Thursday, 6 July 2017

Canada 150!!!

Don't let the frown fool you, he had a good time, he was just pretending to be sad. In fact he wanted my camera and because I wouldn't let him have it he decided to put out the big lip!!

Canada is now 150 years old! That's a pretty significant event especially if you consider that our first 150 years have been fairly peaceful, there haven't been a lot of wars fought on Canadian soil or disputes about Canadian borders.  I don't know if there are many countries in the world who can make that claim.
Canada is celebrating our 150 in a variety of ways, free park passes, free library cards (thank you RDPL!!), big fireworks on Canada day, and many more.  I am happy to partake in them all. Canada is a wonderful country and I am so happy to call this place home! I look forward to the next 50 years of Canada being a shining example of what the world should strive for, even if we forget parts of our country every now and then (I'm looking at you Mr. Prime Minister).  

Happy Canada Day (I know it's late), but have a great 150th birthday year and may our celebration lead us into being a world leader in how it is done!

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Field Trip Reflection

We did four big field trips in June with the class. June is such a hard month because most students have checked out of school by the first so we didn't want to do anything too taxing on them.  So we booked a lot of field trips to let the students enjoy some amazing locations within a half an hour drive of the school.
The first place we took the kids to was the Thuluum Tulip Farm just east of Red Deer.  It was a very neat experience and the owners were amazing! I was so happy we got to go and the students all seemed to really like this trip.  It became the benchmark to which all other field trips would be measured.
 The next trip we went on was a walking tour around Red Deer. We visited 10 statues that were erected to show the history of Red Deer.  The statue above is Mr. Mann who conducted the Red Deer Royals and a few of our students had known him. This was a long day of walking but the kids did great and we had a lot of fun at the spray park during lunch!
 The next trip was out to LGBarnes camp, which is a camp for people with disabilities.  The kids were able to participate in a variety of activities like swimming, tractor ride, scavenger hunt and slushies.  It was a good day, I love going out to this camp and I think it got some of the students thinking about possibly coming out in the summer on their own to camp for a week or so.
 The last field trip was another walking tour, we went to Kerry Wood Nature Center and to McKenzie trails, the kids had a blast.   I took a group on the long walk around the Gaetz Lakes, the students were awesome.  I am happy we got to end our year this way, instead of doing a bunch of review and tests!!

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

End of the School Year

 I work with two very different groups of kids, but I am fond of each of them for different reasons.

One reason I love working with these kids is that they always keep me on my toes.  The first group each student is vastly different but they find small joys in places where I have forgotten to look.  They often need more help navigating the social regulations of society, but more often than not they are more accepting of each other's differences. A lot could be learned by watching them accept people for who they are and not what they can do. This group of kids will often scare other teachers because they "don't know what to do with them", but that for me is thinking too globally, get to know them, form a relationship with them and you will see that what you need to do isn't really all that different than what you are already doing.

The second group gives me faith that not all millenials are lazy.  This group is hard working and has a lot of drive to get things done.  They want to make the world (right now it's Thurber) a better place, but I know that when they leave high school they are going to make the world an amazing place.  Sometimes they need a little help navigating how to sell what they are doing, but for the most part I get to sit back and watch magic happen when I work with these kids.

It's been a hard year in a lot of ways, but I have cherished every moment and look forward to many more years learning and growing with all my kids!