Unfortunately for many regions across Ontario, Covid-19 has officially crashed the Halloween party! In a media presentation last week, Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Williams made it official – traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating is not recommended for the regions of Toronto, York, Peel and Ottawa. The Ontario Government website describes several safe ways to celebrate Halloween this year, including:-… Continue reading Halloween in Quarantine: 10 Spooky But Safe Activities
A special delivery for some very special people! Both of my parents are in the higher risk categories: 👉My mom is a breast cancer survivor 👉My dad has had a quadruple heart bypass, has type 2 diabetes, suffers from stenosis and heart failure My parents have been self quarantined since this all kicked off last… Continue reading My top 5 reasons for #socialdistancing
ENTRY 1 – Tuesday, January 29th, 2019 Here we go with Spec Ed Part 2! And what a way to start with a snow day ❄️ Most of the province was hit with several inches of snow so several boards in the GTA were closed today, giving me a great opportunity to get familiar with the… Continue reading My Learning Journal – Spec Ed Part 2
How can learning through projects (an approach similar, but not the exact same as inquiry-based learning) make students with special needs feel like they are included in your class? As a secondary science teacher, I have used problem based learning (PBL) in addition to inquiry-based learning (IBL) on a regular basis. I consider PBL ’learning… Continue reading Inquiry Based Learning vs. Problem Based Learning
I am taking Special Education Part 1 for three reasons. Here, I will explain and dissect each of them accordingly. A Yearning for Learning As an educator, my top priority is the learning of my students. I feel that I am an energetic, passionate and patient teacher who strives to connect with and nurture each… Continue reading Why Special Education?
ENTRY 1 – Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018 This is my first entry into my Learning Journal for the Special Education – Part 1 Additional Qualification course that I am taking online via Queen’s University. Yahoo! Here, I have been asked to look forward at the final task and choose between two options for the culminating… Continue reading My Learning Journal – Spec Ed Part 1
“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” — William Wordsworth Oh Wordsworth, how I miss thee! As I sit here at the computer typing out a little assignment for the online course I am currently taking, I recall all of the work I put into my blog site. As part of the first module,… Continue reading I Miss Blogging
There has been a lot of negative press surrounding the much maligned “homework” recently. In fact, it has been getting a bad rap for decades. Everyone is touting studies that show little or no correlation between performance and homework, while others say that any evidence that does exist between improved achievement and homework lacks a… Continue reading Raising Homework From the Dead: 5 ways to make it alive again
It is almost Easter 2016! And that means spring is officially here… 🌱
Last month I wrote a piece on Toddlers vs TV: Less is best, but not necessarily realistic. One of my most popular posts to date, it generated some great on-line conversations amongst parents and caregivers on exactly how much TV is “too much”. It also highlighted the fact that, for some parents, avoiding screen time altogether was impossible and… Continue reading My Top 10 Educational TV Shows for Kids!