Thursday, 17 November 2022


The Future Directions of What Schools Could Be

Ted Dintersmith has been focussing on the education system and how we can improve our curriculum programs. He says we have to focus on helping students to become future ready and have the relevant knowledge and skills to be employable in the 21st Century. 

Check out these links on Ted Dintersmith's focus for educators at all levels of our education system. 

Click  the following links:>>>

Ted Dintersmith: Tedx Video: Why Schools Should Teach for the Real World

The Innovation Playlist -  An Introduction: With Sir Ken Robinson

The Innovation Playlist -  Check it out here: Innovation Playlist 

Posted to this Website: November 2022 

Also Posted to the Following Tab:
21st Century Education



Five Culturally Responsive Teaching Strategies

"Over the past few decades, students, their experiences, upbringings, and backgrounds have changed. Classrooms now reflect families of varying races, cultures, and socioeconomic statuses. As a result, the way teachers educate these students must change, too, says Cherese Childers-McKee, assistant teaching professor in Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies. One of these shifting approaches to education is known as culturally responsive teaching.

Below, we explore the concept of culturally responsive teaching, compare it against traditional teaching models, and offer a number of strategies that you can use to incorporate the approach into your own methods." by: By Kristin Burnham  |  July 31, 2020

Posted to this Website November 2022

Also Posted Under the following tabs: 
Diversity, Equity & Differentiation
Strategies for the New or Seasoned Teacher 


Wednesday, 10 November 2021



Truth and Reconciliation in Canada 

This teacher resource is well laid out.

It has many lessons and learning tasks that you may find useful.

It contains lots of links to videos and other resources.

Check it out!

Click Here>>  Teacher Guide for Truth and Reconciliation 

Posted to this web site November 10th, 2021.

Also found under the Truth and Reconciliation Tab. 


Friday, 15 October 2021


 How Can Teachers Maximize Engagement Among Multilingual Students?

This is an excellent article for ESL educators.

It also connects you to other excellent links.

Click Here for: Jim Cummins on Strategies 

Also added to the ESL/ELD Tab, October 15th, 2021.


Saturday, 21 August 2021


Levels of Thinking and Questioning

Knowledge of Blooms Taxonomy 

This is one of the most important strategies you can implement in your classroom.

It sets out the levels of thinking that you want to involve your students in.

"Bloom’s taxonomy has been actively used by teachers from K - 12 to college instructors for over five decades. Yet it is still just as important today as it was  in the 1950s.

  • Bloom’s Taxonomy is essential because it helps educators identify achievable learning goals and develop plans to meet them.
  • The Bloom’s Taxonomy framework allows educators to assess learning on an ongoing basis, encouraging students to reflect on their progress."  
            From the Attached Website: Top Hat Blog

Level 1 - Remember Level Questions:  these are lower level questions 

Level 2 - Understand

Level 3 - Apply 

Level 4 - Analyze

Level 5 - Evaluate 

Level 6 -  Creativity Level Questions: These are the highest level questions and tasks

Click here for: Bloom's Taxonomy

Also found on the High Yield Strategy Tab August 2021

Sunday, 1 August 2021


This is one of my favourite presenters who speaks on this topic.


- get rid of the zero in assessment 

- eliminate the concept of the average. 

   It just does not make sense in the 21st Century working world

- Use a 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 grading scale 

   Percentage grades do not make mathematical sense. 

- the focus on assessment is motivate students to "get the work done". 

His work is supported by the MOE.  

Check out his video.

Click Here: Eliminate Toxic Grading Practices 

Added to this website August 1, 2021

Also added tom the Assessment and Evaluation Page

Thursday, 29 July 2021

Tuesday, 27 July 2021

ELL & FNMI - No Longer Use These Terms 

ELL and FNMI are acronyms that have been used in Ontario and appear in our Ministry documentation and School Boards. 

 They should be updated to today’s standards. 

“Recent racial justice speakers encourage us to avoid using acronyms and to make every effort to use the full phrase of the group we are identifying”. These short forms “take away from honouring the identity of the person or group.” 

“Typically, the people who use these acronyms are coming from a position of authority or power and are often not part of the perceived minority.” (Social Justice Speaker. 2021)

For this website the following changes to terminology will take place: 

This will be changed to First Nations, Inuit, and Metis (or Indigenous) 

ELL / ELLs: 
These acronyms will be changed to English language learner/s. 

The preferred term today is Indigenous 

The terms ESL and ELD: These refer to programs so these acronyms will still be used.

Also included under  the ESL Tab. 
Posted to this website July 2021. 

Monday, 17 May 2021



A pathway towards inclusive education?

A discussion on inclusive education 


This article aligns with recent international approaches to inclusive education and argues for a broadened understanding of the term. 

The article not only sets out the thesis of intersectionality, but calls for the adoption of an intersectional lens in inclusive education in order to identify the interaction of multiple factors that lead to discriminatory processes in schools towards different student groups. 

Inclusive education means opening access to a wide range of educational and social opportunities for all children, not only those with disabilities or identified special education needs. 

The current system, in which children possess one identity marker, does not provide the support children need. Furthermore, it also reinforces inequalities not only within the education system, but also within society at large.

Click Here to Read the Article: Intersectionality

Also posted to Diversity Tab

Added to this webpage: May 17, 21


Monday, 25 January 2021

 Professionally Speaking - June 2020



This excellent article highlights great strategies that I love to see included in all classrooms.  

Pareen Gill is doing amazing work in her classroom.  

Check out her work in the article below. 

- Collaborative group work that includes co-operative education 

- An inclusive caring environment 

- Student lead interviews 

- Positive Growth Mindset

- Having an Attitude of Gratitude 

- Teaching character education across the curriculum

- Spirit Assemblies 

- Self Regulation through understanding the brain 

- and more!!


Also posted to the High Yield Strategies Tab on January 25, 2021.