I’m Rob Canone and I am a Special Education teacher with the York Catholic District School Board. I love what I do – learning from and learning with a group of dedicated students, teachers, and administrators. This year, I work closely with Intermediate students in Grade 7 and 8 to support each of them with achieving their full potential. Since beginning as a teacher in 2010, I had the pleasure of teaching Grade 6, Grade 7, and Secondary School English.  Before my career in education, I worked as a reporter and producer for Rogers Television, where I worked on several news and lifestyle programs.

As a teacher, I am committed to learning about each student through rich conversations and meaningful relationships. I believe that dialogue is at the heart of learning about each student, what motivates them, and what may stop them from believing in themselves. When you allow learners to use their voice and when you provide them with the ability to choose for themselves what they are most interested in – that’s when education becomes meaningful and personalized!

I’ve always considered myself a “connected” person and thanks to my experience as a reporter, I will stop at nothing to invite guests and experts into the classroom to make learning about certain topics, real and exciting! Each year, my students themselves connect with experts and organizations via platforms such as Twitter and Google Hangouts. In doing so, my students have been able to see how social media can be used to share and exchange ideas, build relationships, promote change, and seek answers from sources directly. I am fortunate to have had opportunities to share my classroom experience with teachers through presentations at the YRDSB Quest Conference, various YCDSB professional development days, and at EdTech Summits in Canada and the United States.

A lifelong learner at heart, I believe that each day, each challenge, and each interaction, provide endless opportunities to learn something new. Currently, I am learning about Curriculum through a social justice lens, as a student in the Masters of Education program at the University of Toronto, OISE.

I plan on sharing my work, ideas, and reflections on this website, with the goal to spark wonder and help learners of all ages – be it parents, students, teachers, or even YOU!