November 2021
Dear Colleagues,

The last 20 months served as quite the kickstart for educators to experiment with online education and accordingly, face the multiple challenges it carried. Now that we have gotten used to the new “normal”, we are equipped with everything we need to push through the years ahead, come what may.

Or are we?

When schools introduced the Smartboard method, the transition was believed to be the smoothest alternative to the conventional ‘chalk and talk’ that had been used forever. In retrospect, adapting to this new tool was not as easy as it had been expected. Back then, there were (only) a few methods to choose from; now, the educational system must come to terms with an ever changing variety of digital classroom methods and tools for learning and teaching.

As willing as we are to accept these new educational structures, we are nonetheless struggling to make ends meet and we deploy considerable effort to prepare a classroom that is as conducive to learning as possible for our students. This switch to online classrooms and examinations was, and still is, a daily challenge for most of us.

The reason why evaluation is especially challenging is that there are still several kinks to iron out. Preparing students for examinations is therefore a considerable source of stress for teachers. As difficult conversations regarding subject-related performance still arise, teachers find themselves in a constant self-analysis mode. We think about what could be better, how it could be better, and where it can get better. Exhausting, right?

With that in mind, there are a few tips to help you cope with exam session stress.
  • First and foremost, acknowledge the pressure! It is totally normal for you too do so.
  • Value yourself and your influence on your learners’ experience.
  • Talk about your worries or concerns.
  • Visualize and plan an event or activity to look forward to once the exam session is over.
  • Eat and rest well. Teachers need it as much as students do.
  • Focus on progression, rather than perfection; yours as well as your students’.
Your health should be a priority in your life; it cannot just be about your students all the time. Your job is to ensure that students receive the best possible learning experience, and simple strategies can go a long way. So first and foremost, always remember to value yourself and recognize the power of being an educator!

Stay engaged and have a wonderful month!

Julie & Micheline


November 23, 2021

English Language Arts Après-cours 

You are welcome to the first ELA Après-cours of 2021-2022. Come join your community and share ideas and practices on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 from 15:45 to 16:45

November 30, 2021

Math Community Après-Cours

Dear math colleagues, come join your fellow math  teachers in the first Math Après-cours FGA for 2021-2022.

You can choose from the following dates/times:
  • Tuesday, November 30, from 15:45 to 16:45  
  • Wednesday, December 1, from 11:45 to 13:00.  
See you then!

December 2, 2021

New History of Québec and Canada Program Webinar

Registration before November 29, 2021
Details and registration form at

December 8, 2021

New History of Québec and Canada Program Après-cours

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

December 9, 2021

Francisation Après-cours

Tous les enseignants de Francisation sont les bienvenus le jeudi 9 décembre prochain de 16:00 à 17:00.


November 24, 2021

Stress Management Après-cours

This time of year we are all stressed, so the EPC Anglophone Community is organizing a stress management Après-cours. You are all invited to attend from 16:15 to 17:15 on Wednesday, November 24, 2021.

December  7/8, 2021

Science Community Après-cours

Grab coffee or tea and come join your fellow science teachers in the second Math Après-cours FGA for 2021-2022.

You can choose from the following dates/times:
  • Tuesday, December 7, from 15:45 to 16:45  
  • Wednesday, December 8, from 11:45 to 13:00.  
See you then!


Thursday, November 11, 2021

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day is a day for all Canadians to remember the men and women who served and sacrificed for our country. (It is a day we encourage) We hope that every individual, young and old, had the opportunity to pause, to give thanks and to remember”


A Daily Stress Management Approach

Short-Term Stress-Relief Strategies You Can Do Anywhere

by Elizabeth Scott, PhD

From minor challenges to major crises, stress is part of life. And while you can't always control your circumstances, you can control how you respond to them.When stress becomes overwhelming, or it's chronic, it can take a toll on your well-being. That's why it's important to have effective stress relievers that can calm your mind and your body.

Prepare for Math Exam

Phillip Schlechty’s Levels of Engagement

By: The Academic Success Centre at UOI - Ontario Tech University

Teachers can use this with their students. This presentation is to provide students with tips for studying for math exams.


Getting Your Mind off Work

Riddles and Word Puzzles

  1. I speak without a mouth and hear without ears. I have no body, but I come alive with wind. What am I?
  2. Robert and David played several golf matches against each other in a week. They played for a pizza at each match, but no pizzas were purchased until the end of the week. If Robert and David had the same number of wins at any time, those pizzas were canceled. Robert won four matches (but no pizzas), and David won three pizzas. How many rounds of golf were played?
  3. You measure my life in hours and I serve you by expiring. I’m quick when I’m thin and slow when I’m fat. The wind is my enemy.
  4. Kenny, Abby, and Ned got together for a round-robin pickleball tournament, where, as usual, the winner stays on after each game to play the person who sat out that game. At the end of their pickleball afternoon, Abby is exhausted, having played the last seven straight games. Kenny, who is less winded, tallies up the games played:
        - Kenny played 8 games
        - Abby played 12 games
        - Ned played 14 games
Who won the fourth game against whom?
HINT: Think of the number of games that were played?

These 20 Tough Riddles for Adults Will Have You Scratching Your Head
78 Riddles for Adults That Will Test Your Smarts


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by Karine Martin

Tips and tricks on how to prepare for a successful exam period.

RÉCIT AGE, Recommends

Executive Functions/Self-Regulation + Monitoring

by Giovanna Salvagio

In keeping with, this month's issues, focus is on self-regulation and monitoring. With exams quickly approaching, students can begin to apply goal setting tips in preparation for their exams.


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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