The future doctors, dentists and other health-care professionals who volunteer with the McGill Community Outreach Projects are on a mission. Their in-class presentations and career-day exhibits promote healthy lifestyles to elementary and high-school students and expose them to the diversity of health-care careers.
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Two teachers in two elementary schools in the Eastern Townships have introduced blogging into their students’ classroom routine. Through their blogs, students reflect on their learning, chart their progress and leave a positive digital footprint that they can look back on over time.
Had he never heard of the Guidance-Oriented Approach to Learning, Tim Romanow would still be using it with his class. “Eventually students go out into the world and have to get a job. As teachers, we need to let them know there is a purpose behind everything we do. We need to make learning real for them.”
Next fall—from Elementary Cycle Three on—Québec schools will introduce 5 to 10 hours of compulsory GOAL content. To pave the way, 28 pilot schools are now sharing strategies for integrating this content naturally into the curriculum. Teachers at Cedar Street and Mary Gardner Schools explain why they chose to be involved.
Acting on their own plan to help the stray cats in their neighbourhood, Grade 1 students at Verdun Elementary discovered that even very young children can make a big impact on their community.