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

Two Tired

Back in September I was serving as the tour guide for a group of grade 9 students from Rio de Janeiro. It was a class trip, and the students and their teachers were touring southern New Brunswick. On this particular day, we were in Fredericton and the group arranged for bicycle rentals through a recreation… Continue reading Two Tired

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

HE Did It, HE Did It! – Part II

After I called the RCMP, I decided I would let the minister of the church know that I had reported some names. It was noon hour when I exited the school and, lo and behold, I saw him standing in front of the church. There was a film crew from a regional television station set… Continue reading HE Did It, HE Did It! – Part II

HE Did It! HE Did It! – Part I

On a Sunday morning, I learned that the church across from our school had been vandalized. One of the things the culprits did was to soak a rag in communion wine and suspend it above a lit candle. It appeared that they had attempted to burn down this historic church which was built in 1789.… Continue reading HE Did It! HE Did It! – Part I

Just Ticketyboo

When asked the question, How are you today?, how do you answer it? I suppose your response would vary depending on whether you were considering your metal, physical, spiritual or emotional state. Let’s face it, when asked the question, in most cases the person really doesn’t want you to answer it. It is simply a… Continue reading Just Ticketyboo

A Call to Action

This event took place seven years ago. It was in a grade 9 classroom downstairs from my room. The teacher just happened to be a student of mine twenty years earlier. Two grade nine boys were presenting their video project to the class. The teacher was seated at her desk and a teaching assistant (TA)… Continue reading A Call to Action