We’re Not Having This Conversation

Rita was a grade four student. She was a master at manipulation. She was particularly good at playing her mother off with the school. It didn’t help that her mother took her at her word. Bottom-line: as far as mother was concerned and regardless of the issue, Rita was right and the school was wrong.… Continue reading We’re Not Having This Conversation

This Little Light of Mine – Part II

When my children were young I started taking interest in elementary school science. I was curious to know how the subject was taught and what topics were covered. As my knowledge grew, I developed a number of science presentations suitable for grades 2-5. For several years the superintendent granted me a number of release days… Continue reading This Little Light of Mine – Part II

A Fish Story

My friend Al retired a few years ahead of me. He taught elementary school. He kept fish in his classroom and loved to teach his students about fish aquaculture. He decided he was going to show his grade 5’s a fish dissection. He had two large trout and, before class, dissected one of them. His… Continue reading A Fish Story

An Early Christmas Gift

An Early Christmas Gift For the longest time, I never told anyone this story; well, except for two people. I think enough time has passed that I can share it now. During my time as a principal there was a government grant program that hired people who were on Social Assistance (a provincial program) and… Continue reading An Early Christmas Gift