Professionally Speaking is published quarterly by the Ontario College of Teachers to inform its members about the activities and decisions of the College. The magazine provides a forum for discussion of issues relevant to the future of teaching and learning, teachers' professional learning and standards of practice.

The views expressed in articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the College.

Reproduction, in whole or in part, of articles from this issue of Professionally Speaking is encouraged. Please credit the Ontario College of Teachers and Professionally Speaking, December 2008.

Letters to the editor and submissions on topics of interest to the profession are welcome. Unsolicited manuscripts cannot be returned.

ISSN 1206-8799

Editorial Board

Annilee Jarvis (Chair), Gabrielle Blais, Dean Favero, Pauline Smart, Henry Tyndorf


Richard Lewko


Philip Carter

Managing Editor

Joyce Mason

Associate Editor

Véronique Ponce

Photography and Editorial Production

Leata Lekushoff


Wendy Harris (English), Laurence Bogner (French)


Julie Fournel, Caroline Fredericks, Véronique Ponce, Marie-Josée Roy

Print Production

Stephanie McLean


Cindy Alexander, Gabrielle Barkany, Bonnie Beldan Thomson, Michael Bellrose, Michael Benedict, Lois Browne, Nadine Carpenter, Don Cattani, Rosemarie Chapman, Ian Crysler, Maureen Doeler, Doreen Ferns, Elda Fredette, Sarah Lynn Frost Hunter, Olivia Hamilton, Brian Jamieson, Joanne King, Leata Lekushoff, Gail Lennon, Brent Linton, Eleanor Paul, Matthew Plexman, Wyley Powell, Brian McGowan, Leanne Miller, Andrea Murik, Véra Nochtéva, Chris Sach-Anderson, Lynda Scarrow, Anjana Thom, Huan Tran, André Van Vugt, Mark Villeneuve, Kerry Walford, Jon Waller


Kerry Walford

Art Direction, Design and Production

RadonicRodgers design+marketing

Cover Photography

Paul Orenstein


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