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David Spencer's Education Paragon is a free educational resource portal helping David Spencer's secondary school students, their parents and teaching colleagues with understanding, designing, applying and delivering assessment, curriculum, educational resources, evaluation and literacy skills accurately and effectively. This wiki features educational resources for Indigenous Aboriginal education, field trips for educators, law and justice education, music education and outdoor, environmental and experiential education. Since our web site launch on September 27, 2006, online site statistics and web rankings indicate there are currently 1,888 pages and 20,185,651 page views using 7.85 Gig of bandwidth per month. Pages are written, edited, published and hosted by Brampton, Ontario, Canada based educator David Spencer. On social media, you may find David as @DavidSpencerEdu on Twitter, as DavidSpencerdotca on and DavidSpencer on Prezi. Please send your accolades, feedback and resource suggestions to David Spencer. Share on social media with the hashtag #EducationParagon. Thank you for visiting. You may contact David Spencer here.

The following resources are helpful to parents and teachers:

  1. Book: Supporting Successful Transition from Primary to Secondary School by Tina Rae (2014)
  2. Book: Book: Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv (2008)
  3. Book: Digital Tools for Teaching: 30 E-tools for Collaborating, Creating, and Publishing across the Curriculum by Steve Johnson (2013)
  4. DVD video: Canadian Popular Music in the '60's, '70's & '80's by EMI Music Canada (2012)
  5. DVD video: Canada: A People's History produced by Mark Starowicz (2001).
  6. Book: Fire in the Bones: Bill Mason and the Canadian Canoeing Tradition by James Raffan (1999)

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A roundtable or round table is a gathering of individuals who agree to meet on common ground for a discussion that could involve partnerships, co-operation and understanding. Participants agree on an agenda that provides equal time, respect and listening to each other's opinions and ideas. Each person is given equal right and access to participate. Since the chairperson is not sitting at an elevsted position and no participants are seated at a greater distance away, no one should feel physically or psychologically alienated.

Examples of Roundtables

  • The Aboriginal and Environmental Education Circle (AEE Circle) is a professional learning and sharing network of educators, teachers, supporters and Aboriginal elders and leaders gathering resources and creating a speakers bureau that will help teachers integrate current cultural, environmental and historical contributions of Aboriginal Canadians into school curriculum. Although we are focused on Peel Region (Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga) in Ontario, Canada we invite educators based in other parts of Canada to use the resources below, join our e-newsletter discussion and submit suggestions. Our web address is

  • King Arthur's Round Table grew from Arthurian legend, around which he and his Knights congregate. As its name suggests, it has no head, implying that everyone who sits there has equal status. The table was first described in 1155 by Wace, who relied on previous depictions of Arthur's fabulous retinue. The symbolism of the Round Table developed over time; by the close of the 12th century it had come to represent the chivalric order associated with Arthur's court, the Knights of the Round Table.

  • National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy provides decision makers, opinion leaders and Canadians with sustainable development recommendations. Emerging from the famous Brundtland Report, “Our Common Future”, the NRTEE became a model for convening diverse and competing interests around one table to create consensus ideas and suggestions for sustainable development. Since its creation in 1988, concerns about climate change, air quality, and water availability have made Canadians and their governments increasingly aware of the need to reconcile economic and environmental challenges as they have become increasingly interlinked. They are the flip sides of the same coin. That need for reconciliation—and the process of working towards it—is the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy’s raison d’être.

  • The Rideau Roundtable is a non-profit environmental organization working along the Rideau River, the Rideau Canal Waterway, and in the Rideau Watershed. Their projects involve wildlife, habitat, environmental stewardship, environmental awareness, biodiversity, water quality, shorelines, eco-tourism, interpretation, paddling, outdoor adventure, natural heritage, and cultural heritage. The Rideau Roundtable has partnered with Paddle Canada and Parks Canada to host interpretive tours along the Rideau Waterway. What makes these tours unique is that they take place in 34-foot replica voyageur canoes with guides in voyageur costume!!! With up to 36 participants leisurely paddling in the two canoes (up to 18 per canoe) , the tours explore both the natural and historical aspects of the Rideau Waterway.

  • Round Table tournaments were held during the Middle Ages festivals called Round Tables were celebrated throughout Europe in imitation of Arthur's court. These events featured jousting, dancing, and feasting, and in some cases attending knights assumed the identities of Arthur's knights.[14] The earliest of these was held in Cyprus in 1223 to celebrate a knighting. Round Tables were popular in various European countries through the rest of the Middle Ages and were at times very elaborate;