September 1997



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Professionally Speaking is published quarterly by the Ontario College of Teachers to inform its 165,000 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.

Letters to the editor and submissions on topics of interest to the profession are welcome. Unsolicited manuscripts can not be returned unless they are accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Publication of an advertisement in Professionally Speaking does not constitute an endorsement by the College of any advertiser’s product or service. The College has not yet endorsed or accredited any professional learning opportunities.

Professionally Speaking is printed with vegetable-based inks on recycled paper (50% recycled, 10% post-consumer). Please recycle this magazine.

ISSN 1206-8799

Professionally Speaking, The Ontario College of Teachers, 121 Bloor Street East, 6th Floor, Toronto ON M4W 3M5; fax: (416) 961-8822; e-mail:

Richard Lewko

Philip Carter

Contributors this Issue
Keesha Abraham, Gary Adamson, Margaret Aubé, Rosemarie Bahr, ChrisBall, Carmen Bourbonnais, Peter Brown, Tessa Buchan, NettieCampbell, Philip Carter, Pascale Charest, Rebecca Cossar, MarioCossette, François Dionne, Pat Dowling, Catherine Gautry, DenysGiguère, Olivia Hamilton, Paul Hoeffler, Ann Ibrahim, KevinKelly, Donna Marie Kennedy, Rosemary Kennedy, DwightKlassen, RichardLewko, Frank McIntyre, David McPhail, Charlie Morrison, NancyPearson, Brad Ross, Fred Ross, Rod Rychliski, Bonnie Schmidt, LauraSheehan, Laverne Smith, Daniel Stoffman, MaryStorey, IvorSutherland, Janice Thomson, Kate Vanderhorst, CyllavonTiedemann, Margaret Wilson

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The Governing Council

Donna Marie Kennedy

John Cruickshank

Elizabeth Barkley, Sandi Bell, Jackie Breithaupt, Pierre Calvé, Larry Capstick, Douglas Carter, Paul Charron, Wayne Cornack, Lynn Daigneault, Margaret Dempsey, Solette N. Gelberg, Michel C. Gravelle, Frances E. Hill, Nancy Hutcheson, Marilyn Laframboise, Diane Leblovic, Alfred J. Lorenzi, Kathleen McFadyen, George Merrett, Karen M. Mitchell, Harry Mulvale, Nicholas L. Myrhorod, Cecilia Reynolds, William G. Rogers, Anthony Saldanha, John Slade, DavidSomer, Frances Thorne, Clarice West-Hobbs

Margaret Wilson

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Richard Lewko

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