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Brainsprouting

Originally published in the December 2018 issue of Professionally Speaking.

Brainsprouting

BY JOEL HILCHEY AND BRANDON LOVE

“Brainsprouting” is a whole new approach to accessing your creative powers, unleashing innovative ideas and solving intricate problems that brainstorming rarely achieves.

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A cage went in search of a bird

Originally published in the December 2018 issue of Professionally Speaking.

A Cage Went in Search of a Bird

BY CARY FAGAN, ILLUSTRATED BY BANAFSHEH ERFANIAN

One day, a discarded, empty cage takes a big risk. It leaves the safe confines of the attic to find a perfect occupant, a bird who would appreciate it for what it was. Out in the world, it faces ridicule and rejection. It is laughed at, ignored and put down for its appearance and size.

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By the Time you Read This

Originally published in the December 2018 issue of Professionally Speaking.

By the Time You Read This

BY JENNIFER LANTHIER, ILLUSTRATED BY PATRICIA STORMS

Why is Oscar so angry? What has him in such a huff that he never, ever wants to speak to, see or hear from Sam again? The reader experiences Oscar’s fury over his friendship ending with Sam, and the injustice that ended it. Turns out that it was all a misunderstanding that is remedied with a simple apology.

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Maththatmatters 2

Originally published in the December 2018 issue of Professionally Speaking.

Maththatmatters 2

BY DAVID STOCKER, OCT

As a Toronto alternative school teacher, David Stocker has long recognized the importance of teaching through a critical lens that encompasses race, class, gender, sexuality and ability. In his groundbreaking book, Maththatmatters, published in 2006, he writes that all material carries a bias. It is our job as teachers to first clearly acknowledge the inherent bias and then teach well beyond it.

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Red Rising

Originally published in the December 2018 issue of Professionally Speaking.

Red Rising

BY RED RISING COLLECTIVE

Senator Murray Sinclair and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) stated in the TRC’s Calls to Action that K–12 educators have a public obligation to build “student capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy, and mutual respect” for Indigenous history.

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How Do I Get  Them To Write?

Originally published in the December 2018 issue of Professionally Speaking.

How Do I Get Them To Write?

BY KAREN FILEWYCH

f you teach elementary students, chances are you’ve seen them struggle with writer’s block. You’ve heard those familiar ques-tions: “What should I write about? How do I start? Is this long enough? What do you mean ‘add more’?”

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