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The very first time I stepped into a school as a teacher was in Australia. The principal guided me through the school grounds and explained most students were either emotionally disturbed or refugees. He thought the best way to immerse yourself into the field of education was to simply dive into it. We strolled into a courtyard surrounded by a very tall wall. He pointed to a student who was riding a bicycle very close to the edge of the wall. Just as I was trying to wrap my head around the fact that a child was able to get a bicycle up on the roof, the student hopped off and teetered along the edge. The principal looked at me and said “Coach him off the roof” and walked away. At first, I stood there stunned into silence trying to grasp at what I should do. The student was getting more and more unstable so I made a quick assessment of the situation and began talking to him. It was probably one of the most frightening, yet exhilarating times in my life and one I wouldn’t change for the world. It took me about ten seconds to read his personality and about a minute to discover what tactic to use to get him down. Luckily for me, the whole process was over in about ten to twenty minutes with the student safely and cheerfully on the ground.

After teaching in Australia, I made my way to England and then Canada. I’m one of those people who can’t turn off their job even when I’m on vacation. I’m constantly thinking of my previous and future students. I spent a lot of time travelling around Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and the UK collecting interesting little resources I could use later in the classroom. Nothing really prepared me for my first job in Canada. I would be responsible for launching an unprecedented pilot project, but we were severely understaffed. In the end, I was responsible for teaching 50 courses simultaneously and so was my only partner. Believe it or not, that was probably the simplest of our duties. As a person who always embraced a good challenge, I took it upon myself to learn as much as I could about each of these subjects. Not only did I never leave the library when I wasn’t in a classroom, but I would eventually find solace in journals that discussed how best to approach teaching these subjects and using various technologies that might better aid you in the classroom.

Here is a list of some of the journals I read at the time. Sometimes you will still catch me in the library reading the journals. I hope you enjoy them.


Art Education (Journal of the National Art Education Association)

Arts and Activities

School Arts

Information on company only

Canadian Society for Education through Art


Australian Journal of Language and Literacy

Book News (Canadian children’s)

Children’s Literature in Education

English four to eleven: The English Association

English in Australia: The Journal of Australian Association for the Teaching of English

Read Write Think


Information on company only

Kids Can Press


Mathematics in school for secondary and college teachers of mathematics

Mathematics Teaching


American Biology Teacher

School Science


British Journal of Learning Disabilities

American Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities)

Journal of Intellectual Disability Research

Information on company only

Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness


Applied Cognitive Psychology

Australian Psychologist

British Journal of Educational Psychology

Canadian Psychology

Child Development

Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking

Developmental Psychology

Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry


British Journal of Educational Technology

Educational Media International (The Official Quarterly Journal of the International Council for Educational Media)

Tech Learning


Change: The Magazine for Higher Learning

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Times Higher Education



Early Childhood Education Journal

Education Week

Educational Horizons Magazine


International Educator (National Association of International Educators)

Teaching Geography

Teaching Thinking and Creativity

Tech directions

Information on the organization only


Adult Education and Development

Canadian Music Educator

Child Education Plus: Fantastic resources for teachers and children aged 5 to 11

Chinese Education and Society,10,200;linkingpublicationresults,1:110902,1

EFTO Voice (Elementary Teacher’s Federation of Ontario)

Education Forum (OSSTF – Ontario Secondary School Teacher’s Forum)

Education Today

English Journal: National Council of Teachers

History of Education Quarterly

The History Teacher

History of Education Researcher

Exceptional Children (Council for Exceptional Children)

Green Teacher: Education for Planet Earth

List/Link of Educational Journals

Learning Disabilities Research and Practice

Mathematics Teacher (National council of Teachers of Mathematics)/ Mathematics teaching in the middle school

Middle School Journal

Modern English Teacher

Music Educators

Physical and Health Education Journal

Reading today

Rethinking schools

Science Learning Centre

Teaching music (national association of music education)


Star Wars Humour

Whether you are a huge Star Wars fan or simply find the films entertaining, the following pictures should brighten your day.




