5 Must-See April Events in Toronto

After the winter months in Toronto, now it’s the time to enjoy the outdoors with many wonderful activities to celebrate the change of the season. Check out this list of must-see events and give a warm welcome to spring!

1. Rihanna’s Concert at the Air Canada Centre

Rihanna Nose Job Before and After//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsThe 8 Grammys winner will be in Toronto this April! Anti is the latest world tour of the Barbadian singer, named after her most recent album, released last January.

Pop star Rihanna will perform at the Air Canada Centre this April 13th, 2016, top hits such as Love the Way You Lie, Break It Off and Only Girl (In the World). The show also features the special guest Travi$ Scott. Don’t miss the opportunity to see Rihanna live!

2. IEscaped


Would you be able to defuse a bomb in less than 45 minutes? Or escape from a vault in Las Vegas before the police arrives? If you feel brave enough, you should join us on our next trip to IEscaped, an experience for thrill seekers. Lock yourself in a room with a group of strangers and work together to escape before you run out of time. An interesting activity in which your intellect and your teamwork skills will be tested.

Next ILAC Activities Trip: April 10th, 2016

3. Toronto Food & Drink Market 2016

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Named Toronto’s 1st food, wine and hospitality event, the Toronto Food & Drink Market showcases a great variety of gourmet products you cannot find anywhere else. In addition to food, you can also attend master classes with famous top chefs, and learn how to cook their best recipes in an interactive demonstration!

4. CN Tower Climb

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Are you up for a challenge? Can you climb the 1,776 steps of Toronto’s most famous landmark? It may sound scary but this event it’s for a great cause. The World Wildlife Fund organizes the 26th Annual Edition Charity Event in order to raise money to create solutions for the conservation of nature and wildlife. Over 86,000 people have climbed the CN Tower.

Would you like to join the climbers club?

5. Toronto Blue Jays vs. New York Yankees

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The Toronto Blue Jays will face the New York Yankees to start the baseball season! Baseball lovers have the opportunity to enjoy this match at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.

If you love baseball you cannot miss this match. It promises to be an exciting duel of the best teams in the American League.

Next ILAC Activities Trip: April 14th, 2016

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5 Must-See April Events in Vancouver

Are you thinking about what to do this April to give a warm welcome to spring? Vancouver is full of interesting activities that you can’t miss!
Here are our top 5 recommendations to have fun this upcoming month.

1. The Vancouver Sun Run

Vancouver Sun Run 2006//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsRunners from all around the world will meet to run through the streets of downtown Vancouver! Considered Canada’s largest 10 km road race, the Vancouver Sun Run will celebrate its 32nd edition next Sunday, April 18th.

Register for the Vancouver Sun Run and have fun with your friends while exercising!

2. Eco Fashion Week

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Fashion lovers are lucky this April. Prophetik, Carolyn Bruce, and Tildart are some of the big names that will be featured in the next edition of the Vancouver Eco Fashion Week. Celebrating its 10th season, this event will bring designers, buyers, photographers and famous guests together at the Fairmount Waterfront.

The EFW also includes award-winning fashion shows, speaker seminars and industry panels. From April 9th to 14th Vancouver will be the center of attention in the fashion world. You cannot miss this opportunity!

3. Paul McCartney’s Concert

Paul McCartney - Out There Concert | 140420-5764-jikatu//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsThe Rogers Arena is pleased to host Paul McCartney on April 19th and 20th, with his brand new One On One tour. This concert will be the only stop that the former Beatle’s band member will do in Canada before heading to Europe, so it may be a good opportunity to see this legend play live!

Paul McCartney’s shows are known to be a unique experience. With lasers, fireworks, and a good selection of the best songs ever written, this show promises to be awesome!

4. FlyOver Canada

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Can you imagine flying across Canada and seeing the whole country in less than 25 minutes? This attraction will allow you to see Canada like never before.

FlyOver Canada is a 5D virtual-flight experience which gives you the opportunity to travel around the country without leaving Vancouver.

For nature lovers and technology enthusiasts, this activity will be an amazing experience for the spring!

Next ILAC Activities Trip: April 18th, 2016

5. Capilano Suspension Bridge


A challenge for thrill seekers! Dare to cross the Capilano River on a suspension bridge 140 meters long and 70 metres above the river… Did anyone say vertigo?

The Capilano Suspension Bridge was built in 1889 and offers scenic views of the forest below to visitors. Holding strong at over 120 years, there is no better place for a breathtaking photo of the rainforest. Join us on the next trip to the Capilano Suspension Bridge!

Next ILAC Activities Trip: April 6th, 2016

Alberto Madrid

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What One Teacher Did When He Realized His Kids Weren’t Learning

How an Award Winning Teacher Went from Failure to Fantastic

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When he started teaching, high school Spanish teacher, Matt Miller had a dirty secret: His students couldn’t speak Spanish. He didn’t want anyone to know. But he came to a breaking point. Learn what Matt did in a fit of frustration and the incredible results his students achieved.

