September 2009

  • Know Your History Episode 1 – Hip Hop is a Culture

    This is the transcript of my new segment for DOPEfm radio. It aired last weekend and is available for you to download as a free podcast. I hope that you enjoy this segment. I plan on producing a new episode monthly and would really like to get your feedback on it. Know Your History – […]

  • Where Are The Desks?

    This is a picture of my classroom before the students arrived in the morning for the first day of school. I set up mats for each student to sit down on the floor. In front of those mats, I placed a hula-hoop with a name tag, a pencil case, and the first assignment. I instructed […]

  • Cale Sampson Concert

    I went to this show on Friday and had the opportunity to sit down with Cale Sampson for an in-depth interview. The interview will air next weekend on DOPEfm. Please stay tuned to my blog to download the podcast for free and read the transcript of that interview here next week. In the meantime, here […]

  • We All Need Some Closure

    Have you ever had a relationship that ended badly and just wished that you could have one more day to set things straight? Do you have things that you would like to say but probably won’t ever get the chance to? I bet it’s safe to say that we’ve all been in that position at […]

  • Went Downtown in the Rain 9:30 on a Tuesday night*

    I did something last night that I haven’t done in quite some time. I raced to an actual record store after work to pick up an album. New albums always come out on Tuesdays and it used to be my practice to go downtown every week and check out the new release shelf. In fact, […]

  • Teaching Tip Tuesday – Math Drills

    I think it is important for children to learn the basic number facts. In this day and age, we can get too caught up in letting technology solve all of our problems for us. It is too easy to reach for a calculator or use the one built into our computers to solve basic problems. […]

  • My Top 5 T.V. Shows (Reshuffled)

    1. Everwood 2. My So-Called Life 3. Star Trek 4. M.A.S.H. 5. Jericho Everwood has reclaimed the number one spot. It had to. If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you will have heard me sing the praises of this excellent show countless times. If not, you can go back and […]

  • Teaching Tip Tuesday – Map Adventures

    I found this excellent resource a few years ago that I have used countless times in the classroom. It is called Nikki’s Map Adventures. It is a great resource to use in the first few weeks of school. There are seven lesson plans that are easy to follow and really engage students. The unit is […]

  • Westminster Ponds Trail Run

    Well it is time for another visual tour of my run. This time, I hit the trails at Westminster Ponds in London, Ontario. The curious thing is that it is listed as an “environmentally significant area.” What a strange term to use. I wonder if they call the mall down the road a “commercially significant […]

  • The Problem with Want

    Want is never enough. I’ve come to realize that. Want drives us to do things that don’t take us to where we need to be. Because the truth is, we always want things we don’t need. And what we do need, we rarely see. For instance, I had a really hard time getting over my […]