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Cdn EdWire – Back-to-school Issues-a-plenty

The annual throng of September education media articles includes the ongoing tenuous teacher labour negotiations in Ontario and B.C., updates on cyberbullying prevention, and heaps of advice to parents.

How to help your kids succeed? Talk, talk, talk – Globe and Mail

One more reason why your kids should eat breakfast – Globe and Mail

How to help your kids succeed? Talk, talk, talk – Globe and Mail

One more reason why your kids should eat breakfast – Globe and Mail

Why kids need to fail to succeed in school – Globe and Mail

Working-class parents coach kids to problem-solve, middle-class promote asking for help – Globe and Mail

Are your pampered kids under too much pressure – Globe and Mail

Kids who pay attention, persist at age 4 more likely to complete university – Toronto Star

Why highly educated immigrant parents choose Canada – Globe and Mail

Language excludes parents from B.C. education reform discussion: school trustees – Vancouver Sun


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B.C. back to school with curriculum discussion, unhappy union – CBC
B.C. teachers’ contract expires after the 2013 provincial election

Ontario school boards upset by changes to legislation – Globe and Mail

Ontario’s teacher wage freeze bill could spark costly Supreme Court challenge – Toronto Star


One in 10 children falling prey to cyberbullying, survey reveals – Vancouver Sun
Parents must establish rules regarding online activities: researcher

Classes resume with new anti-bullying law in place – CP24

Teen suicides bring mental-health into the open – Globe and Mail


Raising the Grade on What BC Kids Learn About Aboriginal People – The Tyee

Aboriginal students: An education underclass – Macleans
Often, they receive about a quarter less funding for primary school education than other Canadian children

Educator: Black students still face barriers – Halifax Chronicle Herald

Why N.L.’s math curriculum is failing students – CBC

Students lobby for a voice in public education – Vancouver Sun
Vancouver school board appears receptive to establishing a position of student trustee

New admissions policies have Alberta students headed to neighbouring provinces – Calgary Herald

The world in our classrooms – Calgary Herald

Public school board pays more to get message out – Calgary Herald
Spending on communications staff tops $2.7 million

Back-to-school shopping sees online ‘haul’ videos spike – Postmedia

Back to School: Electronic textbooks are becoming more popular, but printed text remains top choice – Toronto Star


Eliminate Failure with “Flow” – The Learning Nation
By considering the concepts around the Flow Channel, we can move learners through the skill acquisition process in a way that engages them fully, limits their anxiety and boredom, and ultimately reduces (and hopefully eliminates the ‘need’ for) failure.…. Read more

Engaging the Passion of Teachers – Culture of Yes

In my conversations with education groups last year, I would often quip, “It is a great time to be a teacher, just maybe not the best year to be a teacher.”  Public education in British Columbia — in fact, across Canada, North America and around the world — has become increasingly challenged.  I am concerned about what I am beginning to hear from friends and colleagues who entered into the profession full of hope, passion, with the dream of bettering their community, but who are becoming disillusioned about teaching.

A new report presented by the Canadian Education Association and theCanadian Teachers Federation — Teaching the Way We Aspire to Teach:  Now and in the Future, is a key document with a Canadian perspective on the aspirations of our teachers.  With much attention paid to reports on the pivotal role teachers play, like John Hattie’s Teachers Make a Difference, it is crucial that conversations around education change (reform, transformation, or whatever word might best describe what we are currently undergoing), is not only about engaging students, but is also about engaging the passion of teachers.
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Why Do We Confuse Engagement With Compliance? – Edublogs, etc.
There was a disturbing feature in the UK Times Educational Supplement last week. (I’m sorry I can’t give you the link, as it’s subscription only). I say disturbing because, in general, I really rate the TES. As a trade paper for teaching, it generally reflects the innovative work teachers are often doing, and is usually a balanced read.

If, however, its feature on ‘Engaging The Disengaged’ is indicative of the profession’s approach, then I find myself at odds with much of it. The gist of the piece deals with the visible part of the iceberg – what to do with students whose disengagement is causing disruption in class. This immediately posits disengagement as a behavioural issue. But what about the far greater number of students – the ones below the water-line – who might be behaving themselves, may even be achieving good grades but have ‘switched off’? I once had an Australian Principal of an outstanding primary school, replay a conversation she had with a student who had succeeded in school, but had never felt stretched, or excited, in class. ‘So, how did you get through it?’, she asked. ‘I learned how to fall asleep with my eyes open’, came the reply.  Do we not have a responsibility to these kids too?Read more

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Max Cooke


Max Cooke is the CEO of the EdCan Network.

Max Cooke est le directeur général du Réseau ÉdCan.

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