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In elementary school, algebra involves using mathematical models to represent and analyze mathematical situations. (Shutterstock)

‘Numberless math’ gets kids thinking about and visualizing algebra

Working with moveable pictures can help children learn an algebra rule: Whatever you do to one side of the equation, you need to do to the other. Here’s how teachers or caregivers can lead this.
School trustees play an important role in shaping education, yet during election time voters often have little awareness of trustee candidates. (Shutterstock)

Even school boards are now experiencing severe political polarization

According to the Canadian Anti-Hate Network, far-right groups have been trying to stack school boards with candidates harbouring anti-equity ideologies.
Ontario’s elementary and secondary school curricula now include coding, a most basic aspect of learning programming. (Shutterstock)

Why elementary and high school students should learn computer programming

Teaching computer programming to youth can prepare them for the future job market, promote equity in tech professions and develop students’ computational thinking skills.
The core of education is to enable young learners to be kind, giving members of society. David Brewster/Star Tribune via Getty Images

Why do kids have to go to school?

The core principle of education is to enable students to become kind, giving and contributing members of their community and the world.
Joy Harrison, a second grade teacher in Oakland, California, helps a student. Santiago Mejia/San Francisco Chronicle via AP

‘Teaching has always been hard, but it’s never been like this’ – elementary school teachers talk about managing their classrooms during a pandemic

Halfway through the school year that was supposed to be a return to normal, teachers are barely hanging on.
Unstructured outdoor play is an important part of a healthy childhood, but Ontario schoolyards are falling short. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dave Chidley

‘Playground politics’ are anything but: For health’s sake, Ontario students need better schoolyards

Problems include no fields, no courts for games, no playgrounds, no bike racks and no traffic-calming surrounding the school. Bringing in minimum standards is important.
Those worksheets might not do much for a child’s grades. mirtmirt/Shutterstock.com

Is homework worthwhile?

How much homework kids should do is a subject of great debate.
Summing up a student in numbers. Chatchai Kritsetsakul/shutterstock.com

How to teach and parent better in the age of big data

US schools now collect detailed data on their students. But teachers and parents need to think carefully about how that data is used – and what it shows, or doesn’t show, about a student.
Parents collectively spend billions on tutoring. Is it money well spent? New Africa from www.shutterstock.com

5 things to consider before you hire a tutor for your child

Tutoring is a billion-dollar industry. A former tutor explains what to look for in a tutor for your child and urges parents to consider free options before they open up their pocketbooks.
Teachers can record and photograph student behaviour and display student standings to the entire class. (Shutterstock)

ClassDojo raises concerns about children’s rights

ClassDojo, the popular classroom behaviour management and communication system, is said to facilitate community and message-sharing. But who is asking how children are impacted?

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