P is for Patience

"If we want to live wider and deeper lives, not just faster ones, we have to practice patience -- patience with ourselves, with other people, and with the big and small circumstances of life itself." M. J. Ryan Have you ever felt frustrated? Exasperated? I think those are pretty natural feelings to experience occasionally but…

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The Class of 2030, What Skills Will They Need?

The biggest challenges students in kindergarten right now will face when they graduate is a rapidly changing work environment so being flexible is essential, and flexibility requires confidence. Confidence is the by-product of strong emotional intelligence and it will be necessary to successfully navigate the work-world of the future. Social-emotional intelligence ensures students are self…

Thoughts on Seven Fallen Feathers Part 2

Hurting from the Before Mental Health and wellness supports need improvement throughout the province overall. Stigma, lack of education, long waiting lists and "band aid" solutions - including lip service without the necessary backing - riddle positive progress. The situation in Indigenous communities as shown through this chapter are even more abysmal. Isolation may be…

The Long Dark Days of November

"The Long Dark Days of November" was actually an agenda topic at our most recent staff meeting. The general conversation surrounded how many of us, especially our students, may be feeling at this time of year. My principal outlined a couple things to think about - it's midterm so many students may be disheartened because…

Learning Needs

As teachers we all learn about Bloom's taxonomy and want to push our students to attain upper levels of thinking - analyzing, evaluating and creating. If we apply the SAMR model we want students to also attain the upper levels - modification and redefinition. Yet we also have to take into consideration the needs that…