These next two photos come from Jeffrey Brown’s book, Darth Vader and Son.



Back to more Star Wars humour


















Happy Earth Day!

As part of celebrating Earth Day, I have chosen to share a few things I found quite interesting.

The first one is a short film called, Planet Earth, by those who did The Secret.

The second is Discovery Network’s, The World is Just Awesome, commercials.

Who doesn’t love dolphin’s and BBC’s Planet Earth?

For more information on the Environment, feel free to check out some of these links.

Villanova University School of Law

Journal of Environmental Law – Oxford

Environmental Law Institute

Columbia Journal of Environmental Law

Harvard Environmental Law Review

Wishing everyone a wonderful Earth Day.

Interesting takes on classical music

Now I understand that sometimes music teachers have it tough. It can be daunting to cover all the curriculum while still trying to make the lessons seem entertaining. I find having supplemental videos can make it entertaining. Here are a few for a light break away from the classroom rules.

Cello Wars – Star Wars – Piano Guys

Coldplay – Paradise (African style) – Piano Guys

Beethoven’s 5/ One Republic’s Secrets – The Piano Guys

Kevin Olusola – Cello and beatboxing

Kevin plays Bieber’s Baby on the cello

Matt Haimovitz and Christopher O’Riley – Arcade Fire’s Empty Room

Metallica’s Nothing Else Matters by Symphony and Metallica

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra – The Galileo Project

The Royal Conservatory of Music

Edgar Cruz – Bohemian Rhapsody – Classical Guitar

Clifford Brown – Delilah

Miles Davis – Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

Andre Rieu conducts Carmina Burana – O Fortuna

Star Wars and John Williams accapella

John Williams – the best works

Howard Shore – Creating Lord of the Rings

David Usher – Black Black Heart

Tea Party – Walking Wounded

Puff Daddy – Come With Me

Poncho Sanchez teaches you how to play congo drums

Louis Armstrong – What a Wonderful World

I will post more stuff with notes later in the week.


Classical music playlist

Sometimes I begin reminiscing about my teaching days. One of my most exciting positions I held was an Alternative Education Teacher. I was responsible for launching a unique pilot project that eventually spread across the province of Ontario. One of my duties was to teach 50 courses simultaneously,which is just as insane as it sounds.

Luckily, I’m quite resourceful and could rely quite a lot on other sources outside the classroom to help with the lessons. Some of these links/videos were ones I used when I was teaching music, while others are there for simply enjoyment.

Colin Carr – Tutorial

James Ehnes teaches audiences about Tchaikovsky

Nathan Milstein and Pichas Zuckerman

Nadja Salerno- Sonnenberg – Rachmaninoff

A duet with Yo Yo Ma

Yo Yo Ma – Prelude from Bach Cello Suite No 1

Richard Stoltzman participating in a series called Star Wars

Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton – Layla

Christian Lindberg Trombone Concerts

Colin Currie

Jukka Pekka Saraste – Beethoven Symphony No 5

Renee Fleming and Sir Andrew Davis discuss AIDA

Jim Wallenberg is on violin

Sergei Nikonov on violin

Toronto Symphony Orchestra Northern Residency Tour

I will post more videos soon with a wider range of musical styles.

Saying goodbye to the “world’s oldest teenager”, Dick Clark

Dick Clark backstage during the Grammy Awards ...

Dick Clark backstage during the Grammy Awards telecast 2/21/90 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Although we all knew Dick Clark has been sick since 2004, it doesn’t make his death any less surprising when you first hear the news.

Richard Wagstaff Clark was born on 30 November 1929 in Mount Vernon, New York to Sales Manager in radio. His older brother, Bradley, who he idolized died in World War II. As a way of dealing with the loss of his only brother, Clark found solace in radio to ease his loneliness. He began working at his uncle and father’s radio station during high school and later ventured out on his own while at university working at a country music station.

He completed his degree in Business at Syracuse University and became neighbours with Ed McMahon while acting as a disc jokey at WFIL in Drexelbrook Community, Philadelphia.

