Adele Blair

Features Writer

Adele was born in Ottawa, Ontario, educated at Carleton University and enjoyed careers in both Education and Social Work, which spanned 52 years. She has three cherished adult adopted children, 4 beloved grandchildren , and a 6 year old canine companion named Bailey. Recently retired, she enjoys writing as a hobby, is active in almost everything going, and resides in Nepean, Ontario.
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Thinking about thinking and critical thinking in kids

Thinking about thinking and critical thinking in kids

I have been doing some thinking lately. Thinking about my thinking and the thinking of others. I’ve been wondering whether or not any of us ever have an original, fact-based, solid and duly considered thought or opinion. I also wonder about original critical thinking and kids. Facebook and Google [...]

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How long must I dream?

How long must I dream?

Have you ever wondered what our teachers talk about late at night, cuddled up under the comforter with their beloved, snug and comfy in the darkened hush of their conjugal beds? Do you ever wonder what they think about after they kiss goodnight and try to wriggle into that restorative state that allows [...]

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An Olympian by anyone’s measure

An Olympian by anyone’s measure

Women like Celine Dion and Anne Murray rise to the pinnacle of their field, set vocal music records and are celebrated by music awards shows and extolled by media, peers, and adoring fans. The likes of Margaret Thatcher and Angela Merkel will one day likely have statues raised in their honour to remember [...]

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I didn't see it coming

I didn't see it coming

I didn’t see it coming. But it came just the same. Old age, that is! It happened to me rather insidiously, with the reality of its impact and implications strongest after retiring at age 71 from two consecutive, driven, passionate careers serving children. Like the stealthy onset of diminishing [...]

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Send them on a cruise! A curriculum idea to better prepare our youth for the Ontario workforce

Send them on a cruise! A curriculum idea to better prepare our youth for the Ontario workforce

Honourable Lisa Thompson, Minister of Education in Ontario, recently surveyed the electorate about numerous issues. I diligently and reflectively completed her questionnaire on the subject of how to better prepare our children for the workforce, with a myriad of typical, experienced professional teacher-type [...]

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Operation Elephant and ‘Class Size’

Operation Elephant and ‘Class Size’

There is much to be learned from history. The story of ‘Operation Elephant,’ a Second World War battle, is worth teaching to every school child, to every politician, and to every policy maker. I wish it were mandatory reading for our leaders in Education. The battle, planned by distant generals, [...]

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A better way - some thoughts on the ‘Class Size’ protests

A better way - some thoughts on the ‘Class Size’ protests

As a retired teacher, I relish in seeing adults I once taught as children appear in the news because they improved the world in some way. I am delighted to see them on television getting an award for outstanding work. It gives me great satisfaction when they turn up as a reporter or public figure perhaps, [...]

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The Gordion Knot in Ontario Sex Education

The Gordion Knot in Ontario Sex Education

In 333 BC, Alexander the Great came upon an ancient wagon, in what is now known as Turkey, on which the yoke was bound with knots so entangled it was impossible to use. Any man who could unravel the knots, it had been proclaimed, was destined to become the ruler of all of Asia. Alexander became obsessed [...]

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Does size really matter, Teach?

Does size really matter, Teach?

An inquisitive adolescent boy posed this complex question to his Sex Education teacher, “Does size really matter, Teach!” The somewhat embarrassed young educator swallowed hard, took a deep breath, and thoughtfully postulated, “Well, that depends on a few salient factors! And those [...]

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When we no longer call the plays: some thoughts on power of attorney

When we no longer call the plays: some thoughts on power of attorney

Tom Brady is widely thought to be among the greatest quarterbacks of all time. He is called ‘the winningest quarterback in NFL history’ according to Wikipedia (July, 2018) and led the New England Patriots to more division titles than anyone in the history of the NFL. He was reliable and consistent, [...]

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