Student-Led Conferences

The weeks leading up to Student-Led Conferences are always crazy and stressful. We usually have our conferences in May so having them last night and tonight was a change. We’ve only been back at school for a little over six weeks so it seemed really early. I was in a major panic to get my students prepared but I’m happy to report that they went really well!

I always love watching my students share their learning with their parents. This year I decided to involve the parents a little more and included a couple activities for parents to do WITH their child. It was neat to see the kids explaining how to complete a “See, Think, Wonder” chart with their parents.

The kids seemed to love showing their parents EPIC Reading on the iPads. Teachers, if you don’t already use this, I highly recommend it! My kiddos absolutely love it! You can access it from the Internet as well.

One of my favourite parts was having students share their “2 Stars and a Wish” with their parents and to have their parents fill one out for them. As they finished up, I gave them the one I had completed for their child. It was interesting to see just how many similarities there were – it looks like I’m on the same page as many of my parents! A few commented about how they wrote pretty much the same things I did, especially for goals for their child.

Doing the 2 Stars and a Wish helped a lot for report cards too. My copy gets attached as the “From Your Teacher” section, the child’s copy gets attached as the “Student Perspective” and we use the goals from all three for “Collaborative Goals.” Thank goodness too because mine are due next Friday. Yikes.

All in all it was super successful. I hope my students are proud of their learning and of sharing it with their parents.❤


Remembering Vancouver 2010

It’s Olympic time again and I can’t help but think back on Vancouver 2010 – it was such an incredible experience!

The Torch Relay came through PoCo and I was able to attend before work! What a neat experience.

I also had a chance to hold one of the torches during a different event.

Since I volunteered at the Paralympics I got free tickets to the dress rehearsal of the Opening Ceremonies. Obviously it wasn’t great as the real thing, but still awesome!

I got to attend Men’s Short Track Speed Skating with my mom. It was my first time seeing it live – so exciting!

I figured skated when I was growing up and being able to see a live Olympic event was a dream come true. My mom and I saw the Men’s Short Program.

I was super lucky to get to go to three hockey games! Kyla came from Kelowna and we went to Sweden vs. Germany.

I saw Canada vs. Switzerland with my our (kinda but not really) cousins from California. They had an extra ticket that I bought off them. Totally worth it to see Team Canada!

That same day I also saw Slovakia vs. Russia with my brother. He flew in from school in New York and it was awesome sharing the experience with him! My dad was around as well – he had been volunteering that day!

My mom and I also went to the Closing Ceremonies. We were on a total high after watching Canada win Hockey GOLD outside Alberta House.

I’ve yet to experience anything like the atmosphere of Vancouver 2010 and I don’t expect I ever will. That is unless we host again (fingers crossed.) The Olympics bring nations together and being amidst the action makes it just that much more magical.

Good luck to all the athletes representing Canada in Pyeongchang!❤

Highs & Lows

I did it! Once I hit “publish” I’ll have finished the 30-Day Writing Challenge! Took me a little longer than expected to write this post but here it is. Highs and lows of the month…yikes. I don’t really remember what happened! Thankfully there were more highs than lows.

I got to go to the Canadian National Figure Skating Championships which was awesome. I saw the mens and pairs short programs. It was the first time I had watched live Figure Skating since Vancouver 2010 and I was reminded of how much I love the sport. I’ll definitely be watching this Olympics.

Coen booked his flight here. We haven’t seen each other since August so I’m definitely happy. We’re heading to Arizona for 10 days and I can’t wait to explore together!

I started tackling more of the Core Competencies at work. It’s part of my Field Study for SFU and I began focusing on Creative Thinking. The kids have loved the activities and they haven’t even really complained about having to do reflections/self-assessments!

I wouldn’t really say there were any lows…just hiccups. I had some rough days at work and I was sick, but nothing long-lasting!

A few people have asked me if I’m going to do another challenge. They say they’ll miss reading my posts every day if I don’t! I think I’ll do one at some point in the near future but for now I’ve got work to focus on!❤


Today is Day 30 of the 30-Day Writing Challenge and I’m here to tell you I won’t be writing that last post tonight. I’ll try to get to it tomorrow.

When I think about all the things I have to get done for work and my SFU course I feel like either my head is going to explode or I’m going to burst into tears. I’m not complaining, because I know it’s going to be okay and I’ll get it all done, but needless to say, my blog post still wasn’t a top priority tonight. Thankfully I submitted my Field Study Action plan Plan so that’s one thing I can cross of my list!

See you (hopefully) tomorrow!❤


2nd to last day of the 30-Day Writing Challenge and I’m supposed to set some goals for the next 30 days.

Spring Break is coming and sunshine is in my future! It’s also crazy busy at work until then. I’ve decided to set three goals, which are hopefully realistic and manageable.

1. Meet my calorie goal at least 5 days a week. I’m hoping it will mostly be 6 or 7 days but 5 seems more realistic.

2. Go for a walk at least 3 times a week – even if it’s just a short loop around the park.

3. Stay on top of everything that needs to be done with my students and for my own school so I’m not doing it all last minute!

What are your goals?❤

*Kicking Ass*

So yesterday was about something I want to improve…today is about something I’m “kicking ass” at right now. I guess I would have to say education/teaching…

I’m currently in my second year of a Graduate Diploma in Education at SFU. The focus of the program is Curriculum Design and Learning and the goal is to improve our own teaching practice.

I’m just about to start on my third, and final, field study of the program. My question?

*What strategies can I put into my teaching practice to encourage accurate self-assessment of the Core Competencies?*

Last year, I wasn’t happy with my approach. I don’t think what I did was meaningful for my students. This year, I strive to do better.

We’re currently focusing on Creative Thinking. We co-created our I Statements and, although they are already amazingly creative, I’ve provided students with activities geared toward activating their Creative Thinking skills.

I’m just getting started on the process but I’m feeling excited to see where it goes.❤