Be Kind to Yourself

It was Friday morning and my classroom was empty. The students had just left with the teacher who helps them exchange their library books for the week. A few minutes after my students in Grade 1 and 2 left the class, in walked in another student. He was a few minutes late and had hisContinue reading “Be Kind to Yourself”

Psychotherapist, Teacher, both or more?

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” ~Henry Brooks Adams This evening after a long, emotionally challenging day, and a hard set of stairs at 1001 steps I needed to just sit back and do something a bit mindless.  You know those days, right? So… I headed on over to Facebook.Continue reading “Psychotherapist, Teacher, both or more?”

Using Video Recording to Enhance Learning

In addition to my vice-principal assignment, I also have a 70% teaching assignment.  That teaching assignment this year is working with students who struggle in their academic areas – mainly reading, writing and math as a Learning Support Teacher. While I have been a Learning Support Teacher in the past, this year I started experimentingContinue reading “Using Video Recording to Enhance Learning”

It Always Comes Back to Relationships

The teaching assignment in my vice-principal role has changed slightly from last year. This year I am part of the Learner Support Teacher Team.  I work with students in Grade 1, 2, and 4. My first inkling was to get all the sight words, guided reading books, and other materials ready to bombard these learnersContinue reading “It Always Comes Back to Relationships”

Life-Long Learners

This summer, I read a number of interesting, informative and inspiring books. The Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age by Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach and Lani Ritter Hall was one of the books I read. Not only does The Connected Educator have a lot of information, it also has many “Get Connected” activities toContinue reading “Life-Long Learners”

No One Knows Everything

As I reflect on my holidays, and think of the new year upon us, a conversation I overheard stands out. I was standing in line at a grocery store in San Francisco.  Two people (obviously tourists to San Francisco) were standing behind me and one said to the other quite curtly, “Yah, people in SanContinue reading “No One Knows Everything”

Some Plans For This Year

I have a new role in my school this year.  In addition to being the Vice-Principal, I will also be one of the Learning Support teachers (last year, I was the Early Literacy Teacher and the Intermediate Prep teacher for 4 classes in addition to my Vice-Principal role).  I look forward to being part ofContinue reading “Some Plans For This Year”

But, He Can Do It At Home….

Have you ever had a parent tell you, “But Johnny (insert any child’s name here) can count to 100 by 2’s (insert any skill here) at home with no difficulty at all. He does it all the time!” As a classroom teacher, a Learning Support Teacher and even as a Vice-Principal, I’ve heard this countlessContinue reading “But, He Can Do It At Home….”

Top 10 in 10 Series: Celebrating my 100th Blog Post 4/10

While I have been inspired by many school administrators and other district personnel, I have also been inspired by many classroom teachers. I would consider these educators to be leaders in education as well. 10 Most influential Teacher Bloggers Joe Bower – Joe has opinions and isn’t shy to share them with the world.  I findContinue reading “Top 10 in 10 Series: Celebrating my 100th Blog Post 4/10”

A Lesson in Persistence and Collaboration

One of our Grade 5 teachers tried something new a couple of weeks ago. It turned out fabulous, but not without a few hiccups.  Her class is studying the environment, so she wanted to have her class collaboratively answer a debatable question regarding farming salmon.  With the help of our Teacher-Librarian, she and another GradeContinue reading “A Lesson in Persistence and Collaboration”