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A Teacher's Heartfelt Strategy to Stop School Shootings—and It's Not About Guns

Teachers know inherently that kids need to feel a sense of belonging in their classrooms—for without making connections, the kids will shut down or act out, sometimes with tragic consequences. If we identify the lonely kids in our classrooms and ensure that they make connections, can we prevent violence from happening in the future? Maybe. I came across an article in a popular parent blog (momastery.com) about a teacher's heartfelt strategy to stop school shootings. After the Columbine tragedy, she has been quietly doing her small part to tackle a big problem. But is her contribution small? Maybe not! Not when you consider she is part of the big picture. In thirty years of teaching, I've w

I #amreading . . . 100 Teen Novels by Canadian Authors

First on my list of new year's resolutions is to read 100 Preteen/Teen novels by Canadian authors before the end of 2018. Some of these authors are well-known in classrooms across the country—the globe, in some cases—but others are much less so, but they have talent none-the-less. Today I #am reading Will's Garden by Lee Maracle. Will's Garden is a coming of age story of a young native boy. The book begins with the busyness of preparing for Will's Becoming a Man Ceremony. While Will, his brothers and male cousins prepare for the ceremony in the living room, down the hall in the kitchen the woman are busy too. As his mother, sisters, aunts and cousins do their part in preparing for the cerem

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Writing Tip of the Week When To Use a Hyphen 1. Use a hyphen to make some compound words. The candidate was not well-known, but she was beginning to have a following in social media. 2. Use a hyphen to divide a word at the end of a line. Although the candidate pretended to be stern, she was laugh- ing when her opponent cracked a joke. Don't divide— a one-syllable word such as stand, poll a one-letter syllable from the remainder of a word—a-genda a contraction—don't, haven't, won't 3. Use a hyphen when combining two words to make a single adjective before the noun it is modifying. Her opponent had a smug look on his clean-shaven face. 4. Use a hyphen between the numbers in a fraction. One-hal

I #amreading . . . 100 Teen Novels by Canadian Authors

First on my list of new year's resolutions is to read 100 Preteen/Teen novels by Canadian authors before the end of 2018. Some of these authors are well-known in classrooms across the country—the globe, in some cases—but others are much less so, but they have talent none-the-less. Today I #am reading Hunger Journeys by Maggie De Vries. It's World War Two in Amsterdam. Teenaged Lena leaves her starving family to travel by train with her friend, Sofie, to Almelo, a town close to the German border. It's a risky plan. They have false papers and are quickly pulled off the train by German soldiers. Only by fluke do they get back on again—with the help of Albert, one of the other soldiers. After

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