Sculptures de Glace!

I’m currently teaching about Quebec’s Winter Carnival to my grade 7 class, and as an attempt to integrate culture into the classroom, I had my students build ice sculptures yesterday in groups of three or four. They ended up having a lot of fun planning what they were going to build and making their structures…

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…

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.…

Self Portraits

I can hardly believe this year is coming to an end! It is incredible how much has happened since day one in September. I’ve discovered that I quite enjoy teaching art.There’s something so calming and relaxing about art that it just seems to suit my personality and teaching style better than other courses I’ve taught.…

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,…