Why We Do Things – Part I

Why We Do Things – PART I Everything we do in life is for one or a combination of three reasons. Enjoyment of the Process – Often we do something simply because it is fun to do: Playing cards with friends Going to the movies Reading a trashy novel Having sex for pleasure Enjoyment of… Continue reading Why We Do Things – Part I

Class Size

Not long ago I was chatting with a few early-career teachers. The conversation came around to class size. I asked them what they thought the ideal class size would be. Each did so and with adequate clarification. Their answers varied depending on grade level with distinctions for primary, elementary and secondary levels. I listened as… Continue reading Class Size

When I Grow Up

When I Grow Up Recently, I had the opportunity to spend time in a grade four classroom. The afternoon finished with me reading to the students. I was seated in the corner and they were gathered around, seated on foam mats. The book made reference to fossils. One of the girls put her hand up.… Continue reading When I Grow Up

Paw in Mouth

I had just finished my second year of teaching. A colleague agreed to do some welding for me. I drove to his place one summer morning and carried the materials into his garage. Shorty after I arrived, a Newfoundland dog came over to me. He was friendly enough. I didn’t have to bend over to… Continue reading Paw in Mouth

Power of Prayer

My friend Al taught elementary school. He is also retired. We often share stories with each other. He told me about an incident that took place on his school’s playground one morning. A young girl had fallen and was lying on the ground and crying. In the vicinity  was a little kindergarten boy who came… Continue reading Power of Prayer

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