Parent Involvement in Children’s Education (PART 1)

Focusing on: Language and Communication One of the questions that I’m very interested in and researching in Master of Education program is related to the benefits and impact of parent involvement on student achievement.  If you search scholarly articles, you’ll find numerous studies that demonstrate how parent involvement can positively impact academic achievement.  For example, Epstein and Sanders’ research study of 2000 found a strong correlation between parent involvement and students’ scholastic achievement.  So, what’s the problem,…

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On Poetry and What it Means to Me

For me, poetry is about symbolism. In painting we use different techniques and colours to represent something and in poetry we use symbols to convey information. Poetry is also about brevity: using fewer words to communicate something.  Usually, when I write poetry, I don’t worry much about the form, meter or rhyme scheme, unless I write children’s poems.  The most important thing for me is communicating my idea. However, when I write poems for children I pay closer attention to the rhyme scheme and the…

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Using Technology in the Classroom – Not for Everyone

As a teacher I’ve often spent (wasted) a considerable amount of our in-class time reminding students to use technology responsibly. Teaching in a modern world comes with its challenges. Using technology in the classroom is not only recommended, but it’s preferred by many teachers and encouraged by school boards. In fact, I can’t remember a single job interview where I wasn’t asked the famous question: “How would you use technology to help students achieve their learning goals?”…

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How to encourage children to read more?

If you have a reluctant reader at home, you’re probably wondering what you can do to help him/her develop a reading habit. As a teacher, I’ve met a number of students who didn’t enjoy reading. I’ve experimented and tried a number of methods to engage students and encourage them to read more. Here I’ll share some tricks that work for me and I hope you’ll find them helpful. IDENTIFY YOUR READERS Walk into a grade 11 English…

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