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  • The Importance of Being a Role Model

    Carolanne Tremblay ,

    My mother always told me that the important thing in life is to “practice what you preach”, meaning that if you expect something from others, you should also live up to those expectations.

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  • Ode to My Former Students

    Carolanne Tremblay ,

    Quick background: I quit teaching less than two years ago. For 10 years, I taught a program called Responsible Citizenship to 12- to 17-year-old students for five consecutive years. These students were particularly committed to changing the world and left an indelible mark in my professional life.

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  • 5 Tips to Help Teachers Relax

    Carolanne Tremblay ,

    Teaching is a difficult job. It is one of the professions with the highest dropout rate. Did you know that one in five teachers quit their job in the first five to ten years of their career? Yes, I'm part of the statistics! There are several reasons for this high dropout rate, but one of them stands out. The stress factor.

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  • The 3 Fundamental Principles of Positive Reinforcement

    Carolanne Tremblay ,

    In another post, I shared the most effective methods (in my experience) to set up classroom management using positive reinforcement with your students. In order to facilitate the implementation of this classroom management, I decided today to present to you the fundamental principles of reinforcement of expected behaviors.

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  • 7 Effective Ways to Use Positive Reinforcement

    Carolanne Tremblay ,

    As you probably know, dear readers, positive reinforcement has always been a cornerstone of my daily classroom management style. Colleagues used to regularly complain about how hard it was to discipline students, and how much time was wasted on dealing with bad behaviors. In the meantime, I saved my energy and focused on my students’ positive behaviors. Some people thought I was deluding myself. But those who, like me, take the time to instill positive reinforcement in their classroom understand the beneficial impact it has.

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  • 5 Ways to Promote Metacognition in Learning Situations

    Carolanne Tremblay ,

    Before explaining how to promote metacognition in our classroom, let's start by trying to define the limits. Metacognition is not a new topic but in recent years, this topic has become more current in education.

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  • 5 Tips on How to Empower Students

    Carolanne Tremblay ,

    As you may have realized during your readings, one of my main priorities as a teacher was to develop the autonomy of my students. Today, I'm going to share with you some of my tips.

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  • Yes, I Quit Teaching! Here is why...

    Carolanne Tremblay ,

    Being a teacher is being an everyday life superhero. In my opinion, the world of education is the most interesting professional world. Teachers have a powerful impact on their students for many years. Yet, teaching is one of the occupations with the highest dropout rate in the first five years of employment. How can one explain this phenomenon? There are many reasons explaining this situation. However, every teacher who decides to quit the profession has his or her own reasons. Today, I would like to share with you my story, one of a teacher who chose, despite her love of the profession, to leave the teaching boat for another one sailing around the educational world.

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  • Suicide: When a Whole Being Cries Out Pain

    Nancy Boisvert ,

    This year, as part of the 28th National Suicide Prevention Week, the Association québécoise de la prévention du suicide and its partners are deploying the whole new awareness campaign under the theme "Talking About Suicide Saves Lives".

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  • And what about discipline?

    Carolanne Tremblay ,

    As you may already know, I stopped teaching a few years ago to join the Optania team and create technology tools that truly meet the practical needs of schools. Since then, I have been writing about teaching, education, and everything else that I have always been passionate about in my former profession to realize something: once a teacher, always a teacher.

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