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, March 2009.

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

Leata Lekushoff


Gabrielle Barkany, Laura Barron, Michael Benedict, Nina Boccia, Lois Browne, Dorothea Bryant, Tessa Buchan, Adam Buckley, Don Cattani, Rosemarie Chapman, Bronwyn Chester, Caroline Cremer, Ian Crysler, Fred DuVal, Liisa Ferris, Michelle Foltarz, Stuart Foxman, Rena Ginsberg, Olivia Hamilton, Bill Harris, Brian Jamieson, Steve Kennedy, Joanne Knight, Olivia Krowicka, Leata Lekushoff, Chadwick Low, Ken MacKinnon, Karen Millard, Leanne Miller, Andrea Murik, Eleanor Paul, Matthew Plexman, Wyley Powell, Lise Roy-Kolbusz, Michael Salvatori, Lynda Scarrow, Anjana Thom, André Van Vugt, Mark Villeneuve, Kerry Walford, Jon Waller, Cheryl Woolnough


Kerry Walford

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Cover Photography

Ian Crysler


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