Clark was 27 years old on the pivotal day of August 5, 1957. It marked the end of Bob Horn’s Bandstand and ABC’s re-branding, American Bandstand. It also marks Clark’s first day on the show interviewing Elvis Presley. The show would run until 1987 and be responsible for launching many careers including Buddy Holly and Madonna. This 30 year run would inspire many spin offs around the world.  A success that is extremely rare to duplicate. Canada tried its own version, Electric Circus, which ran for 15 years between 1988 and 2003 on MuchMusic and CityTV.

Clark was also known for giving African American artists their due by playing original R & B recordings and not covers performed by Caucasians. His show, The Dick Clark Radio Show, only lasted one year in 1963, but it was one of the earliest attempts at radio syndication. He also might be one of the earliest stars to get over saturation in the public.

During 15 February 1958 to September 10, 1960, Clark hosted the half hour Saturday night program, Dick Clark Show on the radio while also hosting a half hour weekly variety series on television called Dick Clark World of Talent. It only ran between 27 September to 20 December 1959.

The seventies were also a busy time for Clark. He filled in once for Casey Kasem on March 25, 1972 doing the American Top 40. He started the American Music Awards as a competition to the Grammy Awards in 1973 and in the same year created his own version of Soul Train by hosting Soul Unlimited. There was also the short-lived Dick Clark’s Live Wednesday.

He also appears on three major American networks during the eighties. American Bandstand was on ABC, Pyramids was on CBS and TV Bloopers and Practical Jokes was on NBC. The latter ran from 1984-1988. This is also the time when he had his longest running radio show that started on February 14, 1982 – Rock, Roll and Remember, which was a four-hour oldies show named after his 1976 autobiography. The show went on until 2004 when Clark got his stroke.

By the we get to the nineties, we see only one season of The Challengers from 1990-1991 and one season of Scattergories in 1993. After opening several restaurants, theatres, and having a wide success in television and music, we only see Clark from 2001-2003 on The Other Half where he co-hosted a similar show as The View with Mario Lopez, Danny Bonaduce and Dorian Gresent.

Clark was married three times. The first time to Barbara Mallery in 1952-1961. They had one son, Richard. He then married Loreta Martin from 1962-1971 and they have two children, Duane and Cindy. He is now survived by his final wife, Kari Wington, who he married in 1977.

As someone who was born in the late seventies, it is safe to say that I have spent my entire life with Dick Clark in the media somewhere. I remember spending every New Year’s watching his specials and many evenings watching his shows. He will be greatly missed.

National Stalking Awareness Day: Five stalker songs that we may hear at weddings

Okay, let’s admit it. We’ve all done it one time or another. Yes, I’m talking about Facebook stalking. We joke about it. We get embarrassed by it, but there it is. We tell ourselves that it’s just a bit of harmless fun and thankfully for the most part our intentions are genuine. However, It doesn’t matter if it’s just a celebrity who doesn’t know you exist or whether it’s someone who at one point was really close to you. Stalking is stalking.

We all know it’s creepy, right? We’ve seen the movies. It’s one of those things that transcends language. It’s universal. We get really anxious when we see that creepo obsessing over the protagonist. So why do we celebrate stalking in our love songs? Why, oh why, do we use them as our wedding songs? Here’s a list of stalker songs to help shed light on National Stalking Awareness Day.

I Drove All Night – Roy Orbison

I grew up listening to this song on my parent’s radio station. I thought it was so romantic, especially when I became a bit older and Jason Priestly starred in the video. Yum. If you listen carefully, the narrator says he drove all night to climb into his love’s window (which is already a bit creepy), but then he goes further by awakening her and “making love” to her. That wouldn’t sound that bad if he didn’t continue by asking if her if it’s alright. If you need to ask if it’s alright, it isn’t. You probably just raped that poor girl.

