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"You can not destroy one who has dreamed a dream like mine." - Ojibway Proverb

I’ve been weary about writing this week’s post because I’m worried it might turn into a rant. An incident happened at school this week that has really upset me. I’m not going to go into details about what happened, but I am going to say that I’m a little disappointed with my school at the moment. So far this incident has not been dealt with properly and it’s rather unfortunate. It’s sad that politics overshadows the well-being of the students. And ‘who you know’ in the community seems to take precedence over someone’s ability to properly teach.

Okay that’s all I’m going to say about that. Let’s move onto the rest of this past week’s activities. It was a pretty easy week at school. There must be a virus going around because close to half my class was absent this week. Each day I had 4 to 7 kids absent. Now let me tell you…having only 8 to 11 kids in the class really cuts down on any behaviour. We accomplished a lot because everyone did so well listening. The downside though is that there are a few students who have a lot of work to catch up on!

This past week has also been really cold up here. Temperatures have been in the minus 30s – and that’s before the ‘feels like’ temperature! I have to wear long johns just to walk the two minutes to the school in the morning. This also means that we no longer have outdoor recess. Luckily the school is small, but it can still get hectic when you have 50 kids plus balls, hula hoops, and skipping ropes crammed into the gym. Add to that the fact that the older kids would much rather wonder the halls and spend the whole recess hassling you to let them leave. I think it’s safe to say that recess isn’t my most favourite part of the day!

We started our new task of teaching Virtues and Social Skills this past week. It’s been going well in my class. The Social Skills that we worked on this week were mostly just reinforcements of what we’ve already been doing in the class. The virtue we worked on was Caring. The students came up with lots of great ways to show caring and I think they really understood.

We also spent the week practicing for the Christmas concert. On Tuesday we will be having a show at the school where all the classes will present songs and plays. My students will be dressing up as reindeer – thanks to mom for sending us antlers! They are really excited about it. We are going to be singing Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and The Reindeer Pokey (reindeer version of Hokey Pokey). Most of them are doing pretty good with it considering we haven’t been practicing long. They are also very enthusiastic and look so cute dancing around! I will try to get video of the performances.

So that’s about it that happened this week. I leave here on the 21st to head home. I have to stay in Thunder Bay for two nights because of flights. The air company that flies out of NSL cancels a lot due to weather so this gives me some wiggle room not to miss my other flights. Anyways, since I’ll be in TBay for a while I’m going to hopefully do some Christmas shopping. So send me your Christmas wish lists!

Well that’s all. See you all in a week! 

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“Fate loves the fearless.” ― James Russell Lowell

Well this past week was pretty busy. On Wednesday Progress Reports went home and then there was a parent night in the evening for parents to discuss the reports. About half of the parents for my class came in to talk. I think that it was a pretty good turn out! The kindergarten to grade 2 report cards were kept at the school to be picked up while grade 3 to 8 were sent home with the students. I think that if my reports were sent home with the students then I might have had more parents come in to talk about it.

One parent asked me if their child has ever gone to yellow on the behaviour chart (she’s never gone to yellow). It was good to hear that some of the kids are talking to their parents about things in the classroom. One student had been sick Monday and Tuesday so they weren’t at school. The parent told me that he kept asking to come to school. I was happy to hear that the students want to come to school.

On Friday a lady came to each of the classrooms to talk to the students about Bullying. Then on Saturday she held a conference for the teaching staff. She talked to us about how we need to focus more on teaching Social Skills and Virtues and less focus on academics. This should help with incidents of Bullying that are related to Social Skills issues. We’re also going to start having more uniformed rules for the whole school. Originally some grades were able to do things that other grades weren’t able to do. We’re going to try to eliminate those differences so that there is more consistency throughout the school.

For the most part, the Social Skills and Virtues won’t add too much extra work for me because we already focus on these things quite a bit. We practice the Social Skills in my class quite frequently. The lessons on Virtues will hopefully help to teach the students to be nicer to each other.

Saturday evening I played volleyball again. There is volleyball pretty much every Saturday evening for a few hours for anyone who wants to come out. We get a wide variety of people from the teachers to students to adults. Next Saturday I’m going to have to take it easy at volleyball. I haven’t played in years so I need to remember to hit the ball properly. I forget quite a bit so I got a ton of bruises this past Saturday!

Sunday I didn't really do a whole lot. I watched some movies and cleaned up around the house. Then later in the day Monika came over and we did our nails. Well, I did the designs on both of our nails. The weekend felt way to short! 

(my nails)


(Monika's nails)


Well, I think that’s about all for this post. Thanks for reading!


Some Totem Poles made by Grade 1, 2, 5, and 6.




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“We keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious, and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” – Walt Disney

Well it's that time again! This past week went pretty well. The beginning of the week was spent writing progress reports, so that took up a lot of time. Mine are all finished now and they will be sent home to the kids this week. I've been noticing some progress with a bunch of students in reading and writing. I'm very happy with them so far! It's great seeing kids writing sentences on their own when in September they would fight tooth and nail to just write one word. Last week was all about proper use of periods, exclamation marks, question marks, and capitals. By the end of the week majority of the students were able to write 4 sentences with little to no assistance!

The weekend was pretty good. I'm starting to finally feel better (thanks to Ivonne for sending me cold medication) so I didn't need to sleep all weekend. On Saturday I saw a woodpecker on my way home from the store. I've not actually seen a woodpecker before so it was pretty cool! I've seen the woodpecker 3 times now. Saturday afternoon I helped Monika decorate her Christmas tree. 

After we decorated we went to the school to play volleyball. Every Saturday some teachers and community members get together to play. I'm not very good, but it was a lot of fun! My hand is all brusied up from it though. Fortunately the bruises don't hurt too much! 

Sunday was spent watching movies. We added some movie channels to our satellite package so now there are always movies on to watch! In the afternoon Adrian stopped by to bring me my own Christmas tree! So I went to the store and bought some decorations, then Monika helped me decorate it. I missed having a Christmas tree last year! It's just a small tree, but I think it looks nice and I enjoy sitting by it's light in the evenings! 

Well that's my update for this week. I have three weeks left of teaching before I come home for the holidays! 


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