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Happy Pride Month!

This June, Peel District School board has raised the Pride Flag at every school for the first time. I didn’t realize the impact that the flying of the flag would have on me until I saw it every single day as I came into school. It gave me such a sense of joy and happiness […]

Did something

Done There are less than 0 days of classes left in this school year. Rooms have been undecorated. Incidents of dishevelled desks are now down to zero. I can actually see the top of mine again. It is the culmination of 10 months of hard work, joy, and growth. DPA time lasted a little bit longer this week and […]

Thanks for all you do!

Congratulations on another successful year! Being a teacher is one of the greatest gifts and it is usually the students’ words at this time of year that remind me of the important impact that we have everyday. When I asked the students about their teacher, Ms. Duong, this is what they had to say: “She […]

Departure

A friend shared their thoughts on why cars have huge windshields? To them, it was so drivers and passengers could get the widest/fullest view of what was to come on the road ahead. They added that the rearview mirror was smaller because it was meant to serve only as a reminder of the road already traveled, and that our focus would be best […]

Shopping List For a New Class Designed for Students with Developmental Disabilities

Shopping, shopping, shopping! This week has been all about shopping. I was given the large task of ordering all the furniture/items for my brand-new classroom that will be providing a program for 10 amazing kids with developmental disabilities. As this was my first time setting up this kind of program, I visited multiple classrooms and […]

Decline(d)

Have you ever heard of a child breaking a limb only to have medical treatment declined by their parents/guardians because they didn’t want anyone to know the extent of the injuries? Of course not. There’d be a rush to the hospital and a cast applied within hours. I’ve rarely, if ever, known of anyone to refuse medical care for their child. […]

Why Collective Bargaining is Important for Teachers

I was born into the union. In 1966, my father worked for Timmy Douglas and ran for the an NDP member of parliament in the Ottawa region. Photo below with my father looking over Tommy’s shoulder. And my mother was on the CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees) collective bargaining unit for the secretaries (i.e.typists) local […]

#Booksnaps

“Booksnaps” are visual responses to texts that students are reading.  When I first saw #BookSnaps on Twitter I was a little confused.  There were a lot of “Bitmojis” and “emojis” pasted on pictures of text.  My understanding was that the students were providing a personal reaction to the books that they were reading.  I certainly […]

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