Roman Numerals II

Recently, I was refereeing a high school rugby game. As the match was drawing to a close, the captain of one of the teams asked me how much time remained. I looked at my watch and simply held up two fingers. The captain chuckled and said, “Are you telling me we have 2 minutes left… Continue reading Roman Numerals II


Several years ago, my wife and I were attending a fund-raising event. Following the meal, a high school student came around with fifty-fifty tickets. He approached our table. “Fifty-Fifty tickets. One for two or five for three.” I spoke, “You meant, one for two or three for five, right?” “That’s right. That’s what I said.… Continue reading Fifty-Fifty

I Did Not Lie

It was my final year of teaching. The previous spring, some of my long-standing colleagues retired. I was now the oldest teacher on staff. It hadn’t seemed that long ago I started my career. Now here I was, a senior member of the old-guard. One morning in the staffroom, another teacher who was set to… Continue reading I Did Not Lie

Would You Like an Upgrade?

This is Post #200 – go figure. Tara A, thank you again for steering me in this direction. Writing these stories has been very therapeutic and has helped in the transition from teaching to retirement. ……………………………………………………………. Many years ago I taught a fellow in a grade 10 remedial math class. He was a nice guy but… Continue reading Would You Like an Upgrade?

Parent-Teacher Night

Last month I ran into a former colleague. He would still be considered to be in the early years of his career. “So, how did last week’s Parent-Teacher interviews go?”, I asked. “Oh, okay, but like it usually is, I didn’t see any of the parents I needed to see.” I had a sudden flashback… Continue reading Parent-Teacher Night

Standard Shtick

“OK class, it’s test time. Pull your desks apart and place them in single rows. It’s not that I don’t trust you, it’s the people around you I don’t trust.” “Mr. Caines.” “Yes.” “Do you trust me?” “Of course I do. It’s the people around you I don’t trust.” “But what about Bill?”, pointing to… Continue reading Standard Shtick

Student Teaching # 2

Originally I planned on posting this one in November 2015. Where does the time go? My first internship was at St .Vincent’s High in Saint John. It was an all-girls school with a very welcoming and dedicated staff. It was a great placement for my first time out. My internship was for six weeks. One… Continue reading Student Teaching # 2