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Mar 9, 2022


By |2022-03-10T14:01:03-08:00March 9, 2022|21st Century Learning, Middle School|0 Comments

They come running to the reception area with books, games, sketch pads, and friends. “Is it our day today?” they ask Mrs. Howard. Big smiles spread across the students’ faces as they scurry to different learning pods set up across the Learning Commons. To say this space is a hit would be an understatement.  It [...]

Dec 16, 2019


By |2019-12-16T11:44:43-08:00December 16, 2019|21st Century Learning, Middle School|2 Comments

I had been waiting for it and somehow, I missed the call. For real? I emailed the City of Abbotsford awhile ago with some deep hopes of partnering with them on a “What’s in My Backyard?” project. A project—that post-Newcastle Island trip and amidst FSA writing in grade 7—was due to be presented at Presentations [...]

May 14, 2018


By |2018-05-14T22:17:24-07:00May 14, 2018|Custom-Fit Education, Middle School|2 Comments

It is Thursday and Monday is coming. No, it is not Easter. I am busy cross referencing every student in Grade 6 and 7, praying I haven’t messed up a student’s allocation for their X-Block 5 Module. Cooking can only take 12, so can Cookie and Cupcake Decorating, Maker Taker can take 6, Design Thinking [...]

Feb 19, 2018


By |2018-02-19T09:11:17-08:00February 19, 2018|21st Century Learning, Middle School|0 Comments

Feathers floated through the air; strands of wig hair lay scattered on the ground. Kids were running around in circles practising a classmate’s fish swim move, and the one counter space left in my classroom had become an apparent make-up station.    My classroom resembled anything but a learning environment. “Mrs. Barthel, I can’t find [...]

Oct 16, 2017


By |2017-10-16T09:17:51-07:00October 16, 2017|Custom-Fit Education, Middle School|1 Comment

“Can I get your autograph?” This was different. Pig tails, braids, smiling faces, toothless welcoming grins reached out their pieces of paper towards us.  “You’re the government! Can we get your autograph? ” I stifled a laugh, smiled back, looked over at my newly met colleague, shrugged, pulled out a pen, and signed away. I [...]

Apr 17, 2017

You Can’t Make Me!

By |2017-04-17T09:42:21-07:00April 17, 2017|21st Century Learning, Middle School|0 Comments

They sat in front of me grimacing. We had been learning how to play band instruments for a few weeks and I just announced it was going to be time for a “check in,” as I call them. I probably could have called the “check in” a marshmallow, or a chocolate bar and they wouldn’t [...]

Feb 20, 2017

Throwing Away the Highlighters

By |2017-02-20T08:58:22-08:00February 20, 2017|Custom-Fit Education, Middle School|2 Comments

The room is warm; excitement and the odour of nervous middle schoolers fills the air. Students, wearing a mix of everyday clothing and fairy-tale wear, run back and forth in frantic frenzy between their parents, their classmates, and backstage, to make sure everything is “just right” and in place for their moment on the stage. [...]

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