September 2010

  • Springbank Park – Terry Fox Parkway

    Springbank Park is absolutely gorgeous. It is located along the bank of the Thames River in London, Ontario. There are landscaped gardens, playgrounds, a small theme park, and over 30 kilometres of trails. A lot of weddings are held at the Civic Garden Complex. In fact, one was taking place just as I started my […]

  • Teaching Tip – Using Video in the Classroom

    There are some amazing videos that you can bring into the classroom to further your students’ knowledge or reinforce what was taught during a unit of study. I limit the amount of video that I use in class, however. I believe that students are over-exposed to video as is, and that if we decide to […]

  • Nikita Sequel is Brilliant!

    Le Femme Nikita has an interesting history. First it was a 1990 French film written and directed by Luc Besson. It was originally titled Nikita but it was released in North America as Le Femme Nikita. I was first introduced to it on video cassette. I still have it. In this film, Nikita was a […]

  • I Learned Something From a Comic (Again)

    “How come boys have buttons on one side and girls have buttons on the other side?” What a great question. I’ve often wondered why this is so as well. Although, I’d never considered researching it myself. Who knew that I’d finally discover that answer while reading a comic book? It seems you really do learn […]

  • Doors Open London

    Doors Open London is one of the best weekends of the year. For two days every year, the city throws open its doors so you can see exactly what this city has to offer. You can explore historic sites, tourist attractions, and points of interest absolutely free of charge. Last year, I got to nine […]

  • Teaching Tip Tuesday – Be Enthusaistic!

    Image by Anirudh Koul via Flickr Here are the two most important words a teacher should live by – Be Enthusiastic. Enthusiasm is like a yawn, laughter, or Chicken-pox. It is contagious. You can pass it along to others. That is why we need to give it our all when in front of the classroom. […]

  • Feeling Guilty for Being a Man

    Image Grant Neufeld via Flickr Last night I went downtown to support a friend who was marching in Take Back the Night, an annual event held in cities throughout the world. In it, women come together to stand up and speak out against sexual violence. The event was held in Victoria Park in downtown London, Ontario. I got […]

  • Brother Ali Autograph

    Brother Ali is one of my all-time favourite rappers. I first blogged about him last year just before this album came out. I can’t believe that I actually got to meet him. He was a really cool, down to earth guy. It was quite an honour to interview him for the radio too. If you […]

  • Out With the Old (Cassettes & CDs)

    I went out to buy some blank CDs this weekend and I had a really hard time finding any. I went to a big-box electronic store and all they had were blank DVDs. The next store I went to only had a small pack of coloured discs and they were rather expensive. I just wanted […]

  • Teaching Tip Tuesdays – Colour Families

    A few years ago I found a website called “Art Adventures” that was full of great tips, tricks, and lessons that were very easy to follow. When I first discovered this site, I printed off these lessons and I’m sure glad that I did because the amazingly useful website is no more. However, thanks to […]