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Action Project Guide Interview
April 15th, 2018

Here is an interview on ‘The World Today Weekend’, CKNW News Talk 980 with Simi Sara.

Staff, temporary
April 14th, 2018

You are on strike again!?! Yes, this is my third strike at York since 2000 I missed the 2008 strike because I didn’t get a contract that year Yes, I have been a ‘temporary’ contract faculty member for over a decade Clearly not temporary work for me or the university Staff, temporary  

Making Stronger Arguments
September 10th, 2017

In your assignments, you are evaluated on the strength of your argument. Focus on making substantiated claims and arguments, not offering opinions, unsubstantiated claims or assertions. Here is the difference… TLC Making Stronger Arguments

Critical Analysis 101
September 10th, 2017

When I was a university writing instructor, I was often asked: How do I ‘do’ critical analysis??? If you have ever asked this question, the following discussion is specifically for YOU! Critical Analysis 101      

Why Teach or Learn Yoga @ School?
March 28th, 2017

Why teach or learn yoga @ school? We’ve been working (a lot) on our own yoga* practices, and in sharpening our yoga teaching skills – a definitely different type of stretching! Since this work is now so central to our lives as teachers (and to our education work both in and outside of formal classrooms), […]

Yoga in a ‘Trumped Up World’ Event
March 28th, 2017

So, following up upon the great discussion, collaboration and connection in the February event “We Are Not Alone: Finding the Path of Peaceful Resistance” which was also hosted at Octopus Garden Holistic Yoga Centre, we were pleased and proud to be a part of this event this past weekend: After a gentle but invigorating asana practice to […]

February 19th, 2017

  There is an urgent need to address sexual violence on campus. Bethune College has established a new course – BC 3020 The Role of Peer Leaders in Sexual Violence Prevention – that allows students to develop their peer leadership skills by carrying out an action project to address sexual violence and engage their peers […]

Three honoured with teaching awards at Spring Convocation
July 7th, 2016

YFile article- TLC

Consent: Because I Am Human
June 17th, 2016

For this action plan I teamed up with a friend from the class to make a video on consent and bystander education. In my past action plans I dreamed big. I wanted to do a play, hold a campus- wide open forum on being black at UTSC, and last semester I attempted to hold a […]

Course: The Role of Peer Leaders in Sexual Violence Prevention
June 16th, 2016

BC 3020 3.0  The Role of Peer Leaders in Sexual Violence Prevention This innovative new course has been launched by the Faculty of Science at York University. Now we just need funding to run the course in 2016-17! This course allows students to develop their peer leadership skills with a focus on creating safer communities and […]

Taking Action Isn’t Easy
August 21st, 2013

What almost all students learn from the action project assignment is that taking action isn’t easy. Some face challenges figuring out what issue to take action on. Others face challenges working within groups. Many report dealing with obstacles from the institution in terms of gaining access to the spaces necessary to conduct a successful action. Students […]

June 19th, 2013


An Open Letter: to all males skeptical of taking a women’s studies course
June 19th, 2013

Ryan Wardle makes an impassioned argument about challenging our assumptions about women’s studies and feminism. An Open Letter

Action Project Jigsaw
April 1st, 2013

If you are using the action project assignment in your classes and workshops, the action project jigsaw is a good way to get students learning from each other about what they did and what they learned. Action Project Jigsaw

Power and Privilege Within Your Purse
November 16th, 2012

Fatima Khan has developed a great activity to engage individuals and encourage groups to start thinking about how power, privilege and oppression can be unpacked simply through what we literally carry along with us in our daily lives. This activity was inspired by some of the common items that women may be carrying in their purses. […]

Popular Education Workshop: free’scool (Toronto)
September 19th, 2012

Krista Hunt from teachlearnchange will be facilitating a workshop on popular education on September 22, 2012. Please see flyer for more details.   free’scool workshop

Uncommon Commonalities
September 14th, 2012

This is an excellent opening activity for a workshop or course. Provides an opportunity for students to meet each other, talk about what issues they think are important, start thinking critically about the course of study, and engage in a conversation about how to teach and learn from each other. Uncommon Commonalities

Workshop: “Now What? Engaging Students Through Action Projects”
May 24th, 2012

Teach.Learn.Change will be presenting this workshop at the GLACIE Cooperative Learning Conference. Toronto, May 24th, 2013 Please join us! article
February 7th, 2012

Learning Our Own Lessons – rabble publication

Teaching and Learning for a Change
November 28th, 2011

Teaching and Learning for a Change Many of us come to university with the belief that we will learn new and exciting ideas from our professors, and leave with the knowledge and skills to ‘succeed’ once we graduate. The traditional method for disseminating this knowledge is the ‘banking system’ of education, where ‘knowledge is a […]

Learning Our Own Lessons: one teacher’s privilege diary
November 28th, 2011

Learning Our Own Lessons: One Teacher’s Privilege Diary It’s September. As I ride the subway to Finch station, I am not going to the university to begin a new semester teaching. Instead, I am headed to see one of my many doctors. Due to on-going health issues, I have had to make the extremely difficult […]

The Power to Speak Silences
October 11th, 2011

The Power to Speak Silences

Unlearning Privilege
October 11th, 2011

Unlearning Privilege

Should some students be paid to go to school?
October 10th, 2011

At least some education experts think so. (Read the story here) The Toronto District School Board is seriously considering it. Is it a good idea? A necessary strategy to engage students who are falling through the cracks or who face economic and other challenges that prevent them from learning? Or is it merely an attempt […]

‘Now What? Getting Politically Active Within and Beyond the Classroom’
September 20th, 2011

By Lisa Child, Alyson Daly, Michelle Herbert, Krista Hunt and Genevieve Ritchie Learning Democracy by Doing Conference Proceedings LDD%20Proceedings%20Master%20Document%20-%2026%20Oct%2009.pdf Pages: 296-303.

A Lesson Plan
June 7th, 2011

A Lesson Plan It is inevitable, perhaps, that members of the various professions – doctors, lawyers and the like, will encounter a large number of unsolicited questions in the course of their daily intercourse with people. Could this spot be cancerous? How do I protect myself from a lawsuit? What is your professional opinion?  

Pretending to Teach, Pretending to Learn
January 17th, 2011

We contend that in most classrooms, teachers are pretending to teach, and students are pretending to learn. The banking system of education – where the teacher deposits knowledge into the students, who then earn grades based on how well they can regurgitate this knowledge on the final exam – is fundamentally flawed.