Summer Freedom

  I am so excited to have finished my second year of teaching! And what a blessed year it has been. I know I haven’t been making a lot of blog posts this year about school, but I have been savouring every special moment that has passed since I began last August. My kids have finished…

Facing my Class

Going into my first year of teaching, I knew that it would be physically and mentally demanding. But what I hadn’t braced myself for was how emotionally demanding this profession would be as well. In the past nine months that I have been teaching, I have never before experienced such extremes in anger, frustration, desperation,…

A Seventh Grade Story

Today I gave my junior high students this writing assignment: Select a memory from your own life, but tweak it so that it becomes fiction. You can make it sci-fi, add new characters, change the setting, etc. but it has to be based on a true life event. Here is a story that had me laughing…

A Letter to my Class

After talking with a couple teachers today, I felt really disheartened with the apathetic attitude and defiance of many students at school. I was even more saddened that this behaviour is beginning to spread to affect students that earlier in the year were very excited about learning. For some of my students, their attendance is…

Seating Plans are Awesome

The key is to be firm and consistent. I learned this the hard way. I implemented a seating plan at the beginning of the year for my junior high class and gradually, it diminished into students sitting on the counters and in their small circles of friends. They were happy that way, and I was…

Junior High Scratch Art

My junior highs did a recent project on scratch art. They were told to etch out either an animal, a fictional character, or a mythical creature. It was not an easy task – most students struggled with the temptation of simply outlining an image, but in the end, I was so pleased with what they…