Nancy’s Notes – 9/15/2021

What do our children need from us right now? “The brain does not like uncertainty.” These were the wise words of Dr. Jean Clinton, who spoke to our staff on Thursday, September 2 as we prepared to come back to school. Dr. Clinton is one of Canada’s preeminent child psychiatrists, and she spent some time with us thinking about what … Read More

What Does COVID Mean for Schools and Schooling?

We were joined by Mabin alum, Dr. Na-Koshie Lamptey (‘85), Deputy Medical Officer of Health for the City of Toronto for a conversation about the impact of COVID on schools and schooling.

Being Smart about Gifted Learning With Dona Matthews & Joanne Foster

In these difficult times, it’s especially important to pay attention to the diverse needs of children and adolescents, and to provide the encouragement and developmental supports that they require. Dona Matthews and Joanne Foster discuss ways to provide an “optimal match” between individuals and their learning experiences. They focus on ways to nurture engagement, resilience, creativity, and productivity, and they … Read More

Sick Kids Panel: COVID-19 & Kids — The Sequel

Sick Kids Hospital panelists, Dr. Ronald Cohn, President and CEO, Dr. Jeremy Friedman, Paediatrician-in-Chief, and Dr. Michelle Science, Infectious Disease Consultant shared their thoughts on COVID-19 and keeping our children safe during the second wave. 

Dr. Alex Russell

Keeping Them Safe While Helping Them Grow: Supporting Children’s Emotional Growth in Challenging Times With Dr. Alex Russell.

Processing Emotions Remotely — Another Covid-19 Challenge

A mom asked me last week — “When I drop my child off for JK next year, will you be able to hug her?” Good question. “I can’t imagine NOT hugging her,” I said. And it’s true. I can’t. But the truth is, we don’t know yet. It’s not clear yet what school will look like if, and when, we … Read More

5 More Lessons Learned 8 Weeks In: Inquiring into Remote Learning in Real Time

The Mabin School was founded on the belief that children are capable and competent, and their questions should guide their learning. We have always been a place where play and inquiry were central to our pedagogy, and we learn from our interactions with each other and the world around us. The current situation, where we are prevented from being together … Read More

Six Weeks In: The All-You-Can-Eat Approach to Remote Learning

The move to Remote Learning was sudden and unexpected. As one of Canada’s first Ashoka Changemaker Schools, The Mabin School is used to putting relationships and empathy at the heart of all learning. When we are together in our little school house, it is remarkable to watch our teachers intuitively shift and adapt in response to the signals and cues … Read More