If people did not do silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done. — Ludwig Wittgenstein

Define: Patience – ;)

… good-natured tolerance of delay or incompetence (web definition)

… the quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like. … (dictionary reference online)

Tanya’s definition…

Phone conversation with a, um, loved one, or, um, parent, that requires a new activity or task to be taught by one party and learned by the other.

Yup, I helped my mom set up a blog today. She sells framed photographs of photos she has taken. Either of nature, landscape, the sky, her garden, animals OR of other people’s loved ones, grads, grandparents, babies, weddings OR she even frames photos that other people have captured and want enlarged and framed in a good quality format.

As a teacher we must practice patients in our classrooms all the time. I like to practice with my mom outside of class time, now and then, as this makes the students that much more bearable. Just kidding mom 😉

Oh and she also ‘tweets’ now.

Check out her new blog at: tajoma.wordpress.com

and follow her at dan4shar

She is still tweaking it, but she has a good start for sure.

Good work today Ma!

I’ve been meaning to do something since school started back in. It’s funny, because the header, “That’s it, I’m writing a letter to the editor…” came to me because of an old friend from way back. Whenever there was an injustice, or even something to comment on, he always was going to “write a letter to the editor.” He never did once. At least not when I was around.

Anyways, there are so many things that we often say, or mentally decide we are going to do until life and the busy buzz of everything gets in the way and the moment passes.

Well, I was consciously worried that was going to happen yet again. So, I decided to hurry up and just do it.

Quick background…

I teach in an alternative program that provides a type of parent/teacher/student partnership for home educated students and families. I teach workshop lessons to a multi graded group of students a few times a week. Our program serves many different needs. Like I already mentioned, it serves as a way for home schooled students to connect with one another on a social level and enhance a variety of skills. It also serves as a safe environment for students while they are rebuilding their confidence during a difficult time or getting ready to transition back into a regular school setting. Many reasons, situations and choices bring our students to us.

Back to the story…

So, last year I had a particular student in my workshop that needed a lot of TLC before heading back to regular school – which was the aim for the next (this September) school year.

He came with very low literacy due to extreme dyslexia and lacked in many skill areas such as computers and technology. However, this student could hold a conversation and make anyone he met laugh. Artist – he was. He could create an entire story full of details and characters through his comic drawings and sketches. Musician – this grade 4 student could play the guitar with skill, which was remarkable as he had no formal training. His dad was a musician and so son picked up the skills through the environment he lived in.

Anyways, as you can see, he was easy to get along with and because of our special setting with low numbers and lots of support we were able to do much DI for this student and help boost his self confidence and certain necessary skills to hopefully help him for the following year.

At the end of last year his stress and anxiety started to pick up for upcoming change and he was not really ready, but it had to be done.

I made a decision (which I worried I wasn’t going to follow through on) to go and visit this student in his new school once it began.

September came, school was busy with intake meetings, paperwork, phone calls, emails, calendar setups, ugh, you know. September nearly went.

In the back of my mind was this little guitar player.

I had received some phone calls full of great of great concerns and worry about how to deal with this student. Apparently he was becoming a behavioral issue in class as he wouldn’t ‘do’ his work. Of course, he couldn’t just ‘do’ work. Anyways, we know how that works too.

So, after the phone calls I booked an afternoon that I was going in to his new school.

And I did it!!
I visited my funny, guitar playing, artistic, goofy haired, ex-student. He didn’t know I was coming which made it that much more – awesome!

I called first to make sure he was present, got my visitor’s pass, directions to his class, and headed in slowly. The teacher and I exchanged nods as I searched the room for his face. Nowhere. I double checked again and turned around slowly. He had been out of the class. He came in and didn’t even notice me or anyone. By now I had a grin on as I observed him – now a bit taller sportin’ a new hair-doo -as he sauntered over to his desk with his head down. The teacher said his name to let him know of his visitor.

Well, he looked up, made eye contact and I quickly pulled out a warm, “Hello ____man! How’s it goin?” He beemed! He replied with his huge contagious smile, “Hey Mrs. P.”

We went for a little walk around the school and caught up. He told me he finally got a new(ish) electric guitar that he’d been promised to be given forever. He filled me in that his favourite (well only class he liked) was drama and he was doing, well, ok in his new school.

As we walked and eventually made it back to his class, I asked if I could come for a visit again sometime. He said of course. I said I’d call first so he could bring in his guitar and maybe even get to show it off in class (like he used to always get to do). He loved the idea.

And… well… I know I will do it. I know I will go visit him again… because I know he needed that more than I thought he did and so did I.


I don't go alone, my soul and my shadow come with me



Juanjo Aza – Photoblog to Buy Print – Copyright

It is so easy to listen to and respect the kind, intelligent compassionate, adorable face of the Dalai Lama.

He speaks on Compassion and Respect.


This one is for Shawn.


I know I haven’t blogged yet.  My goals for a blog this year are big.  Maybe too big right now. I don’t just simply want to rant, or ramble, but rather I want to do. Sometimes that is what happens to me – I get an idea and I don’t want to be mediocre or miss my end product. Suppose that is a form of perfectionism.

My goals are for my students to be blogging, interacting and sharing ideas with one another. I would also like them to be able to complete certain assignments and submit them online.

I am in an unique setting where I evaluate home schooled students’ work as well as provide workshops for extra skill building. Some students I only see a handful of times each year. So, using blogs, video conferences, google talk, gmail accounts and sharing documents for projects is a goal.

Anyways, how do people blog during class time. It is near impossible.

Thanks Shawn – hope you enjoyed this randomness.