Effective praise in the classroom

What is effective praise about ? We all know that a pat on the back can improve the way our students learn and it is a good way to motivate them and also reduce disruption in class. However, what if our praise is not delivered in an appropriate way or genuine? 1. Why...

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The protection of languages

The protection of languages: a right and a duty On a Paris-Toronto flight I recently had the opportunity to watch a documentary –or shall I say 6 short documentaries- about Canada and more specifically about Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation. Those six short...

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Teaching with empathy

Teaching with empathy: Rethinking Education for a more humanity in teaching We all teach students from different social, economic, cultural backgrounds with different levels, needs, interests and abilities. This can make our lives as teachers a little bit difficult as...

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Growth Mindset Teaching

Growth mindset for teachers Have you ever thought about the endless possibilities we have in a lifetime? Life is short, they say. But it is even shorter if we don’t try. It is even shorter when we don’t dare because of the fears we have inside and because of all the...

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Celebrating Thanksgiving

Celebrating Thanksgiving in class with respect and gratitude Here comes that time again where our classroom’s walls get filled with beautiful displays about Thanksgiving. Here’s the time again when our students get their hands dirty while preparing turkey handcrafts...

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How to engage parents in school

Parents are and should remain the first educators of their kids. They have the rights and the duty to develop the motor skills, intellectual and emotional abilities of their children. They are also responsible for offering them a safe place to live and a set of values...

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Blended Learning to close the learning gap

  Over the past decade, schools have adopted more digital and online-learning based options. Most schools are equipped with smartboards linked to computers and some schools have also invested in tablets for their students for a more personalized approach to...

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What makes a good teacher

It is always nice to hear from other teachers and leaders about their perspective on what makes a good teacher. I had the opportunity to listen to Dr. Alonso Quintanilla Perez-Wicht, Vice Rector of San Pablo University in Arequipa, and I was nicely surprised to hear...

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