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January 17, 2018 – 11:02 am | 61 views

This is a guest post by music educator Louise Campbell.
Memory is trained less and less in our everyday lives, with major impacts on students’ ability to understand and master subject matter. Assuming there are basics …

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Dear Prime Minister: Writing letters for World Environment Day

May 16, 2017 – 12:39 pm | One Comment | 893 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 | 599 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 Classroom1,328 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 | 2,148 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 | 2,405 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, …