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 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, OCT (Chair) Gabrielle Blais; Irene Dembek, OCT; Darlene Mead, OCT; Pauline Smart


Richard Lewko


Philip Carter

Managing Editor

Joyce Mason

Associate Editor

Véronique Ponce

Photography and Editorial Production

Leata Lekushoff


Wendy Harris (English); Laurence Bogner (French)


Luci English; Julie Fournel; Véronique Ponce; Marie-Josée Roy

Print Production

Leata Lekushoff


Nadira Baksh, OCT; Katherine Barber; Gabrielle Barkany, OCT; Gabrielle Bauer; Michael Bellrose; Michael Benedict; Suzanne Blake, OCT; Nina Boccia; Annik Chalifour; Fred Chartrand; Colleen Coutu; Ian Crysler; Lisa Davies; Helen Dolik; Stuart Foxman; Sarah Frost Hunter; Margaret Grift; Olivia Hamilton; Bill Harris; Karen Horsman; Sandra Jack-Malik; Brian Jamieson; Joanne Knight, OCT; Olivia Krowicka; Ruth Latta; Lynne Latulippe; Suzanne Laveau; Leata Lekushoff; Pamela Lipson; Chadwick Low, OCT; Ken MacKinnon, OCT; Leanne Miller, OCT; Mary Veronica Moloney; Andrea Murik; Liz Papadopoulos, OCT; Shelley Pomerance; Wyley Powell; Michael Reist, OCT; Sonia Roy; Michael Salvatori, OCT; Lynda Scarrow; Mary Shaughnessy, OCT; André Van Vugt; Robert vanWaarden; Kerry Walford; Jon Waller; Madeleine Zaffarano, OCT


Kerry Walford

Art Direction, Design and Production

RadonicRodgers design+marketing

Cover Photography

Ian Crysler


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