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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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The Power of Poetry

April 30, 2013 – 10:39 am | 3 Comments | 5,158 views

Crowded Tub
There are too many kids in this tub.
There are too many elbows to scrub.
I just washed a behind that I’m sure wasn’t mine.
There are too many kids in this tub.
– Shel Silverstein
© Shel Silverstein, …

Why Our Schools Need the Arts: A New Perspective

April 3, 2013 – 11:04 am | 2 Comments | 3,398 views

I recently read Why Our Schools Need the Arts by Jessica Hoffman Davis (2008), founder of the  Arts in Education Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Reading this book hot on the heels of Susan …

Cartograf: Taking time for power mapping

January 24, 2013 – 2:12 pm | 3 Comments | 3,410 views

When your day is long, and you are intellectually spread thin, nothing refreshes like a quick afternoon map.  I don’t know about you, but even when I can’t focus on anything else, maps are easy …

Getting Creative With Practical Science Assessments

November 26, 2012 – 10:28 am | One Comment | 1,951 views

Hand-ons labs or inquiry-based activities are the most engaging ways to learn about science. The Quebec Education Program guides us that the main steps involved in developing practical skills are: defining a problem, developing a …

Teacher Profiles: An Interview with Julie Greto

September 19, 2012 – 10:16 am | Comments Off on Teacher Profiles: An Interview with Julie Greto2,734 views

This year, we will be featuring on our blog talented and committed educators from our community. I hope that the personal paths and ways of doing of individual teachers inspire you as they do me. …

Game-changers: Teachers who changed my life

September 12, 2012 – 1:48 pm | 35 Comments | 14,003 views

 Mrs. Stevens was strict.  Mrs. Stevens scowled.  Mrs. Stevens got after her students.  Mrs. Stevens had fiery red hair.  Mrs. Stevens was not some people’s favourite grade 2 teacher but…she was mine because Mrs. Stevens loved …

Ma correction et la nouvelle orthographe: Comment ne pas pénaliser nos élèves injustement !

June 12, 2012 – 4:22 pm | Comments Off on Ma correction et la nouvelle orthographe: Comment ne pas pénaliser nos élèves injustement !20,035 views

Le beau temps est arrivé. Les élèves sont fébriles. Les salles de classe sont désertées… Voici une autre année qui tire à sa fin avec les dernières journées d’école et les examens finaux et, pour …

Memories From the Field: Part III – Rainbow of Dreams

May 31, 2012 – 8:59 am | 2 Comments | 2,156 views

by Melanie Stonebanks
By looking back and by remembering the past, I have attempted to bind my past experiences as a professional educator in several contexts and roles to create patterns of my professional development in …

History, reality…. and parties

March 7, 2012 – 9:38 am | 3 Comments | 6,285 views

There is an underlying subtext that subversively sneaks in and out of my grade 10 history course this year.  It’s called reality.  Sometimes we call it the present day, sometimes it is just called news. …

A Critical Conversation About Literacy Part III: A Place to Start in Today’s Classroom

February 14, 2012 – 10:26 am | 10 Comments | 11,612 views

by Melanie Stonebanks

You don’t have to have all the answers. You only need to know the questions to ask.

As has been discussed in the previous two postings on this topic, critical literacy is a way …