The funding for 500 additional spaces in faculties of education
is welcome, but falls short of the funding for 2,000 spaces the College requested. The
College briefs Education Minister Janet Ecker and Training, Colleges and Universities
Minister Dianne Cunningham on the Colleges regulatory role.
Smoking, Drunkenness and Drug Use
Up Among High School Students.
Students who are unhappy at school tend to take
part in health-risk behaviours like skipping classes, smoking, drinking and using drugs.
Professionally Speaking gives College members an advance look at a study to be released
shortly by Health Canada that raises concerns about growing drug use, smoking and
"really drunk" behaviour.
Getting Engaged to Learning
A national research project by McGill University
finds that participation in decision-making in the school is key to students
engagement to learning. And engagement goes well beyond the classroom. It happens in the
halls, cafeteria, resource centre, computer labs, clubs, extra-curricular activities and
No Clear Answers on Complex Issues Surrounding Teacher
Even a recent study by the leading test provider in the U.S. cant provide
clear answers about how testing works best, or if it is the best way to improve
accountability of the profession.
Schools Could Face Lawsuits Over Student-on-Student
The Supreme Court of the United States sent a wakeup call
when it concluded a school board can be held liable for damages in student-on-student
harassment. Could this happen in Ontario? You bet.
Reflective Journal Writing in the Wired Age
TVO breaks new ground with a pilot program that tests the
theory that critical reflection with peers, in the form of journal writing, breaks through
the isolation of classroom teaching.
When well-known TV host Pamela Wallin talks about her
remarkable teacher, she brings the subject home for us.
College bulletins with need-to-know information for
Floating on a Sea of Change
Change is not going away and teachers do not have the
luxury or freedom to ignore it. Two conferences look at the difficulty of change and
suggest ways to make it work.
Chaos to Order: Helping Special Needs Students Avoid Crisis Behaviour
Most students with special needs cope, work and play in
integrated settings without incident. Environments that are more predictable and do not
over-stimulate may minimize crisis behaviour.
Targeted: A Healthy Lifestyle for a Healthy Heart
The Heart and Stroke Foundation barely gives children aged six
to 12 a passing grade on leading healthy lifestyles. It proposes as a solution the Heart
Healthy Kids program, put to the test at Robert J. Lee Public School in Brampton.
Televisions Commercial-Free Treasures for Educators
If you know how to program your VCR to record at night or in the early hours
of the morning, you may be sitting on a gold mine. Cable in the Classroom is a free cable
installation and service to eligible schools faced with an ever-shrinking budget.
Teens They Can Save Their Own Lives
How do you convince teens who think theyre invincible to
play it safer? Give them the power of choice and the power of personal responsibility.
Thats the philosophy behind HEROES, a program masterminded by former heart surgeon
There is plenty to celebrate as the new millennium approaches.
Then there is Y2K. This issues column offers you a few sites that will make you
Notes on a wide range of books from guides to help you
teach science to Raffis autobiography.
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