Magazine article Teach

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Magazine article Teach

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Welcome to the last issue of the 2013-14 academic year. It has been a quick year, as usual, with many fascinating developments and topics that have been explored. For your pleasure and of course, practical use, we present a number of articles and topics for you to read and hopefully, employ in your classrooms.

There is nothing new in hearing about obesity levels in children in this country. It is a known fact and of great concern. There are any number of remedies with most focusing on encouraging children to become more active and play outside as well as improving diet and nutrition. Easy to identify, more difficult to implement. Part of the root cause might be based on the relationship children have with food and in particular, cooking. Most children tend not to cook and haven't been exposed to cooking directly, apart from eating food that is made for them. In a feature article by Meagan Gillmore, we explore how schools are struggling with cooking programs-there is a range of issues, cost, safety, etc.-but that the benefits can be significant. As children and youth learn to cook their own food, the relationship changes and becomes more beneficial.

The other Feature article in this issue is written by online educator, Gord Holden, who is a bit of a pioneer when it comes to teaching kids directly through virtual environments. …

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