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February 13, 2018 – 8:05 pm | Comments Off on STEAMing up Learning: Robotics heats up at Laval Senior229 views

This is a guest post by SWLSB Science and Technology consultant Samuel Altarac.
How many times do we hear that math and science are boring and not creative? After witnessing the energy and imagination present at …

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Beyond the Textbook: Small steps to nurturing girls interest in STEM careers

December 9, 2015 – 10:55 am | Comments Off on Beyond the Textbook: Small steps to nurturing girls interest in STEM careers2,233 views

“Because it’s 2015.” This Justin Trudeau quote went viral when asked why his new cabinet is half women. And yet, women in STEM careers (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), have been on a steady decline since …

Blue Metropolis: Bringing Professionals into the Classroom

December 4, 2015 – 11:35 am | Comments Off on Blue Metropolis: Bringing Professionals into the Classroom1,382 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 …

Science Misconceptions – How Should Teachers Deal With Them?

November 20, 2015 – 1:09 pm | 2 Comments | 2,570 views

We’ve all heard or expressed the common teacher refrain or some variation of “I taught it to them so many times and in so many different ways and yet they still got it wrong on …

The Great Canadian Experiment that Worked: L’immersion française dans nos écoles

November 17, 2015 – 9:32 am | 2 Comments | 9,835 views

Collaboration spéciale de Marla Williams, Coordonnatrice CPF – Québec

Murielle Parkes, Olga Melikoff, Valerie Neale.
Although these names are unfamiliar to most Canadian households, these three anglophone mothers from Montreal’s South Shore profoundly influenced Canada’s educational system through …

Flipped History: A new approach for a new curriculum

November 3, 2015 – 10:31 pm | 3 Comments | 1,910 views

As you know, I’m piloting the new History of Quebec and Canada curriculum. In my previous post, “History of Quebec and Canada – Planning for a new curriculum” I discussed unit planning, learning intentions and …

How Should we Assess Students in Inquiry-based Science?

September 29, 2015 – 3:25 pm | 5 Comments | 1,495 views

The school year has begun and science teachers are working hard to develop and enact their inquiry-based programs. They are mindful of the fact that they have to not only assess their students’ progress as …

History of Quebec and Canada – Planning for a new curriculum

September 23, 2015 – 8:52 am | 2 Comments | 2,880 views

The 2015-2016 school year is here and I have the privilege of piloting the new History of Quebec and Canada program.  There are three other teachers piloting the secondary III program in the English sector, …

Beyond the Textbook: Righting the Math Course

September 15, 2015 – 10:44 am | Comments Off on Beyond the Textbook: Righting the Math Course1,432 views

The lecture, textbook, worksheet, pop-quiz, test and exam cycle are the traditional delivery tools used in most schools to teach mathematics. It’s the way you and I were probably taught math. Teachers, at the …

Beyond the Textbook: The Math Dip

June 3, 2015 – 9:35 pm | 2 Comments | 2,342 views

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“I’m horrible in math, I’ll never use this in my life, what’s the point in trying, I suck at it, it makes no sense to me, I’ll never been good at math, this textbook is …

Qu’est-ce que la lecture multimodale ?

May 26, 2015 – 9:43 pm | One Comment | 3,424 views

Collaboration spéciale de Véronique Landry
Conseillère pédagogique en français, langue seconde à la CSSWL
En lisant cet extrait d’Astérix et Obélix, vous avez sûrement compris que l’on est témoin d’un banquet bruyant, que le chef est frustré, …