Tips, anecdotes and confessions of a fifth year teacher in ABC's.
Two students who've taught me more than they'll ever know.
Start with a history lesson on Rome, add a yet-unplanned, elementary art class, and you get a mosaic. At least, I did. In the making, I found some reflections. In high school, my geography teacher taught me that Canada has a cultural mosaic. Our American counter-parts have a melting pot. By this, he meant that … Continue reading Mosaic
The following piece was written for the Exceptional Learner class I took at FB this summer. Learning Disabilities--A Call to Explore Empathy. I really cannot understand what it is that they go through. Compassion. I can treat them with love because I know that they have struggles beyond what I can comprehend. No child … Continue reading Winter Twigs & Books Full of Rainbows
Some call it tough love. "I feel like the big bad witch of the cloakroom!" I fume in stage whisper to my co-teacher. In establishing a new, fast-growing school, we have needed to find traditions and rules that are worth making and keeping. With half the school out at recess while the other half … Continue reading Bootlegging
"So, twenty two, no matter which way you look at it," she says. I nod and mildly smile, " I guess so." You see, she is the second or third aunt to say this, and I had thought it myself upon the approach of this next milestone. The joke is beginning to taste like yesterday's … Continue reading Two, Two Blessed
Did you know that a snatch of song that cycles unceasingly in your head is called an "ear worm"? As a teacher with a love for choral music, I endeavour to plant an appreciation for choral music into my students' brains. The challenge: I teach first grade. Obviously, the music is above all but the … Continue reading Planting the Worm