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John Caranci

Department of Curriculum, Teaching & Learning
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40+ Years as a Poet, Published Poet – White Wall Review Literary Journal: Winner of the Raymond Chang Literary Award 2007 – Poetry; Author of “Dance in Wonder” Poetry, Tellwell Pub.; Physics and Mathematics Teacher, Lecturer and Department Head; Awarded Life Membership for Outstanding Service; Ontario Association Physics Teachers; Senior Science Fellow - York Seneca Institute of Science, Physics Teacher Ontario Science Centre Science School; Physics Master of Teaching Lecturer; Ontario Institute for Studies in Education; Author/Editor of many mathematics, physics and elementary texts; Scientists in School Elementary School Presenter; Auto racer GT2; Online Gamer.

Scholarly & Creative Works

  • Dance in Wonder
    2018, Tellwell Publishing
    John Caranci
  • Poetry
    2007, White Wall Review
    John Caranci
  • Teacher's Editions of Elementary Series, Gr. 1-8 Science and Technology
    GTK Press Ltd.
    John Caranci
  • Mathematics 9: A Search for Meaning (textbook)
    Gage Publishing
    John Caranci
  • Mathematics 9: A Search for Meaning (textbook)
    Gage Publishing
    John Caranci

Research Interests

Engagement Pedagogy, Assessment, Kinesics, Discrepant Events, Cognitive Dissonance, Physics Education Research, Mathematics Education

Teaching Interests

Chair/Manager College of Teachers Additional Qualifications Secondary Science Writing Project
OISE/University of Toronto, 2010-2023 CTL Physics Teaching Lecturer – Physics, Chemistry, Intermediate Science, Mathematcs
Scientist in Schools 2005-2010
Presenter: Elementary Schools, Instructor Preparation, Pre-service
Sense of Wonder Ltd 2001-2013Education Consultant
OISE/University of Toronto, 2000-2023 Honours Specialist Physics Instructor
Ontario Association of Physics Teachers 1997-2023Member of the Executive
OISE/University of Toronto 1995-2005Honours Specialist Science Online Course Developer
Laurelwood Prodictions 2003-2004Actor Tutor
GTK Press STAR Elementary Science Program Physical Science and Technology Editor
McGraw-Hill Ryerson Pub.Senior Physics Program and Text – Senior Consultant
York Seneca Institute of Science, Technology, and Education 2001-2002Teacher Fellow Senior Science
Earl Haig Secondary School, 1995-2003Program Team Leader for Mathematics and Science
Toronto District School Board/North York Board of Education– Instruction Department, 1997-2003 Instructional Leader (Consultant)
Earl Haig Secondary School, 1993-1995Head of Physics
Bathurst Heights Secondary School, 1984-93Assistant Head of Science - Physics
Ontario Science Centre, 1989-91Acting Coordinator of the Ontario Science Centre Science School and Physics teacher, on secondment to the OSC Education Department,
York Mills Secondary School 1983-1984Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science teacher
Earl Haig Secondary School 1982-1983Mathematics Teacher
Queensborough J. H. S. 1979-1982 Coordinating Chairman of Pure and Applied Sciences
Queensborough J. H. S. 1976-1979 Major Chairman of Mathematics
Queensborough J. H. S. 1975-1982
C. W. Jefferies Secondary School 1975
Clarke High School 1972-1974