June issue of Professionally Speaking

The June issue of Professionally Speaking (Ontario College of Teachers) is out – it celebrates 20 years of operation.  Read about four teachers with disabilities – their career choices and  how their experiences and insights build bridges of empathy and insight with diverse student populations.

Check it out!

May 23, 2017 at 2:00 pm Leave a comment

LDAO May 25 free webinar on prepping LD students for exams and assessments

Sponsored by LDAO, you can register here for the FREE Webinar on May 25: Strategies to Support the Success of Students with LDs on Exams and Standardized Tests,  and facilitated by 2 TDSB Special Education Assistant Curriculum Leaders – one from York Mills CI, the second from Sir John A Macdonald. Grade levels: I/S.

“Exams and standardized tests can be stressful for students and staff in general, and in particular, for students with learning disabilities (LDs). This webinar will focus on how educators can prepare students with LDs to write exams or standardized tests and assist educators in creating exams with content and formatting that is “necessary for some, and good for all”. The presenters will provide educators with the tools they need to create effective exams, which will allow students to demonstrate what they know. Using current research and their own experience in the field, the presenters will share strategies to support:
• formatting of exams for student success;
• preparing students for exams;
• leading and collaborating with colleagues. ”

Check it out! Rowan

May 23, 2017 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

the Learning Exchange blog on Cascading Challenges

The May 15  blog entry on the Learning Exchange site is titled Cascading Challenges: A Choreographed Approach to Sustained Student Inquiry by Garfield Gini-Newman.

From article:  “Three Keys to the Cascading Challenge approach

  1. Cultivate a culture of inquiry
  2. Problematize everything
  3. Allow students to affirm, revise or extend their thinking through continual reflection.”

Lots of eloquent jargon in the article – not sure you’d get it if you weren’t in education – check it out.


May 22, 2017 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

EduGains Twitter Chat: Novel Studies and the Adolescent Reader

From EduGainsWelcome to the @LiteracyON twitter chat. We are using this tool to inspire educators of Literacy K – 12 through the sharing of innovative ideas, strategies and resources that support their students. Join us for our next twitter chat on Monday, May 29 at 7:30-8:30pm EST. The hashtag #LiteracyON will allow you to connect and engage with educators from across the province and beyond on the topic of Novel Studies and the Adolescent Reader.

Literacy K-12 Twitter Chat - April

May 22, 2017 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

TED Talk: A summer school kids actually want to attend




May 19, 2017 at 1:05 pm Leave a comment

EduGains ELL Twitter chat on inquiry

From EduGains ELL:

Welcome to the @ELLontario twitter chat. It is a learning tool that will inspire educators of English language learners (ELLs) through the sharing of innovative ideas and strategies that support their students.  Join us for our next twitter chat on Wednesday, May 24 at 7:30-8:30 pm EST. The hashtag, #ELLontario will allow you to connect and engage with educators on the topic of Inquiry Based Learning and English Language Learners.

ELL Twitter Chat - April, 2017

May 19, 2017 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Documentary on literacy & school library underfunding – Read Between the Lines

Check out this 35 minute doc created by the Chapters/Indigo Love of Reading Foundation, titled Read Between the Lines (also available in French). It examines the long term effects of poor literacy skills and underfunded elementary school libraries on children. It tracks the application by Fairview PS in Nanaimo BC for grant money from the Chapters Love of Reading Foundation and includes a retrospective  look at Ogden Community School in Thunder Bay that was the recipient of the award 10 years ago. Interviews include, amongst others,  Robert Munsch and Neil Gaiman.  You’ll like the music, too.

Keep  your kleenex handy – this deliberately tugs the heart strings!  What do you think?



May 18, 2017 at 10:05 am Leave a comment

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