A Time of Giving

This season brings a variety of emotions for individuals – both positive and negative. Some have memories of the Christmas season that are not the greatest. Worse than that, for some, Christmas is a painful time. For some, getting together with family during the holiday season can be very stressful. In contrast, for others, theContinue reading “A Time of Giving”

So Fortunate

As a teaching Vice-Principal, I am truly amazed by all that I get to experience each day.  Not only do I teach Health & Career Education and French to intermediate students, but I also have the opportunity to be the Early Literacy Teacher in our school.  During my Early Literacy teaching time, I work withContinue reading “So Fortunate”

My Grading Journey – Part 3

As I continue along my Grading Moratorium journey, and having my students take more ownership over their learning (and the grades they receive for the term), I am surprised often. I am surprised at the honesty, self-reflection, realism, and insight of my Grade 5 students.  I was concerned that everyone would say they deserved toContinue reading “My Grading Journey – Part 3”

We Did It!

Yesterday was the day that I committed to myself and, more importantly, to my students that we were going to have our Health & Career Education class in the computer lab. I’d been planning this since the summer, but it just hadn’t happened yet.  The students were ready, but I wasn’t quite ready, but IContinue reading “We Did It!”

Confession

I’ve got a bit of a confession to make. Over the past few months I’ve been doing a great deal of learning online and that has been so very exciting!  It allowed me to start the year very excited and pondering the impact technology would have with the students I teach at my new school.Continue reading “Confession”

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 of my time working with the Three C’s – Collaboration, Consultation, and Communication.  Each oneContinue reading “The Importance of the Three C’s”

Opportunities Abound

I have had my first week at my new school, filled with students, teachers, support staff, and parents.  It was a very busy week, full of drama and excitement.  I put in some very long hours this week and I don’t think I even sat down for more than 20 minutes the entire week.  IContinue reading “Opportunities Abound”

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 can understand, but really, entertainment? She  describes a situation where teachers are very concerned aboutContinue reading “Teachers Must Entertain”