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  1. Erin

    I agree that the relationships we develop with all students is foundational to accomplishing all other goals. This becomes easy as a parent when you decide to become the teacher you want your own children to encounter in their school. Treat students as you want your own to be treated, with respect, compassion, and with high expectations for learning and behaviour.

  2. Faige Meller

    So true. Those relationships are the backbone that builds trust and helps our students know they matter. I love how you talk about the custodian who had such an impact on you that you still remember his influence on you. I hope I was that teacher who was there for that kid when he/she needed to have that teacher be there, “to fan the flame.”

  3. Deena Taylor

    You do not know me, but you walked with me this week on a very intriguing journey. Let me tell you about our “journey”.We were challenged with the aspect of accepting the reality of standardized fluency scores as a unit of progress monitoring, even though our personal philosophy is in great opposition. We were given students measured as “at risk.”These students have received years of typical phonics based programming. We are a new teacher to this school, hired to bring a different mindset to a growing school community. We did, armed with extra strength from the Innovator’s Mindset, which was purchased and given by the administration. What happened?…students were released from their anxieties(through listening and empathy), interest ignited (student driven)and creativity sparked(freedom to direct and materials to tinker and wallow)……oh and by the way, those bloody fluency progress monitoring scores went up too! Thank you for being there with me, I suspect you will be with me and the mindset shared everyday.

  4. I have raised children, sent them through public school, onto college and graduate school. I was a professional violinist, something that is learned in a very different way than the way we learn in school. Though my children are educated, and can speak in many venues, I know their real potential is not what is being lived- they have conformed, and I lead them there. I did not see this from the front end. Our schools, by design, limit. One cannot know a tiger in a box, no matter how happy and seemingly comfortable a school room can be. The system worked for the industrial age, yet it is not going to work for the information age, where many middle class jobs are becoming automated. I believe education will be done online, which is already available, Personally, this will work better for some personalities, as they can move at their own pace, and even watch lessons more than one time. This mode, will also allow them more time to investigate what really interests them, instead of an imposed set body of information to be processed through memory, which is the very cause of information processing dis-orders. Accelerated learning techniques describe engagement of the senses, in real space, not in a box, talking about things only, looking at pictures. I have two education degrees and have taught children, and continue to work with them, though not in the public schools, because, I could no longer accept what limited so many children. For me, accepting just helping one, is not enough. For me, all children communicating with ease, is the only option. Freeing them up to self direct and self discover is the only acceptable design.

  5. “A professional is anyone who does work that cannot be standardized easily and who continuously welcomes challenges at the cutting edge of his or her expertise.”

    I couldn’t have put it better myself. Great article, hope you are sleeping well! My youngest is just over a week old!

  6. Great article – totally agree with all four. Interesting – no mention of EQAO – happy to see that. When we get over our 19th century obsession with tests and scores!

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