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Ontario: new "transactional" schools gaining ground

Make education relevant and thought-provoking, not about regurgitating facts, proponents say.

by Kristin Rushowy, Parent Central

September 8, 2009 — No rows of desks in this classroom, and no teacher lecturing at the front.

In fact, that's something Barrie teacher Liz Collett rarely does. Instead, she's on the move, talking to students about their work, from the small group sitting on the floor playing Monopoly to others nearby figuring out a math problem.

The children in this Grade 2/3 class do not take a spelling test all year – in fact, the school avoids all pencil-and-paper tests – nor do they get assigned homework. Instead, their teacher gives them immediate feedback on their work throughout the day; they rarely hand in something for a final grade that she hasn't gone through with them and handed back with tips for improvement.

Welcome to the school of the 21st century...

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  No more pencils, lots more fun, by Kristin Rushowy, Parent Central, September 8 2009

Posted: September 26, 2009

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