Thank your teachers

Saturday, September 3, 2016

New math or old math?

It really depends upon the learner and the teacher. Kids need arithmetic skills, then a basket of strategies to problem solve. They do need to understand many concepts, but if they cannot add, subtract, multiply or divide and depend upon a calculator, they will get bogged down. We used to recite times table while bouncing a basketball. It was a fun challenge! They encouraged one another.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Why are Canadian taxpayers subsidizing private school tuition?

To quote a friend, "This has always made me crazy."

We were hard-pressed to take the kids refused attendance at private or religious school.
Well religion has another aspect here. What I was able to find is an elite private Catholic school here, Vancouver College, issues a charitable donation tax receipt for approximately 80% of the total cost of tuition. 
Canada Revenue Agency offers a child care expense deduction for a variety of child care services. But in one of the clauses they permit a deduction for educational institutions — for the part of the fees that relate to child care services. "
Sending your child to a private school in Canada can have many perks. But recently, Vancouver writer Sandy Garossino discovered some of those perks are tax breaks from the Canada Revenue Agency, and now she's calling for the rules to be…

Monday, May 16, 2016

A private Chinese school should lose Ontario accreditation

The Premier's trade mission to China, where Kathleen Wynne met with CIA executive director Jennifer Xue.

A private school in Shanghai that was recently touted as a shining example of the international partnership between China and the Ontario government is in danger of losing its authority to grant Ontario high school credits following an investigation into allegations of corruption.

It is not a surprise. There are many reasons why Ontario's Ministry of Education should have been much more vigilant. It is the culture, in China, to use bribery for profit, and to ensure students look good. What is more criminal is that Ontario wasn't talking to Canadian teachers, and inspecting more often. Yes, it'll cost money, but our international reputation is at stake.

It is allegedly a pay-for-access scam to allow students into Ontario Universities, after seemingly possessing high school credits. The course hours were too low, violating a ministry mandate, there weren't enough qualified teachers, students who were unable to speak English, paid a fee to retake exams to have a passing grade. When I see trade delegations traveling to other countries, I wonder the price Canadians pay for this? The Canadian teachers overseas were fired, and kicked out of the country. It is shameful. 

When I was teaching over 25 years, I would often have a student in Canada, living with an extended family relative in order to learn English, graduate with an Ontario diploma, and enable them to go to University here.  Heads should roll. These schools need to be closed.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

How Finland is fighting inequality with education, and winning

How they’re fighting inequality with education, and winning

The small, modern, glass-and-concrete building resembles many urban Canadian primary schools, but its classrooms are more intense, each with several teachers and assistants minding circles of kids of highly varied educational and linguistic abilities: There are virtually no special or remedial classes. A lot of non-academic activities fill the day, and the combination of the school’s collaborative structure and the teachers’ detailed devotion to keeping each child on track sometimes gives the place the urgent mood of a hospital emergency ward.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Ontario Ministry of Education Releases Kindergarten Documents

The Ministry of Education has released Growing Success: The Kindergarten Addendum; Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting in Ontario
 including the Kindergarten Communication of Learning templates
and the program policy document for The Kindergarten Program, 2016 (Interim Version).

Components of the The Kindergarten Program, 2016 (Interim Version), have been posted on the Ministry of Education website (the expectations). The full document, including the front matter along with the expectations will be posted in June, 2016.

Mandatory Implementation of these documents begins in September 2016. Regional Training sessions for district school board teams will be starting in April.   

ICT Conference for Women

This is fun! Such amazing technology. I presented at this conference in May, 2006. I really enjoyed it. There is so much to learn.

Presenting technology 2005

ETFO's ICT Conference for Women: Technology for Teachers will take place at the ETFO Office and OISE/UT TORONTO on June 17-18, 2016.

The program includes presentations of technology projects from across the province; and workshops on learning with iPads, Google Drive, Minecraft, Twitter, blogging and various online resources.

Participation is limited and participants will be selected by a random draw with preference going to first time attendees. Successful applicants will be notified by email prior to May 13, 2016.

To register and to view the conference schedule, visit the ETFO Events Management System.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Networking opportunity to collaborate with other First Nation, Métis and Inuit members

The ETFO FNMI Member Sharing Circle

ETFO invites up to seven First Nation, Métis and Inuit members toparticipate in a one-day gathering on Saturday, April 30th to discuss common issues identified in the 2010 Canadian Teachers' Federation study entitled A Study of Aboriginal Teachers' Professional Knowledge and Experience in Canadian Schools.

Participants will be asked to provide input on how ETFO can support them in their role in education and in their union. The gathering will take place at the ETFO provincial office in Toronto. The deadline to register is March 28, 2016. For more information, please see this flyer: PDF | Word. Register online at
FNMI Member Training: Workshop & Facilitation Skills

ETFO is looking for ten First Nation, Métis and Inuit members to participate in a one and half day professional learning opportunity that includes hands-on training on developing effective workshop and facilitation skills, an overview of ETFO programs, and a networking opportunity to collaborate with other First Nation, Métis and Inuit members.

The training will be held on April 8 and 9 at the Provincial Office in Toronto. The deadline to register is March 17, 2016. For more information please see this flyer: PDF | Word. Register online at
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