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Keeping Students and Schools Safe (Part 2)

The dust has not settled in the United States over the horrific slaughter at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last February. Students and concerned adults (including parents and teachers) were part of ‘March for Our Lives’ in major American cities on March 24th. The mass rallies occurred after a week that was witness to … Continue reading Keeping Students and Schools Safe (Part 2)

Keeping Students and Schools Safe (Part 1)

Sixty years ago, the idea of a police officer coming to your school was an exciting prospect, especially for elementary school pupils. Teachers would promote the occasion by talking about meeting ‘Elmer the Safety Elephant’ (Ontario Safety League), who was the poster pachyderm for teaching ‘road safety’ and other habits designed to keep youngsters from … Continue reading Keeping Students and Schools Safe (Part 1)

Making the Most of a ‘Parent/Teacher Interview’

As often happens, with the issue of report cards comes the invitation for a ‘parent/teacher interview’, either by way of a letter sent home with the student or by a notice on the school’s website (where formal scheduling often occurs). These meetings in many jurisdictions are required by law, and must be held on a … Continue reading Making the Most of a ‘Parent/Teacher Interview’

Oh, yes … my ‘Report Card’

It’s that time of year when report cards are issued for students after their first semester. One can usually tell, given that teenage chatter on school buses and public transit typically reaches a fever pitch, as report cards are ferried home by students who have had a peek at their results with reactions ranging from … Continue reading Oh, yes … my ‘Report Card’

Homework: A ‘fact of life’

Source: https://today.duke.edu/2006/09/homework_oped.html Mention ‘homework’ as a topic, and most educators, administrators, teachers, parents, and students will never be at a loss for words. Whether in fact justified or not, the age-old debate over the usefulness of homework, when, and how much, has persisted, even as education and technology continue to evolve and adapt to each other … Continue reading Homework: A ‘fact of life’

Grade 6 Math Achievement – Crying for Help!

National Canadian media was awash recently with stories about the latest standardized test results from Ontario’s Education Quality and Accountability Office that relate to ‘Grade 6 Math’, in particular. Administered in May/June of the past school year, there is parental and professional dismay and disappointment over the fact that 50% of those taking the test … Continue reading Grade 6 Math Achievement – Crying for Help!