If the Shoe Fits

As a newly minted resource teacher for gifted and enrichment in my board, I have been doing more background reading of late to try to be more current in my knowledge. I was teaching in this type of programming earlier in my career, but the last decade I have been in Special Education working more…

Field Trips or Field Drops

  Today I have a bee in my bonnet. The target of my latest gripe – expensive bus prices. I’m being bussed out of a number of field trips.  I know, plenty of people have it much worse.  There are plenty of communities that are smaller than mine and further away from major cities that…

Tech and the Parent (ME!)

As much as I preach digital citizenship in the classroom setting, it’s becoming more and more apparent I have to do my due diligence as a parent as well. As a teacher, I try to instruct my students about appropriate etiquette online, being wary of “fake news” and scams/phishing, and increasing their privacy. This became…

A Lot About a Little or a Little About a Lot

One of my favourite professor comments from an English Lit paper I wrote over 20 years ago was ” you have written a little about a lot instead of a lot about a little”.  For that particular paper, he was bang on. He was the best prof I ever had and he “called me out”…

March Break

I wanted to title this something like, How Long Has It Been, or I Can’t Remember the Last Time I Updated This Blog, but I have a feeling I probably already have two of three with similar titles. I enjoy writing/blogging so much, so can’t really explain my long absences in between entries. This site…

A Sample of a Field Trip Experience

        My last update was likening a field trip to an octopus. I’m still struggling with organizing and event planning. (I’m pretty terrible right now) But I decided that rather than bog myself down with my inadequacies, I decided to write a POSITIVE entry. The following entry I posted on my other…

The Octopus of Events

I tweeted earlier tonight that I really thought event planning was like an octopus. It seems like a strange comparison, but frankly, it’s the first thing that popped into my mind when trying to describe what I’ve been trying to wrangle in my new job. Now, don’t read me entirely wrong – I do love…

I Love My New Job

Well, I haven’t been posting much since starting a new job in September. However, now that I’ve finished just about 2 months “on the job”, I do have a few reflections. I know my outlook has changed: I’m more positive, more excited, more willing to take on challenges, and stepping out of my comfort zone…

Growing Pains

I just started my new job and already I enjoy it so much! Unfortunately, I’m also making some mistakes along the way. Some are little ones, I should have caught before they happened, others are just those kinds that a “newbie” might typically make. Once I have earned my experience on the job, I may…

Getting Excited for Back to School

I have to say, this is the most excited I have been for “back to school” in quite some time. As a kid, I loved back to school. Yep, I was that kid. I loved going shopping with my Mom to pick out a few new things for that year. It didn’t matter if it…

And It Begins….

Normally, I don’t fret much when August rolls around. I still have plenty of time left to relax, but I also can’t help but notice more and more back to school flyers, ads, commercials, and even a few emails trickling in on my work account. However, this year presents some new challenges for me as…

Overcoming My Own Expectations

Recently, I’ve been concerning myself with my new position that is set to start this Fall. While excited for the change and challenges, I am thrown into new territory in terms of content. My most recent teaching experience has had me confident in my role, the usual standards of practice, and what to expect (mostly)…