At Great Brain Learning we know that it takes a spark and some careful tending to ignite a fire for learning. Since 2006 we have been in the business of transforming learning trajectories--one lesson and one learner at a time. We are proud to serve an immensely talented and diverse group of K-16+ learners and their wonderful families. Learners of all ages from across Canada, from all levels of schooling have successfully and permanently changed their mindsets and skills for learning.
Thank you for stopping by. Take your time and look around. Don't hesitate to be in touch with questions and feedback. We are committed to learning because we are certain that learning is the only way to make the world a kinder, safer place for everyone. The journey to thriving at learning begins with you.
This is a high-five moment: Joy of Learning is growing up!
After 17 years (and a global pandemic) it's time to move learning forward. We have a new name, a new logo and a new website too. What hasn't changed is our core belief: Every learner has the capacity to use the great brain they have to reach their potential.
There is nothing more important than the health and well-being of our learning community and the families we serve. All of our teaching, coaching and consulting services moved online in March 2020—and we’re thriving in cyberspace. While many families prefer to continue with on-line coaching and consultation, Dr June is fully vaccinated (X 5) and has reopened in-person service to fully vaccinated families who wish to resume LIVE work. We’re an email or phone call away, and we’d love to connect with you! Whether you are a a parent seeking assistance to find a way forward for your primary, middle school or secondary student, or a post-secondary learner concerned about your future, we would be delighted to hear from you!
Dr June Starkey began teaching in 1987, and she spent 17 years teaching in the public system in Ontario. She soon realized that the best way to ensure learning was to use teaching methods and strategies that have been proven effective through empirically-validated findings. Dr June founded her learning clinic in 2006 based on this data-dr
Dr June Starkey began teaching in 1987, and she spent 17 years teaching in the public system in Ontario. She soon realized that the best way to ensure learning was to use teaching methods and strategies that have been proven effective through empirically-validated findings. Dr June founded her learning clinic in 2006 based on this data-driven approach. Great Brain Learning is the only bilingual and evidence-based teaching practice in Ontario.
Dr June's doctoral research in descriptive feedback, assessment, and motivation theory fuelled her development as a teacher of learning and this research has led to new understandings about learning and achievement. We primarily focus on Language Arts (literacy) and Math (numeracy), but literacy and numeracy skills have implications for a
Dr June's doctoral research in descriptive feedback, assessment, and motivation theory fuelled her development as a teacher of learning and this research has led to new understandings about learning and achievement. We primarily focus on Language Arts (literacy) and Math (numeracy), but literacy and numeracy skills have implications for all subjects - sciences, history, geography, and have direct applications to math and critical thinking.
On a daily basis Dr June re-connects each learner with their capacity to learn by teaching awareness - of their learning process and their successful results. She uses evidence-based practices to show students that they can learn. For learners who may have experienced little success in formal learning environments, this experience is oft
On a daily basis Dr June re-connects each learner with their capacity to learn by teaching awareness - of their learning process and their successful results. She uses evidence-based practices to show students that they can learn. For learners who may have experienced little success in formal learning environments, this experience is often a profound paradigm shift. This metacognitive approach fundamentally and permanently changes the learning trajectories for learners of all ages.
At Great Brain Learning we collect meaningful data with the learner, then we design a plan to get where we need to go - whether that's about literacy, numeracy, confidence - or all of the above.
Dr June's research about feedback for learning shows that when students are given coherent, descriptive feedback and opportunities to understand how to use feedback - they are able to improve their work. Students who struggle can indeed bridge the gaps, make progress and achieve phenomenal success in top-rated post-secondary educational programs of all kinds across Ontario, Canada, the US and Europe.
Simply put, metacognition is intentional thinking about our own thinking and learning. At Great Brain Learning we understand the importance of student-teacher interaction in developing metacognitive learning skills that enhance and propel student success. Metacognition matters because when learners see evidence that they can learn, anything and everything is possible in terms of achievement.
Leave no stone unturned in the quest to understand a learner's strengths, needs and next steps, to create and realize life-long goals and dreams for a bright and productive future.
We are passionate about learning and early intervention.
We are committed to building partnerships with parents to nurture diverse learners and to create spaces where families can learn together and grow strong. More than ever we are reminded of our vision to promote excellence in learning for all. This is a time for leadership, and we hear a strong and fervent call to action. As a leader in learning, we continue to listen and learn, knowing that inequalities in our society must be addressed so that ALL children can participate and learn.
Great Brain Learning is founded on the principles of equity, inclusion, and individual difference. For 17 years we have committed ourselves to the work of building a brighter future with and for young people and their families of all races, religions, sexual orientations and physical and mental capabilities. As a privately funded agency that serves children and families, we passionately welcome, celebrate and value our diverse community of clients and their families.
Our culture is profoundly affected by the racism that is deeply rooted in systemic practices and is all too real for many young people and their families. We recognize that anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism - and indeed ALL racism causes significant disparities in quality of life including income, education, housing, health, wellness and safety, and that these factors significantly and negatively impact people’s well-being.
At Great Brain Learning, we are taking steps to reach out to those who are underserved and/or who may be experiencing barriers to accessing support. For 17 years we have provided scholarships to students who would otherwise not have been able to access specialized help for learning. We are expanding these scholarship opportunities to include more young people K-16+ so that more young people have places to thrive in our world.
In the days to come we will be adding resources for families, which will include information on how to talk about racism and violence, with your children.
The reality is that in 2023 we know more than ever before about how the brain works, and what the brain needs to thrive - which is why would love to hear from you!
Please contact us if you cannot find an answer to your question.
Listen to your child! Document your observations and reach out with questions firstname.lastname@example.org
Listen to your intuition! If you feel that your learner is not reaching their potential, chances are you're correct and you can do something about that ...today...to move the learning forward.
There has never been a more challenging time to access resources for bright learners with learning exceptionalities! This is uncharted territory--we are completing our third year of a global pendemic which has brought isolation and separation to the forefront of group learning experiences because of the prolonged periods of online learning.
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