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Stuck on an Escalator – Encouraging your students to TRY!

Just found this video – (it’s not new, I saw it a while back) and I thought I’d share. Too funny and lots of applications! I’m going to show it to my math students in reference to tackling challenging problems – like word problems. They have to try, they have to take a step…and then another and they’ll get where they’re going. If they don’t try, it’s like they’re allowing themselves to remain stuck on the escalator!

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Back to School With a Smile

My first day with students will be tomorrow. There is so much build up to the first day of school! I always look forward to it, but I am also happy when it’s over. The ice is broken, introductions have been made and I can start to get to know the young people in front of me.

I am just about ready to go, but still have a few preparations left to make. It’s an exciting year for me, for a few reasons. This will be the first year that all teachers have SMART Boards in our rooms. Also, my school is in transition. We will be coming together with our high school in the fall of 2014, and become a K-12 facility. Construction is well underway, as they are renovating the high school and it will become our new home. Lots of changes! A new administrator at our school, being another. She actually began our day on Tuesday with this funny little video and so I thought I’d share it with you!

We all know that teaching can be hard (as you’ll see in the video). You may get stressed, feel over worked and isolated… At those times, when you’re not sure if you can go on, just remember that at least you’re doing a better job than the teacher in the video! On that note, wish me luck tomorrow! I hope that they like the Banana Chocolate Chip cake that I made for their break time! (Hard not to respect someone who feeds you cake, fruit and juice on the first day – wouldn’t you agree? Wink  Well – it can’t hurt!)


To This Day…Have you seen this amazing video? Bullying, name calling, abuse…so powerful!

It’s been so busy here lately, I feel like I haven’t blogged in forever! Hubby’s out of province during the week for another 5 weeks and so I’m pretending to be Supermom, doing it all! That being said, I’d like to give a shout out to all of the single parents out there. I don’t know how you do it. I’m counting the hours until Hubby’s home on Friday evening and he just left at 5am this morning! You’re pretty fantastic people and I can only imagine the stress that you’re under – trying to do it all, all of the time, with NO back-up. You rock!

Okay, topic shift.

A teacher at my school found this pretty awesome video on YouTube and I’d like to share it here. I haven’t shown it to the kids yet. I was in tears though, as I watched it this morning. The subject matter? Bullying, name calling, abuse…it’ got it all and it’s powerful.

If you have 7 1/2 minutes, and you teach middle school and up – have a look. It may be something that you want to share and discuss with your students. It has over 5 800 000 views and is incredibly poignant and thought-provoking. 

Let me know what you think – especially if you choose to share it with your students.

Thanks again for sharing, Ms. Curran:)


 bullying video