Tag Archives: Poverty

What My Inner City School Experience Has Given Me

This is going to be a somewhat personal post. I have been pondering this for quite some time and have finally decided to write about it and share. For the past 2 and one half years I have been the … Continue reading

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School is Home

While I have always known it, from personal experience, this year made me realize once again just how important school is for our students.  School is a safe place for many students.  The ONLY safe place. Our students know what … Continue reading

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Anything is Possible

Currently, we are studying Careers with my Grade 6 Health and Career Education students. The students have done a number of activities for the last few weeks.  One of these activities was completing an interest inventory in which the students … Continue reading

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Open Your Hearts

I’ve been doing a great deal of reflecting these days (as I always do), but this has been a bit different.  I usually reflect upon my practise, decisions, teaching, leadership, parenting, and relationships.  Last night, with all that has been … Continue reading

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Are “Wants” Necessary?

Our school has done an amazing job collecting donations for a number of our most in-need families this Christmas season.  It was quite a wonderful, rewarding experience for everyone involved.  The generosity of the staff and some local businesses overwhelmed … Continue reading

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The Importance of the Three C’s

So, here we are the end of September already. I can not believe how quickly this month has gone.  It has been so busy though, so it’s not surprising it has gone so fast.  I have spent a great deal … Continue reading

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Teachers Must Entertain

The other night, as I read A Framework for Understanding Poverty, by Ruby Payne, I found some of the Hidden Rules Among the Classes very interesting.  Payne says that “the bottom line in generational poverty is entertainment and relationships” (pg. 41), This intrigued me.  Relationships I … Continue reading

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Powerful Chit Chat

As I have mentioned, I am currently reading A Framework for Understanding Poverty by Ruby Payne.  I am reading this book mainly because my new assignment is the Vice-Principal  of an Inner-City school in my district. I found Chapter 2 – The … Continue reading

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I’ve Got a Secret

The district in which I work as a Vice-Principal is a large, complex and diverse district.  We have 124 schools (100 elementary, 19 secondary, and 5 student learning centres) with 69,145 students.  That number is expected to grow by at … Continue reading

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