Saturday, May 21, 2016

Sunday, October 5, 2014


I came across this poem - the CBC I think first mentioned it. As the school year begins, I think it is important to evaluate what we would like our young people to remember about their days in school. What we teach is a means to this and therefore it would be wise to find relevant material to focus on and at the very least make connections to their reality.

What is important to us? Our family - our friends - our cells? Of course there are many things that impact us.  The following poem by Cheryl Moskowitz, puts many of our desires in perspective.

               Some Things I Will Remember by Cheryl Moskowitz
There are things I will remember
when I’m older
that I can’t remember now
the feel of my mother’s hand
on my back when I can’t sleep
the smell of the Junior hall
on Thursdays when they have
chips and spaghetti rings
for school dinners
the smell of my lunch box
when Dad’s made me tuna fish sandwiches
the way grown-up’s eyes puff up
the same whether they’ve been
asleep or crying
the butterflies I get when someone
says something funny
and only a few people understand
and I’m one of them.
The faces of everyone I love.

(from CAN IT BE ABOUT ME by Cheryl Moskowitz, Frances Lincoln Books 2012)

Resources for best ELA teaching practices

October 5, 2014

RESOURCES for best practices can be found on the following sites

The Association of Teachers of English of Quebec - ATEQ - has an updated website.     The Association of Teachers of English of Quebec

 New England Association of Teachers of English - NEATE:
 New England Association of English Teachers

 Canada Writes

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Who reads anymore?

So, who does read? You might say, quite a few people; and then again, not as many as should be reading.
School aged children fall into the latter category. Yes they may  read school issued books (or fake read) and this to pass an exam.
We have to assume that there are many reasons why reading has taken a back seat to movies, TV, video games, texting - need I go on? The immediacy of knowledge or connection to text requires focus.  forwarded by an avid reader

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Five People You Meet in Heaven - Mitch Albom

Unlike FĂ©lix Leclerc's  L'Auberge des morts subites, Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven is a refreshing look at the afterlife. After all, most of us suspect that there must be something more after we leave our earthly life.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen

Water for Elephants - a great read.
Okay, so I like romantic everything works out well good wins books. And why not?