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OISE Alumni & Friends Leadership Series

Web Series: OISE Stay At Home Club

In a time of social distancing, it can feel challenging and isolating to come up with fresh ideas for teaching and entertaining children at home. 

Playgrounds, libraries and museums may be closed – but OISE's got your back. The OISE Stay At Home Club is a new Twitter Live series that features alumni and friends of the Institute leading interactive lessons for children and adults alike. 

We want to keep the learning experience thriving during COVID-19 – and our communities connected. Each lesson is designed to make staying home both fun and educational. 

New episodes each week on Twitter. No account necessary. 


Upcoming club sessions

Athena and her nana cook up a storm

Friday, July 10
11:00 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.
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Tune in to watch the importance of preparing and sharing traditional dishes from scratch! In this session, Master of Teaching student Athena Tassis will be preparing the Greek traditional pie spanakopita with her grandmother. Allowing students to express themselves and showcase their knowledge in her classroom is very important to Athena, as it is one of the many ways to foster inclusivity and respect for diversity.

Have a question for Athena? Ask away using the hashtag #OISEStayAtHomeClub.


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Athena Tassis is a second year Master of Teaching student at OISE. Her research is focused on the importance of highlighting food literacy practices at the Primary/Junior level.


Cyndi fires up your synapses!

Tuesday, July 14
11:00 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.
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Are you a creative thinker? Of course you are – and we’ll show you how! Join creativity and education expert, Dr. Cyndi Burnett as she leads you through two fun and playful activities that will stretch your mind and ignite your creative thinking in new ways.  The first activity will involve the ABCs. The second activity involves drawing a self-portrait. With these activities, you will use divergent thinking to explore many possible creative solutions and draw unexpected connections.

Have a question for Cyndi? Ask away using the hashtag #OISEStayAtHomeClub.


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Cyndi Burnett is an OISE EdD graduate, who taught creativity and education in higher education for 20 years. She is currently the director of CreativityandEducation.com, an online platform dedicated to sharing resources and information about how to bring creativity into classrooms and homes around the world. Dr. Burnett is the author of Weaving Creativity into Every Strand of Your Curriculum, and the book My Sandwich is a Spaceship: Creative Thinking for Parents with Young Children.

 


Past episodes

Karen and Isaac talk about racism


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Alum Karen Edge and her nine-year-old son, Isaac, will talk about their experience as a mixed-race family living in London, UK. In this conversation, they share how they understand and manage racism that comes their way, and what others can do when they see it happening. Watch the episode.


Chrystal pardons your French


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In this session, French language educator Chrystal Smith helps participants complete a self-affirming exercise, while improving pronunciation of mots-amis or word friends (cognates) in French! You'll learn vocabulary to describe yourself and tips for speaking in French. All levels are welcome! Watch the episode


Sean’s Galapagos expedition


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Join Sean Smyth as he shares the story of an expedition to the Galapagos Islands and the incredible biodiversity he encountered on land and underwater. Learn how we can observe the beauty of the natural world using curiosity, observation, and technology... and the small steps we can take to help be stewards of our planet. Watch the episode.


Dolf's wild and wonderful zoo quest


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With our populations becoming increasingly urbanized, how do we connect people to the natural world? Dolf DeJong, a conservation specialist and CEO of the Toronto Zoo, explores how zoos, aquariums, natural history museums and other places in the informal education sector have an important role to play in building wildlife literacy and helping people develop conservation-minded identities. Watch the episode.


Fatima boosts your learning network


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With her passion for the latest web-based technologies, Fatima Yousuf explores how online learning platforms such as Physics Forums, Code Academy, Stack Overflow and Skillshare, and social media platforms, YouTube, Instagram and TikTok, can offer students and educators knowledge beyond traditional classrooms – for a deeper learning experience. Watch the episode.


Jasmine's riverside learning excursion


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With a background in environmental management and education, Jasmine Jackman believes that the best learning takes place experientially and outdoors. Join Jasmine as she explores the trails along the Credit River on this exciting, virtual nature excursion for kids and adults alike. Watch the episode



Marcia’s marvelous math kit


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In this session, Marcia Bumbury, a kindergarten teacher, gives you a virtual look at a curated math kit that supports both literacy and math from home! We will have fun with math games using various math tools including picture books. You will leave this session inspired to lead your youngest mathematicians to create, demonstrate and understand models of mathematical thinking. Watch the episode.

 

Kristina’s philosophical self on stories


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Join Kristina Leis, an energy healer, teacher and philosopher, and discover how telling our everyday stories can inspire and encourage others, and help us understand our own emotions, during this unprecedented time. Using her grandmother’s story about a love for cats and feelings of doubt and uncertainty, Kristina shows us how reflecting through stories and blogs can help us better understand ourselves. You will learn about the structure and philosophy behind personal storytelling including blogging. Watch the episode


Drorit's mathematical jam session


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Combining her unique passion for math, rap and Egyptian dance, Drorit Weiss, a celebrated math and physics teacher and professional dancer, breaks down some fundamental Arabic rhythms in this interactive session. Bring any percussion instrument to participate: drums, tambourines, pots and pans, or even just your hands! Watch the episode


Learning mathematics through origami


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Join Professor Ron Lancaster for a hands-on look at how mathematics can be learned through origami. Have several sheets of paper (preferred size is 8.5 x 11 inches) on hand and learn how to make a small token of appreciation you can share with others. While you fold with Ron, he will take you on a tour of many mathematical topics at the elementary and secondary level related to origami. Watch the episode.


