December 2021
Dear Colleagues,

Several people are completely burnt out by the end of the holiday season because they haven't taken the time to focus on their own needs. No one likes starting a new year with an empty emotional tank. Since the holidays can have a pressure-cooker-effect on us, it’s important to include time for self-care during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. The trick is to plan before you’re in the thick of it. But how does one practice self-care within a completely packed schedule ?

One of the biggest pitfalls of the holidays is trying to micromanage every single task and event in our calendar. It’s one thing to be in control, but tackling too much at once can leave us feeling overwhelmed.

How about creating personal rituals ?  Many of us are creatures of habit, so when the holidays throw off our groove, we must do something to get back to a sense of calm. Here’s my best practice : I light one of my favourite holiday-scented candles, put on a festive playlist and look for the ONE (yep, just one) new recipe to absolutely put on the menu this year.
Another tip is to watch your words. According to experts, when we are overstressed, it’s a natural inclination to use negative language to describe the things that are going on. Trying to mindfully use positive words can therefore significantly reduce stress.

Put yourself on the schedule. If there are (hopefully a few) empty spots on your calendar, fill them in with me-time : go for a walk, read a good book, or watch your favourite holiday movie. Planning for your needs and scheduling times for self-care shows strong emotional intelligence, which can help get you through busy times without crashing and burning.

Be mindful of your emotions. We all know that the holidays can be a time of intense highs and lows. Stress and joy alike can trigger powerful, harder-to-manage emotions. In order for them to comfortably sit side by side, it is especially important to assess how you are feeling, so you can better handle the energy that they bring. Remember that rest time is not misspent time; it is a thoughtful moment meant to restore energy, to replenish your strength.

Sending you our warmest wishes, we hope that the end of 2021 will be cheerful and make way for a fresh and bright New Year. 
Happy Holidays!

Julie & Micheline


Friday, January 7, 2022
from 9:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

SWLSB will be hosting the 2nd edition of the Embracing Diversity conference

It is a virtual conference for all SWLSB employees and partners.

To register for the conference, click here.

Tuesday, January 11, 2022
from 16:00 to 17:00

Francisation Après-cours

Appel à tous les enseignants et intervenants de Francisation !

Notre invité spécial, M. Charles Durocher, enseignant développeur, discutera avec nous de pratiques pédagogiques et de nouvelles approches. Visitez son mur de partage pour en savoir plus sur son expertise et ses projets.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022
from 13:00 to 15:30

New Financial Education Program Webinar

Registration lasts until January 10, 2022.

Details and registration form at

Tuesday, January 18, 2022
from 16:00 to 17:00

New Financial Education Program Après-cours

All Financial Education teachers and consultants are welcome to attend this post-webinar session for more discussion and sharing.

Thursday, February 3rd, 2022
from 9:00-12:00

FNM: Strategies for Reading Mathematical Statements

In this workshop, we will share the results of our research and our reflections on the challenges encountered in Mathematics concerning reading. 
  • By identifying common errors and challenges on how to adapt complex tasks to the specific needs of students; 
  • By consolidating grammatical and lexical elements; 
  • By consolidating strategies for representing the problem;
  • By organizing the points that make up a complex task.
In other words, we will be able to demystify linguistic obstacles in Mathematics. 

Welcome to all CCBE and FBD ‘ Mathematical-speakers ’ !


Ministère de l’Éducation du Québec (MEQ)

Adjustments to the General Adult Education Mathematics Program of Study

We would like to bring to your attention some recent changes made in the DED for the following Mathematics courses : In addition, Secondary III DED are also available for your review.


Nomination au poste de Responsable des programmes d'études du domaine des Sciences à la Direction de l’éducation des adultes et de la formation professionnelle

The English community wishes to extend its warmest congratulations to Mr. Felix Maltais on his new position.

Nomination au poste de Responsable des programmes d'études Français, langue seconde à la Direction de l’éducation des adultes et de la formation professionnelle

The English community wishes to extend its warmest congratulations to Mrs. Stéphanie Forcier on her new position.

Info Sanction

New Info-Sanction

Number: 21-22-20 
Formation Générale Adulte
Passation des tests General Educational Development (GED) pour l’année 2022 et l’année 2023 

Number: Annexe Info-Sanction 21-22-20 
Liste des centres accrédités de GED. 


