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This school year, Research and Findings will focus on the troubling state of public information and on how to develop the required critical faculties to deal with it. [by Jim Lang, M.Ed. PhD, Associate Faculty Department of Social Justice Education, Philosophy of Education, OISE/University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario]
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The case for school newspapers

Research & Findings   |   November 14, 2018

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In keeping with Research and Findings’ 2018 theme, we look at one practical approach to teaching students to be critical and rational thinkers: turning students themselves into journalists. Establishing a classroom/school newspaper/letter can provide opportunities... read more

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How to use your mental hardware

Research & Findings   |   October 15, 2018

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This month we review promising practices in the teaching of rationality and one of its primary components, critical thinking. Physical science can explain a great deal about our brains and the role played by genetics... read more

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How to verify facts

Research & Findings   |   September 13, 2018

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Mark Twain once wrote, “How easy it is to make people believe a lie, and how hard it is to undo that work again!”[1] Ironically, Twain is also often cited as having said, “It is... read more

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To teach or not to teach?

Research & Findings   |   April 12, 2018

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It’s a common saying: not everyone is cut out to be a teacher. This month we take up the question: why do some teachers quit the profession and why do some stay? Some of those... read more

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Philosophy for children

Research & Findings   |   March 14, 2018

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This month, we offer a grab-bag of educational issues and developments, ranging widely from philosophy and ballroom dancing for elementary students to a list of 52 inspirational quotes for teachers. Plus, Australia is often described... read more

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Teaching about sexual harassment

Research & Findings   |   February 15, 2018

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Sexual harassment is in the news daily, and students are talking about it. Teachers and schools need to respond with appropriate lessons and activities, but often teachers fear treading in what they might view as... read more

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Teaching New Canadians

Research & Findings   |   January 15, 2018

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Every year Canada welcomes 300,000 newcomers and many of them will be populating your classrooms. We start the new year with a focus on advice and resources that could help you meet the challenges involved... read more

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Autism

Research & Findings   |   November 14, 2017

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This month, we review information and advice for educators who teach autistic students — or, as they are now more commonly described, those with Autism Spectrum Disorder, so-named because it covers a range of developmental... read more

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Metacognition

Research & Findings   |   October 12, 2017

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A few years ago, I was observing a Grade Eight class as students delivered their metacognition reports to the class. “Meta-what?” I thought. Having taught this age group at one time, I knew they could... read more

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Google Classroom

Research & Findings   |   September 13, 2017

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To complete this Googlish issue, it shouldn’t be surprising that Google has an entire branch dedicated to schools and education. According to Google, twenty million students are using Chrome Classroom. If you’d like to explore... read more

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Sentence Builder

Research & Findings   |   September 13, 2017

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Designed for primary and elementary students, this app appears to offer a fun way to learn how to write simple and compound sentences in English. It includes audio reinforcement and progress monitoring. Note: It costs... read more

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Google Play’s World Atlas

Research & Findings   |   September 13, 2017

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World Atlas offers a broad array of facts about 260 different countries in the world. Includes human geography, flags, national anthems, quizzes, and, because it’s Google, a street view mode. Drawbacks: Android only, it contains... read more

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High School Physics Calculator

Research & Findings   |   September 13, 2017

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Do your students need an app that will calculate answers for questions in kinematics, motion, energy, power, gravity, temperature and thermodynamics? Explore this calculator, designed to help high-school students with their physics questions. Works only... read more

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“Reminder” App

Research & Findings   |   September 13, 2017

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If students aren’t reading your emails and handouts, you might consider “Remind,” an app that delivers real-time messaging to an individual, or group, over any phone. All phone numbers remain private, and confidentiality is maintained.... read more

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Math App

Research & Findings   |   September 13, 2017

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If you’re teaching grades one-to-eight math, this app may be worth a look—the link includes an informational video. Its goal is to make learning math fun by building it into game-playing. Testimonials claim students are... read more

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