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October 10, 2018 – 3:06 pm | One Comment | 356 views

I grew up in Alberta and part of my story of becoming Québécois includes the year I spent on the Îles de la Madeleine working as a Language Monitor at the Polyvalente des Îles. In …

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Shoreline Project connects the local and global

October 10, 2018 – 3:06 pm | One Comment | 356 views

I grew up in Alberta and part of my story of becoming Québécois includes the year I spent on the Îles de la Madeleine working as a Language Monitor at the Polyvalente des Îles. In …

Dear Prime Minister: Writing letters for World Environment Day

May 16, 2017 – 12:39 pm | One Comment | 1,371 views

Back in 2002, when I was teaching Secondary Three English Language Arts, then-United States President George W. Bush was trying to pull together a coalition of allies to attack Iraq for (wrongly) suspecting the country …

Singing the Grade School Blues

April 19, 2017 – 9:33 am | 2 Comments | 882 views

When I was about twelve years old I was flipping through my parent’s record collection and came across B.B. King ‎– Live In Cook County Jail, an album cover faded and textured like prison denim.
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Blue Metropolis: Bringing Professionals into the Classroom

December 4, 2015 – 11:35 am | Comments Off on Blue Metropolis: Bringing Professionals into the Classroom1,469 views

On a warm fall day, I sat down with Lisanne Gamelin, the new Educational and Social program coordinator for Blue Metropolis. I was struck by her enthusiasm for projects that bring professional writers, photographers and …

The Story of Manga – Do something like this, but better

May 12, 2015 – 1:42 pm | 4 Comments | 2,454 views

I’m a learn-by-doing kind of guy.  As a teacher, when it came time to planning my lessons I was not someone who could just wing it.  I always had to complete my own version of …

Authentic experience: Students writing for real audiences

November 11, 2014 – 11:48 am | 4 Comments | 2,615 views

I was a first year teacher writing on the chalkboard, simultaneously trying to keep an eye on a room of rowdy secondary 2 students.  Suddenly, I heard the words that always  make me shudder.  “Sir, …