Bowling on a curve: A classroom analogy

A bowling metaphor for the classroom.🎳

We often bowl down the middle leaving the pins standing at either side of the lane (leaving students needing the most support & most challenge standing).

We need to change our aim. 🎯

Find out how here:


Canadian Citizenship Week: Oct 9-15, 2017

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What does it mean to be a Canadian? Citizenship Week is here!

Citizenship Week is being celebrated across Canada from October 9 to 15, 2017. As we continue to mark Canada 150, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada wants to hear from you! Join many prominent Canadians who will be taking to social media to reflect what it means to be a Canadian and celebrate citizenship!  Share stories of your citizenship journey, photos of your citizenship ceremony or videos with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #CitizenshipWeek.
Everyone is invited to show their pride during Citizenship Week and attend a special citizenship ceremony in your area. Details of where ceremonies are taking place, as well as information on how to organize a reaffirmation ceremony can be found at

Teacher Resources

Teacher guides have been developed in partnership with IRCC and CBC. The guides include grade-specific (grades 1-12) classroom activities which are built around expanding knowledge and awareness of Citizenship. They are available now to download for free on is CBC and Radio-Canada’s online subscriber-based streaming service developed expressly for the Canadian educational community.
Also, during the entire month of October,’s Canada 150: Immigration collection  will be freely accessible to the public. Learn how immigration is one of the central themes in Canadian history.

Online Citizenship Resources

IRCC is proud to provide tools to help your students learn about Canadian citizenship.
·Canada Day 1   explores the multifaceted experiences of newcomers, from their first day to how Canada became their home, from Confederation in 1867 to the present day.
·Francophone Immigration in Canada: a part of our history explores how, from the banks of the Atlantic to the shores of British Columbia, Francophones have had a huge impact on Canada’s history.
To learn more about what IRCC learning tools and resources are available, contact IRCC>
This message is being sent from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada as a resource for educators.

Waterloo Museum Field Trip Options

2016/2017 Education Programs:

Mini Museum Goers – Pre-school Program

Early Learning/Kindergarten Children are introduced to the gallery museum and community outings through fun activities on a variety of themes. Choose from program themes such as; Collecting, People in our Community, or Jobs and Working. Available January to April only. 1.5 hours, maximum 40 children.

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National Film Board: Black History Month

Diversity and Dreaming Big

Give your students an amazing opportunity to make their mark both in a diverse workplace and within their own communities. In our newest Virtual Classroom, highly accomplished Black professionals and community leaders—including Olympian and broadcast journalist Rosey Edeh and Toronto’s Poet Laureate and Governor General’s Award-winner Dr. George Elliott Clarke—will prepare participants to reach for their career goals with confidence, ambition and the support of outstanding mentors. They’ll also advise students on giving back to their own communities, sharing inspiring stories from their own experiences with an exciting variety of not-for-profit groups.
Taking place during Black History Month, this virtual classroom event is a joint initiative between Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the National Film Board of Canada and Toronto Heritage. It will celebrate the achievements of Black Canadians and help nurture respect for diversity. Students of all cultural backgrounds will be enriched by our virtual classroom: They’ll learn about the barriers members of Canada’s minority communities often face and about the outstanding contributions of Black Canadians to our society.
Students can send questions in advance to shape this discussion with an Olympian, a leadership trainer in the financial sector, a lawyer and a family doctor—each passionately committed to diverse community initiatives for Black youth.
  • The conversation will be moderated by Dr. George Elliott Clarke.
  • Students can participate from anywhere in Canada, on February 19,  2015, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. EST,
  • we stream live from Regent Park, Toronto—one of Canada’s most multicultural neighbourhoods.
  • Subscription fee: $50, or a special rate of $40 for CAMPUS subscribers.
Register today to set your students on the road toward a brilliant career!

The Dangers of the Single Story: Chimamanda Adichie

This was one of the issues I started off my grade 8 year with: the single story.  To summarize, when you don’t tell your own story, you a) allow other people to tell it for you, or b) don’t get it told at all.

We  talked about “HIStory” and the lack of a “HERstory”, and how the winners, or those in power often get to write history. I think it’s a valuable video for getting students to feel empowered and to take action.  For example, if you don’t vote, then you allow others to decide your future for you.

Also, in writing, it reminds students to write from their own personal experience.

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

Inspired by Nigerian history and tragedies all but forgotten by recent generations of westerners, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novels and stories are jewels in the crown of diasporan literature.


Is The Shepherd’s Grandaughter okay to read to Jewish students?

I’m wondering, would you read this book to your class if you had Jewish students? The book has won several awards and is highly recommended by Gregory Bryan in his book review:

One of the values of Carter’s book is that it presents events from the Palestinian perspective. What little is told in the Western World of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict tends most often to carry a bias toward the Israeli perspective, coloured with the guise of Biblical Promised Lands. Young readers should be reminded that this book presents just one side of what is a complex, bloody story. The ills of the world will not be solved through the mere reading of books, but I think that Carter’s work provides an opportunity for middle and high school readers to gain further information about their world, helping to make them more knowledgeable, understanding (and, I suspect, compassionate) people.
Gregory Bryan teaches in the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba, in Winnipeg, MB

If you have read this book, please post an opinion below!