Since September 2010, Ontario teachers have been working under the guidelines laid out by the document Growing Success. That document underlies all of our assessment and evaluation practices, among a number of other different topics. A lot has changed in the past decade, and while some talk about “mark inflation”, that might not actually be the case. It’s not so much that marks have been inflated, but rather that levels (and as such, grades) have been reframed. But where do grades come from? And what guides our professional judgement when determining it?
For those looking to learn a little more about teaching, those who want to learn 95% of what it takes to be an excellent educator, I recommend you take a look at these three short articles. Once you understand and internalize these three concepts, you will be prepared to take on any challenge that is … Continue reading One Warm Coat: A Practical Guide to Universal Design for Learning
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The use of Literature Circles in High School and Elementary English Classrooms encourage students to take ownership over their own education by providing them with choice for both what they read, and how they choose to interact with their text.Through the use of Literature Circles in your classroom student engagement will increase, while their ability … Continue reading Literature Circles 2.0
Due to COVID-19, schools across Ontario have closed. Teachers have been offered limited direction as to how their time should best be spent. The four suggestions offered here will aid educators in streamlining their time away from the building, with the aim of suiting educator and student needs both in-class and online. Education workers following … Continue reading Ontario Teachers: Suggestions for your Time Away from the Classroom
Did you know that Ontario College of Teachers members have access to thousands of free eBooks delivered right to their door, or ready for instant download through their web browser? This helpful guide, including visual gifs, will have you accessing your professional texts in no time!
Teachers are often interested in inquiry based learning as they have heard that it is a great way to engage their students, and create intrinsic learning opportunities.However, while many teachers know it's an important strategy, they have had little exposure to it. Because of this, I am often asked what Inquiry Based Learning, and Differentiated … Continue reading Inquiry Based Learning: A Practical Introduction for Teachers and Education Workers
When writing the OSSLT (Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test) there are a number of unspoken requirements for success. This article will teach you the specific things you need to accomplish to succeed in the OSSLT.Remember, that while there may be a number of multiple-choice and short writing pieces on the OSSLT, Ontario students often find … Continue reading Understanding and Succeeding on the OSSLT Major Writing Pieces
Before reworking your entire class to accommodate a new project, you will need to know why it's worth your time and effort. I get that. So, before I tell you why this matters we need to hear from the truly important voices. What the students have to say There's nothing more important than student voice. … Continue reading The Creation and Publication Project: A Brief Introduction
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