Kindergarten Pie

Take a classroom of five-year-olds – nimble-footed, names unintelligible – add a dozen runny noses and three boo-boos and one unfortunate ‘accident’. Introduce a teacher – holiday hazed and overtired – mix with a controversial curriculum, a dash of micromanaging parents, and splash of report cards due. Blend cautiously, taking care that all ingredients remain […]

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The Boy in 3C

He like to walk across desktops, bright eyes filled with challenge, a shock of unkempt blond tuffs lending a distinctly menacing air. Had him for three classes a day, and plentiful as my patience could be, I must say, I was stretched – searching for a suitable approach He was all brawn, you see, and […]

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Always a Teacher

Set me on the open road, encourage me to cross borders; I am hungry for knowledge, to hear a higher calling. Cannot tolerate chained-to- chairs education, imposed immobility, socratic hierarchy demanding conformity spoon-fed compliance – am too much my father’s daughter, born rebellious unable to mold myself to prescribed slots would rather initiate discussion, engage, […]

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Could It Be?

Walking away is the only solution I’ve ever excelled at, and yet absence does not obliterate that which dwells within – I can pretend that I have nothing further to offer, but life and circumstance require more of me, a challenge to exhume the remains of my potential – will I be up to the […]

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Eccentricity Counts

Professors may make strange bedfellows, but originality does engage young minds; ideology while exciting, repels intuition; and doing well is not about belonging, it is acknowledgment and reward received. Listen to me, I am lost, begging for do-overs. Superiority is a goal for some, while I retreat into leisure, begin losing awareness, am an odd […]

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Always a Teacher

Set me on the open road, encourage me to cross borders; I am hungry for knowledge, to hear a higher calling. Cannot tolerate chained-to- chairs education, imposed immobility, socratic hierarchy demanding conformity spoon-fed compliance – am too much my father’s daughter, born rebellious unable to mold myself to prescribed slots would rather initiate discussion, engage, […]

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For My Teacher Friends

Reward none, if you can’t reward all, critics say, education should be fair. Encourage positive behaviour only, acknowledge accomplishments period. Treat all children the same, equally; it is unfair to let only a few shine. Resources are limited, make do. Why aren’t you giving more of yourself? The attacks are personal, guilt real. Teachers need […]

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Day 236 “True Merit”

Trudy rises well before dawn, throws on her sweats, grabs the dog leash, and the dog, and rushes out the door for a quick jog around the block, stopping only to allow Mitzy time to do her business.  Her husband, Frank, rolls over at the sound of her movements and absentmindedly reaches for her across […]

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One Thing

Sipping my second cup of morning tea, I breathe in the solitude that nature dropped on my doorstep overnight:  great mounds of white, silently commanding the world to a halt.  The tea is extra sweet and warming when accompanied by the luxury of leisure time. Shaking off the frayed edges of yesterday’s insanity, I contemplate […]

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