It was a fun week celebrating Valentine's Day with my grade 4 students. It's all sweet and love for them. They have not yet experienced any of the bitter heartaches that may accompany Valentine's; they don't feel the monetary pain of the consumerism-laden Valentine's; they probably haven't felt the frustrating, exhilarating, hormone-induced mixed feelings that accompany … Continue reading Valentine’s Day
When I first started the teaching program, I wondered why the profession of teaching is such a "left leaning" profession (on the political spectrum). I particularly wondered about the profession's position on LGBTQ issues. I could not reconcile the stereotypical figure of an elementary school teacher to my impression of the LGBTQ community which is/was portrayed … Continue reading Pride Parade 2012 Vancouver – A fantastic fanfare for what is possibly the biggest rights movement of the 21st Century
Quick update: i have finished my practicum and received my letter of eligibility for teaching certificate today! I am currently working at KidSafe - a day time program catered to inner city, at-risk student population. I had a great time this afternoon at work. A boy shared this chant with us: "There was a moose, he drank a … Continue reading ♫There was a moose ♪♫
Small Success, Great Implications. Ever since the boy shared the "Mr. Sun" Song, Morning Pages exercise has become one of my favourite activities to do with the class. The students have crossed over the invisible boundary of formal writing so ingrained in our education system, and became creative with their free write! Yesterday, a girl shared a … Continue reading Classroom Idols?
This came from today's morning pages (free-write) session. He shared it with the class and hummed the song. Other students laughed and clapped. It was a touching moment. =) "Mr. Sun, Sun, Oh Mr. Sun, he is very kind and generous, but when it comes to math, he gets grumpy and he gets strict. But he still has his golden shine … Continue reading Mr. Sun the Song
For better or worse, I have become increasingly more political over the past few years. Perhaps it is a sign of aging and maturity, or perhaps it is simply a by-product of social awareness, or perhaps even a direct result of the teacher's program at UBC - I have begun to embrace this new side … Continue reading To be political or not to be?
Today I had my first opportunity to address the term "gay" with my students. I walked by a girl telling another boy "you've got to stop using that term." He is not your typical troublemaker - he is good at listening and participates fully in class. The timing is perfect - I think to myself. It … Continue reading “That’s so gay”