Jun 11, 2024


By |2024-06-11T15:26:32-07:00June 11, 2024|Character, Custom-Fit Education|0 Comments

My husband started watching MasterChef US a few months ago and by the end of the first season, he had me hooked. MasterChef is a reality show hosted by Gordon Ramsay, where home cooks compete in a series of cooking challenges hoping to avoid elimination each week from a panel of celebrity chefs, and ultimately [...]

May 21, 2024


By |2024-05-21T13:28:29-07:00May 21, 2024|Elementary, School Vision|0 Comments

In 1986, I stepped into the role of elementary principal, and I was met with a daunting challenge issued by then ACS Board Chair, Jack Van Dyke: to fill the four vacant classrooms in our new elementary campus on the Abbotsford-Mission Highway. Little did we anticipate that this newly rebuilt campus, erected after the devastation [...]

Apr 16, 2024


By |2024-04-16T09:52:34-07:00April 16, 2024|21st Century Learning, Elementary|0 Comments

How do you teach elementary students about the effects of Canadian geography on Canada’s history? Or about how the vast array of geographical terrains and climates of early Canada impacted the Indigenous peoples and the first European settlers? You build a 3D map of Canada so large it’s difficult to find a table big enough! [...]

Mar 5, 2024


By |2024-03-05T11:02:54-08:00March 5, 2024|Middle School, Nurturing Hearts|1 Comment

I’m not a big fan of new year resolutions. It could be that I have a terrible track record keeping them. But this year I decided that I need to take better care of my health. I’m a terrible binge-eater. I don’t bring a lunch (there’s rarely a break long enough to enjoy it anyway), [...]

Feb 21, 2024


By |2024-02-21T12:37:44-08:00February 21, 2024|Engaging Minds, Middle School|0 Comments

You are so weird! Usually, this would sound like an insult to any middle school student. The comment seems to target a student’s self-esteem, their sense of belonging, and tells them they don’t fit in. What would happen if students found a way to see this comment as a compliment—a statement that affirms the reality [...]

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