tholl075@uottawa.ca
8 Jul 2010

Boys & the hallways

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It is always a great day when I get the chance to go into classrooms and really work with students.  It is days like this that I really begin to miss having my ‘own’ class and working directly with all types of students (and not only the ones that were sent to my office when...
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8 Jul 2010

What are the educational options for my child?

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“Education is not just about acquiring knowledge, but about learning how to do significant things with what you know.”  David Perkins Let me begin this post by stating clearly that I am a big advocate for local public schools.   I work in the public system (in Quebec) and am a product of the public...
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7 Jul 2010

Integrating Instructional Intelligence (II) into our curriculum

“We want expert teachers who collectively demonstrate intelligent behaviour in the design of powerful learning environments” Barrie Bennett On October 6 and 7, 2010, I co-presented a 2 day workshop on Instructional Intelligence and the QEP called “Putting the Pieces Together”.  Some of the strategies, tactics and skills that we used to present this workshop...
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5 Jul 2010

Girls & Confidence Building

A recent article (http://www.daughters.com/article/?id=19) from http://www.daughters.com has me thinking as it connects to my professional reading and my own experiences as a parent/educator of girls.  Dr. JoAnn Deak, a school psychologist and director of a private girls’ school in Ohio, discusses the link between the willingness to take risks and self-esteem.  She believes that although...
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2 Jul 2010

Nurture Shock- Chapter One

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The Inverse Power of Praise “Sure, he’s special.  But new research suggests if you tell him that, you’ll ruin him.  It’s a neurobiological fact”(p.9) It goes against my instinct as an educator and a parent to hold back on praise; I think we all want our students/children to feel good about themselves, right?  Well, as this...
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1 Jul 2010

Coaching and Mentoring Workshop- October 1

We had a wonderful Professional Development opportunity when two trainers from Ravenswood School (Jariram)  in England, Richard Lockyer and Amanda Simpson, came to share their knowledge of Coaching with us.  This will serve as a summary of what stood out to me from this practical, hands-on and informative session. Coaching is…”focused on helping people improve...
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