Occasional Teaching

Dear Students,

As an Occasional Teacher, I meet a lot of awesome students. This school year, I have had the opportunity to teach in MANY schools (both virtually and in person) across two different school boards. I don’t get to wish each of those awesome students a farewell as this school year nears its last day. Some […]

“Healthy” Eating 101

The Ontario Health and Physical Education curriculum requires students in Grades 1-8 to learn about healthy and active living. The curriculum document stresses the importance of healthy eating and the relationship between healthy food choices and strength of the body and the brain’s preparedness to grow and learn. Sounds ideal right?  Talking about the positive […]

Exit Tickets

I often try to put myself in my students shoes and think about how I would have felt as a young student learning online during a pandemic.  Personally, I learned remotely as an adult when completing my Master of Professional Education degree. But I cannot confidently compare my experience with the experience of these young […]

I am happy you are here

As I was supply teaching one day in a full remote learning classroom, my wifi decided to take a short vacation. Now if you’re anything like me, technical difficulties feel like they come up at the worst possible times. Now that is a dramatic statement of course, but it really does feel like a “WHY […]

“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 […]

Celebrating Kindergarten

This year, we celebrate 10 years of the Full Day Kindergarten program in Ontario.  While working on my undergraduate degree, I first learned of this program and I immediately fell in love with it. My trust and passion for this program have only grown stronger since. My knowledge and curiosity of play-based learning continue to […]

“I’m Sorry”

“I’m Sorry”  A combination of words we are all familiar with. We’ve said them, we’ve received them, we’ve wished for them, we’ve accepted them and we’ve rejected them.  Humans make mistakes. Mistakes are the way we grow and learn. Consequently, this learning process involves others whom our mistakes can directly impact in negative ways.    […]

Boys vs Girls

A friendly competition? No.  No.  No no no no no.    Boys vs girls in sports? Boys vs girls in games? Boys vs girls in math?  No again.    Here’s why: Boys vs girls contests assume there are only two genders and reinforces this idea to children.  This competition forces children to ‘choose’ which side […]

Occasional Teaching Online (part 3 of 3): My Favourite Things

  If I had to pick my favourite thing about Occasional Teaching online the answer would easily be the students I meet each day. This picture was a screenshot from one of my supply days right before the winter break. “I love school” a student commented, randomly and unprompted in the chat box of Google […]

Occasional Teaching Online (part 2 of 3): My Challenges

I will never forget my first supply day for virtual learning. Even though I am early into my teaching career, I believe this experience has changed the way I will reflect on my teaching practice for years to come – dare I say forever? As I logged onto my first Google Meet with no idea […]

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