Teaching

Trigger Warnings For Those About to Enter Kindergarten

Lori Gard | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

Warning: the contents of this article might be offensive to some. In that, it might make you conjure up images of snot, mucous, throw-up, broken arms ...

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...

How to Have Compassion

Ken Rabow | Posted 03.04.2014 | Canada Impact
Ken Rabow

As a life coach, I work with all sorts of people in their teens and 20s. I learn from all of them. One of my most powerful learning lessons came from a 13-year-old client with Autism, who allowed me to see the dangers of people in power trying to "do the right thing." I am pleased to share with you now the inner workings of one the most interesting minds I have ever met.

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?"

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.

Attack Plagiarism but Defend Student Creativity

Neil Seeman | Posted 04.02.2014 | Canada Living
Neil Seeman

Many years later, now ensconced in the Internet software world, I have learned just how skilled young students are in the ways of mosaic plagiarism. I believe in the rule of law and the science of intellectual property law. Yet encouraging creativity in young minds should be paramount for any teacher.

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.

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.

Perspectives: When You Feel Empty and Worn Out

Lori Gard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Lori Gard

I am scraping out the innards of a huge spaghetti squash with a spoon. Yellow fibers and white seeds accumulate in a soft pile on my cutting board. I...

Start Where You Are: A Teacher's Story

Lori Gard | Posted 11.14.2013 | Canada
Lori Gard

A few years ago, I was dealing with some mysterious health issues. I was having trouble with my stomach. Having trouble with my skin. My respiratory system. My mental health. I was having trouble, and thus feeling in general like I was ten years older than I actually was. My stress levels were through the roof, and I was also having anxiety attacks. Then four words from a doctor changed my life: "Start where you are."

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.

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.

Teaching Children About the "Ability" in Disability

Lindsey Athias | Posted 08.07.2013 | Canada Impact
Lindsey Athias

In order to embrace the ways in which others are different we have to realize the ways in which we are also the same. When it comes to teaching our children about kids with disabilities, the notions of "connectedness" and "sameness" are essential and something we must foster as a society.

The Ongoing Supply and Demand for Teachers

Rumeet Billan | Posted 07.15.2013 | Canada
Rumeet Billan

In Chad there is one primary school teacher for every 1,815 children, and in Mali, only half of all primary teachers are trained. Consider the quality (or lack thereof) of education within the classroom in areas of our world where students do not have access to trained teachers.

For Him, His Personal Best Was Showing Up!

Lori Gard | Posted 06.08.2013 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

Personal bests are never meant for comparison. We each come from very different places -- my daily best might be quite different than your daily best. And what I have to offer should never be brought up in comparison to your life contributions.

Do Canadian Teachers Truly Have the Freedom to Teach?

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 05.08.2013 | Canada Politics
Danielle S. McLaughlin

Recently, I have learned about two teachers who, in different circumstances, have been restricted from teaching material they would like to teach. We ask teachers to be creative, informative, and to engage their students in thinking critically about the world around them. What message do we send when we limit what they teach? Where should we draw the line?

People Don't Want a Real Answer

Lori Gard | Posted 05.01.2013 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

In general, people don't really want to know the real answer to tough questions about life.

The Parent-Teacher Phonecall Needs a Makeover

Lori Gard | Posted 04.06.2013 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

Last year, a woman with far more experience than I in the education field came to our school to speak to the staff. In her discussion, she broached the topic of communication with parents. And one thing she said stuck in my head and has challenged me ever since.

A Teacher's Porn Star Past Shouldn't Be Grounds for Firing

Justin Beach | Posted 03.19.2013 | Canada
Justin Beach

Pornography has been repeatedly protected by U.S. courts as a form of free expression. So, in effect, Stacie Halas has lost a government job because of her past legal speech.

Dear Robert Munsch: Love You Forever

Lori Gard | Posted 03.18.2013 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

Our school lost a shining light this week. A little boy -- six years old. He, the lover of hockey, fishing and fun, was taken suddenly, leaving our school community grappling with life and death issues. In my classroom, I turned to the one sure thing I knew could shed some light, love and laughter on an otherwise dark cloud that hovered low. Your books.