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COTA October 19th Professional Development Conference - Registration is open

Sep 28, 2018 jjamison
COTA October 19th Professional Development Conference - Registration is open

Hello Educators,   The brochure and registration is open for our October 19th Pro-D Conference.https://www.mycota.ca/conferences/october-pro-d.html Click on "click here" to register/Click on Tickets/ Select 1 Ticket from the COTA Member Admission or the group that you are with (CUPE Member Admission). Once you register the schedule will open. You can then add the sessions that you are interested…

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Calling all B.C. Teachers! Have You Accessed Your Starling Account?

Sep 25, 2018 jjamison
Calling all B.C. Teachers! Have You Accessed Your Starling Account?

by Sean Hougan Share: Did you know that all teachers in BC have access to a confidential online mental fitness program called Starling Minds? It’s provided for free by the BC Teachers Federation to teachers, TOCs, and your family members, as part of their Health and Wellness program. In fact, over 2,000 BCTF members are using Starling Minds today. What is Starling Minds? Starling Minds…

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The Unpleasant Truth About Equity

Sep 24, 2018 jjamison
The Unpleasant Truth About Equity

by Bruce Dxon Equity is a topic that takes center stage in many education conversations, and rightly so. It’s about every child being given a “fair go.” We often voice our concerns about the plight of the underserved in our communities, and as educators, we always strive to address their disadvantage within the resources we have available. At times, it can seem almost pointless when faced with the…

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What's Going On In the Brain Of A Child Who Has Experienced Trauma?

Sep 24, 2018 jjamison
What's Going On In the Brain Of A Child Who Has Experienced Trauma?

   (TED-Ed) Educators are increasingly recognizing that students often have complicated lives outside of school that affect how ready they are to learn. Many students experience some kind of trauma in their lives, whether it's a health problem, divorce, violence in their neighborhood, or a combination of experiences. Research shows these experiences affect kids' brains and behavior -- a challenge…

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Pronounce Names Correctly

Sep 24, 2018 jjamison
Pronounce Names Correctly

Teachers' Strategies for Pronouncing and Remembering Students' Names Correctly  (iStock/HansJoachim) Sandeep Acharya answered when his teachers and classmates called him Sand-eep, even Sandy, for 12 years before he decided he couldn’t take it any longer: “Junior year of high school, I walked up to the blackboard in every one of my classes and drew a circle with lines radiating from the center.…

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