All over North America, chalkboard brushes are being dusted off, smartboards are being fired up, and students as well as teachers of every size, shape, and feature are yanking themselves out of bed with gusto (or at least some semblance of it).  And we look gorgeous: our hair is cut, our books are new, our washrooms are cleaner than the glasses at a five-star restaurant.   Students, big and small, are lining up at the doors to our halls of education because….because…..

they have to.

Parents, big and small, are lining up to drop their young charges off in these wonderful halls of education because…well….

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It has been a very long summer.

As we recall our summer and get ready for the year ahead, we’re trying to keep a few things in mind to create the best school year since…last year!  

The celebration of a New Year happens at different times in different places, but in the world of the educator the new year begins tomorrow.  So, since we’re short on blogging time and long on preparations, we’d like to leave this message for all of our parents, students, and blog followers:

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And remember our school motto: Audentes Fortuna Iuvat.  Fortune favors the bold! 

Welcome Back All over North America, chalkboard brushes are being dusted off, smartboards are being fired up, and students as well as teachers of every size, shape, and feature are yanking themselves out of bed with gusto (or at least some semblance of it).  

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Classroom Rules: the good, the bad, and the ugly

The first day of school is fraught with energy: positive, negative, and nervous.  There is a palpable feeling in the air as the day nears when students must transition from “summer fun” to “the school zone”.  

Classroom Rules: the good, the bad, and the ugly

The first day of school is fraught with energy: positive, negative, and nervous.  There is a palpable feeling in the air as the day nears when students must transition from “summer fun” to “the school zone”.  

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Managing Negative Behaviors in the Classroom

Managing Negative Behaviors in the Classroom

In 1968, before many teachers today were born, Charles Madsen et al. studied the effects of praise, criticism, and presentation of rules to two classrooms full of students, to see which manner of teaching would produce a reduction in what were viewed as “negative” behaviors.  It was difficult to draw any concrete conclusions on the way ignoring negative behaviors worked: the teachers were only…

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Mathematics and intrinsic learning, and box dice.

In 2011, US students came in 32nd among the regions participating in PISA. 22 countries significantly outperform the US, and Canada was among these…until 2012, when the country’s performance fell 14 points.  

Mathematics and intrinsic learning, and box dice.

In 2011, US students came in 32nd among the regions participating in PISA. 22 countries significantly outperform the US, and Canada was among these…until 2012, when the country’s performance fell 14 points.  

Reality check #2: snake handling tips

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