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Archive for December, 2011

Bad Santa

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011 by:

My 12-month-old is absolutely terrified of santa. When she first saw him at her big brothers’ school she shook and screamed with such intensity that one of the teachers thought she was having a seizure.

At first I was sad that her terror meant there would be no santa photo with all three of my kids for 2011. Which got me to thinking: Why do parents put so much importance on the beloved santa photo? We will subject our children to fear-filled drama just to get a photo of them sitting on santa’s lap.

Then, I had a look at these Christmas photos gone bad and it all made sense. Christmas makes parents crazy!

Should Cellphones Be Allowed in the Classroom?

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011 by:

The answer may seem obvious. How can it really be a good idea to let kids bring cellphones, iPads and other hand-held devices into the classroom. Kids will copy on tests, ignore their teacher and waste valuable learning time chatting with friends on Facebook.

That was my initial reaction when the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) voted to lift the cellphone ban earlier this year. Now, I’m on the fence.

It’s easy to say hand-helds have no place in schools, but the world is a very different place than it was when we went to school. The classroom is the only place where anyone is required to learn by sitting in isolation with a paper and pen. I’m not saying we need to throw out old-school learning, but there may be a way to incorporate technology into schools and help teach children to use a hand-held to help with problem solving. Done the right way, allowing hand-held devices in schools may help kids see technology as another way to learn – not just a way to chat with friends or play games.