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Will You Refuse To Vote Against Kids?

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Ontario votes tomorrow, October 6! Hey Ontario Bunchlanders! Remember to get out to vote tomorrow! And when you’re at your local polling station, our friends at the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario are asking you to think about which party best serves your kids and our education system. Image via YouTube

What Difference Would A Longer School Day Make?

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Should kids be spending more time at school? Instead of 8:15-2:30, or 9:30-3:45 or whatever weird times your kid is in school, there’s been some discussion lately around making the school day longer, like 9-5 longer. If your kid had a longer school day, they’d have more time to put precious knowledge into their brains… Read More »

We Need to Change Education Paradigms

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An RSA Animation The above animation comes from a talk given by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert at the RSA. The RSA is “an enlightenment organisation committed to finding innovative practical solutions to today’s social challenges.” So what do you think? How can education systems take advantage of the fact that young… Read More »

Wiki-Schools

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One Bunchlander things making things more open would make for better schools For the past couple weeks, we’ve been asking you what you’d like to see in your kids’ schools. Bunch reader Dave Fingrut, who happens to have studied education a little, wrote to tell us he’d like things to be more open: “Assuming that… Read More »

What Comes Next In the Vote Against Kids?

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The Elementary Teacher Federation of Ontario’s new TV spots: OK, the ETFO definitely has something up their sleeves and with this latest campaign ads, but what? These seemingly negative “vote against kids” ads are definitely setting something up. We’re thinking it has something to do with  saying (light-heartedly) that kids are monsters so you want… Read More »

The Edible Schoolyard Project

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At this California school, kids participate in growing and preparing their food. Last week we asked Bunchlanders what makes for an awesome school. Sasha suggested that a canteen with fresh, healthy and subsidized food would be a step in the right direction. Sounds awesome! So we looked around for schools doing cool fresh food things… Read More »

Awesome Schools From Around The World – What Do You Think?

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Full Disclosure: Bunchland is working with the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario. Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be blogging, Tweeting and Facebooking about building better elementary schools for our kids and asking you guys what you think makes a school awesome, whether it’s a principal with a strong vision, parent involvement or beanbag… Read More »

Play-Based Learning: Do We Need to Teach Our Kids How to Play?

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Did you catch our latest Bunch Poll in the National Post? Playing seems like the most natural thing in the world for a child. Turns out playing is also how children learn best. Now that they’ve figured this out, educators are worried children aren’t playing enough and that their play might not be sufficiently playful.… Read More »

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