Teaching

How Teachers Can Build A Positive Environment In The Classroom

Gloria Kopp | Posted 12.02.2016 | 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.

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.

22 Things New Teachers Need To Hear On Their First Day In Class

Misha Abarbanel | Posted 08.15.2016 | Canada Living
Misha Abarbanel

While the first day of a new school year is usually daunting to say the least -- Will my teachers like me? Will I like my teachers? Who's in my classes? Will people be nice to me? -- nothing compares to walking into the classroom for the very first time. This is especially true for the new teacher.

It's Time To Bring Back Shop and Home Economics Classes

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 10.26.2016 | Canada Parents
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

As our lives became more hectic and lifestyles more busy, the traditional model of family also shifted. No longer were women staying at home, living out their lives as "domestic goddesses," and increasing numbers of men were shown to be not particularly handy when it came to making and fixing things, and that was okay. But now, our kids don't have those skills at all. What happened?

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.

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.

Take Courage, Friends Of Fort McMurray

Lori Gard | Posted 05.06.2016 | Canada Alberta
Lori Gard

Fellow friends, as we care deeply and mourn the great losses of our friends in far-flung parts of this great nation, as we grieve for Fort McMurray -- as we grieve for others: may we never forget that it is the care that binds our hearts together, knitted tightly and perhaps even eternally with cords of love and compassion.

Does Full-Day Kindergarten Pass Or Fail?

Lori Gard | Posted 04.20.2016 | Canada Parents
Lori Gard

Kindergarten is not what it used to be. It traditionally was a place with time for inquiry, discovery, creativity, invention, innovation, imagination and wonder. With the shifts in thinking, it has become in some jurisdictions an environment subjected to the perils of standardization, conformity and primarily cognitive-focused learning. If full-day kindergarten is ever to truly be a success story, it must return to its roots and core values.

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

Blair King | Posted 11.07.2016 | 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.

In The Classroom, Let Kids Just Be Kids

Lori Gard | Posted 10.28.2016 | Canada Parents
Lori Gard

Children need time to imagine, play, create, be curious, read, write and dream. Children need time to explore and discover. Children quite simply need time. And without that time, they will become anxious, agitated, fearful, worried, nervous, restless, apprehensive and uneasy. The state of their mental health becomes a huge concern merely based on the decrease of time they are allotted during the school day within which to function as typical four and five-year-olds do: with child-like, playful abandon.

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.

Embracing The Benefits Of Holistic Education

Misha Abarbanel | Posted 01.05.2016 | Canada
Misha Abarbanel

"The world only spins forward," wrote Tony Kushner. Schools, on the other hand, too often only spin. Or they get stuck altogether. When they do, blame...

Virtual Teaching Tools Take Learning Outside The Classroom

Dr. Marie Bountrogianni | Posted 11.16.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Marie Bountrogianni

What does "learning" look like? It's still fair to say that the lecture format is core to many educational programs, but technology is advancing and creating opportunities for technology-enhanced and online learning to be more experiential, more flexible, and more engaging.

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

Lori Gard | Posted 10.28.2016 | 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 10.10.2016 | 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.

Planned Parenthood in Canada Is Under Attack Too

Lauren Dobson-Hughes | Posted 08.26.2016 | Canada Living
Lauren Dobson-Hughes

You've heard of the recent attacks on women's healthcare in the States, but in Canada, we're feeling the impact too. For 50 years, Planned Parenthood Ottawa has been there for our community, providing unbiased counselling, education, advice and support. But it's become increasingly hard to do our work. Planned Parenthood is under attack, by people who oppose healthcare for women and the trans community, who don't want youth to get the education they need, and who dedicate themselves to cutting our funding every way they can.

A Letter to My Students Before School Starts

Lori Gard | Posted 08.18.2016 | 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.

Teachers Should Be Seen As Caregivers, Not Whiners

Lori Gard | Posted 08.07.2016 | Canada Parents
Lori Gard

I am coming to realize more and more all the time that the overall public perception of teachers on the outside is at times negative. That perception is characterized by whininess, over-pay, indulgence, laziness, self-centeredness and servility. This image will probably remain until change occurs, both within and without education. Teachers are at times unaware of the image we occasionally present to the public. Perhaps it is time that we as teachers begin to re-invent this negative image

Five Ways to Honour That Special Teacher This Week

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 06.23.2016 | Canada Living
Debbie Wolfe

No matter who that special teacher is, they've likely received their fair share of mugs, wine and chocolates over the years. This year, what about something a little more meaningful? Here are five suggestions for meaningful teacher gifts.

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.

Dear Politician (Who Was Not Challenged in School)

Lori Gard | Posted 06.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Lori Gard

Dear Politician, It's election time again. I did hear your address to a large group of parents at a Home and School forum recently. And I happened ...

Rate My Professors Is a Flawed Site

Andrew Robinson | Posted 06.12.2015 | Canada Living
Andrew Robinson

As you can imagine, many university teachers loathe this site completely. In fact, it's not so much a teaching evaluation, as a review of the student experience in the class. It completely ignores all important contexts of where the course fits in the program of study, and why the teaching methods chosen were used, resources available to the teacher to help teach the course, and other necessary background information.

Quality Teaching Time in Higher Education

Andrew Robinson | Posted 05.15.2015 | Canada
Andrew Robinson

How can we ensure that when students are engaged in their studies, they get the best possible chance to absorb and process all of the information whic...

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.

Press On, Teachers: For When We Need Reminding

Lori Gard | Posted 03.01.2015 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

I remind myself that as a teacher, I need to give myself permission to be a human. To make mistakes. To feel pain. To be a real live person with ISSUES and STRUGGLES and HEARTACHES and SORROW. We as teachers don't completely check our lives at the door when we come to school.