Run For Your Life – Beatles

There is no question in the world that this is a stalking song. The narrator clearly begins by announcing, “Well I’d rather you see you dead, little girl; than be with another man” and then he continues to tell her how he will track her down and kill her, because he can’t bear that she has moved on. Okay, I’ll admit no one plays this at weddings, but I felt the need to include it because it’s just so clearly a stalker song.

Escape – Enrique Iglesias

I use to bop in the car along with the song. I’m also pretty sure I’ve heard this one at a wedding. This song isn’t better than the one above as the narrator keeps saying, “You can run, you can hide; but you can’t escape my love.” I know it sounds all happy, but really guys this is a break up stalker song that you play at your weddings.

Every Breath You Take – The Police

I know you’ve heard this one at weddings.  Sting has never shied away from the fact that this is a stalker song. Listen to the opening lyrics, “Every breath you take/ And every move you make/ Every bond you break,/ every step you take/ I’ll be watching you.” Creepy, eh?

Invisible – Clay Aiken

Remember him? Yeah, I think this was his biggest hit and he doesn’t shy away from the fact this is a stalker song as well. He begins by singing, “I wish I was a fly on your wall/ Are you really alone? Who is stealing dreams?/ Why can’t I breathe you into my life?/ So tell me what would it take to make you see that I’m alive”

For a complete list of stalker songs, go to

On a more serious note, you can also see StatsCan 2009 report at If you feel that you are being stalked, please contact the police.

Today is National Stalking Awareness Day

Today is National Stalking awareness Day.

According to Section 54 of the Criminal Code of Canada,

Stalking is about wanting to control a particular person, most likely a former partner, and they can have different personality traits. Please note there is no way to profile a stalker, but the following is more of a guideline.

You can have the simple obessional who met the person, however fleeting, and does not want to believe the relationship is over. Most of these incidents do occur with someone who has known the victim for longer periods of time. Then there is the erotomanic. This person loves the other and truly believes they would be together without this external circumstance.

StatsCan believes that three in ten women report stalking and that criminal harassment makes up 5% of all violent crimes in 2009. According to QMI Agency‘s article, “Kingston has highest rates of stalking in Canada: StatsCan” published in The Whig Standard a year ago, the following observations are true.

The lowest rate of criminal harassment in 2009 was in Manitoba, where about 22 stalkers were reported per 100,000 people.

StatsCan said the findings are interesting because Manitoba is the province with the second-highest violent crime rate in Canada.

“In general, overall violent crime tends to be higher in Western Canada than in the eastern part of the country, however, for criminal harassment, the opposite generally holds true,” the study found.

Prince Edward Island reported the highest rate of reported criminal harassment, with 82 stalkers per 100,000 people, according to the figures. It usually has the lowest rate of violent crime in the country.

The Canadian average is 59 reported stalkers per 100,000 people.

Kingston, Ont., was the city with the most reports of stalking with 224, followed by Saint John, N.B. (149).

Winnipeg (16), Regina (21) and Calgary (26) had the lowest rates of reported criminal harassment.

Women account for 76% of the victims. They are more likely to be stalked by a current or former partner, while men are more likely to be stalked by a casual acquaintance.

About 38% of the reported cases involved threats. About 12% involved physical force and only 3% involved weapons, according to the StatsCan figures.

More than 69% of the cases occurred at the victim’s home. Most others occurred in outdoor public places, such as parks, parking lots, schools or streets.

Canada’s courts dealt with about 3,200 cases of criminal harassment in 2009 and about 52% of the perpetrators were found guilty. Probation was the most common sentence, accounting for 63% of the cases.

Every Breath You Take

Often misunderstood as a great love song, this one is about stalking.

Happy Birthday Robert Doisneau

Photographers Robert Doisneau (left) and André...

Photographers Robert Doisneau (left) and André Kertész, during a talk in Southern France, 1975. The photograph was taken during '6èmes Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie', Arles, 1975. Nikon 85mm lens. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Robert Doisneau’s photographyToday marks the 100th birthday of Robert Doisneau, arguably one of the greatest photographers that ever lived, so here is a video paying tribute to a man who had a deep influlence on me growing up.

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