About Trent DeJong

Trent has been teaching at ACS since 1988. He started teaching grade 7 in what was then the elementary school, and then moved to the high school where he teaches (mostly) English. He loves working at Abbotsford Christian because his friends also work there—including his best friend, his wife Dani. He likes reading because he loves learning; he likes writing so that he can process what he has learned. He likes cooking, because he loves good food.
Jun 22, 2015

How to Get an “A” in Free Time

By | 2015-08-11T15:45:28+00:00 June 22, 2015|Faith, Secondary|

What do you think about adding column on a report card assessing what students do during recess?Luigi Giussani, Italian priest, educator and intellectual, once told a group of parents that young people are not judged by how seriously, tenaciously and loyally they take to their school work, but by how they use their free time.They READ MORE...

Apr 24, 2015

SPAM Haiku

By | 2015-04-29T14:13:48+00:00 April 24, 2015|Secondary|

Back in 1996, I had an idea. I think this idea was somehow inspired by my high school friend, Robin and by the latest advance in communication—email.  The idea: SPAM® haiku.At the time, I had 34, what we now call, contacts. They included Robin, of course, several university friends, and my colleagues at Abbotsford Christian School. READ MORE...

Feb 20, 2015

When Teachers Run Out of Good Ideas

By | 2017-08-01T21:43:34+00:00 February 20, 2015|Relationships, Secondary|

I couldn’t believe he belched in my class—and it was on purpose. This was my first year as a teacher, teaching grade 7. This guy was full of energy, and a bit of a stinker too, so I had my hands full. Being so new to the profession, I hadn't developed the instincts for dealing READ MORE...

Jan 23, 2015

Pigeons 101

By | 2017-08-01T21:43:34+00:00 January 23, 2015|21st Century Learning, Secondary, Whole Child Education|

I never learned as much as when I became a pigeon farmer.  I remember walking to the barns on the day of possession, wondering what I had gotten myself into. I was overwhelmed with the responsibility, and with my ignorance as to how to produce the young pigeons (squab) that were so coveted by the READ MORE...

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