Category Archives: PD


Hand Clenching Helps Recall

Recent research suggests that (in right-handed people) clenching your right hand might help you form stronger memories and clenching your left will help recall memories.

According to Dr. popper and her colleagues “unilateral hand clenching increases neural activity in the frontal lobe” and thus helps with memory forming and retrieval.

I asked Dr. popper if the same or the opposite sequence of clenching works for left-handed people. Her response:

There is some research showing that non-right-handers are not the opposite of right-handers. In fact, there is some possibility that clenching the same as righties would be harmful to non-righties memories, and no idea what would happen for opposite hand clenching. An educated guess would suggest there would not be help for memory.

Read the full article: “Getting a Grip on Memory: Unilateral Hand Clenching Alters Episodic Recall



O Canada at CALL Conference

CALL (The College Association of Language and Literacy) 2011 Annual Conference (May 25-27) was hosted successfully at Algonquin College in Ottawa this year and I had the privilege of presenting to my colleagues from across Ontario. I also got a chance to attend several other interesting presentations and events including Patti Church’s workshop on Personal Branding during which Patti explored approaches students could use to go beyond a resume and increase their visibility.

at CALL Conference
With Jowi Taylor at CALL Conference

I also attended Jowi Taylor’s presentation of the Six String Nation Guitar one more time and found it as fascinating as before. Other memorable moments were Mary Wiggin’s storytelling session and Missy Burgess’s live performance of several beautiful songs.

Thanks to all conference organizers especially to Jack Wilson, Dianna McAleer and Cecelia Taylor. 

O Canada Book Launch in Toronto

O Canada: Integrated Skills through Canadian Music was officially launched on February 26th, 2011 during an afternoon filled with music and games at ESL Shop in Toronto.

The highlight of the ceremony was Jowi Taylor’s presentation on the voyageur, an acoustic guitar built from sixty-three pieces of Canadian history and heritage. The voyageur is featured in Chapter 8 of the O Canada Workbook.

Oxford Canada Staff
Oxford Canada staff at the launch of O Canada in Toronto

TESL Ottawa Winter Event 2011

TESL Ottawa Winter Event Program 2011

Saturday, February 5, 2011
8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m

Elmwood School at 261 Buena Vista Rd.

Cost: No cost to Members $10.00 for Non-members

Plenary Session (9:00-10:30)
Task-Based Teaching and Learning
Guest Speaker, Ken Lackman

Ken Lackman is an educational consultant and EFL teacher based in Toronto. He is a popular presenter at TESL Ontario Conferences.

10:30 – 11:15 Networking and Publishers Display
11:15 – 12:15 Choose one of three concurrent workshops:

1. Ken Lackman – Universal Activities
2. Joan Brodie – Cognitive Declines and Strengths of Older Learners
3. Mike Barker – Demystifying Computer Technology


* Judy Bedell
* Cindy Chan
* Eleanor Hyodo
* Marguerite Jane Won