Saturday, 18 October 2014


I am going to try to start blogging once a week about something I want to celebrate. The idea came from Ruth Ayres blog. She is a writer.

This week I am celebrating that we are practically two months into school and swimming and I am handling it. I am the designated driver for Jill this year. She has swim practice three mornings a week at 5:30 am (well, and Saturdays at 7 am) as well as seminary at 6:30 am on Wednesdays and Fridays. I made an attempt at this before and it became clear that I really couldn't handle it. Allen ended up taking over - but he ended up doing so much driving it cut into his time to be able to work and do effective appointments. So this year I resolved again to do it. It is working better this year. And I sure enjoy a nap on Sundays!! 

I have been teaching again for almost five years now. I finally feel like I am taking things in stride rather than drowning. For the first few years I was really quite overwhelmed. Perhaps it is because I have been teaching the same grade for three years now. I know the stories we typically read. I am more familiar with science and social studies units. And I am getting better at classroom management. I feel like I am starting to get kids more. I am able to be with them and think about them in a deeper way than I could in the past. I am enjoying being able to handle all that and still work on my own professional growth. I still enjoy teaching and am grateful to be able to do it!

Friday, 17 October 2014

Dennis Lee at Wordfest

I got to go listen to Dennis Lee at Wordfest!!  It was so fun to hear him share poetry and to see the children's response. It was a very interactive presentation. They chanted and sang and giggled. It was wonderful!

He was asked how he came up with the idea of Alligator Pie. He said one day he was riding his bike and he kept hearing Alligator Pie as the pedals went around. He couldn't get it out of his head and so finally he went home and wrote it down to get it out of his head.

He talked about his favorite books and encourage everyone to read read read and to write write write. Beautiful words!!

Sandy Nichols also spoke. She is an illustrator from Calgary. She illustrated the book Alligator Pie and tonight was the first time she met Dennis Lee in person. I always think of authors and illustrators being quite connected, but apparently that isn't always the case.

She drew Drew Drew and while she drew she answered questions. It was amazing!

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Challenge Accepted: The Blogger's Desk

I love 100 Scope Notes. I thought I would also write about where I blog.

I don't really have a blogging 'desk'. Instead, I have a spot where I usually read and where I also blog. 

The view is fantastic.

I think of this spot as a little like Roald Dahl's hut where he did most of his writing...I only wish I was    1% as brilliant!

Where do you do your blogging??