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Peace By Chocolate
July 28, 2018

I was able to attend the presentation given by Tareq Hadhad, owner of “Peace By Chocolate” at the Toronto Reference Library on July 26th.  My Specialized Language Training course was just wrapping up; within the course, learners explored local entrepreneurs and local small business stories.  Peace By Chocolate showed up as a news story sometime in May, and immediately I could see the relevance for my group of adult newcomers.  

ISTE2017, San Antonio Part 2
August 1, 2017

In this second part of my blog series on ISTE2017, I will focus on some of the themes that I noticed at the conference. The themes I noticed include:

  1. Failure; reflection driving improvement

  2. Learners as edutech creators, not consumers

  3. Digital Citizenship - teaching internet behaviour

  4. The slow morphing of pedagogy with principles of andragogy

  5. Access/Accessibility

In this piece, I will be talking about #1... [READ MORE]

ISTE2017, San Antonio Part 1
July 6, 2017

Picture of Entrance at Henry B Gonzalez Convention Centre


By: Jen Artan

The multi-tiered freeway bustles with early morning traffic.  From the front of the hotel, a lone Canadian waits anxiously for her Uber. Anxious, because she’s never been in San Antonio before, and also, Uber?  A hesitant first time user, but the location of the last remaining hotel room meant Uber or Taxi. [READ MORE]

What is Evidence-Based Assessment?
March 26, 2017

What is Evidence-Based Assessment?

By Susan Stitt

First, it’s important to define what assessment is. As educators, I think that we can all agree on the importance of assessment as a process of collecting, examining and using data which is verifiable by means of observation, or experiment.   [READ MORE]

Edutech Tools
August 7, 2016
While it is still summer vacation, I know that many of us are beginning to think about the fall.  Most teachers I know spend at least some of their holidays creating or editing lessons, finding material, or organizing for the next term.


TESL Ontario Conference - Part 1
November 17, 2015
TESL Ontario recently changed conference venues and has gone full circle; the conference was held again at the Sheraton Toronto, which was a bonus for those of us staying at the hotel.  Two jam-packed days of professional development and building your PLN (personal/professional learning networks) kept conference-goers busy.  So much went on that I have decided to split my experience into several parts, and also solicit experiences from other TESL Londoners. [READ MORE]

Back to school!
September 19, 2015

Back to School! Welcome back to another school term/semester/year, whatever it is you may have.  I hope that everyone has  had a good break, if you were able to have a break, that is.  TESL London is convening later this week to go over some plans for the next year.  We will […] [READ MORE]

Creating Your Own Infographics
August 18, 2015
Anyone who hasn't yet had a chance to use infographics in the classroom, take a moment to check out some of these popular sites:


Active Learning Techniques
June 22, 2015

ENGAGE  LEARNERS WITH ACTIVE LEARNING TECHNIQUES By: Barb DeWit Learn by doing. Experiential learning motivates learners to solve problems, recall past experiences, and be actively involved.  Simulation is one type of experiential learning. An example of this is acting out a medical situation, with one learner acting as the patient and another learner actingnbsp;as […] [READ MORE]

Tech Corner - iPads in the Classroom?
June 21, 2015

Flipboard I've recently been tuned into FlipBoard.  FlipBoard is a social network aggregation - a site that compiles "magazines" of topics in which you've indicated an interest.  I'm following Blended Learning, ESL, Innovation, Teaching with Tech, etc.  Flipboard then sends out its internet minions to scour blogs, news-sites, etc. for anything […] [READ MORE]

End of the year? Already?
May 31, 2015

  May 2015 Wrap-UpAs I'm sitting here writing this, it's 9 degrees out and raining on this last morning of May, 2015.  And I don't mind the rain, not one bit, or the cold, for that matter.  I've been hearing that this summer will be a hot and humid stinker […] [READ MORE]

Nominate Someone... Please!
April 10, 2015

TESL London strongly encourages its members to support each other and to provide recognition for outstanding efforts by our members, volunteers, students, and agencies with whom we interact. [READ MORE]

Conference Time 2015
April 6, 2015

TESL London was very excited by the quantity and quality of Presentation proposals this year.  This was the first time that I, as Communications Chair, had the opportunity to see the process unfold.  Let me assure every one of our members that each and every proposal is read thoroughly and discussed.

