October 2021
Dear Colleagues,

We hope you had a great beginning of the school year.

Knowing how much you value your students’ success, we wanted to share a few thoughts on engagement, hoping they could be helpful in your daily practice.

Every teacher knows that students being present in their classroom doesn’t mean they are engaged and learning. In fact, maintaining a high level of student engagement is one of the biggest challenges teachers face. The consequences of disengagement for adult learners are especially severe, and it is therefore essential for teachers to be able to measure student engagement and ultimately improve it.

By accurately measuring engagement, teachers can identify disengaged students who are at risk of falling behind or even dropping out of their educational goal. This gives teachers the ability to develop interventions for at-risk students, as well as to continually assess their own teaching methods to boost overall engagement.

One easy way to measure engagement is plain observation, but engagement is also emotional. Emotional engagement happens when  students feel a sense of belonging, and whether they enjoy the learning process. As well, more recent research has defined cognitive engagement as an important factor to take into consideration.

Although there are several methods of assessing your students’ engagement, keep in mind that you must first and foremost pay attention to your own. The key to being fully present for the people in your life is to take good care of yourself. Taking time to replenish your spirit will allow you to serve from the overflow, as you cannot serve from an empty vessel.

Stay engaged and have a wonderful month!

Julie & Micheline

Provide an uncommon experience
for your students and they will reward you
with an uncommon effort and attitude.
— Dave Burgess, Teach Like a Pirate


October 27, 2021 — Postponed!

Important Change to Adult with ADHD — Student Workshop 

The workshop is postponed to a later date. We will keep you posted!

You are most welcome to attend the French presentation (subtitled in English) on Tuesday, October 26 from 10:30 to 11:30 am. Click here to join »

October 19 & 20, 2021

Après-cours FGA — Science Community 

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

You can choose from the following dates/times:
  • Tuesday, October 19, from 15:45 to 16:45 pm
  • Wednesday, October 20, from 11:45 am to 13:00 pm 
See you then!

October 20, 2021

Atelier sur les fonctions exécutives en apprentissage

from 10:00 to 11:00 am

Présentation des fonctions exécutives pour comprendre quoi mobiliser en apprentissage.
(subtitled in English) Click here to join »

October 29, 2021

Formations en univers social — Automne 2021

Éducation financière de 9 h à 11 h
Histoire du Québec et du Canada de 13 h 30 à 15 h 30

Pour toute information, communiquez avec

The English version of these workshops will be available shortly. We will keep you updated as soon as possible.


October 27, 2021

English Pedagogical Consultants (EPC)
“Adult Education 101” Après-Cours FGA

from 16:15 to 17:15 pm

This first cross-curricular Après-Cours will focus on the introduction of our partners and the services offered to the Adult General Education community. Click here to join »



What Is Student Engagement?

by Dr. Essie Sutton

Measuring student engagement helps to understand what engagement actually looks like in the classroom. Are students paying attention? Are they asking questions and participating in discussions? Take a deeper dive into what student engagement really is and why it is so important.


Phillip Schlechty’s Levels of Engagement

In an effort to help educators assess the presence or absence of engagement, Phillip Schlechty developed a list of possible indicators of engagement, which can also help guide action.


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Student Motivation

by Karine Martin

The arrival of the fall season often corresponds to a drop in motivation for students. The novelty of the beginning of the year and the euphoria of the newness give way to a more challenging period as the days get shorter. So, what actions can we take to support motivation in our students?

A motivation infographic created by Karine Jacques and Karine Martin is available for your class use.

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Working Memory

by Giovanna Salvagio

Giovanna demystifies working memory and offers Quizlet as a tool to support memory training.


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

CCBE and DBE Français Langue Seconde

For more details contact Maria Carrera
514 251-3700, poste 3662

CCBE English Language of Instruction | DBE English Language Arts

For more details contact Steven Jansma
514 251-3700, poste 3755

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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