I began my teaching career in rural Saskatchewan but have been with Saskatoon Public School Division for the past 20 years. My teaching career has been diverse and these assignments have been part of the variety!
- high school English teacher
- kindergarten to grade eight core French and music specialist
- private piano teacher
- middle years class home room teacher
- primary grade 3 and 4 teacher
I’m excited that my 26th year of teaching will be my 5th year with grade 4! 🙂
Our agreement for success
I look forward to seeing students shine this year as we work together in a respectful, peaceful and safe classroom. As a teacher, it is my job to deliver grade four curriculum and to foster a safe and respectful learning environment for all. In turn, I expect that students respectfully do their part in this environment by doing their best to do what I ask of them. Entering into this agreement opens all of us fully to the learning opportunities that we will meet this year.
I am a strong advocate of minimizing sensory distractions in the learning environment to maximize student concentration and achievement. Applications of this philosophy include the following practices:
- Students keep only items of immediate use at their tables; student baskets that contain reading books, crayons, and “fun pages” are found on shelves.
- We keep all other student supplies in common areas of the classroom; they are distributed and collected as needed.
- Overhead lights are rarely used. We rely on natural lighting and lamps with soft lighting.
- Numerous opportunities for movement occur throughout the day to support and encourage positive energy flow (example: body breaks and yoga are integral to class routines).
- We use alternate classroom seating as much as possible (specialty chairs, pillows on floor, alternate table arrangements, quiet carpet area in the back).
I invite my students to challenge everything and at the same time to be simultaneously open to everything. I believe that within each of us is perfection and that every day is a new day with new opportunities for success. Our power is in the “present” moment – why I named this blog PRESENT (the other reason I named it PRESENT is a play on words about attendance importance 🙂). I see a big part of my role as teacher is to help students to recognize that perfect part within themselves where anything and everything is possible.
How I love to spend my time
When I’m not working hard at school there are many things I love to do. Here is a list of some of them:
- spending time with friends and family
- practicing yoga
- flying airplanes
- playing piano, guitar and singing
- sewing, cooking
- learning new things
I share my life with a kind and creative husband who teaches high school and prefers to spend time in the sky. Together, we are caretakers of a Piper Cherokee 140.