Year End Activities

Puzzling Together the Pieces

As the school year comes to an end, it’s important to keep our students engaged and active in meaningful activities. Aside from all of the celebrations and partying, we took some time at our school to get our students reflecting and connecting on their year as a whole. My current school is a very small, […]

The (W)rap

The following is proof why I will never quit my day job for a career in entertainment. Sung to the tune of Rapper’s Delight with apologies to the Sugar Hill Gang. Rap It’s June again and the heat is on, School is buzzin’, students’ll soon be gone. What’s that you say? No not yet. You forgot to […]

Mov(i)e Time

It’s the last school week of June. Things are still happening at the speed of learning, of course. Final assessments are in the books and reports are printed. Students are buzzing, bristling, and bursting with energy like they’ve been equipped with new solar panels from TESLA to absorb the energy of sunny days. By this month’s end my school will have […]

On track

A couple of years ago,  I shared a post titled Not feeling it today. It was a response to the highs and lows experienced in my life as an educator.  The post’s banner image captured a lighthearted take on our profession in a simple sentence. It read, “Students: If you ever want to know what a teacher’s […]

All gone

Desks emptied, stacked and put aside. Check. Dormant superfluous paper recycled with extreme prejudice. Check. Walls filled with student work, learning goals, art, and inspirational messages now returned to vanilla coloured vacant voids in waiting. Check. Boxes packed and piled in preparation for transport to my new pending portable location (second in 4 years). Cool. As […]

Start strong. Finish stronger

I write this post as a tribute and thank you to all educators who breathe inspiration into the lives of their students and into one another from September’s strong start to June’s stronger finish. This post is the completion of a promise after a response reminiscent of a rant  written to address comments in the media about educators. In the spirit […]

Revise, Refine, Reimagine

Although sometimes I would rather have a balanced-calendar school year, where summers were shortened and more frequent breaks are embedded throughout the academic year, the two months off that a 10-month school year calendar is still a welcomed experience. The structured close of what often is an intense year of teaching and learning, affords us […]

Spring cleaning

Aaaaah, fresh air! It’s like the earth turned on an air purifier and sun lamp to awaken us from our annual hibernation. There is excitement all around and almost everyone at my school seems to have a bounce in their steps. This is probably because we are not getting weighed down by clunky boots, toques, scarves, mittens, snow pants, and parkas. Spring has […]

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