World Teachers’ Day: We Can Do Better

This past Monday marked World Teachers’ Day (WTD), the day set aside to recognize all the wonderful contributions that teachers make to our society and planet. My own experience of WTD throughout my career has unfortunately been extremely underwhelming. In fact, most years the day has passed without even a mention over the PA system. This year I put a …

Smoother Parent-Teacher Interviews

It’s that time of year again: time to meet with the parental units for your students. As the culmination of the report card season, the parent-teacher interviews are both a symbolic milestone for the year and a cathartic experience after weeks of built-up expectation. In my experience, even after the most challenging of interviews, I have felt the experience to …

Our Staffrooms: Reclaiming a Sacred Space

There are probably as many kinds of staffrooms as there are schools across the continent. You may be one of the lucky ones with a staffroom that is welcoming, restful and an oasis from the worries of the classroom. However for many educators their school staffroom is not a place they look forward to visiting. For these teachers they experience …