A Losing Streak

When my daughter was in grade 9 she attended the end of year Farewell to the Grads assembly. She and her classmates were seated with the other grade 9 classes at the front of the auditorium. Just before the graduates were paraded into the room, the door at the left side of the auditorium opened.… Continue reading A Losing Streak

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

Second Wind

During the year I spent at the District Office my title was, Supervisor of Middle and High Schools. I would often receive calls from parents who were unhappy with decisions made by principals. One day I received a call from a father who was upset that his son was warned of a possible suspension. I… Continue reading Second Wind

A Dangerous Substance

The following is a warning I often gave to my chemistry students. “Class, in this week’s activity we are going to be using a substance that, if inhaled, could kill you. I am being completely serious. “Hundreds of Canadians die each year by inhaling this particular compound and I don’t want it to happen in… Continue reading A Dangerous Substance

Book Smart

Book Smart This conversation took place in a staffroom very early in my career. A group of teachers were talking about favorite books. Teacher 1: “I really liked, War and Peace.” Teacher 2: “Tolstoy?” Teacher 1” “No, no. True stroy.” I wrote it up and sent it into Reader’s Digest thirty years ago but it… Continue reading Book Smart

This Little Light of Mine – Part I

As a science teacher it was important to me that my students understood the concept of thinking scientifically. If nothing else, I wanted them to understand that to be scientific one simply needed to make sufficient observations before forming a conclusion. If we all approached life in this manner then we would be well on… Continue reading This Little Light of Mine – Part I

GO TO THE OFFICE!!

In my 32 years of teaching I never sent a student to the office; well, I suppose, for 7 years I WAS the office. To be specific, I never told a kid to get out of my class. There were many who were referred to the office due to behaviour concerns, but to tell a… Continue reading GO TO THE OFFICE!!