to tell the tale, I have given some thought to the unlimited number of things I was not taught in teacher training, so as to prepare me for these uncertain days in which I find myself now: as a real teacher.

How the Values Charter Will Affect Quebec's Children

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 02.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Danielle S. McLaughlin

Imagine your child's favourite teacher. This teacher is known to provide her students with an enriched classroom. Now imagine that this exemplary teacher is a person who subscribes to a religious faith for which she dresses in a particular fashion. Should she remove the outward signs of her faith so that she can keep teaching?

What Students Remember Most About Teachers

Lori Gard | Posted 02.10.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

at the end of the day, most students won't remember what amazing lesson plans you've created. They won't remember how organized your bulletin boards are. How straight and neat are the desk rows. No, they'll not remember that amazing decor you've designed. But they will remember you.

On Being Writer-ish

Lori Gard | Posted 02.03.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

There is a little book in stores this holiday season called ish. And this little picture book written by Peter H. Reynold has crossed my path several ...

Getting a Grip Before the Holiday Chaos

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Because I work for the aid and develpment agency World Vision, we've always had the World Vision Gift Catalogue around the house. You might have seen it? You choose a specific gift for a family in a poor community overseas, and give it in honour of someone you love or admire.

Are Schools Snack-Shaming Children?

Lydia Lovric | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Lydia Lovric

One Toronto school recently has banned the holy trinity of confections: candy, chocolate and pop. From a child's perspective, it can feel like snack-shaming. It almost seems as though the principal is leading a group of lithe bullies, chastising the embarrassed student for unknowingly smuggling a contraband item.

When Running Is Futile and Giving Brings the Joy Back

Lori Gard | Posted 12.13.2013 | Canada
Lori Gard

I have been feeling it all week -- like a balloon expanding far past its limit. It pushes on my chest and squeezes my lungs. Stress. Anxiety. Tension....

Full-Day Kindergarten Is Better For Parents Than Kids

Lydia Lovric | Posted 11.25.2013 | Canada Living
Lydia Lovric

We are fooling ourselves if we think that full-day kindergarten is anything more than a glorified babysitting service. A four- or five-year-old child may benefit from a few hours of schooling each day, but six hours straight? Is this really for the benefit of the child, or the parents and well-paid teaching staff?

Inclusive Education Isn't What I Thought It Was: It's Something Better

Lori Gard | Posted 11.08.2013 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

I have come to realize that my initial understandings about inclusive education and what it entails were wrong in that they were off-course as to the desired intent of inclusionary teaching. My initial belief was that inclusive education was okay, so long as it was equal. I now realize that inclusion doesn't need to mean pure equality.

Can We Digitize School Handouts, Please?

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 11.05.2013 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Are we not living in a digital age? For some strange reason, educational facilities, specifically elementary schools, seem to be stubbornly entrenched in a previous era. What is behind this desire to hold on to a communications method that is clearly flawed, to say the least?

To Teach Is To Touch Lives

Lori Gard | Posted 11.02.2013 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

To teach is to forever be a part of something bigger. Is to forever be a piece of that sacred puzzle which creates something profound from that which is very small. That is the beauty of the life of a child. To teach is to touch lives. To listen. To lift. To motivate. To compel. To inspire. To encourage. To enrich. And above all, to teach is to use one's life to make a difference.

The Back to School Speech Every Teacher Should Hear

Dean Shareski | Posted 10.31.2013 | Canada Living
Dean Shareski

Learning is personal and schools should help everyone discover their passions and build on their strengths. We need to stop spending so much time listening to the "experts" and instead recognize and listen to the experts that spend time in classrooms every single day.

When Teachers Teach to Reach

Lori Gard | Posted 10.28.2013 | Canada
Lori Gard

There are two times a year when P.E.I. teachers feel like celebrities. Once during the Annual Provincial Teacher's Convention when rubbing shoulders w...

What Miley Cyrus Needs Is a Good Teacher

Lori Gard | Posted 10.27.2013 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

Since all the blogging world is in a tailspin over Miley Cyrus and her antics on MTV's VMAs, it might be a great time to shift the focus away from Miley and the like. What kids need are adults who are invested in helping them grow their character along with their brain. Am I saying that Miley's family failed her? Not really. But I know this to be true: teachers can reach students and inspire them in ways that celebrity cannot.

Help Your Kids Start the School Year With a Healthy Body Image

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 10.27.2013 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

Heading back to school after summer vacation can be stressful for kids. A lot can happen to a young person's body over summer vacation. Some kids will experience a growth spurt, while others will need a little time to catch up. Here are a few things you can do to help your kids start the school year off with confidence.