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What EQAO Doesn’t Know

I’m encouraged by the current public consultation on the future of student assessments in Ontario which is being led by Dr. Carol Campbell. Her team’s task is monumental. I’m encouraged because the process is providing an opportunity for all stake … Continue reading

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The Power of Presence

There is no more powerful tool in the assessment for learning cycle than presence. Let me explain. This summer my seven year old wanted to learn how to tie his shoe. He had tried on many previous occasions but hadn’t … Continue reading

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Going with the Flow: Mystery Skypes and Bucket Lists!

Sometimes you just have to go with the flow and recognize an opportunity for learning when it presents itself. Brodie is an exchange student from Australia who has come to live with our family for 2 months. He’s only been … Continue reading

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Dear Margret

Dear Margret, We are a class of grade 5 and 6 students attend St. Elizabeth School in Thunder Bay, Ontario. We grateful that your daughter-in-law Christy wrote the book “Fatty Legs” to share your story.¬† We have learned so much … Continue reading

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WHAT IF we #TeachLikeGord?

Gord Downie’s music has simply been ever present in my life from my teenage years and onward. His music makes me happy, it makes me think, it makes me reminiscent…. it makes me proud to be Canadian. But Gord also … Continue reading

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On Connections and Being Connected: Reflections and Takeaways

The discussion on “connections” and “being connected” is getting richer and deeper! A couple days after my initial blog post ‘On Connections and Being Connected’ and even more reflection and input from my PLN and my students, I’ve had some … Continue reading

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On Connections and being Connected

There’s been a lot of talk about connections¬†these day. It’s the one word that has given me pause for reflection more than any other in the last few years. The term is widely used, but how are we defining it? … Continue reading

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EQAO Test Questions

I’ve been teaching grade 6 for 21 years and I’ve been struggling with some “EQAO Test Questions” of my own: 1. Are high test scores good indicators of effective, creative, collaborative, problem solving, innovative, powerfully connected, globally aware ¬†students, teachers … Continue reading

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Setting the Tone for Learning

The first day of school is all about setting the tone. Escort your students to their new classroom. Have them find their assigned seats. Do a little icebreaker. Review and write down the classroom rules. Read the code of conduct … Continue reading

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How Are You Going to Solve Your Problem?

Are we disabling our kids without even realizing it? When a child comes to you with a problem what is your reaction? Do you solve their problem for them? In doing so what message are we sending our kids? What … Continue reading

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