Feb 26, 2018

NOTION NOTES

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

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 [...]

Feb 19, 2018

BEFORE THE CURTAIN CALL

By | 2018-02-19T09:11:17+00:00 February 19, 2018|21st Century Learning, Middle School|

Feathers floated through the air; strands of wig hair lay scattered on the ground. Kids were running around in circles practising a classmate’s fish swim move, and the one counter space left in my classroom had become an apparent make-up station.    My classroom resembled anything but a learning environment. “Mrs. Barthel, I can’t find [...]

Feb 13, 2018

THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX

By | 2018-02-13T07:51:14+00:00 February 13, 2018|21st Century Learning, Elementary|

BY SHERRY DRADER, GRADE 4 TEACHER This past Christmas left me flabbergasted—the cardboard box STILL became the most sought after “toy” between my three kids! I’ve always been fascinated by the hours of enjoyment children get from a simple cardboard box, as the adult in me just wants to clean up the mess, flatten the [...]

Jan 29, 2018

WANNA SHAPE GOD’S WORLD WITH ME?

By | 2018-01-29T10:59:58+00:00 January 29, 2018|Custom-Fit Education, Secondary|

Just a few days before the Christmas break, I received a phone call from my friend Dave MacDonald. Dave and his wife, Danaya, have a very collaborative relationship with our school, even though their children don’t attend ACS, as they homeschool in order to volunteer in Guatemala. They have hosted several school events at their [...]

Jan 22, 2018

NEW TOOLS IN THE TOOL KIT

By | 2018-01-22T08:43:52+00:00 January 22, 2018|Custom-Fit Education, Middle School|

BY: KARL FRIESEN, MIDDLE SCHOOL EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANT A large part of being an Educational Assistant (EA) is working towards small every day successes. For the past three years, I have worked with a student through grade 6, 7, and now in grade 8. Seeing students mature in the classroom is such a privilege. I just [...]

Jan 9, 2018

SUZY HOMEMAKER

By | 2018-01-09T08:48:26+00:00 January 9, 2018|Parenting|

When I was a young girl, my sister and I spent hours doing the stereotypical little girl thing – playing house with our dolls. We were unconcerned with stereotypes, feminism, and equal opportunity for women. We simply loved our dolls, dressing them, feeding them and playing the role of mom. We attempted to include our [...]

Dec 19, 2017

THE SPIRIT OF KNIGHTS’ PAST

By | 2017-12-19T11:51:44+00:00 December 19, 2017|Athletics, Secondary|

BY: ESTHER DE JONG, ACS PARENT Christmas Spirit As I slowly began the process of pulling out my Christmas decorations, after hearing the first Christmas song playing on the radio, I pulled out the old Christmas sweaters from my ”tickle trunk” at the top of my closet. I successfully pulled out two brightly coloured knit [...]

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