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Measures of Achievement

Posted by Sam on February 8, 2014 at 6:22pm 0 Comments

            It is natural to want to be successful. It is good for self-esteem. No one begins any challenge with the purpose of failure, though failure is always a possibility. It is so with any human endeavour including school. The difference with schooling is that students begin a course of education through legislation rather than choice. The subjects taken are not self determined; they are legislatively prescribed. This is to be expected as young…

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Let's talk summer!!

Ahhhhh, summer. It seems like a good time to re-visit some of our summer-themed discussions:

What do you think about summer learning loss?

Have you tried to register a student with special learning needs for summer school?

Is year-round schooling a good idea?

Share your thoughts, or share your summer reading list!

Thanks to Anelia, our moderator in Parry Sound, for the photo of Georgian Bay!

Discussions

You Gotta Watch/Listen to this...

Started by Jacqui Strachan in You Gotta Watch/Listen to this!. Last reply by Jacqui Strachan on Wednesday. 1 Reply

At the suggestion of Lori, one of our community members, I am finally starting a discussion category where people can post links to education-related videos, poems, songs, stories, etc.From Ken Robinson's famous TED Talk to spoken word artists…Continue

What's on your summer reading list?

Started by Jacqui Strachan in Schools and Community. Last reply by Sheila Stewart Jun 24. 5 Replies

Summer is probably my favourite reading season. The pace is slower, there's more time to dig into a good book, and there's nothing better than to curl up with a book, whether you are camping, cottaging, hanging out on the beach or your fave patio,…Continue

Summer School for special needs students

Started by M.P. in Special Education. Last reply by M.P. May 18, 2012. 4 Replies

Has anyone tried to register their special needs child for summer school?  My son is trying to register and normally needs a support worker during the regular school year and the I am being told by the school and board that they do not provide…Continue

What do you think about year round schooling?

Started by Heather Robinson in Education Policy and Government BIlls. Last reply by Janet McCarrol Sep 22, 2012. 31 Replies

As I struggle to get my 14 year old back into a routine for the start of school next week, I am more and more starting to think that year round schooling just might be a good idea.What are your thoughts? If your children attend school year round,…Continue

Summer Learning Loss - What do you think?

Started by Jacqui Strachan in Students. Last reply by Janet McCarrol Jul 9. 40 Replies

Ahhhh, summer. As the school year comes to an end, it is that time of year when we start to hear the warnings about summer learning loss or “brain drain”. There are many…Continue

School Council Roles in Elections

Started by Jacqui Strachan in School Councils. Last reply by Gay Stephenson Dec 12, 2011. 23 Replies

With a provincial election around the corner and municipal elections on October 27, it seems like a good time to re-visit this discussion...Education is an important issue in both provincial and municipal elections, and school councils can play an…Continue

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Meet the Moderators!

 Anelia Coppes

Anelia is the co-chair of the Near North District School Board Parent Involvement Committee, school council chair at Parry Sound High School and a school council member at the elementary school.  The mother of four children, Anelia has been actively involved at her Board, attending board and committee meetings, giving parent input on current Education issues. Anelia is a member of the People for Education Network, and you’ll often find her giving a warm welcome to new community members.  Follow her on Twitter at @aneliacoppes.

 Annie Kidder

Annie is the Executive Director of People for Education. The mother of two daughters, Annie has worked for the last 16 years to keep public education in the public eye. She attended 12 schools between kindergarten and grade 12, which may have been how she acquired her passion for public education. Annie is the recipient of numerous awards for her advocacy work. She has spoken at conferences across the country and is regularly quoted in the media as an expert on education issues. Follow her on Twitter at @anniekidder.

 Sheila Stewart

Our northernmost moderator, Sheila is presently a member of the Lakehead District School Board PIC's Communication Committee and the People for Education Network.  She is a mother of two daughters and works on call as an ESL teacher supporting adult newcomers.  Sheila is committed to connecting and collaborating with all education stakeholders in support of student learning.  Sheila enjoys connecting other parents and educators in conversations, and can regularly be found tweeting education gems from different corners of the world. Follow her on Twitter at @sheilaspeaking.

 Jacqui Strachan

Jacqui is the Director of Outreach and Parent Support at People for Education and school council chair at her high school. The mother of two boys, Jacqui loves to connect with parents. At P4E, she helps to develop parent tip sheets, coordinates the People for Education Network, provides parent support, and runs workshops to help engage parents in their children’s education.  When she’s not doing that, she’s either tatting or trying to keep up with Sheila on Twitter.  Follow her on Twitter at @jacquistrachan.

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Jen replied to Sara Diswahli's discussion 'Education support person?'
"Do you have an idea of why she is not interested?  That will affect what kind of help you get for her.  Having trouble socializing, say, is very different from not having clear goals, or feeling frustrated at the amount of work, or…"
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Janet McCarrol replied to Gay Stephenson's discussion 'Idea exchange to promote healthy eating and increased activity for our children!'
"I think it is a shame that we have dismantled the Family Studies programmes in the Middle Schools and have moved such important ¨course work¨ like this to the high school level.  How many elementary schools have active kitchens in their…"
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Sheila Stewart replied to Gay Stephenson's discussion 'Idea exchange to promote healthy eating and increased activity for our children!'
Thursday
Jacqui Strachan replied to Annie Kidder's discussion 'Sex education in schools'
"It looks like there may finally be some movement to get the revised sex ed curriculum into Ontario schools. Check outthis article from the Toronto Star. "
Thursday
Maha Al liked Jacqui Strachan's discussion You Gotta Watch/Listen to this...
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Janet McCarrol replied to Sara Diswahli's discussion 'Education support person?'
"Have you tried finding your daughter a councellor? A professional to talk to?  Perhaps that might help.  You might be able to get a referral to someone through your family doctor. "
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Sara Diswahli posted a discussion

Education support person?

Hi,I'm new to this forum - thanks for welcoming me! My question is, I'd like to find a type of learning support person - not a teacher or tutor! My girl T. is 15 and just really not enjoying school last year, doing poorly on tests and not caring.. grades good enogugh but not happy at all!! I want to see what can be done. Teachers just said to take different courses or do extracurriculars which doesn't help. Would anyone know of a resource person/student help for this even online?? Thank…See More
Thursday
Jacqui Strachan replied to Annie Kidder's discussion 'Special education'
"There were two special education related articles in the Toronto Star today. I thought I would post the links here: No more wait lists for disabled in Ontario, all-party report urges. TDSB struggles to meet obligations to special education students."
Wednesday
A discussion started by Jacqui Strachan was featured

You Gotta Watch/Listen to this...

At the suggestion of Lori, one of our community members, I am finally starting a discussion category where people can post links to education-related videos, poems, songs, stories, etc.From Ken Robinson's famous TED Talk to spoken word artists talking about bullying, share your favourites here!See More
Wednesday
Jacqui Strachan replied to Jacqui Strachan's discussion 'You Gotta Watch/Listen to this...'
"To start this off, here are a bunch of links that have been posted here in the community: Boys in School (TED Talk) Five Dangerous Things You Should Let Kids Do (TED Talk) Do Schools Today Kill Creativity? (Ken Robinson's famous…"
Wednesday
Jacqui Strachan replied to Trixie Doyle's discussion 'EQAO - teaching to the test already?'
"There is a great article in the New Yorker about standardized testing and the impact of pressure to increase test scores: http://ow.ly/zrLHU"
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