"Dealing with all the diverse learning differences now present in every classroom will take much more than additional professional development. We will also have to fit each teacher with a couple of pairs of extra hands and extend TIME somehow.…"
"One problem, from my point of view, is that we've jumped ahead to those "higher-level thinking skills" long before kids have the BASICS. I am meeting kids who have been told they're brilliant because they can express their ideas…"
"For me, it's those so precious cultural slivers that I discovered that I think-"Gee if only we would do that here". At the Indian school, I was so impressed with how the children learned mental math and the use, for example, of the…"
"Nurture Through Nature" (NTN) features a sensory garden section in the school’s larger Early Years Garden..." "Vice-Principal Barbara Sandler said that the garden is very much a whole-school initiative. “Whether together with friends, or individually, this garden is a space to relax, rejuvenate and reflect on how a community can come together and cultivate healthy relationships with one another, one's self and one's environment,” she noted. “The sensory garden engages not only the physical…See More
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It now seems like anything prior to 2013 never existed. Where I find myself now seems to be some product of falling through some kind of worm-hole...:)
All the squabbling and bickering about EQAO is no longer within my radius of…"
While lamenting - and writing about - the realization that some school boards in Ontario are now allowing technology to read even LITERACY tests TO struggling students, I recognize the significant negative impact the use of technology is having on The Basic Skills - which most parents assume are being taught. Technology, in these locations, is being used to abrogate the board's mandate to teach reading, writing and arithmetic. Ontario schools no longer provide carefully constructed printing…See More