Supporting school transitions – some thoughts before September

As a student and teacher, I’m sensitive to the ways we transition and socialize students into K-12, postsecondary, and postgrad education. Heck, perhaps that’s why I’m so keen to cultivate connections and communities for support, mentorship, and friendship. Most recently, I’ve recognized how important it is to REALLY support my former students and mentees during […]

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sleepless nights & the stress of scholarship

It’s 5 am & I just finished reading “Being ‘Lazy’ and Slowing Down: Toward decolonizing time, our body, and pedagogy.” In a culture of performativity, rapid communication, and mobility, slowing down seems to be the antithesis of what needs to happen in the academy. Slowing down, or decolonizing time, is about reconnecting to our embodied […]

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safe spaces on campus: reflecting on recent events & media coverage of Ryerson’s Racialised Students’ Collective

I was a little shocked when this story broke on Friday via the Ryersonian, “White students barred from funded RSU student group event.” Talk about a sensational title. Two students were barred from covering an event for racialized students. Okay. “It felt really bad… kind of embarrassing,” Knope said. “If their goal in these meetings was […]

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New graduates & the ‘job market’: why is it about ‘me-me-ME’?

Sharing an article in the Toronto Star: University degree. Check. A job? Still searching. This is one part of a 4-part series on ‘Faces of Inequality.’ As a student at Western University, student government leader and peer mentor Adam Smith could easily be described as dynamic, engaged, and dedicated. But eight months after graduating with […]

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The teachable moment that took me out of the classroom: how 12 brilliant young women taught me about myself

In education, we often talk about teachable moments – those impromptu invaluable lessons that change our perspective. Often, we the teachers recognize, facilitate, and maximize those special and unexpected opportunities. I want to tell you about one particular teachable moment – this time, it was a huge epiphany for me, the teacher. This past year, […]

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bell hooks on student-teacher tensions for transformative pedagogy

Reflecting on the challenges in creating transformative, liberatory & progressive classrooms. “Just as it may be difficult for professors to shift their paradigms, it is equally difficult for students. I have always believed that students should enjoy learning. Yet I found that there was much more tension in the diverse classroom setting where the philosophy […]

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What else don’t they teach you in Teacher Ed?

Earlier this week, I posted this Facebook status, knowing my weekend was going to be spent marking and writing report cards. There was a hint of humour in that post, but those of you who know me or are in the profession will detect exhaustion and frustration among other emotions. I woke up this Sunday […]

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Teetering with technology: how I explore my own use, disuse & misuse of 21st century devices and tools

An earlier version of this post was published in the Linden School’s literary journal, House of Girls. A print copy is available for purchase at the school now; an electronic version will come out soon. Contrary to popular belief, this technology teacher isn’t all that techie. Sure, I have a few of the latest devices, […]

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Morning conversation – Creeping my Instagram

Note: The girls call me by my first name. SCENE: Computer lab. Thursday morning, about 5 minutes before 1st period starts. I’m answering emails on my computer in the lab, other students are in the room doing work before class. A Grade 7 girl walks in. Student: Mooooniiicaaaa… Me: Yes? Student: The Grade 8s wanted […]

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May 26 PTAC event – photo & reflection

Can you point me out in this sea of Filipino educators?  Photo credit: Mogi Mogado I recently joined the Philippine Teachers Association of Canada (PTAC). Sat in on their annual workshop for internationally trained teachers/aspiring educators. This was my first time meeting a large group of internationally trained, Filipino teachers. I’ve often heard first-hand about […]

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Building a community and culture of two-way communication: my MT experience & some thoughts for U of T

I recently sat down with Crystal Chin, a Communication Intern in the Office of Student Life, to talk about my experiences with communications at University of Toronto, my program experience, as well as my research and perspectives on technology/social media use in institutions. You can read some of our conversation here. [The selective transcription doesn’t mention […]

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