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TELO - Call for Writers - CGR4M

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Technology Enabled Learning Ontario
Call for Writers: Secondary

Technology Enabled Learning Ontario (TELO) requires course writers and reviewers from both public and Catholic district school boards to develop online credit courses.

The ideal course writer and reviewers will currently be teaching in the subject area, ensuring an expertise and understanding of the curriculum.

Each writing team consists of:

Happy Birthday Gary!

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Happy Birthday to Gary Birchall 

— a long time, dedicated, passionate geographer and my personal hero!

Gary Birchall has contributed literally a lifetime’s worth of work towards the betterment of Geographic and Environmental Education. It has been almost 50 years since Gary graduated from McMaster University with an Honours Degree in Geography! Gary is a leading voice and activist for geography and geographers in Ontario as he has been the editor of the OAGEE journal, The Monograph, for the almost 30 years. Gary has worked tirelessly and dedicated countless hours to provide current and relevant teaching strategies and resources for teachers across the province.

Previously, Gary has been awarded:

  • Ontario Association for Geographic and Environmental Education - Award of Distinction
  • The OAGEE Award of Distinction is presented to an Ontario Educator who is passionate about and exemplifies great Geographic education within the Province of Ontario. 
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  • The Royal Canadian Geographical Society – College of Fellows
  • All the nominees are extraordinary men and women who believe in the Society and are dedicated to informing Canadians and the world about this country.

Happy 75th Gary! You’re not allowed to retire yet….we need you! smiley

 

 

The Canadian Geographic Challenge

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The Can Geo Challenge is a great program that gets students excited about learning geography and the world around them. Here are 5 reasons why teachers across Canada love participating, and why you should too.

  1. It is free!
  2. It is available in French and English.
  3. Teachers can choose how to administer the challenge. This year, we are offering three ways students can participate in the challenge; online, downloaded as a pdf or use a projector to display the questions.
  4. All school winners receive a medal, certificate and a one-year subscription to Canadian Geographic.
  5. It’s connected to your curriculum. Our updated questions allow students to explore topics from basic map reading skills to physical landforms, human interactions and global communities.

For more information visit http://challenge.canadiangeographic.ca/

The Critical Thinking Consortium - Grade 7 Geography unit

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Ontario Inquiry-pac Grade 7 Geography unit
Physical Patterns in a Changing World

Are you searching for a way to engage students in realistic yet hopeful discussions about our physical environments and the changing patterns created by human impact?

This package of dynamic online resources provides everything you need to implement the new Ontario grade 7 geography strand A curriculum through exciting, ongoing inquiry with your students. Including 17 lessons and all required teacher and student materials, this unit guides students in considering the overarching question: How should we respond to our changing Earth? The ongoing critical challenge for students throughout the unit is to create a compelling multi-media “message to the world” to communicate powerful ideas and inspiring examples that will help us respond sustainably to our changing Earth. The broad understandings nurtured include:

  • Humans have always lived in response to Earth’s physical patterns.
  • The physical world is changing because of natural and human activity.
  • The global community can learn to respond sustainably to the opportunities and challenges presented by our changing environment.

TC2 worked for over a year to develop a cascading curriculum plan that incorporates the curriculum expectations and highlights current and relevant geographic issues and themes.  In addition, TC2 is committed to incorporating more First Nations, Metis and Inuit perspectives into the unit.

 

http://tc2.ca/inquiry-pacs/ontario/geography_7a/

Mining Matters Teacher's Day

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Sunday, March 6, 2016
9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario
 
This year's theme, "Mining our Business" will have teachers exploring two important areas in the fields of education and industry, those being, safety and skills development. Registration is now open!