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The Magic Portable

I’m teaching a grade 3/4 split class in a portable today. This means two grades at once in a big box that sits outside the school. This is only a half day assignment and when I arrive, the students are still finishing lunch and they are unsupervised. When I open the door, I’m enthusiastically greeted…

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Ms. G: An Origin Story

It’s a new day, which means a new assignment. Today’s placement is special because I’m headed back to my old high school! I start in the staff room and recognize no one. All of my teachers have retired. This is what happens when 30 years passes. I enter the classroom and students are fighting over…

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M does not stand for Music.

Assignment: MHF4U It’s the height of the pandemic and high schools are operating according to a quadmester system.  This means two new courses every 10 weeks, with students spending half of each day on each course. I arrive to the office for my daily timetable. A supply teacher rarely knows which subject they’ll be teaching…

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Est que je peu aller au toilet?

ASSIGNMENT: Primary French Immersion-ish   My first official traditional classroom teaching assignment!   I was almost giddy pulling out clothes I hadn’t worn in close to two years, since I assumed yoga pants were not acceptable attire for a classroom teacher.   The automated lady told me I would be doing an afternoon of “Jun-io-r…

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UNQUALIFIED

In late 2019, in celebration of my 20th entrepreneurial year, I very excitedly put an offer on a building to purchase for my business. This goal had been on my vision board for quite some time and considering I had started my arts education business from a homemade flyer and a laundry basket full of props,…

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