May 2010

  • Teaching Tip Tuesday – Using Pop Music

    Here’s a cool idea for the classroom in this latest edition of Teaching Tip Tuesdays. Have your students compile their own top 40 lists of the best music of the day. Have them work in small groups, to come up with a list of songs that they enjoy. The students will then look to see if there […]

  • Skateboarding to Garage Sales

    First thing Saturday morning, I grabbed my skateboard and rushed out the door. I was going out a bit late. It was 8:30 a.m. but I knew it would still be early enough to find some deals. It was the annual community-wide garage sale event. It’s always a great day because there are quite a […]

  • Happy Mother’s Day

      Happy Mother’s Day to all the mother’s out there. You have such an important duty and role I respect your time, sacrifice, and the love that you show your children. I wish you and your family all the best this weekend. It’s a well-deserved day and I hope it is a great one for […]

  • Star Trek: TNG Didn’t Live Up To It’s Potential

    This comic book was written and produced before the brand new television series Star Trek: The Next Generation hit the airwaves in 1987. The creators of this comic had to write and produce the book before ever having seen an episode of the show. That’s what makes this an interesting read all these many years […]

  • JRMA Youth Competition Part 2

    I went to the Fourth Annual Jack Richardson Music Awards Youth Competition last month. Yesterday I brought you the first part of this interview series. I hope you have the chance to check out some of those bands. I was really blown away by the talent that these London high school kids had to offer. […]

  • JRMA Youth Competition

    I went to the Fourth Annual Jack Richardson Music Awards Youth Competition last month. I was completely blown away by all of the talent that London has to offer. All of these bands are still in high school and many of the members are involved in the formal music program at their respective schools. I […]

  • D-Sisive and Saukrates Live

    I’ve been busily transcribing the interview I did with Saukrates this past weekend at the Toronto Freedom Festival. You’ll be able to hear it on the radio show Saturday night and it’ll be up on the blog next week. Until then, I wanted to share this clip with you. Saukrates performed the festival with a […]

  • Teaching Tip – Transform Reader’s Theatre

    I’ve tried doing Reader’s Theatre with my class several times and it has always been a disaster. Some students don’t follow along with the script well enough so we have awkward pauses, breaks, or cues. Some students are so worried about saying their lines properly that they focus only on their own part and don’t […]