Teacher Wellness – We Cannot Serve From An Empty Vessel

Crisp, white-tipped waves of turquoise water, come forth from the Atlantic Ocean to lovingly caress the soft, white, sandy beach along which I walk. Above me, puffy white clouds dance with the sun in a pale blue sky. Its rays warm my back, as waves chill my feet.   Palm trees, latched beach huts, and…

High Octane Professional Learning

As a Learning Strategies Teacher, my thoughts surround my students, all of whom are identified with a Learning Disability. They are the focus of the OECTA CLC Project: “How might technology be leveraged to increase independence among exceptional learners?” The team for the project is Leslie Cardarelli, Charlene Davidson, Sarah Faloon and me. Lynne Coletti…

Education for All: A Moral Imperative

My reflections this week on our OECTA CLC project stem from our discussion with Lynne Coletti, OCSB Principal of Student Services, on the importance of “moral imperative” in guiding educational practice. Our project inquiry is: “How might technology be leveraged to increase independence among exceptional learners?” The team for our project is Leslie Cardarelli, Charlene…

Think Different-Disruptors of the Status Quo

As a Learning Strategies Teacher, my thoughts surround my students, all of whom are identified with a Learning Disability. They are the focus of my participation in our OECTA CLC Project: “How might technology be leveraged to increase independence among exceptional learners?” The team for our project is Leslie Cardarelli, Charlene Davidson, Sarah Faloon and…

Stop the Insanity – Redefining Success For Exceptional Learners

As a Learning Strategies Teacher, my thoughts surround my students, all of whom are identified with a Learning Disability. They are the focus of my participation in our OECTA CLC Project: “How might technology be leveraged to increase independence among exceptional learners?” The team for our project is Leslie Cardarelli, Charlene Davidson, Sarah Faloon and I….

Learning Enabled- Leveraging Technology with Exceptional Learners

  The Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA), with funding provided by the Ontario Ministry of Education, is supporting Collaborative Learning Community (CLC) projects during the 2016/2017 school year. These CLC’s allow teachers to explore and share solutions to common professional dilemmas through action research, by meeting with colleagues to develop resources, or to implement…

The Grace of Motherhood: A Christmas Reminder

This Christmas, take a moment to view the Nativity scene. Consider the young mother there, her husband by her side. See her kneeling on the plank boards. Knees cushioned by a sparse layer of hay, her hands bracing a feeding trough. Her newborn Son, the object of her loving gaze.   The mother you see…

A Good Teacher- Leader, Awakener, Builder

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” (Wayne Dyer) As a virtual mentor with Patricia Briscoe’s Faculty of Education students at Niagara University, a few weeks ago I was asked: What makes a good teacher? When I started teaching in 1998, I considered three facets as the…

Educating the Heart- Small Things, Great Love

As a child, I was mesmerized by the story of the Garden of Eden. I would close my eyes. Imagine a rich garden tapestry — lush green vines, aromatic flowers, a crystal-blue pool of water, rustling leaves in the wind. I would see Adam and Eve. Two lone inhabitants, symbols of Humanity, responsible for tending…

Why I Write

Now, in my writing space, I am taken back to my early childhood. As my fingers connect with the keyboard, I am an 8-year-old girl, sitting in my father’s silver Volkswagen Beetle. We are on our weekly, Saturday car-ride to Rockland, Ontario to visit my beloved grandmother. On this October, Indian summer day, it is quite…

The Good News For Teachers – Unity is Strength

On the Friday before Thanksgiving, the Ottawa Catholic School Board community annually gathers alongside the scenic Rideau Canal at the Shaw Centre, for Christian Community Day. On that day, the board’s 4000+ educators reconnect with each other, recharge, and are spiritually uplifted by music, words and images. It is a time of personal and professional…

In the Footsteps of Our Teachers

October 5  is the United Nations, World Teachers’ Day. A day to bring awareness and appreciation to the role teachers play in education and world development. As an educator, it is a day for me to reflect upon the important influence my own teachers have had on my life. Growing up, as a young child,…