Monthly Archives: September 2012

Why SSR matters in English classes

There is nothing new about Sustained Silent Reading; it has been around for decades.  You will see it in many forms in elementary school but it is not standard in most high schools.  Some schools practise USSR or Drop Everything … Continue reading

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5 reasons to teach To Kill a Mockingbird and 6 reasons not to.

To Kill a Mockingbird is the the most popular novel taught in high schools in North America. In my high school it has been taught since the 1970’s, but around 12 years ago, we had to make the decision to … Continue reading

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So you think you’re teaching thinking…

Most teachers would agree that teaching thinking is a major goal in all areas of education.  And I am pretty sure that most teachers believe that when they ask questions, give assignments and do group work within the classroom that … Continue reading

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10 Tips on how to teach Shakespeare

As I stated in one of my earlier blogs, when I began teaching I thought I was teaching texts and ideas.  I know that I am still doing that but teaching thinking has become far more important.  Doing it with … Continue reading

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The voluntary withdrawal of extra-curricular actvities

Eleven high schools in the OCDSB did not register for fall sports and Hillcrest was one of them.  The individual choice to not participate showed wisdom and courage on the part of the teachers but it was also a personal … Continue reading

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To be or not to be-the great Shakespeare debate

I am about to start teaching Hamlet for the last time in my career. I estimate that I have probably taught it about 50 times and although I feel some sentimentality about the whole process, I am not going to … Continue reading

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How to save the province money

The public school teachers in Ontario are heading for a long period of labour unrest with the Ontario government.  We have become the scapegoats in the need to cut the budget and our democratic rights have been trampled.  One suggestion … Continue reading

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