Last month I ran into a former colleague. He would still be considered to be in the early years of his career. “So, how did last week’s Parent-Teacher interviews go?”, I asked. “Oh, okay, but like it usually is, I didn’t see any of the parents I needed to see.” I had a sudden flashback… Continue reading Parent-Teacher Night
“OK class, it’s test time. Pull your desks apart and place them in single rows. It’s not that I don’t trust you, it’s the people around you I don’t trust.” “Mr. Caines.” “Yes.” “Do you trust me?” “Of course I do. It’s the people around you I don’t trust.” “But what about Bill?”, pointing to… Continue reading Standard Shtick
Del was one of the most unmotivated students I have taught. He also had some learning difficulties. Over the years his teachers worked hard to get him through. He was among the last students to arrive in class and the first one to leave. He had a part-time job working for a butcher in an… Continue reading Bringing Home the Bacon
Originally I planned on posting this one in November 2015. Where does the time go? My first internship was at St .Vincent’s High in Saint John. It was an all-girls school with a very welcoming and dedicated staff. It was a great placement for my first time out. My internship was for six weeks. One… Continue reading Student Teaching # 2
This past summer I started working as a tour guide for a local company. During the cruise ship season (August – October) I would often take groups to St Martins, NB, for five or six hour tours. I really enjoyed the outings and had the opportunity to meet and interact with many interesting people. What… Continue reading Rock and a Hard Place
Growing up, my parents used many verbal expressions, several of which I still use today. For example, it was not uncommon for my father to say, “Boy, we’re finished shopping. Let’s bugger off and head home” or “That’s it for today. Let’s bugger off and get ready for supper.” Bugger off – it seemed like… Continue reading Taking Matters in Hand?
A good friend of mine is a professional actor in Toronto. We went to high school and university together, and we share a lot of stories. In addition to acting, he teaches a college course called Improv for Business. The course teaches improvisational skills, those same skills used by actors in live performances. While this… Continue reading Improv