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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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School Life in Malawi: The Challenges Faced by Malawian Teachers

August 15, 2012 – 4:02 pm | One Comment | 6,021 views

As Sophie’s time in Malawi continued, she was fortunate to be invited not only to observe classrooms in action but to speak also with the Malawian teachers about the daily struggles that they face both …

How I Will Spend my Summer Vacation

June 19, 2012 – 9:12 am | Comments Off on How I Will Spend my Summer Vacation1,487 views
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I know the general public pictures teachers with their long vacations, lolling on beaches or travelling here there and everywhere. I know some of you do some of that, but I also know that many …

School Life in Malawi Part I: An Introduction to the Warm Heart of Africa

June 6, 2012 – 10:27 am | One Comment | 2,278 views

By Melanie Stonebanks and Sophie Bass
For four years now, my husband, Dr. Christopher Stonebanks, has been traveling in the late springtime to Malawi, fondly referred to as “The Warm Heart of Africa”.  For five weeks …

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 …

Old School Social Networking: The Power of the Student Exchange

May 23, 2012 – 9:20 am | 9 Comments | 3,114 views
SEVEC exchange participants

I vividly and fondly remember bits and pieces of my first experience as an exchange student. I was in grade 6 at École St. Noël-Chabanel in North York, Ontario.  Our class had been paired with …

“I want to tie my shoes” – Reflection and Goal Setting in Cycle One

May 15, 2012 – 4:29 pm | 2 Comments | 2,424 views

“I believe that the theme ‘again and again’ is paramount in cycle one. Children (people) don’t always ‘get it’ on the first round, or second, or third. Children love to do the same activity again …

Memories From the Field Part II: “Dear Prime Minister”

May 8, 2012 – 11:22 am | Comments Off on Memories From the Field Part II: “Dear Prime Minister”2,911 views

By Melanie Stonebanks
The unexamined life isn’t worth living. – Socrates, 450 BC
A few weeks ago, I wrote about my early teaching experiences in inner-city Montreal. This entry builds on that previous post and will hopefully contribute …

SOS LEARN: The Tutors’ Perspective

April 17, 2012 – 10:47 am | 5 Comments | 3,915 views

 
SOS LEARN is a free online tutoring and homework help service that has operated through LEARN for the last five years.  The strength of SOS LEARN comes from its tutors, Quebec classroom teachers by day …

Reflective practice as professional development

March 13, 2012 – 9:44 am | 4 Comments | 2,953 views

A few weeks ago, I had lunch with a group of educators, among them a pair of Cycle One teachers from the francophone sector. We got to talking about a series of learning and evaluation …

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. …