Put to the Test

It was the end of the school day. The students were getting ready to head to the buses. One of the bus drivers entered my office and informed me that she was refusing to transport a particular student home. “I’ve had enough of his poor behaviour on the bus. This morning he was intolerable. I… Continue reading Put to the Test

The Handicap Bus

I forget the fine details but we had a grade 4 boy causing issues on his bus. I carried out due diligence and it was clear to me that this fellow was the root of the problem; however, his father was less convinced. It became obvious that simply talking to the parent and to the… Continue reading The Handicap Bus

Battery Recycling – PART I

In 2003 I started a battery recycling program at my school. At that time there were few options for the disposal of small batteries. Students and community members were invited to drop off any type of household battery. The spent batteries were then shipped to a recycling plant in Ontario. Shipping and processing costs were… Continue reading Battery Recycling – PART I

Class Size

Not long ago I was chatting with a few early-career teachers. The conversation came around to class size. I asked them what they thought the ideal class size would be. Each did so and with adequate clarification. Their answers varied depending on grade level with distinctions for primary, elementary and secondary levels. I listened as… Continue reading Class Size

Power of Prayer

My friend Al taught elementary school. He is also retired. We often share stories with each other. He told me about an incident that took place on his school’s playground one morning. A young girl had fallen and was lying on the ground and crying. In the vicinity  was a little kindergarten boy who came… Continue reading Power of Prayer

Dressed for the Occasion

I forget what the specific goal was, but the grade 1’s were attempting to read a certain number of books by the end of the school year. I visited their classes often and was monitoring their progress. At one point I announced to the students, “If you reach your goal, I will do some cartwheels… Continue reading Dressed for the Occasion

Ahhhh, To Be Able To Fly

Recently I had the opportunity to spend time with some American tourists. Two of them were public school teachers. We shared some stories. One was from Florida. She told a story about being on a field trip with a group of young students. She noticed a girl in grade one staring up at some turkey… Continue reading Ahhhh, To Be Able To Fly