Shona helps you storyboard


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Interested in writing a story but can never find the time? Want to exercise your imagination but don’t know where to begin? Shona Mistry goes over the basic ‘how-to’ of writing (and finishing) your own stories! This episode is perfect for children, teens, and adults interested in developing and improving their fiction-writing skills. Watch the episode.


Justine's artsy approach to literacy


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Learn how you can use the arts at home to support children's literacy learning. In this episode, educator Justine Bruyère gives examples of child-led drama, art, music and dance-based learning, and demonstrates some ways parents and educators can make the arts both engaging and educational. Watch the episode.


MacGyvering math with Gurpreet


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Using every day items, Gurpreet Sahmbi will explore ways of challenging children at the intermediate level to develop problem solving skills through games. Discover ways of modifying deceptively simple activities to keep students engaged and challenged with common objects you have in your home. You might just find that your home is full of math games! Watch the episode.


Gauravi's Mumbai kitchen!


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During this pandemic, student Gauravi Lobo has been spending time cooking with family – and it has given her a new appreciation for traditional yet adaptable recipes. For Gauravi, food has become an important way for her to share and experience her Indian culture. In this episode, she'll share with you a simple and delicious South Asian recipe. Watch this episode


Liliana puts meditation on paper


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Discover the artist inside of you with the Zentangle Method – a form of meditative doodling! It’s a relaxing and fun way to de-stress, focus, and expand your imagination. All you need is a black pen, a piece of white paper, your imagination, and Liliana Compagnone will walk you through the rest. Watch the episode.


Jillian talks us through the news


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Dr. Jillian Roberts does a live reading of her new book about dealing with tragedy. On the News: Our First Talk About Tragedy, introduces young children to the realities of natural disasters, terrorism and other forms of tragedy. The child psychologist explains what tragedy is, the feelings it may create and how to manage those feelings. Grab your free read along copy of On the News and catch the episode


Michael’s bêtes de la mer


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Explorer le monde sous la mer que l'artiste impressionniste Henri Matisse a crée dan son chef d'oeuvre, les bêtes de la mer. Dr. Michael Salvatori présentera l'artiste impressionniste et son oeuvre d'art et vous proposera une activité d'art qui vous permettra de créer votre propre scène sous-marine. Regardez l'épisode.


Carol’s math and science garden


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Learn about the mathematical and critical thinking opportunities that arise when things start to grow! Carol Stephenson shares some quick and easy ways to see nature at work inside our homes. Watch the episode.


Stacy keeps her mind on puzzles


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Puzzle designer and doctoral student Stacy Costa shows us the power of puzzles on the brain. Learn why puzzles are more than just a game or form of pure entertainment and why we should deliberately challenge ourselves to engage with them. Watch the episode.


Megan's big play on literacy


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In this interactive session for adults and children, student Megan McGuire shows you some playful and active ways to support children's literacy development at home — with everyday materials and no preparation or printing. Modifications and extensions are also provided to support families with children at different developmental levels. Watch the episode.


Jeffrey defies writer's block


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Many people imagine writing to be something serene and peaceful, and yet, in reality writing seldom matches those descriptions. In this episode, Professor Jeffrey Ansloos shares some of his learning about writing — and the behavioral, artistic, social and emotional habits that have helped him grow as a writer. Watch the episode.


Tania kicks into action! 


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In this high-energy episode, student Tania Sanclemente leads you through a series of exercise circuits drawing from boot camp and martial arts practices. A cool down will follow, which will encompass stretching and mindful breathing. This session is designed for all ages and fitness levels. Let's get your heart rate up and your sweat on! Watch the episode.


Shelley cultivates your calm 


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Did you know that mindfulness can help kids (and adults!) develop habits of mind that are central to managing stress, responding to challenging emotions and strengthening resilience. Learn about and participate in fun, child-friendly mindfulness-based practices in this upcoming episode hosted by Professor Shelley Murphy. Watch the episode.


Charles ruminates on reflecting


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Parents and school kids of all ages, join Professor Charles Pascal, former deputy minister of education in Ontario, for a session on the powerful habit of reflection. Charles will explain the benefits of keeping a journal that focuses on the important lessons we can learn from our daily experiences. Watch the episode.


Mary crunches the numbers


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Need ideas for teaching math at home? Professor Mary Reid, a math education expert, shows you three engaging activities that will have your children begging for more! Plus, discover the importance of dynamic practice and offering children the element of choice while fostering mental math skills. Watch the episode.


Matt catches a tune


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In this episode, Matt Stodolak, an OISE alum, educator, neuroscientist and musician, demonstrates the immense power that music has on the developing brain. Learn how the music from your favourite movies and television shows make you feel different emotions or bring you back to a different time. Watch the episode


Michael colours your world


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Dr. Michael Salvatori, an OISE alum, educator and linguist, wants us to celebrate your city and neighbourhood. In this session, he will share picture books that feature famous skylines – and then show you how to do an art project that shows off the favourite parts of your neighbourhood or city. Watch the episode


Kate piques your Natural Curiosity


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How do we find community during a time of isolation? Kate Barrett from the Natural Curiosity walks you through a simple activity that can help the children in your lives access a different kind of connection – one with the natural world. Learn how simple outdoor activities like "hug a tree" can help children discover a sense of connection and relief during these challenging times. Watch the episode


Reading with Rumeet


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Dr. Rumeet Billan, an OISE alum and best-selling author, conducts a live reading of her award-winning book Who Do I Want To Become? It's a book for anyone, of any age, who has been stumped by the question of what they’re going to be when they grow up.

Parents and educators also learn how to do a mini-lesson on this topic at home or online. Viewers also get access to free lesson plans, worksheets and guides. Watch the episode