Big Things

When I accepted the job as a self-contained DD teacher three years ago, a dear friend of mine explained that this job was going to be about the “big things”.  I did not understand what she meant at first and I asked her to elaborate. She told me that I would be spending my time […]

You are not alone – and you aren’t a failure, either.

Here we are, midway through yet another week of remote learning. I’ve lost count of how many weeks we’ve done this now. You would think that by now, someone with as much teaching experience and technological know-how as I have would feel settled, but… I don’t. If you’re a newer educator and you’re feeling like […]

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I hope this message finds you well. It has been a long time since we’ve been able to really; (circle one)a. Chatb. Catch-upc. Connectd. Collaboratee. Other____________________________f. All of the above (I circled this one) I really miss the times when we were able to learn together, and to encourage each other in person too. Come to […]

“Be vulnerable”

A message we are hearing as educators during a pandemic. What does this mean to you and your practice?   To me, vulnerability seems scary, it seems raw – but, both human and necessary.  Living through this pandemic has provided us with commonality of experiences. Although we are all experiencing different heartache during this time […]

Teaching dance and health online, yikes!

Happy week after spring break everyone! Is anyone else feeling super impressed with their students and their ability to get right back into things after a week-long break? I have never been able to say that before so I thought I may as well express these feelings of joy while I can. As we get […]

Who benefits from Hybrid Online Learning?

  Who benefits from Hybrid Learning? There has been an ongoing discussion about the possibility of sustaining online learning after the pandemic ends. In addition, there is a possibility that teachers may be online in the fall of 2021. I recently wrote a blog about the pros and cons to online learning which you can […]

“How can I help?”

The adage of “If you want something done right, do it yourself,” was ingrained in me at an early age.  Until recently, I have always thought that being confident, capable and successful meant never asking for help.  I used to think that asking for help meant that you were weak.  I now think that asking […]

Online Instruction of Students with Learning Disabilities

Since March of 2020, I’ve been teaching students with learning disabilities in an online environment. I’ve been wondering how well the online learning environment supports the needs of students with learning disabilities. As a special education teacher of a contained learning disability classroom, this has been a question that’s been tricky to answer. In addition, […]

Spring Break Plans

Happy beginning of a well deserved break to everyone! There are many things to celebrate at a time where things are still looking grim in Ontario. Teachers may have found out their jobs for September and are excited to be heading back to their home school or for some of us, the physical classroom! We […]

“Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry.” M. Rukeyser

April is National Poetry Month. During this challenging year, poetry has supported critical and courageous conversations, offered some comfort and hope, while honouring pain and anger. Here are some examples of what this work has looked like and sounded like in our Grade 2 classroom: Igniting the Spark: Amanda GormanThe whole world was inspired by […]

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