Category Archives: Education

Media studies

Media Education: a Narrative approach

I’d like to return to Barry Duncan’s quote from my previous post.  To paraphrase it, Media education should be about media not through media and as I have said previously this is very hard for most English teachers who would … Continue reading

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Change and Media Education

Recently, I learned about Barry Duncan’s death who died in June 2012.  Barry Duncan was a hero to many because along with a few other people like John Pugente, he was the author of Media education in Ontario as well … Continue reading

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My new hobby

Well, I have 4 more days to teach( actually to mark exams).  It’s hard to believe since I started in 1976.  I haven’t been full-time for all those years but I have taught something for most of them.  It has … Continue reading

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A personal view of educational reform in the last 36 years

When I started teaching in 1976, Ontario was in the grips of the Hall-Dennis report.  This report had recommended progressive, liberal changes to a rigid, rote-dominated system.  The changes were supposed to create child-centred classrooms, encourage creativity and learning and … Continue reading

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The reading dilemma

Are the majority of secondary students reading their English texts?  This is a question that educators have been asking for a few years.  These 2 short videos suggest that this is a real problem here and here.  In the first video, … Continue reading

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Things that I have loved teaching

English Companion Ning has an invitation on their website for teachers to write about poems that have inspired them or their teaching.  While I don’t have one that has inspired me in teaching, I do have a few pieces of lit that I … Continue reading

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Poetry Recitation

I have never been a fan of memory work.  I had to do a great deal of it when I was in school and on a scale of thinking abilities it ranks quite low.  I also feel that many of my … Continue reading

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