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10/16/17
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The Twinkling Star Within

“Twinkle, twinkle little star.  How I wonder what you are.”  Those words, so familiar to my ears, bring to mind the wonderment of childhood, the magical time when the early question of “What is that?” slowly matures into the universal question, “Who am I?”  This exploration of one’s self and one’s connection to the world […]

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International Day of the Girl Child
10/10/17
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Girls Need More Than a Tweet

“What gets counted gets done.” That’s the thinking behind this year’s theme for International Day of the Girl Child, recognized on October 11th. The push to increase investment in “collecting and analyzing girl-focused, girl-relevant and sex-disaggregated data” is seen as essential if the barriers girls face in realizing their potential are to be identified and […]

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10/02/17
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Three Questions to Ask

One day, a girl ran up to three friends and said, “You’ll never guess what I heard about Jane?” One of the friends held up her hand and said: “Wait.  Before you say another word, tell me, is it true?” “Well, I don’t know for certain,” the first girl said. “Is it a kind thing […]

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09/25/17
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Unconquered

Invictus. Latin for “unconquered.” Its meaning was on full display this weekend in Toronto as the 2017 Invictus were opened by His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales. Amidst the splendor of the ceremony came a procession of heroes –men and women from countries around the world, each having made great sacrifice in the service […]

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Technology use in Adolescents
09/19/17
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What’s happening to our Children?

I’ve seen enough research misrepresented or misinterpreted by the media to be a cautious consumer of what I read or watch. In particular, I’m always on the lookout for spurious correlations – assertions that two or more events are causally related when they’re not. For example, between the years 2000 and 2009, there was a […]

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trafalgarcastle.ca leanne foster
09/08/17
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One, Two, Buckle My Shoe

“One, two, buckle my shoe. Three, four, shut the door….” Teaching children the numbers one through ten using rote memorization makes sense. I doubt you’d find a math expert who would oppose young children memorizing the basics of numeracy. But what about 12 x 12? It makes sense to memorize that, doesn’t it? Not according […]

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06/19/17
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To the Class of 2017

I am so happy to be here to share in this special day with you, dear Class of 2017.  Although this is my second year at Trafalgar, you are, in truth, my first graduating class.  I returned this September to a new beginning, and so it feels appropriate that we share the stage today as […]

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06/12/17
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Culture Matters

  I think it was the collection of “goat poetry” that first made me realize this was no ordinary learning showcase.  There was also the science experiment testing the impact of alpha waves on focus and attention, the video infomercial on the School (presented en français), and the thoughtful discussion I had with a student […]

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06/04/17
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Honour Roll:  Perennial Flower or Veritable Weed?

  I once heard a teacher describe herself as a gardener and her students as beautiful flowers, each needing sunlight, water and thoughtful care.  A lovely sentiment, I admit, but I see our students as the gardeners themselves, and the school as their garden.  It’s theirs to design, theirs to plant, and theirs to care […]

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05/29/17
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Our Traditions Endure

On Saturday, we celebrated our school’s 110th May Court Festival with ceremony, music and dance. Since 1907, our school community has come together every May to welcome spring and reaffirm our shared commitment to the School’s motto of Veritas, Virtus, Venustas – Truth, Virtue, Loveliness. The first time I experienced May Court was as the […]

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