Back to the Start

Here we are in another beginning-of-the-school-year season. For me, this marks year 13 of being in the profession, 12 of those being a grade 1 teacher, and one year being a 1/2 teacher. I know many teachers who love the thrill of changing grade levels […]

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Never Too Young to Lead

It all started when my class and I went on one of our community walks. This was happening because we were researching in order to answer the essential question: “What makes a good community?” so that we could then build our very own collaborative 3D […]

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The Value of Rest

Exactly 6 weeks before the WPS Half Marathon, my neighbour/coach/running friend convinced me to sign up for the race. Maybe convinced is a strong word… I was ready for a push to help me get my fitness and nutrition back on track, and this was […]

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Self-Care Is Not Enough

Recently, I wrote about my depression. It was important for me to vocalize that, although very hard, I needed to be able to put myself first. I deserved more and I needed to step back to catch my breath. I was worth it, and so […]

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Worth It

During the holidays, my family and I had several movie nights, as I imagine many did because… Covid! One night, we picked “Encanto” and I was probably more excited than my boys simply because the music in this film is by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Not far […]

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You Can’t Stop the Rain

You can’t stop the rain. Whether it’s drizzling or pouring, you don’t have control over it. You can, however, grab an umbrella. You don’t need to get soaked. You don’t need to stand in the rain. But, what happens when it’s been raining for days, […]

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Starting the Year on the Right Foot

All educators know how important it is to establish class culture and expectations or agreements at the very beginning of the school year. Relationships come first, always, but building on those to make sure everyone feels safe in the classroom is essential. We want students […]

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Hold on to the Good

I’ve had a lot of ugly in my life lately, and the stress it’s created has been almost unbearable. Camping has been an important escape and has provided a break from carrying that stress day in and day out. I’m also grateful that the situation […]

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