Raise Your Right Hand

Joe Thompson (ref: post October 21, 2015), one of the most loved and respected supervisors at the District Office, was visiting our school. I chatted with him between classes and invited him to stop by my classroom. He said that he would do so after his meeting. My next class was Chemistry 11. I told… Continue reading Raise Your Right Hand

Question What’s Right

This was a common interaction I would have with my students early in the school year: Looking at a student’s work, “Why did you write a 2 by the chlorine?”, pointing to CuCl2. “It’s wrong?” “No, I didn’t say it was wrong. I’m simply asking why you chose to write a 2 there. Tell me… Continue reading Question What’s Right

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

Why We Do Things – PART III

… continued from last week Of course, Mark did not tell them I suggested he quit. I merely encouraged him to evaluate the reasons he was in university, and that enabled him to see things more clearly. All of us need to do that, and we need to encourage those around us to do the… Continue reading Why We Do Things – PART III

Why We Do Things – PART II

… continued from last post Mark is a former student. I also coached him in high school rugby; in fact, he was riding shotgun (front passenger seat) in my blog post of November 13, 2015. After graduation he enrolled in engineering and started playing rugby on my adult team. Mark is also an only child.… Continue reading Why We Do Things – PART II

I Came This Close – Part II

… continued from last week So let’s put things in perspective. This event took place on the rugby field. I was asked by the coach of the boys’ team to give some pointers to the scrum (the 8 players who bind together when a ball is put into play). Two scrums were formed I had… Continue reading I Came This Close – Part II

I Came This Close – Part I

I haven’t told this story very often. It is something of which I am not particularly proud. It occurred twenty-two years ago. It involved a grade 12 student. I came this close (picture my open hands, palms facing inward, should-width apart) to punching him in the face. His transgression? He stuck his tongue in my… Continue reading I Came This Close – Part I