What A Wonderful World: Playing for Change

If for no other reason on this Monday morning than the fact that it’s Monday morning! What might happen if this were on every video screen in every school today as part of morning announcements? What if this video found its way onto the agenda of every School Council/Parent-School Association as they gathered to envision […]

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A poignant end to the first week of school: A letter to teachers from the mother of a Sandy Hook victim

A few days ago, I wrote a blog post for the Canadian Education Association where I compared Labour Day to being at the top of a giant roller coaster. I anticipated that, even though I’ve now received my second pension cheque, the fact that my own two boys were going to beginning new adventures in […]

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The First Day of School: A Thin Place

In a couple of hours, the kids will be up and both the house and the mouse and the porridge will have been well-stirred as the energy that is the first day of school kicks our lives into high gear. In a couple of hours… But right now, it’s only 4:30 a.m and, although young […]

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In Praise of the Arts Education—An initial reaction to Minister of Education, Liz Sandals

The academic background of a lot of our elementary teachers is more in the arts – they don’t necessarily have an extensive background themselves in math and science—Liz Sandals, Ontario Ministry of Education, in response to the recent news that Ontario’s elementary students’ test results in mathematics have declined for the fifth straight year. Now, […]

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Golf: My new pub experience!

I played my first game of golf when I was eleven years old at a small, nine hole course in Sturgeon Falls, Ontario. At that time, we were spending three weeks each summer staying at a “camp” out on Three Mile Lake and, as I learned much later in life, the only way that the […]

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