Archive for April 13, 2017

Do young boys benefit from roughhousing?

Love the CBC in my daily commute, and today it was all about a report  titled  “Better Supporting our Boys” that amongst other recommendations includes one that supports roughhousing.

From a CBC News report titled  Quebec daycares urged to ‘positively welcome’ roughhousing for boys the 28-page report includes six “winning practices”:

  • Welcome all children with kindness.
  • Give a place to each child in the group.
  • Create an environment that is conducive to building a masculine identity.
  • Positively welcome war games and battle games.
  • Create opportunities for challenges and competitions.
  • Enrich reading activities.

Here are some other selected articles (in no order) on roughhousing:

Check ’em out! Rowan

April 13, 2017 at 2:00 pm Leave a comment

Ministry announces smaller FDK classes, more money for spec ed

Yesterday, the Ministry made the following announcement ” Ontario Reducing Class Sizes, Boosting Special Education New Labour Agreements Ensure Stability for Students and Families

From the announcement:  “Ontario is also investing in smaller class sizes for students in full-day kindergarten (FDK) and Grades 4-8. FDK classes, which are supported by a teacher and an early childhood educator, will now be capped at 30 students next school year, falling to 29 students in 2018-19, and average no more than 26 students per class within each school board. Support will also be provided to ensure that for students in grades 4-8, all school boards have average class sizes of 24.5 or fewer students.

Additionally, the province is supporting hiring approximately 875 teachers and 1,600 education workers to support students with special education needs and other students at risk.”

Also check it out today’s Toronto Star article Province boosts education funding to $24B for next school year by Andrea Gordon.




April 13, 2017 at 1:25 pm Leave a comment

You can read Malala’s speech to Canadian Parliament

Yesterday, Wednesday April 12, 2017, Malala Yousafzai became an honorary citizen of Canada and delivered a speech in Canada’s  House of Commons. School libraries abound with books about Malala and any class doing a social justice unit will have included her in it’s lessons in discussions about the importance and impact of educating girls – in safe communities.

In her speech she says “Your motto and your stand “welcome to Canada” is more than a headline or a hashtag. It is the spirit of humanity that every single one of us would yearn for if our family was in crisis. I pray that you continue to open your homes and your hearts to the world’s most defenceless children and families, and I hope your neighbours will follow your example.”

Read about her award and speech (see videos, too)  in these selected articles:

Check ’em out!


April 13, 2017 at 1:20 pm Leave a comment

Does Spelling Matter?

The latest blog from The Learning Exchange is titled Does Spelling Matter? written by Canadian Doreen Scott-Dunne, in which she addresses 3 myths (I have edited the myth titles to make ‘em shorter) :

  • In fact, spelling doesn’t matter
  • There is no logic to the English language; and spelling is a nightmare
  • Spelling is a rote memorization process

She writes: “As teachers we want to develop writers who can spell and understand language. We want students to make informed predictions – not random guesses when they spell words because they know there are a number of alternatives, not infinite possibilities. Above all, we want students to focus on having something to say when they write and cognitive patterns to draw on when they check their spelling.”

Check it out! Note that we have the 2013 book by Scott-Dunne titled When spelling matters: Developing writers who can spell and understand language


April 13, 2017 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

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