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Thoughts from a new teacher

Thoughts from a new teacher

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Over the last couple of weeks we had a teacher candidate from Queen's University with us - Margaret was kind enough to share some thoughts with us at the end of her placement...As a Teacher Candidate I am afforded the wonderful opportunity to enter and experience a broad spectrum of educational envi ...
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Represent

Represent

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I was driving to work yesterday and caught a portion of a CBC radio program discussing the question of whether or not the shortage of male teachers is a crisis in education. What caught my attention while listening to the program was the broader exploration of the question: what makes a great teache ...
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Our wonderful volunteers

Our wonderful volunteers

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Over the last couple of weeks I've been collecting short bios and photos of our volunteers to put together a small appreciation page on our website. Now that it's nearing completion and I sit back and look at all the familiar faces of the people who come in every week, it's an excel ...
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A Culture is Being Created

A Culture is Being Created

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It’s been three weeks since Compass opened its doors. André and I have continued to field calls from interested families, meet new volunteers, add tutorials as requested, and one teen and I made an appearance on Daytime Ottawa (we’re working on getting the video clip). But more than anything, a ...
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Enter North Star

Enter North Star

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During our information night a few weeks ago, I was listening to the North Star teens speak so movingly about their experiences of leaving traditional school and coming to North Star, and I was reminded of why I was drawn to this model in the first place. I first met Ken Danford, North Star’s  co ...
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Abby – Beginnings

Abby – Beginnings

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I was actually a fairly successful student myself – in the sense that I jumped through the proper hoops and earned the right marks. However, school did nothing for my emotional well-being or in helping me to figure out what direction I wanted to take my life. Like so many students who don’t act ...
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