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A Second Go

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The leaves are starting to turn beautiful hues of red, orange and yellow. The streets are getting busier with cars, bikes and pedestrians and the big honkin' yellow buses are tell tale signs that school is back. Just like that, my second year of teaching has begun, and it has come with it's own flood of additional stresses. However, I have had the most incredible week. I am simply up and over the moon with how it went.  To give teaching a second go was a refreshing and exciting thought. Just the fact that I had done it once before (regardless of how well it went) was comfortable and there was a sense of familiarity. That being said, I never would have expected it to have gone that well. By the end of the first day, I had totally fallen for my class (as expected). Half the students I already knew, and the other half I had already gotten to know last year. A big shoutout to the 3/4 teacher as her training of the students was fundamental to this class dynamic. Kids were organized

Where is Your Line?

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O Canada! Our home and native land! True patriot love, in all of sons command. With glowing hearts we see thee rise, The True North strong and free! From far and wide, O Canada, we stand on guard for thee. I am calling all people, regardless of their vaccination status to stand up for what is right and true.  I am calling all people, regardless of their vaccination status to stand up for basic human rights such as bodily autonomy.  I am calling all people, regardless of their vaccination status to stand up and to guard against coercion and discrimination.  What I am calling you to is no longer about the actual vaccine or the COVID-19 virus. By now, we have all taken the time to consider the benefits and risks of receiving or refusing any doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Each person has their own circumstances in which they must discern and make a decision for themselves. If you chose to get vaccinated, that is wonderful! If you didn't, that's also wonderful! But to shame, blame o

June: All Wrapped Up!

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This ball of old, dirty yellow tape perfectly captures the essence of this year.  Social distancing, chaotic mess, and hopefully a different school year in September.  Forty-weeks ago, I was slumped in a chair, hands covering my face as I cried in my dark empty portable that would soon by my own classroom. I felt the immense weight of the upcoming year; the 17 students I would be responsible for, the curriculum and content I was going to have to cover and the uncountable hours I was about to work. Soon after, at the end of my first ever day of teaching I remember hearing the principal exclaim, "only a hundred and something days left until the end of the school year!". And here I am now, with my first year behind me, partially completed in that now familiar portable and partially from my bedroom, during a global health crisis - by God's grace and with His help, I did it!  Everyone has been asking me how the school year went and how these final months have gone - which I

#KidsAsk: "Does God Love Satan?"

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My first year of teaching has been met with countless unexpected questions, situations and circumstances - be it COVID protocols, navigating zoom learning, or the facets of teaching a Grade 5/6 class I wasn't prepared for (ex. all the social drama). However, one of the most interesting parts has been the array of questions I am asked during our Bible class. This is the first post of a series where I'll share what's been asked and give my initial thoughts on it. By no means are they final, and it is meant to be open-ended, so if you have some insights, please feel free to chime in! This past week I was asked, "does God love Satan?" More often than not, these questions come out of nowhere and are usually irrelevant to the discussion we were having in class. The logic behind this fifth grader's question was "if the Bible tells us to love our enemies, and Satan is an enemy of God, then does God love Satan?". I have never had to think of this idea from th

To Be Called

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I've joined a small group of guys to study the book of Ephesians together and even after our first zoom meeting, it has been such a blessing to gather around the word, and have people to dialogue with rather than trying to always navigate or figure it out in my head alone. The church is the body of Christ, meant to be in fellowship with one another, sharpening and pointing one another back to God through his Word. One of our discussion questions really caught my eye this week - What does it mean to be called by God?  The doctrine of election continues to be highlighted more and more to me as I read through God's Word. Ephesians 1:4-5 says that before the foundation of the world, God predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in v. 18, Paul prays that we may know the hope to which he has called you. Romans 8:30 says that those he predestined, he also called ; those he called, he justified; those he justified, he also glorified. 1 Peter 2 tells us that we a

February: Uneventful

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How many times can you invest into a piece of work or creation only to have it brushed aside, complained over, and not appreciated before you give up? It has been hard over the past 6 months to work endlessly and churn out material and curriculum weekend after weekend and only have it met with groaning and moaning, while watching plans that I was excited about fail or not go as the way I had hoped.  I watched the Cheese Rolling episode on We Are The Champions on Netflix and it has become how I explain to others how I feel my year is going. It feels like I tripped back in October and I've given up on trying to get back on my feet so we're just going to tumble until it stops and hope for the best. The month of February always seems to be a dreadful one, even if it is only 28 days long. Even though the month has been challenging and tiresome, from switching back to in person and having our March Break postponed, we press on! Unfortunately, there isn't really much of a choice. 

January: A Month Online

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Tomorrow, after being out of school for 7 weeks, 4 which were online, we return to our first full day of in-class learning of 2021. I am expecting that I'll be completely exhausted with a hard crowd to work with (most of my students are not looking forward to be back in school), and oxygen deprived (as new restrictions mean we must have masks on in class and during recess outside). But before we look too far ahead, let's look back. The past month of remote learning has been in many ways quite a gift. I had wondered what killing momentum for the winter break meant when it came to starting up school again, so to go from no school to only about 50% was a good step up (we only had 150 mins of synchronous learning each day). Teaching the upper grades meant my teaching time was in the afternoon from 12:30-3:30 which meant I didn't have to get up at 6 or 7, and didn't need to drive in the dark to set up my classroom. Teaching from home paused all the recess duties and dealing