Leaving La Ville de Québec

Leaving a place that has left an impression on me is never easy. I can’t believe how quickly the time has gone and how quickly people come and go. I wrote thank you cards to my teachers and said my farewells after school today. As it has become a Friday tradition, my friends and I went…

Reflections on Traveling

This week has been so full of joy and blessings. My classes continue to push me to new limits and they have really stretched my skills in French. Conversation classes have been more lively lately and I absolutely love how much we laugh in class. I am exploring the city with every chance I get (and getting quite…

Verse Art

Because our school is so small, not all junior high students are able to take art. In fact, there is only room for a couple of grade 9 students and the rest is reserved for high school. This leaves my grade 7s and 8s itching for any opportunity to draw or work with their hands.…

Reflections and Blessings

I can’t believe my first year of teaching is over. I am left feeling bittersweet – I’m going to miss so many people. It’s incredible how much God has blessed me during my time here. It was nothing I even expected. I still remember my feelings of disappointment and loneliness when I had first arrived…

Annecy on My Mind

Nearly four years ago, I visited the lovely town of Annecy with my friends while we were studying in France. As I recall bits and pieces of that weekend, I feel slightly wistful. That trip to Annecy was simple and quiet and lasted for only a couple of days, but I’ve always associated this memory…

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…