Sense of Humour

We have fewer human interactions than we did years ago. This is due to technologies such as ATM’s, self-serve check-outs, computer shopping, etc; however, we still have lots of opportunities to chat with strangers. For me anyway, it is always a pleasure to converse with a stranger who is willing to exercise his/her sense of… Continue reading Sense of Humour

Below the Belt

Calvin was a grade 8 student. He wasn’t particularly bad but he could get into a bit of trouble. By a few staff he was know as The Child Who Could Do No Wrong. Whatever the issue, his mother’s response was to defend his behaviours regardless of the circumstances. For her, it was always the… Continue reading Below the Belt

If You Really…….. Part 2

If You Really ……… Part 2 If you haven’t read the previous post then you should before reading this one (it’s short). I first read Verbal Self-Defence in 1992. From that point onward, I would often share this strategy with my upper-level students. I didn’t realize that a few years later I would end up… Continue reading If You Really…….. Part 2

The Good, the Bad, the Not-so-Bad

The Good, the Bad, the Not-so-Bad First a bit of background: After I graduated with my science degree I spent six months with the Naval Reserve. After that, I accepted a six month job as a youth counselor (essentially a guard) at a youth detention facility. It was a casual position which meant that I… Continue reading The Good, the Bad, the Not-so-Bad

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

Jump the Gun Part 2

Jump the Gun Part 2 …… continued from March 11 He WAS telling the truth, and I had just sent him out into the woods where there was an angry guy with a loaded handgun. I hurried into the staffroom and contacted the town police. A short while later, a constable arrived and Calvin retold… Continue reading Jump the Gun Part 2

Naughty Words

Today’s shout-out is for Arthur Griffin. Art was an English teacher and Department Head at Herdman Collegiate in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. That’s where I started my teaching career and Art and I became, and remain, good friends. We directed and produced the school’s first musicals and formed a folk band together. My time with Art,… Continue reading Naughty Words