Matt says teachers shouldn’t mindlessly run through the curriculum but should have a method. His method includes less textbook and other types of resources.

Matt tells his secret for getting students really engaged and excited about Spanish or any second language. We also discuss Kristy Cooper‘s mixed methods study, Eliciting Engagement in the High School Classroom, and how these principles explain why Matt seems to engage students so much.


Who is Matt Miller?

Matt Miller@jmattmiller  is a Spanish teacher at Turkey Run High School. He has infused technology and innovative teaching methods in his classes for more than 10 years. Matt is a Google Certified Teacher, PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator and Bammy! Awards nominee. He writes at the Ditch That Textbook blog about using technology and creative ideas in teaching. Pick up Matt’s book Ditch that Textbook: Free Your Teaching and Revolutionize Your Classroom or listen to his show Hooked!


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Fair Grades, Dropping Grades, Grading Versus Knowledge

Advice From a Student Assessment Researcher About What is Fair and Unfair in Today’s Grading Systems

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With almost 9,000 downloads and counting, this show is the most popular episode on Every Classroom Matters in 2016 so far. Dr. Thomas Guskey shares the current research on “fair” grading and what teachers should be doing instead. This show came from the “averaging grades” graphic (shown at the bottom) that he posted on Twitter asking if it is “fair” to average grades.

Fair Grading according to research

Thomas talks about fairness, clearly defining a grade and why sometimes we should change how we grade to reflect mastery at the end of a course. Is a grade reflecting their average ability over time or their mastery and competency at the end?

Thomas also reflects upon those teachers who never drop grades and when it may be right or wrong to do so. How do we determine what the most valuable evidence a teacher has that determines student competency at the end of the course? Why we need multiple forms of evidence to determine grades. He discusses the challenge of end of grading period and how to make our grading better at that time.

Would other professionals looking at the same body of evidence come up with the same grade?  Thomas also talks about percentages and the flaws in the system that makes it hard for teachers to have consistent judgments on student work.


Who is Thomas Guskey?

Thomas Guskey@tguskey is Professor of Educational Psychology in the College of Education at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky. His research focuses on on professional development and teacher change, program evaluation, assessment of student learning, grading and reporting, instructional effectiveness, and educational reform.


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Should we be averaging grades? Picture by Thomas Guskey

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3 Ways to Get Back Up When Teaching Knocks You Down

Advice from a National Award Winning Teacher Who Has Had Tough Times Too

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According to a recent Gallup poll, sixty-nine percent of teachers are not engaged in their work in the United States. Teachers are not emotionally engaged in the work. What can we do about it? National Teacher of the Year Sean McComb shares his views on how to engage more teachers in teaching.

3 Ways to get up when teaching knocks you down

Sean shares his struggle with hopelessness from a time when he had students who had failed the test twice. He was given the students LAST PERIOD and no one wanted to be there. This honest conversation is empowering and rings true.

Sean also shares a phenomenal idea for how his school regained 80 minutes of planning time for their teachers just by reexamining “extra” duties that teachers were given.


Who is Sean McComb?

Sean McComb@Mr_McComb teaches English and AVID students at Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts in Baltimore MD. He is the 2014 National Teacher of the Year. He serves as an adjunct faculty member at Towson University and supports pre-service teachers to develop the habits of effective teaching. He blogs at mccombsview.wordpress.com.


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How Innovative Educators Plug into Global Ideas

The Innovator’s Mindset series with George Couros

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George Couros said he would argue to his death that Twitter was useless when he started with it. But, now he sees. Should every teacher be connecting online? How can we shift our way of thinking to get information that will really help us teach? George also says that principals who say that teachers have to “make time to do it on their own time” are making a mistake. (George has a genius idea for this one about how to make connecting a cultural thing and give teachers an extra hour to sleep in!)

George Couros is joining us for a series of shows on Every Classroom Matters where we talk about the eight characteristics of the Innovator’s Mindset (George’s new book.) This is part 4 of the series. See the full series here


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8 Secrets of a Great Language Teacher

Secrets from Language Teacher Isil Boy

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8 secrets of great language teachers

Teaching language is a challenge. Isil Boy from Turkey teaches students how to speak English. Today, she shares her secrets for helping language students learn. She also shares her tricks and tips for using technology in the classroom. These secrets apply to every teacher and classroom.


Isil Boy@isilboy works as a lecturer at the Faculty of Education at Yildiz Technical University, and as a teacher trainer for Pilgrims. She is also the coordinator of EdTech Summit in Turkey. Currently she is pursuing a PhD in Educational Technology.


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