Archive for April 5, 2017

Compassionate Classrooms

Created by the Alberta Teachers Association, Canadian Mental Health Association (Alberta) and Global TV, Compassionate Classrooms is a reference booklet for teachers about the mental health needs of their students. The most important factor for success in dealing with a mental health issue is support—and teachers are an important part of their students’ support system. This booklet provides teachers with information on common mental health issues, tools to help identify students in need and resources to help teachers make referrals to mental health professionals. Download a copy of Compassionate Classrooms,

Check it out! Rowan

April 5, 2017 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

Ontario Autism Coalition releases report

Yesterday, the Ontario Autism Coalition (OAC)  released a new report  titled A New Horizon [pdf]

From their web page:

The OAC’s top five recommendations call upon the Ministry of Education to:

  1. Increase and improve training in special education for teacher candidates;
  2. Revise PPM 140 and enforce its application;
  3. Reform education funding with a focus on a needs-based approach to special education funding and more accountability for money transferred to school boards;
  4. Allocate funding to hire more EA’s and to deliver more extensive training in Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) for all those who work with autistic students; and
  5. Establish a Demonstration School and/or a Provincial School for students with autism.

For additional media about this see: Toronto Star  Advocacy group calls for better autism supports in schools

Also Ministry news release: Ontario Preserving Autism Supports and Child Care Spaces in Etobicoke and North York

Check it out! Rowan

April 5, 2017 at 9:18 am Leave a comment

5 steps to asking good questions

Global digital citizen foundation has created an infographic titled 5 Steps to Asking Good Questions. “The idea behind it is simple: to give you and your students the edge you need to ask good questions, improve communication, maximize research results, and much more.”

The 5 steps are:

  1. Focus
  2. Purpose 
  3. Intent 
  4. Framing
  5. Follow-up

Check out the site for the details and a copy of the infographic. You will have to register to download the infographic.

Contact the Professional Library if you want more information on asking great questions, and TDSB teachers can review pages 9-12 of the 2017 Research Success (intermediate and secondary students) for information on developing  quality questions for inquiry and research – copies. Research Success is also available in the Inquiry section of the Virtual Library.


April 5, 2017 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

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