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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Not Only About Passion-Based Learning

In part, he World English Dictionary defines passion as “A strong affection or enthusiasm for an object,  concept, etc: a passion for poetry.” We’ve been hearing a great deal about “Passion-Based Learning”.  People are realizing the importance of giving our students the opportunity to learn about things that are of interest … Continue reading

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Battle of Technology and Pedagogy

First of all, I have a bit of a confession.  When I started on Twitter again almost 2 years ago, I didn’t deeply understand when I read, “It’s not about the technology.” Yes, I understood it on a surface level, … 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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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 … Continue reading

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Be Present

Be Present (and so will they) (My version of “Build it and They Will Come”) There is a little boy in our school who is a runner and a hider.  He runs away from his Grade 1 class regularly.  He … Continue reading

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I Heart Pro. D.

If you’ve been reading my blog, you probably know that I love learning.  So, it wouldn’t surprise you that I love Professional Development Days and today was one of those days. While I will discuss my Professional Development Day experience … Continue reading

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Prezi! Prezi! Prezi!

Wow!  I finished my first Prezi!  This is a great presentation tool that can be used for any audience. I designed this prezi for the Grade 5 classes who I will be teaching Health and Career Eduction to in the fall.  … 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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