A Popcorn in the Air Kind of Day

The first thing I thought of this morning as I entered my classroom was: As soon as I get home today, I am going to watch my tv shows, eat pasta, paint my nails, and go online shopping. These have become some of my greatest comforts after a long day, and I was anticipating a…

Grad Studies Ahead?

Every once in a while – though not very often – I get a vision of what I want to do and where I want to be in the near future. It’s always an exciting moment because it means change, and it gives me something new to work towards. The previous times that this has…

Teacher Tip #4: Discipline

My vice-principal sent out an e-mail to all the staff today to address the issue of discipline in our school. I think her words say it all: ______________________________________________________________________ There are lots of rules, but sometimes we are unsure of how to handle certain situations, like a student constantly arguing or challenging you in class. Our…

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…

Listen with me

After another long day of teaching, I come home to make a quick dinner, put on my sweatpants, pour myself a mug of hot water and settle down to this lovely song. And now, I think I will pick up where I left off in a good book. How do you like to unwind?

My First Week of Teaching

Wow, I can’t believe how busy I am – and I’m not even teaching my reading class yet! To my surprise, I discovered a week before school started that in addition to French 4-12, I would also be teaching Sr. and Jr. Art, Science 7, and Jr. Reading Comprehension. Thankfully, I met with the teachers…