Teachers

What Ontario's Teachers Really Want

Lori Gard | Posted 07.23.2015 | 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 06.26.2015 | 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.

What Difference Do Teachers Make? This Kind Of Difference.

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 06.25.2015 | Canada Living

On the last day of school, we're honouring teachers whose lessons have gone all the way into adulthood.

A Letter to My Son at the End of the School Year

Lori Gard | Posted 06.24.2015 | Canada Parents
Lori Gard

Blink my eyes, and you are five years old. Blink again and now you're a fine young man waiting to start the final chapter of your last three years at home. Do you know how proud we are of who you are? Proud of who you have been and proud of who you are becoming?

How This Teacher Made a Difference

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada Living
Danielle S. McLaughlin

This is the week when we are supposed to say thanks and farewell to our teachers. They and our children now get a well-deserved break from each other. With any luck, we will have a chance to reflect on teaching and learning, before it all starts again in the fall.

12 Teachers All Kids Need In Their Lives

The Huffington Post Canada | Kristy Woudstra | Posted 06.22.2015 | Canada Parents

These teachers have a knack for connecting with their students!

This Is What It's Like to Be a Black Teacher in Ontario

ByBlacks.com | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada Living
ByBlacks.com

A group called the Ontario Alliance of Black School Educators set out to complete the first ever comprehensive survey of black teachers in the province, specifically the racism they face. The survey was only able to reach 148 teachers, but the insight they were able to provide is shocking to those who have no idea what it's really like to be a black teacher.

The Ultimate Year-End Gift For Teachers

Ashley D. MacKenzie | Posted 06.22.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Ashley D. MacKenzie

If your child is willing to sit down and write a few words about what they enjoyed about this school year or semester, it would carry the weight of a dozen coffee mugs with fraction of the required storage space.

As a Teacher, I'm Not Sorry Your Kids Won't Be Getting Their Report Cards

Cayla Hochberg | Posted 06.14.2015 | Canada Parents
Cayla Hochberg

We teachers have nothing to be sorry about. Despite what the government and school boards say, it's not our fault. It's not our doing. And it's certainly not our choice. Please don't tell me it's because we're asking for more money. Because we're not. Or that we're asking for better benefits. Because we're not. Or even that we're asking for more sick days. Because we're not. The only things we're asking is for is the freedom to use our knowledge as professionals to give your child the best education possible.

The Best (and Worst) Teacher Gifts for 2015

Lisa Orr | Posted 06.10.2015 | Canada Parents
Lisa Orr

With summer vacation just around the corner as an etiquette and protocol expert I get a lot of phone calls about what to give the fabulous people who have inspired brilliance in our adorable children all year -- their teachers.

A Letter of Thanks From Parents to Teachers

Lori Gard | Posted 06.25.2015 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

Dear teachers, Quite honestly, we can hardly believe the school year is quickly coming to a close. But we also realize that this last mile toward the finish line is a treacherous one. This is the reality of the work you teachers do. Believe us: your acts of kindness do not fall by the wayside unnoticed.

Our Teachers Deserve Better

Malkin Dare | Posted 05.20.2015 | Canada Living
Malkin Dare

Canadian teachers love their students and want only the best for them. Our teachers work very hard and conscientiously, but often their best efforts are thwarted by a system that fails to give them adequate training, assigns them to teach subjects they aren't qualified to teach, micromanages their teaching methods and materials, and largely ignores their input. Canadian teachers are not getting the support they need and deserve. But it doesn't have to be this way. Here's how four other countries support their teachers' professionalism and give them a voice.

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...

What Makes Teachers Great? We Care

Lori Gard | Posted 04.04.2015 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

I am not talking about setting a bar for best using either personality or teaching style as criteria. What I am maintaining here is that bringing your BEST SELF to work means bringing the self that cares.

Teacher Keeps Letters For 20 Years -- Then Returns Them To Students

The Huffington Post Canada | Rebecca Zamon | Posted 12.12.2014 | Canada Living

What would a 10-page letter from your Grade 9 self look like? While our keyboard-exhausted fingers could barely even pen more than 15 holiday card...

Teaching Is The Most Exhausting Job I've Had, But I Won't Quit

Ashley D. MacKenzie | Posted 02.03.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Ashley D. MacKenzie

I thought for a while that work tires me out more than it used to because I'm getting older, that I just don't have as much energy as I used to. But, um, I'm 31. I'm not exactly shaking hands with the dude in the black cloak.

5 Ways to Honour Your Child's Teacher This Holiday Season

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 01.28.2015 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

When my boys were small, I thanked their teachers all of the time. But now, my older son is in Grade Eight. So how do I honour a teacher whom I barely know, in ways that are meaningful and somewhat personal? Here are five things I'll do for my son's teacher this year

Why I Am Still Teaching

Lori Gard | Posted 01.25.2015 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

This is all I could ever really hope for as a teacher -- to be a safe haven and a soft landing for my students to fall on. Everything else is secondary. I strive to be a person my students know will be there for them, each day and every day, through all the moments, both shining and otherwise.

Dear Teacher, Thank You for Taking the Time to Really See Me

Lori Gard | Posted 01.05.2015 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

Dear Teacher: You called after me today. I was frustrated. Angry. Tired and lonely. And I didn't want to hear someone tell me for the bazillionth time all that I had done wrong. Tell me how I had been a bully. A bad boy. The truth is: I know. I know I am a bully. I have a hard time making friends because I'm different. But you took the time.

The Problem with School: We Only Teach the Mind

Lori Gard | Posted 12.17.2014 | 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 12.04.2014 | 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 12.03.2014 | 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 11.17.2014 | 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 11.07.2014 | 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 11.05.2014 | 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.