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)…

New Job!

I am thrilled to start a new job this Fall with my Board. In recent years, I have been looking for new challenges and opportunities that go beyond the regular classroom. I was fortunate to work with some people who recognized this desire and offered tips and suggestions on how to reach this goal. I…

Return to Work (shorter version)

Back in September, I was writing about returning to work after a leave of absence. I was in the “teacher funded leave” program and just finished my year away from school. This return to work was of a much shorter variety. After moving through doctor’s appointments, referrals, specialists, and tests, almost two years later, I…

Thinking About the Term Reflective Practitioner

As I review my blog entries of the last year or so, most of the topics have been about me learning more about myself and how I intend to bring those changes into the classroom to become a better teacher. Last year, I was not in the classroom, but still wanted to add to this…

Semester 2 Start

I had a good start to semester two. I haven’t been writing as much as I would like the past few months, and I need to make a more concerted effort. This was a “return” to work in some aspects, as I had taken a year leave of absence. However, my blog productivity has dropped…

Draft Starting Points…

Here are some of my draft opening lines for my experiment….. First one: One of my favourite moments in the novel, “the curious incident of the dog in the night-time”, by Mark Haddon, is when Christopher is trying to relate that everyone has special needs, so he is not different from everyone else. Although never…

I Should “Draft” an Experiment

As I sift through my drafts, I was thinking about creating an experiment. My blog entries that remain “draft” do so for different reasons. Some of them are finished, but I’m just not sure if I should publish them. Some haven’t been properly edited, some are just ideas I couldn’t quite polish up, and others…

Follow Up – The First

Well, it took me some time, but I was determined to try something new I learned at the BIT15 conference last week. I am admittedly a newbie. How do I put a disclaimer on that? I’m a rookie newbie? A newbie newbie? A never-heard-of-that-add-on-before newbie? I have attempted my first challenge to myself this week….

And Now, To Challenge Myself

The time at spent at the BIT15 conference has had me reflecting and writing and just trying to sort out all the ideas in my head. I already decided upon two entries I was willing to publish, but I also put two in the draft column, because I can’t quite get my thoughts coherent enough…

My Ever Growing and Changing Learning Curve

I just came home from the BIT15 conference in Niagara Falls. It was an amazing experience. I have attended a few conferences in the past few years (although I was on a leave of absence last year) and continue to learn and tweak my practice in the classroom each time. These conferences (almost alone) have…