My MEd – The Final Days, Part I

The summer of 1997 was approaching. I needed two more courses to finish my MEd. As I did the summer before, I was prepared to attend the university’s summer session, ninety minutes drive from home. Up until that year, summer session ran for six weeks. In 1997 the university decided to run two three-week sessions.… Continue reading My MEd – The Final Days, Part I

Thermometer Blues

A former colleague tells this story. While undertaking her BSc she was doing an independent study for one of her courses. Her project dealt with sleep deprivation. One aspect of it had her waking up every hour during the night and taking her temperature. She purchased a thermometer and started her data collection. After the… Continue reading Thermometer Blues

Bridges, not Barriers

Recently I attended an event with both current and retired teachers. At my table the conversation came around to storm days and the impact on education. At one point the youngest participant spoke. “What get’s me, is parents who take their child out of school to go on a family trip.” He obviously wasn’t impressed… Continue reading Bridges, not Barriers

Similar but not the Same

Andrea, a friend and former colleague, recently shared this story with me. She had been out of the school for a week. The following conversation took place after her return. Grade 9 boy: “Mrs. L, why do you have a bong on your desk?” Andrea: “A bong?” “Yeah, a bong.” “I have a bong on… Continue reading Similar but not the Same

Paw in Mouth

I had just finished my second year of teaching. A colleague agreed to do some welding for me. I drove to his place one summer morning and carried the materials into his garage. Shorty after I arrived, a Newfoundland dog came over to me. He was friendly enough. I didn’t have to bend over to… Continue reading Paw in Mouth

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

To the Rescue

One day after school I was working in my classroom. All was quiet when I recognized a voice in the hallway. It was a colleague and I could tell that he was on a rant. I didn’t know who he was talking to but I was thankful it wasn’t me. After a few minutes I… Continue reading To the Rescue

The Dearly Departed – Part I

Two weeks ago I attended a funeral service and made two other visitations at funeral homes. I guess I am getting at that age. One of the visitations was for the father of a former colleague. I didn’t know him but I wanted to reach out to my friend. I became aware of his passing… Continue reading The Dearly Departed – Part I