Category Archives: Educational Change

Using Home Language as the Foundation for English Language Learning – A Win Win Situation

Home Language: The language to which children are exposed in their homes and communities; it is the language that they use as their primary means of communication, and identifies them with their community. http://www.igi-global.com/dictionary/home-language/49406 The benefits of English language instruction … Continue reading

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The Gradual Release of Responsibility: Canadian Style!

The gradual release of responsibility model requires an instructional shift from the teacher shift from assuming “all the responsibility for performing a task…to a situation in which the students assume all of the responsibility” (Duke & Pearson, 2002, p. 211).” … Continue reading

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Know the Community; Know the Student

The term “funds of knowledge” refers to a community’s “historically accumulated and culturally developed bodies of knowledge” (Moll, Amanti, Neff, & Gonzalez, 2001). Regardless of the location, a school’s community has many funds of knowledge.       Funds of knowledge … Continue reading

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Re-framing Conversations About Disengaged Students

At a recent a professional learning session focused on re-engaging the disengaged learner, we greeted each participant and asked them to describe a disengaged student on a post-it note. After the completed post-it note was attached to a white board, … Continue reading

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Culturally Inclusive Classrooms

A culturally aware and inclusive classroom recognizes that identity is complex and multi layered and encompasses race, gender and gender identity, socio-economic status, sexual identity, ethnicity, and religion. As we build culturally inclusive classrooms we need to be mindful about … Continue reading

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Educational Change: Questioning the Iconic Images of Teaching

The next time you schedule a professional learning opportunity, why not start with an exploration of the iconic images that “define” teaching. We know that these images are outdated and don’t represent the best of what we do, so why … Continue reading

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Building a Positive Work Environment at School

The work environment of a school has a huge impact on the emotional well being, productivity, and professional engagement of teachers. For those teachers and administrators who work in a positive work environment, take a minute to appreciate your workplace, … Continue reading

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