Monday, September 19, 2016
One year ago my guidance counsellor approached me with an application form for the Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation’s Global Citizen Youth Leadership program. I took immediate interest in the program and promptly completed the application with enthusiasm. What I didn’t know, however, was that I had just embarked on a journey that would extend well past my return to Canada on August 8, 2015.
Friday, September 16, 2016
Gone are the days when the teacher, armed with a textbook and blackboard, would present a mathematics class as pretty straightforward material with the expectation that in due course students would figure out the mathematical equation and thereafter memorize the correct answer.
As a group of educators gathered for a day of professional growth entitled Number Talks and Beyond: Building Math Communities Through Classroom Conversation, the focus was on sharing strategies that would help generate classroom discussion regarding math-talk communities between students and teachers.
Thursday, September 15, 2016
It is surely undeniable that in recent years schools have taken several initiatives to better incorporate Indigenous understanding in the classroom.
There remains, however, a certain degree of discomfort for some teachers who are wary of the often-changing terminology that exists, as just one example.
At the recent Saskatchewan Professional Development Unit workshop, the focus was on developing an understanding of culturally responsive pedagogy while looking at ways to implement such while understanding the role of the teacher in building relationships.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Following an open call for applications in spring 2016, the McDowell Foundation Board of Directors approved six research projects for over $80,000 in funding at its June meeting. This year’s projects reflect the diversity of education in Saskatchewan, both in geographic location and range of topics to be explored.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
The word Holodomor – literally translated from Ukrainian means “murder by starvation” – is probably not front and centre for most teachers when they delve into the history books.
We know that between four and 10 million Ukrainian men, women and children slowly and needlessly starved to death in 1932-33. Like the Holocaust, there are significant lessons to be learned from the Holodomor.