What kind of community/charity work are you and your students doing during this year’s holiday season?
Ruth Less Berkovich: I would like to get my class into the local seniors home to spend some time and share some joy ... haven’t quite decided the itinerary yet!
Londa Carey Olesen: Our school is collecting toiletries, hats, mittens, warm socks and gift cards for the homeless at the Calgary Drop-In Centre!
Elise Gilligan: We collected and packed shoeboxes of toys, school supplies and toiletries for the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child shoebox [campaign] and are now collecting food donations for our local food bank.
Paul Pichurski: Food Bank drive ... also Operation Christmas Child through Samaritan’s Purse.
Teacher reaction to Bill 5, which would allow schools boards to publicize teachers’ names and salaries.
Lori Simard: They could get a pretty good idea even without this. Grids can be found by anyone who goes looking for them.
Candice Medynski Riehl: They should also post the average (actual) hours worked per week beside each salary.
Brandi Bailey Coleman: It’s no one’s business. There’s a grid. Why attach names? It’s not needed.
Christy Munroe-Jellett: In rural, small towns and northern Alberta with high unemployment, this is just rude and uncalled for. Shame on the government that showed such potential.
TEACHERS ON THE TWITTERSPHERE
ATA communications co-ordinator Jonathan Teghtmeyer hosted an education chat via Twitter on Wednesday, Nov. 25. The topic was the debate over discovery learning and back-to-basics in math. The chats are orchestrated through the @abedchat Twitter handle each Wednesday at 8 p.m.
Jonathan Teghtmeyer @atypicalalbertn: Q1: Does the public debate over discovery learning/back-to-basics accurately reflect your thinking on the issues? Why? Why not? #abedchat
Optimist Prime @polymathish: Students need foundation first – for years. Our curriculum is moving away from that.
Rocheal Howes @rlhowes: I wonder what teacher actually stopped teaching basics? I don’t know of any. Teaching discovery does not mean basics are dropped.
Jason Ness @bvhsness: To me the pendulum does not belong on either pole. There is an appropriate middle ground supported by research.
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