The first ParenTalks presentation of 2021 examined evidenced-based research into how students learn best, their learning styles and areas of strength, natural changes in the adolescent brain, and strategies to help parents support their sons against the backdrop of distance learning and social barriers brought on by the global pandemic.
A gifted athlete in high school specializing in soccer, football, and track, John Walsh was certain of one thing as a teenager contemplating his future career. "I always thought I wanted to be involved in sport. It was always in the back of my mind," he says. "I had no idea what."
Even in a revised format, it remains a sizeable undertaking within a COVID-19 world.
A graduation requirement in Ontario mandating all high school students complete 40 hours of community service or volunteer hours was waived by the Ministry of Education last year due to pandemic-fuelled restrictions. This year, the Ministry of Education has reduced the requirement from 40 hours to 20 hours.
Several themes have run through the multiple pivots in Caroline Freibauer's career choices as she reflects on them.
"For me, it's all about continuous learning, really, " says the Head Librarian at St. Michael's College School (SMCS), a position she has held since September 2020. "At some point, you've maxed out either that situation or that career and it is time to look for something new."
From hands-on learning to real-world practicums that take students out of the classroom, the computer science and engineering robotics programme at St. Michael’s College School (SMCS) provides students with opportunities akin to what they would experience at a university.
The Chapel is the heart of St. Michael’s College School (SMCS). It serves as a pillar of strength for the school community, through the celebration of daily and weekly Masses and prayer services, special Masses for alumni and their families, and a sacred place for individual prayer and reflection.
Multiple, weekly, after-school and weekend practice sessions, set design and construction, and all kinds of preparation are typically well underway at this time of year in the Music, Theatre Arts, and Drumline programmes at St. Michael’s College School (SMCS).
In line with the Basilian model of educating the whole person in mind, body, and soul, the Wellness Programme at St. Michael’s College School (SMCS) plays an important role by supporting students’ social and emotional needs inside and outside the classroom.
Established in 2017, the Community & Learning Partnerships Programme at St. Michael’s College School (SMCS) takes student learning beyond the classroom, enriching their everyday experiences, and preparing them more thoroughly for life after high school.
From utilizing the six C’s of inquiry-based Deep Learning to working with 21st-century technology in the classroom, the increasingly popular Technological Design programme at St. Michael’s College School (SMCS) inspires students to develop the knowledge and skills to solve real-world problems.
Her entry into St. Michael's College School (SMCS) has been fast and furious.
After all, she is the first nurse the school has had in recent memory. Her tenure at SMCS began in the throes of a global pandemic. And, this is the first time in her career she has worked in a school.
Moderator of a panel discussing: Supporting Your Son with Managing Screen Time and Gaming.
The idea took root at the dinner table.
"Our family always exchanges stories we read from the news, social media, friends during our meals together," recalls Nicole Lo, mom of two.