Pilot Projects
February 9, 2015

This morning I woke up thinking about the pilot projects I've been a part of.  Why I was thinking about that, your guess is as good as mine. The CEFOne of the first major pilot projects I was a part of was way back in my Istanbul teaching days.  One of […] [READ MORE]

Conferencing Online in January – Aren't You Glad You Don’t Have to Find Parking?
January 24, 2015

I have to admit that this past week has been a bit of a blur.  It seems to be the chosen time of the winter season to have a PD session.  Here at TESL London, we did exactly that, and had our mini winter PD last Wednesday with Diane Ramanathan  […] [READ MORE]

Winter, PD, Stuff
January 13, 2015

 So we got a bit of snow, eh?  Admit it.  You’re secretly happy about it.  When there was no snow for the seasonal holiday a few weeks back (you know the one I mean, the one with the decorative orbs), we were a little disappointed.  Cold snap is here!  Let’s celebrate it! [READ MORE]

TESL Ontario Conference 2014
October 18, 2014

Conference – Wrap Up. Hey, aren’t you forgetting Day 2?  Good question.  Day 2 was just as busy, just as invigorating,  as Days 1 and 3 – but on Day 2, went to the hotel and caught some much needed zzzs’s.  So, if you’ll allow me to wrap Days 2 and […] [READ MORE]

TESL Ontario Conference - Day 1
October 16, 2014
I've now been up and running for 15 hours straight.  Today's conference workshops have flown by.   What can I say about today?  I now recognize people from previous years.  I see faces I have only ever seen digitally (i.e. online).  While going down a huge escalator, I recognized Rob McBride from LearnIT2Teach going up the escalator beside me.  "You're Rob McBride!"  I shouted.  As the escalators rapidly sent us in opposite directions, he figured out who I was and gave a small wave. [READ MORE]

28 - 5 Unexpected Lessons from Tech
July 28, 2014
This blog is from  Writer: Iram Khan 5 Unexpected Lessons from TECH

When our school received our first cart filled with 30 brand new, shiny iPads. My principal at the time, Jackie Howard, said to me, “Iram, this is all going to be you.” I went home that evening terrified. Tech doesn’t like me, it NEVER works. I don’t know what she was thinking!


Podcast Interview with Yours Truly
June 26, 2014

In the dreariness and snowiness of winter 2014, LearnIT2Teach stumbled on my teacher blog and decided that they wanted to hear more about my experience with the whole blended learning experiment.  With some hesitation, I agreed.   I hesitated because I tend to sound like a surfer chick when recorded.  Side […] [READ MORE]

Get Your Conference On...
April 30, 2014
Spring Conference/Awards Banquet 2014  

 No doubt anyone who has read this blog already knows I'm a conference junky.  I genuinely get a lot out of attending and presenting in conferences.  Keeps me on my toes!  [READ MORE]

Get Rid of Your Books
February 27, 2014

“Get rid of your books.”

The audience of mostly ESL instructors cringed.  Shocked glances passed between attendees.  Our books?  Replace them with electronic files?  Pdf’s?  I sensed that this particular audience would resist ditching their personal libraries.  I'm good at sensing stuff like this.  Plus, teachers were turning to each other, mouthing "not my books, my books?  Really?".  Contemplating an empty bookshelf caused a tear to appear on Valeeta's normally happy face... [READ MORE]

Conference Diaries #3 – And Now For Something Completely Different…
February 1, 2014

On January 24, I was able to participate in an all-day conference “Realize14” which featured presenters from across Canada speaking on a number of relevant and useful topics.   The workshops that I participated in were each excellent and generated a lot of buzz.  Did I mention that the conference was organized in Winnipeg?  Did I need to mention that it’s January?  But…no need to worry about the snow, ice, and natural gas explosions because this conference was entirely online. [READ MORE]

Conference Diaries #2 - Finding Your Funny Bone
November 24, 2013
In the first "Conference Diaries" I talked about what I learned from the  technology workshops; in this entry I will explore Tim Westhead's workshop seminar "Survive and Thrive with Humour".


Conference Diaries...
November 2, 2013

It is conference time again!  TESL Ontario just had its conference in Toronto at the Sheraton/Allstream Centre.  What I'd like to do here is to record and share conference experiences.  To begin with, the experiences will be mine, but I have asked colleagues to contribute to this blog. 

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