Educational Links

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)


About Amanda Parsons

I'm a screenwriter, freelance journalist and novelist. I'm currently working on writing a feature film and a historical fiction novel that is part memoir.


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