Enough is Enough – PART II

As I thought about the take-out cup of hot chocolate, I remembered a funeral I attended a number of years ago. It was for the mother of a student. I had also taught his older siblings. Staff and some relatives were invited to sit at the front of the church. We faced the opposite side… Continue reading Enough is Enough – PART II

Enough is Enough – PART I

I recently attended the funeral of a childhood friend. While it was a celebration of his life, it was also a very solemn and sad affair. Shortly after the ceremony began, I noticed that the teenager in front of me had a Tim Horton’s hot chocolate. I know it was hot chocolate because HC was… Continue reading Enough is Enough – PART I

The Biggest Bullies in School – Part 2

The Biggest Bullies in School – Part 2 ……… Now let’s fast-forward to the present day. One of the worst things we can do as teachers is to humiliate or embarrass students in front of their peers. But some teachers are masters of these strategies. To assert control in the classroom some will use intimidation.… Continue reading The Biggest Bullies in School – Part 2

The Biggest Bullies in School – Part 1

The Biggest Bullies in School – Part 1 About twenty years ago I attended a professional development seminar for teachers. I believe the title was simply called, School Bullies. The presenter, herself a teacher, started the session off by asking participants to identify the characteristics of a bully. As the various adjectives and verbs were… Continue reading The Biggest Bullies in School – Part 1

Rant 2 – Who will be that Voice?

Rant #2 – Who will be that Voice? Recently, an editorial in the Telegraph-Journal (New Brunswick) pointed out that the New Brunswick Teachers Association (NBTA) is calling upon the Department of Education to conduct a review of how mentally and physically disabled students are integrated in the province’s schools. The editor goes on to write,… Continue reading Rant 2 – Who will be that Voice?

Rant # 1 – Where Do We Draw the Line

Rant # 1 – Where Do We Draw the Line I just read an article in the Globe and Mail titled, How should Canada teach financial literacy in schools? It included the statement, “School is an excellent place for young Canadians to learn about smart money-management habits and practices.” This statement brought back a number… Continue reading Rant # 1 – Where Do We Draw the Line