Thank your teachers

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Leaders vs. bosses: how principals can be principled

This pretty much nails it. I had too many principals who were bosses, and bullied us into following their leads or acting the way their agendas demanded. (Don't make a fuss, don't change, help me look good to the powers-that-be.)  I've written about this before:  School leadership, but this graphic sums it all up.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Invitation to submit to the Canadian Journal of Action Research (CJAR)

CJAR is a freely accessible, full-text, peer-reviewed electronic journal intended for elementary, secondary, college and university teachers who are concerned with exploring the unity between educational research and practice.  The editorial board of CJAR is now welcoming contributions for its upcoming issues.  We invite any submissions that contribute to educational knowledge through action research.  We are particularly interested in two types of submissions:  Action Research Reports that discuss the methods, data collection and results of particular projects; and Articles about Action Research that address issues of current importance to action researchers.  

Submissions are evaluated through a double-blind peer-review process.  We recommend that you review the About the Journal page for the journal's section policies, as well as the Author Guidelines.

Please contact us at and visit our website to know more about CJAR.  

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Spotting fake news

When I was teaching, I'd have to teach kids not to plagiarize the encyclopedia, now available on DVDs.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Teachers must respect student's names

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: How Canadians can be more inclusive of diverse names

Teachers must respect student's names.
This is an excellent CBC radio program that gives some information of import to teachers with diverse school populations.
I recall trying to convince a student from China to use his given name. He preferred to use 'Kevin' instead. I tried.
 In a society as diverse as our own is today, it's just a matter of respect to become familiar with so-called unfamiliar names, especially at a time when racial divisions seem to be surfacing in the wake of the U.S. election. Because mispronouncing names is one of the everyday ways that people from diverse backgrounds may feel excluded.Actor and writer Shekhar Paleja (Pron: SHAY-kher Pel-LAY-jah) moved to Canada when he was eight years old and says he dealt with a healthy amount of racism in Alberta in the 80s.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Stand up against bullying

Friday, November 18, 2016

Kids and cell phones: advice for parents

Sometimes education is necessary for the parents, who can then educate their children.

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection strongly suggests that parents consider the following when trusting their child with a personal mobile device:
  • Having conversations about the risks associated to complying with requests from other users and communicating with other users online whom the youth does not know offline;
  • Reviewing and utilizing any apps prior to allowing their child to download it on their personal device;
  • Ensuring that any apps being used by their child is age-appropriate;
  • Reinforcing and encouraging their child to bring forward any concerns that they encounter;
  • Stressing that they are always there to help their child through any difficult situation they may encounter both online and offline.
For more information on the risks youth face when utilizing live streaming applications, please see our brochure titled Keeping Teens Safe from Online Sexual Exploitation online and safety sheets on the topics of apps and online extortion.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Thank your teachers!

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