Catherine Tang's Writing

Catherine Tang's Writing

voicEd Blogger, #ONedMentor

Plans for the Break

Just a short post today about some of my plans over the break. Many outside of our profession complain about the lengthy breaks we get as teachers. But I've always thought of these breaks as somewhat necessary to help keep me fresh and effective as a teacher. Over the...

Homework

I was listening to a podcast today on homework. Homework can be a bit of a hot topic, with people expressing strong views for either side. However, despite many conversations, I'm still not entirely sure where I stand. I truly want to protect home time as family time,...

For the Love of Words

Proper spelling and a good understanding of parts of words helps us to make sense of what unfamiliar words may mean. Reflecting on my own classroom, we haven’t spent much time on word work. That’s something I’d like to change.

The Ups and Downs of Tech

We live in an age of seemingly constant connection, in a time when technology is never out of reach. The truth of the matter is that technology has opened up a whole new world to us. With it, we are able to do things that we never could have dreamed of doing in the...

Rest

I am someone who tends to work at home. I'll bring home the journals, the marking, and the planning that should take me half the amount of time that I end up spending on it. But I'm learning that sometimes, I need to just take a break. Tonight, after putting my...

Working offsite

How often do we bring our students outside of the four walls of the school? What are we missing by keeping so much of our learning in the classroom?

Education around the World

When it comes to education systems, we often compare Canadian and American schools with those in Scandinavia or in Singapore and Asia. What can we learn from what schooling looks like around the world?

7 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers

I first encountered Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits series when I was in elementary school. I was part of a group of students who took part in a program called kids.now and one of the books we read together was Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens. The book has made reappearances in my life on numerous occasions since, and the idea of “effective people” is something that I’ve continued to ponder.

PA Day Fun Times

Today was a PA day.

Growing up, I quite enjoyed PA days. Some days, I got to go with my mom to her school and read books in the library while she was doing PD. Other days, I went with my dad to the office and played Minesweeper or Kid Pix on his computer. I’m happy to say that these days, I still quite enjoy PA days, because they give me a chance to catch my breath and reflect more deeply on my practice.

Dreaming Big

Participating in tonight's #ONedmentors chat was an amazing reminder of the power of catalysts and what bringing people together can do. Once again, I was inspired by my fellow educators, and it got me thinking about the dreams I have for my class for the rest of the...