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Using short films in the classroom part 2

In one of my previous posts, I wrote about how I use short film and how useful I found the site Short of the Week.  I teach a documentary unit in grade 12 and having access to short docs on … 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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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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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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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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