A Novel Approach: Alternatives to the Whole Class Novel

On the road of teacher practice, there can be certain grooves that become so well-worn they may actually become ruts.  One well-trod path has had English teachers select novels for the whole class to study together, even when they need to urge their weary students to “plough on” through classics of the literary canon because…
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Assessment Like Water

by Valerie Carnaghan “The primary purpose of assessment and evaluation is to improve student learning” Introduction The Ministry of Education’s 2010 publication Growing Success flew off educational bookshelves everywhere, surprising administrators and re-igniting a passion for their profession that many teachers had lost during the barren Harris years and their subsequently lean aftermath in Ontario schools. Maybe?…
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Intro to Twitter chats

Intro to Twitter chats Much of our work as educators occurs in the classroom, surrounded by students, bringing literature to life, helping young people to find their voices, both as writers and witnesses to the world around them. But when the bell rings, and the students file out with their binders and backpacks and our…
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