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Saving the world starts with students

March 11, 2014

Remember Grade 9 geography class? Let’s see … you figured out the locations of South Africa and the East China Sea, used pencil crayons to make a pretty map of Canada with labels for all the provincial capitals, learned to read a topographic map and made neat bar graphs with extra marks for accuracy. Me, […]

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Escaping the junk food jungle

When I learned my high school daughter was heading out to the local fast food joints for lunch, I panicked. A few years back, I’d stopped packing her lunch for school because half the time it came home uneaten and, besides, I liked the idea of my daughter becoming more responsible. Well, that didn’t exactly […]

Never too early to teach manners

Picture the scene: your whole family is home from work or school. You are all sitting around the kitchen table in the early evening, quietly sharing stories of the day while enjoying mac and cheese. “Over … ” “Over … ” “OVER!” Only a parent who has undergone the long process of teaching a youngster […]

Technology no substitute for good teaching

How can students resist the temptation to send tweets or post to Facebook? The short answer is they can’t. I’ve been in university level classrooms where students are playing games, updating their status or watching a movie. If adults can’t resist, why should we expect young people to do so? Many computer labs have this […]


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