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It is well accepted that we have a crisis in children’s mental health in Ontario. Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) reports that the number of children waiting for mental health services in Ontario has almost doubled in the past three years and an 18 month wait list for services is common. Parents and professionals regularly […]

On October 5th I presented at Discovery Education Network’s Ignite event in Etobicoke. The theme of the even was around joy and this is the text of the talk I wrote called “The Joy and Pain of Teaching”. I can’t think about joy without immediately hearing the 1988 Rob Base song Joy and Pain in […]

Concerns about the impacts and effectiveness of French Immersion programs aren’t new. As Ayesha Barmania wrote in “La Vie Bilingue: French immersion programs in Canada through the ages” school boards have been dealing with the same problems with French Immersion for almost forty years. Seven years ago Kristin Rushowy wrote about how French Immersion schools in Oakville (Halton District […]

Persicope in the Classroom

In education, just as in society in general, there is a healthy community of early adopters. The same people who line up for hours outside electronic stores to get the latest gadget are also in classrooms. They’re the educators who want to be the first to try something new. They’re willing to put with the […]

danah boyd is quite clear that teens use social media by default rather than design. Teenagers prefer to spend time together, face to face, but societal changes (e.g. schools outside their neighbourhoods, gated communities, stranger danger and curfew and loitering laws) make it difficult for them to “hang out”. They fill that gap with social  media, connecting online to replace […]

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