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Like Pollution, Part 2

I sit at restaurants alone a lot. I enjoy the time to eat a good meal that I didn’t have to prepare, to ruminate about what’s going on in my life, and to be entertained by the antics and conversation … Continue reading

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Imagine being stranded on an island with only one other person: a person you don’t particularly want to be with; not necessarily one you hate, but certainly one who has brought you some hardship. Such is the scenario with Javier, … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life of a Substitute Teacher

I’ve commented here before about the kinds of unusual situations that substitute teachers face. Well here are some things to add: 1) One would think that the teachers we are replacing would have everything organized for us when we enter … Continue reading

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The F Word

  I was speaking to an acquaintance of mine yesterday and we began a conversation about Gay-Straight Alliances, groups that are forming in schools. We both focused on the positive nature of such organizations, seeing that there are so many … Continue reading

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Haven’t Quite Figured Out Kids Yet

  Kids are a fascinating study. I would have thought that by now, being a substitute teacher who goes into all kinds of classrooms, I would have figured them out. In my last blog, I wrote a discouraging account of … Continue reading

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Immune to Incentives

The other day, I was supply teaching in a challenging school. I was in a grade 4 classroom that, among other students, contained three children with behavioural problems and one with autism. Even without these four, the class was challenging. … Continue reading

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Book Talk in a Classroom

The other day, I was invited by my nephew to come into his grade 6 classroom and talk about my children’s fantasy novel, More Precious Than Rubies: The Return of the Norse Gods. This was the perfect venue for me … Continue reading

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