My Old School – Part II

We continued on our tour and arrived at the library. It was the same space that served as the library when I was a student, but it seemed smaller. The first thing I noticed was the multitude of computers. There were also far fewer books. We walked to the far corner. “Colin, right here was… Continue reading My Old School – Part II

My Old School – Part I

Havelock School is set for demolition this summer. It’s hard to believe. I was a student there when it first opened. A final open-house was held last week. It had been 46 years since I last walked the halls. I felt the need to attend. When I first entered the building, Colin, an eight-year-old student,… Continue reading My Old School – Part I

Say What?

Several years ago high school students from various schools were attending a post-secondary fair. A number of colleges and universities were represented, and attendees had the opportunity to talk to recruiters and gather information. At one point a grade 12 boy approached the recruiter from Halifax’s Dalhousie University. Student: “Excuse me, but what is a… Continue reading Say What?

Mother’s Day

I would usually remind my students when Mother’s Day was approaching and encouraged them to take the time to say thank-you. “Now you can buy your mother some chocolates or flowers or, perhaps, make her breakfast in bed. That would be nice. But if you want to give her a gift that costs you nothing… Continue reading Mother’s Day

This Little Light of Mine – Part III

……….. continued from last post It was three years later. I was presenting a physics-based lesson to a grade 5 class in another school. I don’t recall why I had an actual candle, perhaps the activity was about light, but at one point I pulled it out of my box of materials. We were sitting… Continue reading This Little Light of Mine – Part III

Call 911

Emergency Services contacted the school and reported that a number of kindergarten students had called 911 the previous afternoon. The teachers had done a home safety presentation and, apparently, when some of the students arrived home they were curious. We were asked to do a follow-up with the kids and to emphasize that 911 was… Continue reading Call 911

GO TO THE OFFICE!!

In my 32 years of teaching I never sent a student to the office; well, I suppose, for 7 years I WAS the office. To be specific, I never told a kid to get out of my class. There were many who were referred to the office due to behaviour concerns, but to tell a… Continue reading GO TO THE OFFICE!!