Games for Students and Teachers

The Incarnations: (my first html5 game). Play a superhero trying to prevent villains from using bad grammar. The Paulsford Mysteries: play the role of a young police officer in Victorian England, and learn about city life in the process! Land of the Pharaohs: become a grave robber and break into the pharaoh’s tomb. Victory at…

ENG 4C: Making Progress

Ladies and gents, Our goal today is to get as much done as possible. Simple, right? We will use a really simple tracking method to ensure that you are making progress. What you need to do: Not done your two paragraphs? Today is the last day. Get to work. Collecting sources for your podcast? Excellent….

ENG 4U: I Do, We Do, You Do

Have you ever wondered why so many movies seem like, well, other movies? This is because while the names, places, and events might differ, the patterns that drive these narratives are really the same. These patterns are so fundamental to stories–and, really, to our view of the world–that they are essentially the DNA of humanity’s…

ENG 4U: Becoming a Better Writer

Over the next few days, we will focus on individual skills. While we haven’t completely decided on the form of assessment (videos, perhaps?) we know that each of you will address a particular issue present in your writing.  The goal is for each of you to become a better writer, correct? So choose wisely. Choosing…

CHY 4U: Make Your Choice

Today, your goal is to become an expert in the issues facing one part of the world in the 16th century. Our goal is to understand the significance of events by asking the following questions: Did it (the event) result in change? What does it reveal about the values and beliefs of the past? Your…

ENG 4U: Organizing the Mundane

An organizing principle is a basic idea or strategy we use to organize our world. Think of it this way: all of the methods you can use to sort your MP3s—by artist, by song title, or by date—are organizing principles. Your choice shapes the way you can access the files. In a similar way, writers…

ENG 4C: Listening and Podcasts

Our goals for the first few weeks of school are the following: identify (and practice) effective listening skills differentiate between fact and opinion in podcasts critically examine a podcast episode of your choice produce your own podcast Let’s start by examining how  one of Canada’s most effective interviewers does his thing:  

ENG 4U: Logical Fallacies

Ladies and gents, we have been together for 2 days. So far, I’d say that things are going rather well, wouldn’t you?  Thus, I feel comfortable broaching this rather awkward topic much earlier than I have in the past.  You may want to sit down for this. Oh. Right. You are sitting. Ready? Here we…

ENG 4U: Day 1!

About this Course A few years ago, a brave student stuck a note next to my room number. She turned room 221 into room 221B, as in: Sherlock Holmes 221B Baker St, Marylebone, London Bit cheeky, huh? But here’s the thing. This student’s joke is a brilliant metaphor for what a classroom can be: a…

CHY 4U: Dragon’s Den (Pre-Enlightenment Version)

Welcome to the Pre-Enlightenment version of Dragon’s Den, the television show featuring eager inventors and entrepreneurs pitching their ideas to big-time investors. Could your idea be the next big thing? There is only one way to find out: make your pitch! You may be asking yourself, “Hey. I wonder what is so special about the Pre-Enlightenment…

CHY 4U: Breaking News from 1517

Ladies and Gents, Since I have taught some of you before, you have probably been thinking to yourself something like “Hey (insert your name here)! Do you remember when Mr. Pedrech used to make us produce all of those crazy audio-visual extravaganzas? I wonder why we haven’t done any of those yet.” Today is your lucky…

CHY 4U: All Good Things Flow From the City

CHY4U Day 1 Sheet Then the greatness of our city brings it about that all the good things from all over the world flow in to us-Pericles of Athens The above quotation, sometimes translated as “All good things flow to the city“, reveals a crucial element of human civilization. No matter how diverse a democracy becomes…