This is my ACS

As year-end looms near, and our minds begin to wander away from the tasks at hand to the many things to accomplish in so few weeks, and the promise of summer vacation, I find myself a bit reflective. You see, I won’t be returning to regular teaching next year. The tug-of-war between home and classroom […]

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How NOT to be an Artist

BY JONATHAN BOERSecondary Art Teacher There is a poster out there entitled “How to Be An Artist.” It’s a list of things an artist is supposed to do, like “plant impossible gardens,” “take moonbaths,” and “invite dangerous people to tea.” If this poster is the definitive list, I’m not an artist. The only things on […]

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What is Trent Listening To?

I don’t listen to music very much. When I am driving, I prefer podcasts and talk radio because I like to engage ideas and argue—yes, I argue with the car radio. I certainly don’t make a habit of going to concerts, but I was very excited about a concert last September at St. Andrews  in […]

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Let It Go Already!

I really think it is time to let it go. I have three young daughters who are, like many of my grade 8 students and apparently a large percentage of people generally, obsessed with the movie Frozen. Hardly a day goes by when there is not a musical number from Frozen being staged in my […]

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The Back Story

Just prior to heading into the summer vacation, the secondary staff gathered together to have their final meeting of the year. At the tail end of the meeting, one of the staff members, Gary Verbeek—in typical Gary fashion—took over the meeting and announced that the staff needed to listen to a praise song by a […]

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Tooting My Own Horn

Music. It can move you in ways nothing else can. It can bring back memories long forgotten. It can move you to tears at the most inexplicable times. It can make you drum your fingers and bop your head or completely let loose and dance like no one’s watching. But when the music is coming […]

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