Archive for May 3, 2017

Be a part of TVOKids music video We Love Ontario in 45 secs or less

From the TeachOntario May Newsletter  – note that to access these TeachOntario resources, you need to be a TeachOntario subscriber:

Help TVOKids Make a New Music Video GET STARTED . The TeachOntario site includes a list of guidelines, tips.

TVOKids is releasing “We Love Ontario”, an exciting new song and music video. We want you, your students and your school to be in the music video! Whether you’re in Kenora or Kingston, Sarnia or Sault Saint Marie, Niagara Falls or North Bay, Thunder Bay or the GTA, show TVOKids what makes your Ontario special!

Submission deadline: May 31 at 5 pm.
Click here for instructions, lyrics and song


May 3, 2017 at 3:07 pm Leave a comment

Recent articles on having fun -or not- with learning (mental health; phys ed)

From page 18: “This research suggests that in order for mental health and wellbeing programmes in schools to be acceptable to young people themselves, they need to be engaging, fun, and to meet students ‘where they are at’. The research further suggests that attention needs to be focussed on the facilitator of these programmes, with the qualities of empathy, genuineness and respect, seen as central to their successful delivery.”
Ferkel, Rick C., et al. (2017) Beyond “Fun”: The Real Need in Physical Education. Physical Educator, 74(2), 255-268.
From page 263:  “There is a need for a shift from fostering environments that are simply fun to challenging and engaging educational environments that align with the (foundational) physical education groundwork that has shaped the PE field. Although this shift would push students out of their comfort zones and possibly impinge on their momentary enjoyment and desires, it would simultaneously provide students with true learning opportunities beyond play. Those learning opportunities are the foundation to a lifetime of PA and healthy fitness levels, which will inevitably lead to a higher quality of life (Anokye, Trueman, Green, Pavey, & Taylor, 2012).”
TDSB teachers may contact the Professional Library at (416) 395-8289 or to get copies of these articles.

May 3, 2017 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

CMEC Pan-Canadian Global Competencies

CMEC Pan-Canadian Global Competencies Descriptions [pdf]. The 2 page table includes a definition and student descriptor for the following:

  • critical thinking and problem solving
  • innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship
  • learning to learn/self-awareness and self-direction
  • collaboration
  • communication
  • global citizenship and sustainability

Check the EduGains site on 21st Century  Learning which includes the document 21st Century Competencies: Foundation Document For Discussion (Winter 2016) [pdf] and the CMEC chart above [here].



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