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

Battery Recycling II

A number of years ago I was attending a barbecue. One of my retired friends was taking pictures and I noticed, at one point, that he changed out his batteries. I asked him what he was going to do with them. When he said that he would simply be putting in the garbage, I mentioned… Continue reading Battery Recycling II

RAPIDMAN 800

RAPIDMAN 800 Just as the calendar was changing from July to August, the Back-to-School signs came out. I must admit that I experienced a small internal giggle. While shopping at a local office supplies store, I noticed a bin of 4-function calculators. They were selling for $1.99. I thought of the RAPIDMAN 800. The above photo… Continue reading RAPIDMAN 800

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