Name of the Game

After decades of criticism, many professional and non-professional sports teams are reevaluating their team names and mascots. It’s unfortunate that it took the death of a person to finally bring this to a head. Over the years I have been a Greyhound, a General, an Ironman, a Lion, a Rover. I was also an Indian… Continue reading Name of the Game

Hustle and Bus-tle

Not long after the end of day bus departure, the office phone rang. It was an upset parent. Her eight-year-old son didn’t get off the bus. We sprang into action. His teacher confirmed that he had been in school and exited with the other kids. She hadn’t seen him since. The bus-duty teacher didn’t see… Continue reading Hustle and Bus-tle

What is a Virus, Anyway?

There’s a school story to follow but first allow me to put on my teacher’s hat. The term Virus appears frequently in the media. So what is a virus? Basically, a virus is a parasite, but what makes it unique is that it cannot survive outside of a host. The world of science has identified… Continue reading What is a Virus, Anyway?

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

Secret Santa

Over the years I would participate in the Secret Santa activity if it were organized, but I did so reluctantly. My reluctance was due to the fact that I didn’t want to disappoint my recipient. It was apparent that there were those who put a lot of thought and effort into their gift buying and… Continue reading Secret Santa

Daily Quotes

Throughout my career I would post a daily quote. It would be on the board for students to see when they arrived. As a principal, I would include one with the daily written notices. It was my oldest brother who inspired me to do this. When I first started teaching he gave me photocopies of… Continue reading Daily Quotes

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

Classroom Christmas Parties – PART II

… continued from Dec 14 How I ended up playing the metre stick is a whole other story. It is actually tied to how I came to have the opportunity to teach grade 2 and later become a principal. But that’s a story for another day. For the final twenty-five years of my career, I… Continue reading Classroom Christmas Parties – PART II

A Simple Request

Recently, I had a conversation with Gerry. We first taught together thirty years ago. He has been retired for twenty-four years. He is doing well. I was reminded of a staff meeting we had in 1989. Gerry was getting close to retirement. During these meetings he would sit quietly and stare at the papers in… Continue reading A Simple Request