Would You Like an Upgrade?

This is Post #200 – go figure. Tara A, thank you again for steering me in this direction. Writing these stories has been very therapeutic and has helped in the transition from teaching to retirement. ……………………………………………………………. Many years ago I taught a fellow in a grade 10 remedial math class. He was a nice guy but… Continue reading Would You Like an Upgrade?


Growing up, I associated tattoos with sailors and bikers. Now they seem to be somewhat in fashion, and tattoo artistry had become quite the fad. Now if I can see a person’s tattoo then I think it is fair game to inquire; after all, if they are visible then the person wants them to be… Continue reading Tattoos

Dancing With Lanna-Mae

Recently, two close friends, entirely independent of each other, made comments that caused me to reflect back to my junior high school experiences. Now, I don’t considered myself to be a poet but, from time to time, I dabble. The following is the result of my most recent dabbling. The story is true. Dancing With… Continue reading Dancing With Lanna-Mae

Parent-Teacher Night

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

Standard Shtick

“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

Bringing Home the Bacon

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

Student Teaching # 2

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