Corporate Gifts Support Field Trips
Corporate sponsors have stepped up to cover the costs of field trips to the
Mountsberg Raptor Centre. School children visiting the Centre are guided by staff of the
Canadian Peregrine Foundation, whose work appeared in the March issue of Professionally
The foundation also offers seminars by staff biologists and falcon
handlers in schools too far from the Mountsberg Raptor Centre for a day visit.
There are now 11 Toronto area schools waiting to take part in the program.
The foundation has also lined up a number of sponsors, says foundation spokesman Bill
Green, to cover the cost of foundation visits to classes in Caledon and Burlington area
For more information, contact Bill Green at the Canadian Peregrine
Foundation, 112 Merton St., Suite 300, Toronto ON M4S 2Z8. Tel. (416) 481-1233 or fax
Interest in Teaching on Rise in U.S.
The number of U.S. students
interested in teaching careers is on the rise, according to an annual survey by
UCLAs Co-operative Institutional Research Program. In 1998, 6.3 per cent of freshmen
university students thought they would likely end up teaching in elementary schools, and
4.0 per cent thought they would be secondary school teachers.
The UCLA survey is based on the responses of more than 275,000 freshmen
students entering 469 two and four-year colleges and universities in the United States to
questions about their career interests. Students were asked to choose their probable field
of study from a list of more than 40 possibilities.
The survey has been done every year since 1966. Interest in teaching hit
an all-time low in the U.S. in 1983 when only five per cent of freshmen students intended
to become teachers.
A copy of the survey is available in the College library.
Media Literacy: Prime-Time Teaching
"I am just a TV. You
are the smart one.
Youve got the remote control.
You have choices.
You can change the channel if you dont like what youre watching.
You can flick me on and off...
I sure wish I was as smart as you!"
This is from the script of a commercial from Concerned Childrens
Advertisers and Shaw Communications, part of a comprehensive curriculum resource entitled
TV&ME. The materials are being offered free of charge to educators and parents across
Canada as part of an effort to help children understand what they watch in the media.
New curriculum initiatives across Canada are mandating media literacy as
part of their language curriculum. TV&ME is an example of a tool designed in
conjunction with specific provincial guidelines to address media literacy, critical
viewing and healthy life coping skills.
"Television need not be a passive medium, designed to program the
brains of young children, but rather, it can be a tool to learn about the world, to
develop communication skills, to impact social and intellectual development in positive
ways," says Ontario teacher Linda Millar of Concerned Childrens Advertisers.
For more information about TV& ME, contact Concerned
Childrens Advertisers, (416) 484-0871, Ministry of Education.
Scottish Teachers May Be Barred for Incompetence
An independent review of the
General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) has recommended that teachers fired for
incompetence should be barred from teaching. At present, only teachers found guilty of
misconduct can have their licence removed by the GTCS.
The recommendation came as part of a review of the General Teaching
Council ordered by the Scottish education minister. It effectively gives the council the
same supervisory powers over qualified teachers that it currently has over those still in
teachers colleges or in their two-year probationary period.
The recommendation is expected to be made part of the proposed
Improvements in Scottish Education bill currently part of a public consultation and
scheduled to be presented to Scottish parliament later this year.
Study Guides Online
Students have a handy new source of study guides, and theyre online and
free. The SparkNotes cover a range of literary works commonly studied at the high school
and university level. SparkNotes claim to fame is that they are written exclusively
by Harvard University students and graduates. The sponsors of the new study guides,
TheSpark.com Inc., expect them to challenge more popular U.S. guides such as Cliff Notes,
which have to be purchased.
guides are fully interactive. Readers can click on links to the context in which the work
was created, character descriptions, chapter-by-chapter plot reviews and potential exam
For more information, visit the SparkNotes web site at www.sparknotes.com
History Award to Be Made Permanent
The Canadian War Museum in
Ottawa has announced that the $6,000 in bursaries it offered last year for the best
history essays will become an annual event. The award, named for World War II veteran
Barnett Danson, is open to all graduating high school and CEGEP students who are entering
Applicants must write a 1,500-word essay on a designated Canadian history
topic. First prize is $3,000, second prize $2,000 and third prize is $1,000.
"With rising university tuition costs and the lack of substantial
cash awards, we felt the time was right for a bursary aimed at assisting Canadas
future historians," says Alain Gauthier of the museums Education and Outreach
The bursaries were first offered last year for the best essays on
Canadas participation during the South African War of 1899-1902. There were 85
submissions from across the country. The three winners, however, were all from Ontario.
This year the topic will be "Wolfe or Montcalm: Who Was the Better
General?" Entries must be accompanied by a reference letter from a history teacher at
the applicants school and a transcript of the applicants academic record. The
deadline is March 31, 2000 and the winner is announced at the end of June. Winning entries
will be posted on the museums web site.
For more information about the museum and its educational programs,
about the winners of the 1998 bursaries and about this years contest, see the museum
web site www.warmuseum.ca or call (819)
776-8606 or toll-free 1-800-555-5621.
Module Is Free
Soccer registrations continue to
increase at a dramatic rate, and Ontario accounts for almost half of the more than 600,000
annual registrations with the Canadian Soccer Association.
The low cost of participation is one reason for the sports
popularity. Acceptance by girls almost one-third of Canadian players are female
is also a factor. Thats just about the highest female-to-male ratio in the
The Toronto Lynx, Ontarios professional soccer team in the North
American A-League, has re-launched its school program that includes a revised teaching
module in English and French. The module teaches the history of soccer, its growth over
the years, the rules and a brand new section that deals with how to play the game.
Educators can also request soccer clinics and presentations conducted by
the Lynx professional players, all at no charge. Late next spring, schools will have the
opportunity to see a pro game with Canadas top players.
For more information, or to order your soccer teaching module, call
the Lynx at (416) 251-4625.
The 1999 Summer Institutes were
organized by the Ontario Teachers Federation (OTF), with financial support from the
Ministry of Education, to help teachers cope with implementing the new curriculum were a
The sessions, offered for the first time this summer, were 20 hours in
length and covered a wide variety of curriculum-related topics for elementary and
secondary teachers. Participation was voluntary and at no cost to teachers.
About 4,400 teachers took part throughout July and August. Another 2,200
teachers had to be turned away. The OTF is hoping to continue the institutes on an annual
To list your conference or event here, please e-mail
the College library with the information at email@example.com; fax (416) 961-8822; or phone
(416) 961-8800 ext. 679.
For more complete PS Calendar listings,
visit the College web site at http://www.oct.ca/english/library/events.htm