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Feb 26, 2018


By |2018-04-15T22:04:53-07:00February 26, 2018||

Most people think Twitter began in 2006, but a form of it actually existed in my grade 7 classroom long before that. I didn’t call it Twitter, I called it “Notion Notes.” When I first came to Abbotsford, I taught grade 7. Besides having fun learning all that science and English, we also did fun things for their own [...]

Jun 22, 2015

How to Get an “A” in Free Time

By |2018-04-15T22:10:28-07:00June 22, 2015|, |

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 [...]

Apr 24, 2015

SPAM Haiku

By |2018-04-15T22:09:29-07:00April 24, 2015||

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. [...]

Jan 23, 2015

Pigeons 101

By |2018-04-15T22:08:52-07:00January 23, 2015|, , |

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 [...]

Nov 23, 2014

Not Another Project!!

By |2018-04-15T22:08:09-07:00November 23, 2014|, |

When one of my kids came home on a Friday and declared, "I have to finish my project," I was filled with dread. Weekend plans were abandoned so I could try to achieve the impossible: learning the material the project was supposed to demonstrate, balancing my child's expectations with reality, understanding the standards against which the project would be [...]

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