Monthly Archives: October 2012

Media Education part 2

“We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us”  Marshall McLuhan The goal of media education is to make our students thoughtful consumers and users of media.  We know that in many ways our world is shaped by mass … Continue reading

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Why media education is important and why it’s not working so far in Ontario

A quick search on the internet will show that Ontario is seen as one of the leaders in the Media Literacy movement.  Media education has been part of the secondary curriculum since 1987 and has been embedded in the English … Continue reading

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The beauty of mind maps

A few years ago, I was introduced to mind mapping, a concept created by Tony Buzan.  I was instantly struck by the notion that this was something I had been searching for for awhile.  In the past, I had asked … Continue reading

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SSR and the school library

If anyone were to ask me how to create a successful silent reading program in high school, I would answer two things:  read every day and have a great school library.  The goal of any SSR program is to have … Continue reading

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10 tips on how to teach writing

This is part 2 of my blog on this topic. Read part one here. 1.  Provide models or exemplars for them.  These can come from any where but the best ones are ones that the students have written themselves.  I … Continue reading

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What I’ve learned about teaching writing Part 1

Teaching writing is a fundamental part of teaching English.  Not surprisingly, writing does not come naturally to most people and is something some students dislike.  Literacy experts tell us that it is a key component in overall literacy; as well,  … Continue reading

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