Teaching

Five Ways to Honour That Special Teacher This Week

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 06.23.2015 | 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.

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.

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.

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?

Teachers Are Preparing Their Classrooms and Their Minds for Back-to-School

Lori Gard | Posted 10.27.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

While I clean shelves and wipe down cupboards, readying things for those little bodies and minds, I ready my own mind. Clean out the cobwebs, so to speak. I need my head to be in the game, need my thoughts to be organized. Need my mind to be clear. For when all is said and done, it's not the classroom that houses the potential and possibility to make this year the best one ever for my incoming class: it's me.

Dolphin Teachers and Pod Classrooms: Why Two Fins are Better than One

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 10.20.2014 | Canada
Dr. Shimi Kang

Ninety Four percent of employers agree that collaboration is an imperative skill for 21st century job success for new graduates. Even though social bo...

Is This On Your Back-To-School 'To Do' List?

Lori Gard | Posted 10.18.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

Be kind to yourself -- don't hold yourself to ridiculous standards. Try not to stress about the little things that no one will remember anyway. Get more rest. Go for walks. Exercise. Recharge. And although it might be unreasonable to ask that you leave your work troubles at your desk, try not to become a slave to your work.

Former Alberta Teacher Unjustly Detained in Indonesia

Leanne Shirtliffe | Posted 09.20.2014 | Canada Alberta
Leanne Shirtliffe

I know the Bantlemans, and I too have taught at international schools in Asia. I met my husband--a guy from Edmonton--in the Middle East, and we had twins in Bangkok. I know the lure and the realization of what Mrs. Bantleman describes as wanting "to learn more about the culture and the people" of a far off land. I also can imagine how powerless you would be if incarcerated in a foreign country.

Getting Rid of Tenure Won't Fix Our Post-Secondary Problems

Faisal Kutty | Posted 09.09.2014 | Canada Business
Faisal Kutty

Yes, academics must step out of their ivory towers and become more engaged with the public. But increasing teaching hours, reducing salaries and abolishing tenure are not solutions. Such moves will only create bigger problems.

Dear Teacher Who Wants to Quit

Lori Gard | Posted 08.05.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

Sorry too that I must start first with regret. What a poor way to begin. Bu you are leaving teaching. And a void has already been left in the wake of this momentous decision. I feel that void. And sorrow too; for when decisions like this are to be made, it is grievous. It is hard.

Six Tips To Open Up Your Kids To Friends From Diverse Ethnicities

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 07.31.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

If we convey negative or suspicious attitudes about other cultures and ethnicities, our kids will pick up on these and replicate our behaviour. "Monkey see, monkey do" is real so keep this in mind and remember to convey a positive and open attitude about other cultures, particularly around your children.

A Teacher's Words Can Stick With a Student Forever - Choose Wisely

Lori Gard | Posted 06.23.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

"You'll never amount to anything. You'll never be much. You're a problem child." So he was told. And I had all but forgotten when she reminded me yet again, as we were talking just the other day, about the cruelty of words and how shattering they can be when ill-spoken. And he'll never forget those words.

Trigger Warnings For Those About to Enter Kindergarten

Lori Gard | Posted 06.13.2014 | 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 06.05.2014 | 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 05.19.2014 | 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 05.04.2014 | 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 04.24.2014 | 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.