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By kbeitel on Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Parents, teachers, students and administrators have debated the pros and cons of year-round schooling for decades.  Those in favour of year-round schooling argue that students lose hundreds of instructional hours in June, when everyone is winding down for summer vacation, and again in September, when everyone is ramping back up again.

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By kbeitel on Monday, September 28, 2009

Sandy X.

Today's blog entry is brought to you courtesy of Sandy.  She is a member of our Minister's Student Advisory Council.  She's from Edmonton.  Check out her bio!

 

 

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By jkeller on Friday, September 25, 2009 6:52 AM

People are getting all worked up about the impact texting is having on the English language and student performance.  (Click here for a translation of this blog title.)

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By jkeller on Thursday, September 24, 2009 7:03 AM

With fears rising about the possible impact of the H1N1 virus on the teacher workforce, many are saying that somebody  in the classroom is better than nobody in the classroom.

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By jkeller on Wednesday, September 23, 2009 9:36 AM

Okay, that was my lame attempt at trying to bring today's very cool news together:  Space and Vulcan, Alberta!

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By jkeller on Tuesday, September 22, 2009 6:42 AM

Yesterday was International  Day of Peace.  It was established by the United Nations in 1981.  What did you do?

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By jkeller on Monday, September 21, 2009 7:05 AM

Amanda A.

Today's blog entry is brought to you courtesy of Amanda.  She is a member of our Minister's Student Advisory Council.  She's from Calgary.  Check out her bio!

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By jkeller on Friday, September 18, 2009 5:50 AM

Do you want to experience and understand major global issues such as: refugees, HIV and AIDS and conflict?  Through role plays, simulations and other dynamic activities, you will be trained and empowered to take on issues in your own school and communities.  Attend this Symposium  and be part of a community of inspiried youth leaders and active global citizens!  The registration deadline is looming!  Act fast if you are interested!

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By I_Heart_Spaghetti on Thursday, September 17, 2009

Diploma exams continue to be a hot topic whether we’re speaking to students in person or online. Alberta Education has recently made some changes to the Math and Science diploma exams that you may want to know about.

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By I_Heart_Spaghetti on Wednesday, September 16, 2009

When I was in school, taking down notes was my least favourite activity. I always struggled to make sure I was writing everything down while at the same time listening carefully to my teacher so that I didn’t miss anything. Sometimes I wondered if I was learning anything at all.

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By I_Heart_Spaghetti on Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Is it possible that you’ve already been judged by your teacher before you’ve even stepped into the classroom?

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By I_Heart_Spaghetti on Monday, September 14, 2009

 The conversation continues!

Inspiring Education: A Dialogue with Albertans is finishing off their consultations with a Provincial Forum. This Forum is taking place in Edmonton from October 18 to 20, 2009.

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By kbeitel on Friday, September 11, 2009

Tuesday, September 11, 2001 is a day we will never forget.  Between the hours of 8:46 am and 10:28 am, terrorists hijacked four commercial passenger jet airliners, crashing two of these planes into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre, one into the Pentagon and another into a field, after passengers and crew tried to regain control of the plane.  A total of 3,017 people were killed and more than 6,000 people were injured.

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By kbeitel on Thursday, September 10, 2009

Are you interested in school?  Do you love what you are learning and the way you being taught?  Do you think you would learn more and do better, if your teacher threw out the traditional rule book and catered to your individual learning style?

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By kbeitel on Wednesday, September 09, 2009

So we’re back to school, fall/ winter is upon us, and it is officially cold and flu season!  Are you freaked out about “Pandemic (H1N1) 2009”? 

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By kbeitel on Tuesday, September 08, 2009

The Speak Out team has been busy updating the website. We have added a few features to make it even easier for you to Speak Out – and to see what everyone else is saying! 

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By jkeller on Friday, September 04, 2009 6:08 AM

We've all seen it.  We've all talked about it.  Some of us have done it.  Other of us have been on the receiving end of it.

In keeping with this week's "back to school" messages and updates, I felt I had to draw attention to one of the "not so great" realities of school:  bullying.

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By jkeller on Thursday, September 03, 2009 6:47 AM

Alberta Education has been busy this summer!  We have lots to update you on, so read more!

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By jkeller on Wednesday, September 02, 2009 6:42 AM

As we all gear up (brace ourselves?) for this new school year (some may have already started, others might have a small reprieve until after the Labour Day weekend), the Minister of Education has some timely words of encouragement we'd like to pass on to you.

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By jkeller on Tuesday, September 01, 2009 6:31 AM

Statistics Canada just released its report on Public School Indicators (2000/01-2006/07) where all of the provinces and territories are compared.  There are some interestings facts.  For example, how many students do you think were enrolled in publicly funded K-12 schools in the 2006-07 school year?  5.16 MILLION!  How much do you think it costs per student?

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