Fire extinguishers: a multi-use tool

When you think of a fire extinguisher, you think of PASS and other fire related things.  But what about when a human freak pancake comes into your school/night club/post office/place of work/ home and tries some gun related shenanigans?  Yes, by all means, run and hide and get the others out of the way.  Yes,…

Really.

17 What, that’s what you got????  This is some seriously whacked poo. Broken.  The education system is broken.  Our system is in pieces on the floor and we keep trying to put it back together with  the cheapest crappy band aids and then get all ticked off and freaked out when it fails.  Again.  Again….

Makin’ Magazines

Man o man, writing a magazine is hard work!  Interviewing, sorting information, reading websites and printed materials, THINKING….  Ugh.  It’s hard. But I love it!  I love making the school magazine!  I love working with students to write articles, take photos, and draw some cartoons!  I love finding new information to share with students and…

I am such a rock star……

Summer time musings I’m beavering away in the office coming up with interesting ideas and plans for school. I’m on track. I’m ahead of the game. I totally rock my teaching license. What a good teacher. It’s 8.30 am and I am doing teachery stuff. I am a rock star! The window is open. The…

Decluttering my life: realisations of what’s not necessary

I am a hoarder. Or, rather, was on the path towards hoarding. We used to have a saying within my group of friends “She who dies with the most _______, wins.” You can insert anything from a long list that included fabric, yarn, paints, pottery, brushes, sewing things, assorted art project detritus, tools, scarves, clothes,…

Winter. Meh. We’ve all done this a zillion times.

It’s that time of year, Northlandians. I have some tips for you. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR CAR! If you get stuck somewhere, STAY IN YOUR CAR! It’s warm in there. It’s cold and wet out side. The car has lights. And a horn. Don’t ever let your gas gauge get below half. This is key….

The latter half of summer blues

Summer time! Sun! Beaches! Water colour paints in colouring books! Camp! And, of course, the inevitable phrase “I’m bored.” It’s getting on to the other half of summer; all games have been played, many camps have been attended, ice creams, movies, backyard camp fires… Now what? School’s not scheduled for about another month and you…

Edibles Odds and Ends

So it’s time again to make sure all the cupboards get cleaned out, the freezer is emptied, and general spring cleaning to begin.  So, it’s odds and ends time. Last night’s stew was an odds and ends deal. 1# ground lamb 1 end knob of butter last few splashes each of port, sake, vermouth, and…

Cool things I found in some of my recent classrooms

I love reading.  I love everything about reading.  The thrill of the hunt for a good book, the joy of emotional content, the purity if information, and even teaching folks how to do it.  I do have to admit, that last bit is really quite shiny in my mind. I also love finding new ways…

How does your school rate?

Howdy ho, neighbours!  Just now I’m a substitute or guest teacher.  I visit a lot of schools in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and surrounding suburbs.  I can see quite a bit about your school, your adult culture, and your student culture in less than 10 minutes based on observation and shameless eavesdropping. I know your school is healthy because:…