Giving Feedback in your LMS

By Jean-Simon Gardner, Tobby Bédard and Marc Gariépy

Take a look at this wonderful, long-awaited tool to give feedback in your LMS.


ACE Summit

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

ACE now stands for : Anglophone Community Expo. The RÉCIT AGE and VT teams will be co-hosting this professional development event. All stakeholders of the English-speaking community should save the date for a day of exchanging ideas together on topics like pedagogy, curriculum, and educational technology.

ACE is also looking for presenters. Please fill in the form provided on their site and submit your proposal by Monday, December 20th, 2021.

Moodle FGA

Resources for Option Courses

If you teach Computers, Personal Development, or Committing to Success options courses and are looking to connect with other AGE teachers to share ideas and resources, consider joining the Anglophone Community page on Moodle FGA. The RÉCIT AGE team has created discussion forums specifically for you ! These two short tutorials show how to sign up and contribute to the community. The password for the community is "Anglocom".

Aids Community Care Montreal (ACCM)

Sexual Education Resources

Aids Community Care Montreal is an organization that develops resources for Sexual Education for the Youth and Adult sectors. They presented at QPAT last October and it was absolutely fantastic !

They also created amazing resources, which are available on their website. Their QPAT presentation is also available here.


The Science of Snowflakes

TED-Ed talk by Marusa Bradac

This short video explains the formation of a snowflake through basic concepts of Physics and Chemistry. 

More specifically, Mr Bradac answers the following questions in his presentation :
  • What is the difference between a snowflake and an ice cube ?
  • Why do all snowflakes have 6 sides ?
  • Why are none of them the same ?
  • How can we ski on them ?
Feel free to use this video in your science lessons.

Reduce Anxiety

The 5-4-3-2-1 Method

This is a strategy to reduce anxiety in any aspect of life (classroom, home, workplace, etc.)

l’Équipe-Choc First Nations & Inuit

Do Less, Create More !
February 18, 2022

Sharing Our Digital Tips

by Julie Bourcier and Vanessa Boily

Whether or not you had the opportunity to attend this workshop at the Journée du numérique en Éducation, you can still participate and share your digital tips with Julie and Vanessa on February 18, in the afternoon. They are looking forward to seeing you then!

More details here


Complementary Educational Services, Recommends

Focus, Focus, Focus ...

by Karine Martin

The year is coming to a close, and we are all starting to feel tired. Vacation will be more than welcome, because they will allow students to recharge their batteries. In the meantime, they must work even harder to stay concentrated and focused despite the exhaustion.

RÉCIT AGE, Recommends

Let’s Unwind !

by Giovanna Salvagio

Mindfulness helps to focus one's attention in the moment. This involves various breathing techniques, guided imagery and other sensory tools to relax the body and mind and helps to reduce stress. We hope these strategies help you unwind these holidays!


Ministère de l’Éducation

Services and Programs of Study (2021-2022)
Administrative Guide (2015 Edition)

Teachers' Competencies

Reference Framework for Professional Competencies for Teachers.

Thank you, Karine Jacques and Tanya Marcil for this great poster, which was adapted from the Référentiel des compétences professionnelles - Profession enseignante.


A list of all the info-sanctions published since 2019 concerning the Adult General Education and Semi-Skilled careers has been compiled for you as a reference. Consult your Centre sanction representative for more details.

BIM - Math and Science

A list of all the active BIM exam versions is available for your consultation.

DBE Mathematics - BIM List

For more details on the math exams contact Clementina Santoianni

514 252-3700, poste 5078

DBE Science and Technology - BIM List

For more details on the science exams contact Barbara Choquette
514 251-3700, poste 3888 or

DBE English Language Arts & CCBE English Language of Instruction - BIM ELI/ELA

For more details on ELA exams, contact Steven Jansma or

FBD - Français Langue Seconde & FBC - Francisation - BIM FLS/LAN

For more details on French exams, contact Maria Carrera or

DBE - Social Sciences - Social Sciences or

SOFAD - Resources

SOFAD develops learning resources designed in accordance with the Quebec curriculum and adapted to the needs of learners. There are also teaching practices for both in-class and distance learning in Adult General Education.

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