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We Need a New Mantra: What Will Yours Be?

April 1, 2020 – 11:21 am | 42 views

Mantras are one way to practice mindfulness because we focus on a word or phrase as a way to calm and center the mind. In this sense, mantras help us slow down our brains and allow for more space in breath, mind, and body. 

A New Reality
Cancellations. Social distancing. Self-isolation. Stay at home. These phrases are meant to keep us safe, but, at the same time, they are creating an unease in us that we have never experienced before. We all have questions regarding the future, our children’s education, our jobs, the economy, and of course, our health and the health of those around us.  Let’s permit ourselves to take a step back, breathe, and find a new mantra to follow under these new and unfamiliar circumstances.

Ça va bien aller.  It’s gonna be alright.
As a society, we have adopted this mantra to help us through this unprecedented time.  It shows our support for each other, and allows us to feel hope for ourselves and our collective future.

The Kids Will Be Fine
To the alarm of many parents, most teachers, as per the Minister of Education, did not provide work to students over the initial two-week school closure period. This directive had many reasons behind it, but rest assured, educators have been collaborating to prepare recommendations for the weeks to come. Parents will continue to receive guidance to help navigate this challenge. Everyone will have a role to play. Teachers and students will interact in such a way as to keep learning on track. Part of this will involve students becoming more autonomous in their own learning. Some learning will occur in the virtual company of their teacher, but some will also take place independently. But, most importantly, parents will need to parent, they will NOT be expected to become teachers!

You Are Not Alone
1,543,446,152 – That is the number of students who are at home in the world! Although everyone’s experience is different, we are all in the same boat.  

Boredom Is Good
This phrase can be confusing in a world where our kids are always occupied with organized activities. But there are developmental advantages to being bored! In this 4-minute video from Breakfast Television the pediatric psychiatrist Dr Monique Jericho explains how boredom is actually good for the brain and can help lead children to develop strategies for themselves later on as teenagers and as adults.


  • is an important experience for everyone to have.
  • drives us to look for and do new things.
  • allows us to get to know ourselves.


  • is a time where children are not getting stimulation from outside themselves but are generating their own thoughts and ideas themselves.
  • teaches kids to figure out what they need.
  • helps them recognize, ‘I’ am bored… What am ‘I’ going to do to solve this problem?
  • is empowering for them to feel that they have the power to change and make themselves happy.
  • is especially important for young children to help learn to navigate their own boredom when they are young so in their teen years they will be able to find ways to reconcile that boredom.

– Notes from Breakfast Television clip with Pediatric Psychologist Dr. Monique Jericho


You Got This
Yes, it is an anxious and uncertain time. Just remember that we can adapt, adjust and overcome anything. Remember the first day of daycare, of kindergarten, of high school.  Those transitions impacted the rhythms of our work lives, family routines, and home schedules. These were all major shifts in our lives and the lives of our little ones. In time, and with patience, we will find balance, and hopefully a mantra, among this initial chaos. 

Which mantra will you choose?


The Kids Will Be Alright: Slam Poetry Meets English Language Arts

February 14, 2020 – 12:30 pm | Comments Off on The Kids Will Be Alright: Slam Poetry Meets English Language Arts416 views
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Last spring, I was invited to Laval Senior Academy’s “It’s Complicated”, a vernissage of student visual arts and spoken word performance that blossomed from their partnership with the English Language Arts Network (ELAN) and the …

Developing Digital Competency through Digital Storytelling

February 4, 2020 – 2:22 pm | Comments Off on Developing Digital Competency through Digital Storytelling408 views

This is a guest post for our blog by Jessie Curell, the Founder of Hands On Media Education.
In this age of ever-increasing digital communication, creation, and connection, it is more critical than ever that we …

Québec’s Digital Action Plan: Revolutionizing the Future of Education

January 28, 2020 – 12:44 pm | 2 Comments | 520 views

The First Industrial Revolution saw the dawn of water and steam power to mechanize production. The Second Revolution occurred when electricity was discovered which subsequently transformed industry. The Third is characterized by the emergence of …

Podcasts for Professional Development

November 8, 2019 – 4:12 pm | One Comment | 566 views
walking the dog listening to podcasts

Like a lot of people, I like to listen to podcasts. I have a dog that needs walking and I enjoy running to keep fit. As a result, I have a lot of time to …

Small Steps Can Lead to Huge Changes

September 11, 2019 – 3:33 pm | Comments Off on Small Steps Can Lead to Huge Changes475 views

“Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t.” – Steve Maraboli

As educators around the world usher …

Summertime Reads from the LEARN Team Vol. IV

June 25, 2019 – 9:10 am | Comments Off on Summertime Reads from the LEARN Team Vol. IV769 views

When the time finally rolls round to assemble this final LEARN blog post of the year, most educators we encounter tend to be dazed, confused – often struggling to understand what the heck just happened …

Teachers leading the way with reconciliACTION

June 18, 2019 – 11:10 am | Comments Off on Teachers leading the way with reconciliACTION694 views

June 21st is National Indigenous People’s Day.  I’m taking this moment, four years after the release of the final report on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Residential Schools to reflect on the role of …

Walk a Mile: A story of entrepreneurship and the Arts

June 4, 2019 – 4:29 pm | One Comment | 1,204 views

Entrepreneurship is a way for individuals to be fulfilled, express their values, bring their ideas to life, gain control of their lives and contribute to their community. Entrepreneurial spirit is forged and evolves throughout one’s …

À la découverte de Livres ouverts!

May 21, 2019 – 1:16 pm | One Comment | 1,881 views
Je lire le père goriot par Balzac

À la dernière minute, la direction de l’école me demande d’acheter des livres.
Je désire exploiter une thématique avec des livres de niveaux différents.
Je veux trouver des livres qui répondent à l’intérêt de mes élèves ainsi …

Growth Mindset: Our Mistake about Mistakes in Math

March 27, 2019 – 3:19 pm | 4 Comments | 1,496 views

Does the expression “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” ring true for some of your students’ mindsets? Or “that’s just how I am,” or even the classic “I’m just no good at (fill …