Supporting English Language Learners

After reading a timely post by Cult of Pedagogy's Jennifer Gonzalez entitled "12 Ways to Support English Learners in the Mainstream Classroom," I wanted to learn more about how the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) welcomes and supports English Language Learners to their schools.  The OCSB's website is excellent, and they have links to various... Continue Reading →

Indigenous Education in Ontario

As a student, I was never made aware of the history of residential schools in Canada until university. University! It was so shocking to me that I went through twelve grades in the public education system in Ontario without ever learning this part of Canada’s history. After first learning about it, I become more motivated... Continue Reading →

Birch Bark Canoe

Last week I had the opportunity to learn about a project towards reconciliation that is taking place in the University Centre at uOttawa. As part of our PED 3110 (Teaching in Roman Catholic Separate Schools) class , we took a mini-fieldtrip to visit Marcel Labelle - an Algonquin and Métis artist and canoe-builder. His teachings and stories were particularly moving... Continue Reading →

Helping hands

As math camp involves many activities, including snack time, there is lots to do inside and outside the classroom to keep everything running smoothly. Inspired by the systems at some of the other summer numeracy sites, I created this 'Helping Hands' chart so our Mathletes are always aware of how they'll be helping out for the day.... Continue Reading →

Marshmallow challenge

On the first day of summer numeracy camp, we decided to have the kids try the "Marshmallow Challenge," as described by Tom Wujec on his website and during the TED Talk featured below. The students were provided with a paper bag kit containing all the materials, and they were instructed to build the tallest freestanding structure... Continue Reading →

Applying principles to teaching

Throughout the course PED 3139 Creating Healthy, Safe and Supportive Learning Environments, we explored strategies and practices to build intentional learning communities that foster positive behaviour. This was accomplished by addressing the learning objectives listed below, which were used as a framework for the course (Orders, "Course Overview"). Learning objectives: Co-create authentic learning communities Recognize the connection between healthy communities... Continue Reading →

Embracing conflict

My grade 6 students introduced me to the fun (and addictive) world of Bitstrips, so I challenged myself to harness my creativity and create a series of Bitstrip scenes! The Bitstrips below depict Alfie Kohn imparting some wisdom to a new teacher candidate about the value and benefit of embracing conflict in the classroom.  ... Continue Reading →

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