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, June 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, Simon Young


Gabrielle Barkany, Laura Barron, Bonnie Beldan Thomson, Michael Benedict, Idir Bouaboud, Lois Browne, Dorothea Bryant, Nadine Carpenter, Don Cattani, Rosemarie Chapman, Caroline Cremer, Sarah Lynn Frost Hunter, Gino Donato, Giant Vision Photography, Rena Ginsberg, Patricia Goldblatt, Olivia Hamilton, Ian Crysler Photographer, Brian Jamieson, Teddy Katz, Joanne Knight, Leata Lekushoff, Gail Lennon, Kate Lushington, Sylvain Marier, Matthew Plexman Photography, Brian McGowan, Leanne Miller, Paul Orenstein Photography, Eleanor Paul, John Phillips, Wyley Powell, Lorne Rubenstein, Salvatore Sacco, Chris Sach-Anderson, Lynda Scarrow, Mary Shaughnessy, Kerry Walford, Jon Waller, Jennifer Wyatt


Kerry Walford

Art Direction, Design & Production

RadonicRodgers design+marketing

Cover Photography

Matthew Plexman Photography


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