Archive | March, 2013

Students Who Felt Marginalized Come into Their Own

An in-school silk-screening venture is enabling a group of students to master required competencies— and build on GOAL’s twin pillars: self-knowledge and career awareness. The “T-Shirt Factory” at Philemon Wright High School in Gatineau owes its existence to a chance comment made by a student in the Work-Oriented Training Path’s Prework Training program. She told […]

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Get Ready for the First Annual “Talk with Our Kids about Money Day”

April 17, 2013 The Canadian Foundation for Economic Education believes any time is a good time to talk to kids about money. But to get the discussion started, it is designating the third Wednesday in April as “Talk to Our Kids about Money Day.” Its new Web site,, has many ready-to-use resources to support […]

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Entrepreneurial Students Leave a Legacy to Their School

Westmount High School’s bike co-op, student-run fitness centre and other entrepreneurial activities encourage kids to take responsibility and practise life skills. When Andrew Robinson began his career as a history, English and geography teacher a few years ago, he found students had little outlet for what he calls “hands-on, tied-to-the-outside-world learning.” That “huge learning gap” sent […]

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GOAL can be as simple or as complex as you wish

Applying the guidance-oriented approach to learning can involve hands-on projects that students love (but require time to plan and carry out.) Or it can be as simple as telling students, “Do you realize that plumbers (or vets or airline pilots . . . ) couldn’t do their jobs if they didn’t know what we just learned?” Ask yourself these five questions […]

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All Those Little Steps Open Doors for Students

Principal Corinne MacDonald is passionate about giving children in her Jonquière school a head start exploring different career fields, in part because of her own experience as a parent. “I was completely blown away when my mechanical-engineer son announced he was moving to Vancouver to pursue his real passion—acting,” she relates. “I wondered whether I […]

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