BDSS – New House System and Day 1 Alternative Schedule

From Mr Miller:

We will be creating a colour house system with our students this year. We will be dividing students into 16 colour-named groups (houses) with approximately 32 students, and 2-3 teachers, per group. The purpose of the groups is to grow our school spirit, and provide a means by which to facilitate intramurals, competitions, collaborative work and connections with students in an exciting and meaningful way. The system was suggested and designed based on feedback from students and staff on what could be done to make our school better.

To promote this system, and allow houses to have time together, we will be running an alternate schedule on the first day:

  • Period one 9:15am – 10:00am
  • Break 10:00am – 10:10am
  • Period two 10:10am – 10:55am
  • Break 10:55am – 11:05am
  • Period three 11:05am- 11:50am
  • Lunch 11:50am – 12:50pm
  • Period four 12:50pm – 1:40pm
  • Assembly and House time 1:40 – 3:25pm (with a break after the assembly, and before houses assemble)

Course Evaluation Form

Students, the end of school is near! Before you leave, please do your best to fill in the course evaluation. I take your submissions very seriously, as your feedback gets used to make my courses better for future students.

As a convenience, I am also embedding the form here:

ETFO Online AQs for Teachers – Summer 2017

I’ve gathered up all the ETFO online AQs listed on the OTF PD Calendar  that are being offered this summer. Please let me know if there are any omissions or mistakes.

  • Adapting Curriculum for Second Language Learners
  • Education Law
  • Environmental Education Part 1
  • French as a Second Language, Part 1
  • French as a Second Language, Part 2
  • French as a Second Language, Specialist
  • Geography, Grade 7 and 8
  • History, Grade 7 and 8
  • Inclusive Classroom, Part 1
  • Inclusive Classroom, Part 2
  • Inclusive Classroom, Specialist
  • Integrated Arts
  • Integration of Information and Computer Technology in Instruction, Part 1
  • Integration of Information and Computer Technology in Instruction, Part 2
  • Integration of Information and Computer Technology in Instruction, Specialist
  • Kindergarten, Part 1
  • Kindergarten, Part 2
  • Kindergarten, Specialist
  • Language, Grades 7 and 8
  • Mathematics, Grade 7 and 8
  • Mathematics, Primary and Junior, Part 1
  • Mathematics, Primary and Junior, Part 2
  • Mathematics, Primary and Junior, Specialist
  • Media, Part 1
  • Media, Part 2
  • Media, Specialist
  • Music – Instrumental, Part 1
  • Occasional Teaching
  • Primary Education, Part 1
  • Primary Education, Part 2
  • Primary Education, Specialist
  • Reading, Part 1
  • Reading, Part 2
  • Reading, Specialist
  • Science and Technology, Grade 7 and 8
  • Science and Technology, Primary and Junior, Part 1
  • Science and Technology, Primary and Junior, Part 2
  • Science and Technology, Primary and Junior, Specialist
  • Special Education, Part 1
  • Special Education, Part 2
  • Special Education, Specialist
  • Student Assessment and Evaluation
  • Teacher Librarian, Part 1
  • Teacher Librarian, Part 2
  • Teacher Librarian, Specialist
  • Teaching and Learning Through e-Learning
  • Teaching Combined Grades
  • Teaching English Language Learners Part 1
  • Teaching English Language Learners Part 2
  • Teaching English Language Learners Specialist
  • Teaching First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Children
  • Teaching Students with Behavioural Needs
  • Teaching Students with Communication Needs (Autism Spectrum Disorder)
  • Teaching Students with Communication Needs (Learning Disability)
  • Use and Knowledge of Assistive Technology
  • Visual Arts, Part 1
  • Visual Arts, Part 2
  • Visual Arts, Specialist
  • Writing, Part 1
  • Writing, Part 2
  • Writing, Specialist


AML EULAs in Plain English

I recently had the pleasure of being in the audience for a presentation from Carol Arcus, Vice-President, The Association for Media Literacy (AML).

AML has many amazing resources for teachers at both their website and their YouTube channel.

One of the highlights for me was their “EULA Project”, where they have taken many social media end-user licence agreements and converted them to plain English posters that can be displayed in your classroom for your students, all for free.

Here’s an example, posted in low-res only (see the link below for full-sized PDFs):

Snapchat EULA
Snapchat EULA in Plain English

To see AML’s EULA Project in its entirety, visit where you can download PDF versions of each EULA poster.

(Also see for additional information about this project.)

Popup HTML Generator

I recently had some discussions about updating a webpage to include popups for a number of organizations that were listed on a page. It got me thinking about how I could write a program that would efficiently generate the HTML instead of having to manually code it.

I’ve also been thinking lately about getting back into programming with Delphi, a language I used many years ago that is perfect for quickly creating little utilities.

Here’s the result:

Popup HTML Generator

It’s nothing fancy, but it will suit my needs should the task come up again.

If you’re interested in downloading the program for yourself, it can be downloaded from here. Because it’s written in Delphi, there’s no setup required and the program should run portably on most systems (Windows only).  Just save it to the folder you’d like to run it from, like your desktop.

If you’re interested in the source code, shoot me an email and I’d be glad to  share it.