Caught on video: teacher arm wrestles student to determine whether her class will be writing their Unit 5 exam.

No.19/GO POSTAL MONDAYS

  1. Time to Run- Lord Huron
  2. Cavalier- Shovels and Rope
  3. Hold On- Alabama Shakes
  4. Riptide- Vance Joy
  5. OK OK- Smoke & Jackal
  6. Sacrilege- Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  7. Dancing On My Own- Real Magic
  8. Young & Lazy- The Matinee
  9. Runaway Love- Diamond Rings
  10. Young- Air Review
  11. Forever- Haim
  12. Fantasy- MS MR

Four weeks left, people. FOUR WEEKS of this marathon freaking year! Every time I want to tear some hair out (mine or a bystander’s) my favourite student shows up to initiate deescalation sequence. My favourite student is a different kid each day.

They keep staring at me…

News anchors, celebrities, and rockstars have makeup artists.

Meanwhile… I have 33 Grade 9 students staring at me like a panel on The Voice.. WITH THEIR JUDGING EYES.

Nobody escapes shaming in the classroom microcosm. Thank you, shame-gods. My eyelid looks like a back alley botox job.

Hi, I saw your post on TheLearningBrain about being an open lesbian teacher. I'm currently in an education program in Toronto and i identify as a lesbian. Is it hard coming out in a workplace? I've been out to all my close friends and parents and everyone is very accepting of me. I thought I was 100% comfortable with myself but recently I realized that I'm not...I try too hard not to fit into any "lesbian stereotypes" and I feel like I censor myself with the things I say. — Asked by Anonymous

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Revisiting The Hedonism Handbook.

Revisiting The Hedonism Handbook.

Today the Grade 9’s explained their love triangle(s) to me…

Today the Grade 9’s explained their love triangle(s) to me…

The DIY Couturier: 21 Tips to Keep Your Shit Together When You're Depressed.

rosalindrobertson:

A while ago, I penned a fairly angry response to something circulating on the internet – the 21 Habits of Happy People. It pissed me off beyond belief, that there was an inference that if you weren’t Happy, you simply weren’t doing the right things.

I’ve had depression for as long as I can…

After having a rough weekend this really spoke to me. I’d add one more tip that helps me keep my shit together:

22. Adopt an orange cat (brown mutt, chirpy cockatiel, or whatever). Having a creature forces me to maintain at least some semblance of a routine when I’m really down.

Truth.

Truth.

Perfect Saturday afternoon.

Perfect Saturday afternoon.

All those kids post are pictures of cats and food.
My 83-year-old Grandpa on why he hates Instagram.
Trying to clean up my worst teacher habit: Salt Springs fair trade organic coffee (they also support 1% for the planet). Re-useable Keurig filter by Solofil.

Trying to clean up my worst teacher habit: Salt Springs fair trade organic coffee (they also support 1% for the planet). Re-useable Keurig filter by Solofil.

Textbook = fail
“Educational” video = fail
“Informational” handouts = fail

This. Stuff. Is. BORING!

… Random whiteboard illustration during my prep?

The Grade 9’s were crowded around taking pictures! We’ll see if they get the bigger picture this time.

Textbook = fail
“Educational” video = fail
“Informational” handouts = fail

This. Stuff. Is. BORING!

… Random whiteboard illustration during my prep?

The Grade 9’s were crowded around taking pictures! We’ll see if they get the bigger picture this time.

"Now, I tell myself I’ve mended
under these patches of blue sky.
There are still a few holes that let in a little rain.”