Posted November 13, 2012

“The Convention on the Rights of the Child as a whole, suggests the creation of schools which are child-friendly and in which children are encouraged to be curious, to argue, to challenge, to be creative, to explore and find out, to be listened to and to be respected.”  Check out this article  (Can you hear me? The right of young children to participate in decisions affecting them.) (more…)

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Posted November 1, 2012

My Favourite Tool in Tools for Life Relationship-building Solutions Tool Box!

The Problem Solving Key Chain is the greatest to facilitate on the spot teachable moments. Children’s problems don’t just happen when they are in their classroom or in the kitchen at home where the relationship centers are. They happen as you are going out the door, in the van, on your way to swimming lessons, in the school playground or hallway where those visuals are not readily available. (more…)

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Posted November 1, 2012

How well do we really know our students? Are we aware of family dynamics and personal experiences that can add to or distract from a child’s ability to learn? More importantly, are we able to understand how a child feels based on their perception of the situation? Children that have experienced trauma may exhibit unfavourable behaviours in the classroom. Being trauma informed will provide yet another lens for teachers to look through when assessing the strengths and needs of a child. It may provide some answers to the question “what has happened to the child” rather than asking “what is wrong with the child”. (more…)

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Posted October 25, 2012

According to Today’s Family News, “72% of Canadians believe that spanking should remain a legal option for Canadian parents. This includes 57% of parents who say they never spank their children. “ http://www.todaysfamilynews.ca/tfn/family/statsFacts/Stats&Facts.htm

As a professional working with children, would you encourage a class discussion around spanking? Why or why not?

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Posted October 15, 2012

“Mindfulness is paying attention here and now with kindness and curiosity.” (http://www.mindfuleducation.org/whatismindfulness.html) With all of the hustle and bustle in the classroom, I wonder if our students might benefit from practicing mindfulness on a daily basis. (more…)

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Posted July 10, 2012

A new girl walks into the “classroom” and sits on a chair. None of the chairs have names on them and there are no books on the table to indicate that this might be somebody’s “spot”.  A few minutes later, 2 more girls walk into the room and sit down.  They say “hello” to the new girls but give her a “funny” look.  A couple minutes pass and another girl walks into the room and stops dead in her tracks.  She looks at the new girl and says, “Hi, I’m Abby. I’m sorry but you are in my spot.” The new girl apologized and moved to a chair that was off to the side. (more…)

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Posted June 19, 2012

“Dream Big, Dream Bigger” a quote overheard early in the formation of Stewart Avenue’s Parent Council Meeting!   Last school year, Stewart Avenue Public School had a parent council of 3. This year 8 or 10 parents gathered in the fall to create a working parent council. Over time, more parents came out and everyone was encouraged to” invite a friend to join us.” (more…)

Posted May 17, 2012

By Linda S.

With all the media coverage on mental health in the last week, I hope we are beginning to normalize the term ‘mental health’. I think of mental health as a spectrum, much like other labels that we carry that helps others, and sometimes ourselves, define who we are. If you are familiar with the diagnosis of Autism or Pervasive Development Disorder, it is a defined as ‘on a spectrum’. I think of it as a sliding scale of severity, normality and challenges. Each child is different in how they experience this disorder. (more…)

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Posted May 8, 2012

We have been overwhelmed, in my opinion, with the media encouraging us to ensure our children are physically active.  Our federal government provides a tax break for families that enroll their children in sports activities.  Yes, we need to ensure that each child’s basic needs are being met, nutritious food, adequate shelter, sleep, a healthy living environment, exercise but what about our children’s needs for Good Mental Health?  (more…)

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Posted March 20, 2012

“The Ministry of Education has declared that students with ADHD/ADD and other neurological disorders that may impede or affect learning, are now entitled to specialized support and education at school. Ontario has been one of the few provinces in Canada lagging behind in the recognition of ADHD/ADD as requiring additional support.”
http://blue-balloon.com/news/news-coverage.html (more…)

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