Wrapping Up Another Year

The holidays have flown by so quickly and I’m already beginning to feel melancholy with the thought of returning all by myself to the cold abyss that is northern Alberta. Well, actually it’s not so bad up there, it’s really just being away from my family again that makes me feel sad. Since I’ve been…

‘Tis the Season for Cookies and Art!

Today is the last day of school and the tradition around here is to hold a winter formal for all junior and senior high students the entire day. Both teachers and students arrived all dressed up (which is a brave thing to do in -30 °C). We began the day with Christmas mass at the church…

Teacher Tip #3: Take care of yourself

I don’t know how many times I’ve heard this one. It wasn’t until my third practicum that I learned the importance of work life balance. Since my first two practicums were so short, I was able to power through and become a workaholic with no social life. However, since my last practicum lasted for four…

A Canadian Nativity

Our latest project in art is finally finished! After weeks of learning about watercolour and landscapes, students painted a modern day nativity scene in a Canadian landscape. The inspiration comes from William Kurelek’s book “A Northern Nativity”. Way back when I was in junior high, one of my art teachers had us reproduce Kurelek’s paintings…

Unmask Bullying Project

I would have posted this sooner, but I have been completely swamped with work. This art project was actually done the week before Anti-Bullying Awareness Week in November. I decided to have students create masks out of plaster gauze (which the town hospital generously gave to me for free) and paint words and faces on…