Building a Community

School begins by building the student community. We invite guardians into the space and include them in building the environment.  Often this is done with a newsletter or email introducing the subjects and the adults whom have contact with each child.  Any special events or classroom supplies are mentioned to assist students with a successful […]

The Risks of Vaccination Vacations

………. https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s–n7cJ-LTe–/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/rr4bz7xerbtjbdusoktw.mp4 ………. Canadian Health Headlines 2018  Measles case confirmed at Skookum Festival, multiple Vancouver locations Why does Europe suddenly have measles? Mumps makes a comeback in Canada and the U.S. Whooping cough outbreaks in Canada tied to lower vaccine immunity Update on invasive meningococcal vaccination for Canadian children and youth How HPV is causing […]

Let’s talk about P

Let’s talk about P Yes, this blog is about teachers’ urination and the lack of opportunities to do so! I’ve been teaching over 19 years now and I know I am having a good day when I have eaten my lunch – before 3 pm, and had a pee break. Teachers often joke about this, […]

Happy New Year

As a parent and educator this time of year is a transition back into a regimented routine. It is the New Year.  New Year, for my child entering grade 3. New Year, for myself with a traveling (on a cart) assignment, Grade 5-8 Math and Self Contained Class coverage. Preparation for this New Year celebration […]

Building Connections with Students

Be Authentic The video of a teacher giving each of his students a “just for them” handshake each morning upon entry has gone viral.  His efforts to connect with students have been applauded.  I think that this is a wonderful way to create a bond between teacher and student; for THAT guy.  I know that […]

Switching to a four-day school week

Switching to a four-day school week I recently read a NPR post about the Colorado School District Switching to a four-day school week to save money. This made me very concerned as many educational policy trends in the United States make their way to Canada. In the 2018-2019 school year, Colorado’s School District 27J has […]

Welcoming Refugees … by any other name

Turned Away: Tale of St. Louis and the fate of its 907 German Jews. Welcoming Refugees by any other name While reading the Toronto Star, I came across an article by Martin Regg Cohn writing about his experience meeting refugees making their way through the Vermont forest into Canada. This made me think about black […]

My Yearly Notebook

Each summer I buy a brand new spiral bound notebook.  Not the skinny ones that you get in the 3 pack from Hilroy with the flimsy cover that rips within a few uses. I am particular about my stationary.  It may be a kind of a problem.  I get the 8 1/2 by 11 solid […]

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