Monday, October 31, 2011

High dropout rates in the USA

Press release from, an online mentoring program that pairs at-risk high school students with adult mentors from all over the country, assembled a number of startling facts and statistics on the dropout crisis.

Illustrating the impact of our country's dropout crisis. What is the effect of these dangerously high dropout rates on US students? The USA? Even the economy? is a 501(c)3 certified nonprofit.  You can verify it at the website


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Teaching is like...

product of our reading buddy program,
gr.4/5 & SK classes
Why I write? Because it is healthy.
Why I Write: Celebrate the National Day on Writing   

This is something I had participants finish, a simple writing prompt, at a workshop I gave back in the day when I was employed!

Teaching is like...

..... always driving your car with the accelerator pushed right to the firewall.
..... a wonderful adventure never knowing what each new day will bring.
yard duty!
Teaching is 3/4 inspiration and 1/4 preparation.
..... juggling jello! Just when you think you have things in control, everything changes!
..... starting afresh everyday. No 2 days are ever the same!!
..... a box of chocolates. Some pieces you really savor and enjoy.........and others you feel like spitting out.
..... an opportunity for a better tomorrow.
..... life: the more you give, the more you receive.
..... a unique job because it is never, ever boring. Difficult, frustrating, challenging, but never boring.
..... being the custodian of many keys.
..... being told to dig the panama canal and all they give you to do the job is a plastic kiddie shovel!
..... canoeing through continuous white water.
music workshops.
we wrote a song
.....nothing else on earth
.....floundering around in a dense fog with a lot of much younger people with the occasional glimpse of sunshine to make it all worthwhile

Teaching is ly to dominate one's life ly to make one cynical, proud, frustrated, angry, happy, sad, etc.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Full-day classes for kindergarten are a nightmare

Full-day classes for kindergarten are a nightmare 
Ontario schools are crowded.
In day care the maximum is 8 kids per teacher.
In Ontario schools there can be more than 20 kids, with one teacher and an aide. 

Crowded classroom, kids not yet 5 years old, and peers with severe learning disabilities, behavioural issues, as well as ECE grads (2-yr. certificate, min.), trying to manage in the institutional school system.
It is shameful.
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