-What do you want to be when you grow up?
-When I grow up, I want to be a famous actress!
Constantly immersed in theatre as a kid and a teen, my dreams were big. I wanted to be a successful actress in film and on stage. Upon completing grade 12, I auditioned for many universities, and got accepted to some. However, the one school I had my heart set on wait-listed me. At the same time, I was offered a full scholarship to study at a university in my hometown. I decided to leave my decision in the hands of destiny. If I suddenly got a call letting me know I had been accepted to my chosen theatre school, I would go. If not, I would accept the scholarship. Continue reading →
Over the last couple weeks, as I’ve been summarizing my last 14 months of travels, I have been asked the question: what’s next? by numerous bloggers. That’s a really good question! I’m unable to answer this question in entirety, as I do not know what the future holds. I do know that I’ll be starting on another journey. When one journey ends, the only thing to do is start another one. Regardless if I am traveling, my journey continues. Each of us is on our very own unique journey. Continue reading →
In a world where so many are out of work, I am thankful I have a job. I am grateful for the opportunity to have taken a leave from my teaching position to travel for 14 months. Few jobs have such flexibility. Yes, of course I’d like to continue traveling the world, but unfortunately my sabbatical is up and my funds have run out. The time flew by. Time to be back in the classroom. At this point, I’m just thankful to have a job. I need a way to save up for more trips right? Continue reading →
Guest Post by: Mrs. Liss and her traveling Tolerance Kids
Lisa’s students on their Tolerance Trip
Living in projects, passing from homeless shelter to homeless shelter, shifting from family to family, doesn’t leave much room for travel and adventure. After twenty years of teaching and not reaching out to travel out of my own comfort zone, I was teaching a class who didn’t want to just learn what I was teaching, but wanted to get out of their neighborhood and experience what they were learning. They weren’t satisfied with simply hearing about the Holocaust, they wanted to see what they Museum of Tolerance could show them. Continue reading →
Month 4 Update: 4 Months In and Never Been Happier
My top 2013 bucket list item was graduating with my MEd! I can now say that I have received my MEd in Curriculum & Instruction/Administration, while also attaining my principal’s certificate and teaching certificate upgrade! I finished my Master’s in June 2013, but did not walk across the stage to receive my MEd until October 24th, 2013. It feels so good to have accomplished one of my greatest goals and to have done it so quickly. I started my Master’s in April of 2012 and finished only 14 months later. I completed the majority of my Master’s while also teaching middle school English full time. I don’t know how I did it. I just did it. I wanted it done and I made it happen. It feels good to see my MEd certificate framed in my house and to know I have an MEd. Continue reading →
When I first started teaching, I honestly had no idea what I got myself into. There were any things I learned during my first year that I was not made aware of during my Education degree; some things cannot be taught in the classroom, like the different ways boys and girls learn. Many surprises included the endless paper work, phone calls, meetings, organizing, lesson planning, and involvement in extra-curricular activities. I did not fully realize that when I signed up to be a teacher, I would not only be an educator, but I would take on many roles. I soon realized: I have a lot to learn.
A few years ago Harry Wong, a teacher and classroom management guru, wrote an article about my journey as a teacher when I first started out in the classroom. It is hard to believe where I started and where I am now after eight years of teaching. I started out teaching high school English for four years, which I later switched to middle school to challenge myself further. Challenge accepted. Throughout the last three years I’ve taught K, 3, 5, 6, 7, and 8 at a kindergarten to grade eight school and taught music, art, physical education, health, social studies, and English. Challenge indeed. It feels as though I have taught it all. I have learned more about myself throughout my teaching career than I could have otherwise. Being a teacher is part of who I am. I was born to teach. As most teachers can relate, when I started out it wasn’t easy. I had to learn how to teach and in return teach to learn.
I admire Erin Gruwell for everything she has accomplished. Most people have heard of her from the Hollywood film Freedom Writers. Erin’s story fascinated me from the moment I heard about the Freedom Writers. Erin helped 150 students, who were not destined to graduate, receive their high school diploma. Many went off to university. She engaged, enlightened, and empowered her students who were nominally deemed as “unteachable”, “rejects”, or “too stupid” to believe in themselves and their ability to succeed. Erin’s students followed in the footsteps of the ‘Freedom Riders’ and are known as the Freedom Writers after they published the book The Freedom Writers Diary in 1999. They were writing for change and educating the world through their stories of how a group of “throw-outs” and rival gangs can come together, co-exists in harmony, and teach each other regardless of colour, race, religion, or socioeconomic status. Continue reading →
After completing my Masters in Education in 14 months, I am rewarding myself with a 14 month sabbatical from teaching to travel and to do all the things I never have time for. I look forward to exchanging my time as a teacher, student, to a traveling girl. I get anxious and excited thinking about all the things I want to do on my time off. I haven’t had the chance yet to fully develop my year-off-bucket-list. I have a few things planned for July, but I still have 13 more months to plan! I look forward to spending some time very soon writing up my year-off-plan. I’m constantly looking for ideas of things to do and places to visit. Continue reading →