BTTS Vol. 9 (aka, Never Ever Read Confiscated Notes Out Loud)

You should never want to embarrass a student in your classroom. If you’re going to “make an example” of someone, you’re making bad teaching choices. This is why I never read notes I take from students in front of the class. I’m not saying don’t ever read notes. You definitely should. Sometimes there will be … More BTTS Vol. 9 (aka, Never Ever Read Confiscated Notes Out Loud)

Knowing Your Schools

Substitute teaching means you’re a teacher for multiple schools in your board/area. Personally, I usually put my name in for 15-20 schools in the board. I know some teachers who have signed up to substitute at every school in their board. Regardless of how many schools you’re able to work at, having to know more than … More Knowing Your Schools

Summer Vay-cayyy!

If you’re already on your summer break, please don’t rub it in. Some of us still have 4 days left… I wanted to take this time to let you know that the blog will be running a little differently for the summer. New posts will be published every two weeks, and on the alternating weeks … More Summer Vay-cayyy!

BTTS Vol. 8 (aka, Sometimes I Need the Validation)

Often times I will post dialogue of the ridiculous interactions I have with students on Facebook or Twitter. Most often it’s to share a humourous situation. Sometimes though, it’s because I need the validation of yes, Natalie, this is an absurd situation. I’ve said it before that kids say insane things and I’ll likely say it again. … More BTTS Vol. 8 (aka, Sometimes I Need the Validation)

Always Carry Bandaids

Have you read the title? Good. Because that’s it. Always carry bandaids. Fingers get paper-cut. Feet get blistered. Students hurt themselves. Don’t root through another teacher’s desk, and don’t lose class time sending a student to the office. Just always carry bandaids. I cannot believe I haven’t listed them in my other posts about things … More Always Carry Bandaids

The Great Outdoors

It’s almost June. The weather is beautiful. Teachers are taking “sick” days to use up unbankable paid days off (no judgment here; I appreciate the substitute calls that come from it). Most courses are nearing the end of their content. But. Schools aren’t always air-conditioned, and students are going insane. Work isn’t going to get … More The Great Outdoors