Five Minutes Before

It’s five minutes before presentation time and my PowerPoint notes are spread out in front of me. I try to hide them from people because they are already filled with font size 10 text and some will even need to be turned over in order to read the full story of what I really planned […]

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Silly Answers to Good Questions

I was taking a first year Canadian history course and my professor asked the question,“Why do you think there was a law in Lower Canada that prohibited the cutting down of oak trees?” I thought to myself, “Oh, I know this one!” A little background is needed here. I was almost finished my degree, but […]

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Never Say Never!

I remember the moment vividly. I was in grade 9, standing in our living room beside the piano. My mom and I were in heated debate over a timer. I was a bit ticked (at myself) because once again, my younger and more musically inclined sister had taken it upon herself to learn how to […]

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Tubing with the Thiessens

Have you ever noticed that you need others in order to make it through adventures and ordeals? Case in point, tubing on Lake Okanagan. Our school board chair, Rick Thiessen and his wife Karen (who is also our school’s transportation coordinator) invited my family to spend an afternoon boating with them. The Thiessen’s have a […]

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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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The Halls Are Alive…

Our Middle School just wrapped up our production of The Sound of Music. There were many amazing memories from the performances (like the reaction of the Grade 4, 5 and 8 students to the scene where Rolf kisses Liesel’s hand), but most of the really memorable moments occurred long before all the rehearsals happened. This […]

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Top Ten Wish List for Writing Report Cards

Ah, report card season. Every last item is finally marked, and entered into the online grade book. Time to carefully consider each letter grade, select a 4 – 3 – 2 – 1 for every outcome, and begin the intense program of writing meaningful comments for each student. What is going through this teacher’s mind? […]

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