Lori Gard
Lori Gard is a teacher, parent to four children, life-partner to her husband Brian, community volunteer and expert in multi-tasking, all of which can be combined simultaneously in any random order in her current passion, blogging. She has found each facet of her life to provide endless writing material for her blog. Lori was born and raised in the Maritimes, and has lived “up West” in P.E.I. since graduating with a degree in Education from the Island’s only university in 1999. Although she will never be a born and bred Islander, she still tries to embrace life the Island way.

Entries by Lori Gard

These Are The Lessons You Won't See In Your Child's Report Card

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2017 | 10:59 AM

Dear Parent,

Later on this week or month, you will perhaps receive and then open an envelope containing your child's tri-annual report card, an account informing you of their academic progress in school so far this year. Literacy skills, numeracy outcomes, social studies/health/science curricular goals will all be highlighted. You...

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Kindness Is Learned In School

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2017 | 10:21 AM

It's funny how listening in on last week's live news conference with President Trump acted as a reverse-reminder to one lowly teacher from P.E.I., Canada...that kindness as a principle for living is the only way. Even when what is required might be tough, might be difficult, might not...

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A Teacher's Care Can Leave A Legacy That Outlasts Lesson Plans

(0) Comments | Posted September 14, 2016 | 12:57 PM

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I will never forget his first day of public school, a day imprinted in my memory and immortalized. I still can see his determined little face as he rushed past me, worry lining his wrinkled brow as he motored toward the outside steps,...

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Kids Will Tune In To Nature When We Turn Off Technology

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2016 | 2:00 PM

I shared a car ride with some friends the other day, and after a while, talk turned to the over-use of technology by our respective offspring. There was the usual comment that kids are using/taking in too much screen time followed by the expected sigh of collective despair upon deciding...

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To The Mother I Met At The Beach, Thank You

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2016 | 3:32 PM

Dear Mama of Littles at the Beach,

I have been thinking about you since yesterday afternoon, when we chatted at the beach -- thinking about you and your precious Little Ones. I keep rewinding the video of them playing in my mind, so that I can watch your baby boy...

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I'm Living With Anxiety And Finally Allowing The Cracks To Show

(1) Comments | Posted July 18, 2016 | 5:14 PM

I am staring at a long list of things that need to be done, not the least of which is to put away the final Christmas decorations I still have kicking around my kitchen. It is mid-July. Behind me, there are five snowmen decorations, which I imagine are peering over...

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These Men Were Fathers And Sons And They Were Loved

(3) Comments | Posted July 9, 2016 | 6:49 PM

dallas memorialKeaka Wallace who says she was a patrol partner of slain DART officer Brent Thompson, weeps as she leaves a makeshift memorial at Dallas Police Headquarters. (Photo: Reuters)

This past week, our world has been rocked to the core. We watched, shaken and cringing...

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Care Is The Most Necessary Attribute For A Teacher

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2016 | 10:32 AM

It is end-of-June: one would think summer and holidays would be on this teacher's mind. Instead, I have been reflecting and writing about my teaching practice, in anticipation for another school year this coming fall, mulling over my personal philosophy about care and how it underlies everything I do in...

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Twenty Years Of Marriage: A Love Story

(1) Comments | Posted June 6, 2016 | 3:41 PM

Twenty two years ago, a love story began.

It was a balmy June evening when another classic girl-meets-boy tale was written in the stars. She was a college freshman, home for the summer. He, a young teacher, eagerly looking for permanent work. A match made in heaven, to be...

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Dear Graduate: As A Teacher, Watching You Grow Up Amazed Me

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2016 | 11:54 AM

Dear Graduate,

It's June, kid, and you can hardly wait. The days are getting longer while your time with us in school is getting shorter. You are so ready. So done. Can you even believe that the moment has nearly arrived?

You will, in a few short weeks, pack all...

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Parenting Is Pretty Easy - Except When It's Not

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2016 | 10:44 AM

Parenting is easy. Uncomplicated and straighforward. Or so it seems in light of recent backlash exhibited to Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, as per her decision to request more help. Yes, to all of us who truly KNOW: parenting is quite easy, doable. It's simple. We can handle 'er.

Except when...

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All Teachers Can Relate To The Sheer Craziness That Is May

(13) Comments | Posted May 12, 2016 | 12:05 PM

What I am about to share I feel I must preface with this: I LOVE my job. I adore it. I come home every night from work with stories to share and tales to tell. I brag to my mother about the students I teach. I tell both my students...

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Take Courage, Friends Of Fort McMurray

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2016 | 12:00 PM

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Evacuees from a wildfire in Fort McMurray, Alta., are seen at an evacuation centre in Anzac on May 4, 2016. (Photo: The Canadian Press)

While Fort McMurray burns out of control, with a vicious ferocity unknown to these...

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Does Full-Day Kindergarten Pass Or Fail?

(5) Comments | Posted April 20, 2016 | 3:51 PM

Maclean's magazine, in an article titled "Full Day Kindergarten is Failing Our Children", asserts that "full-day kindergarten does nothing to permanently improve academic performance". In fact, "it may stunt the emotional and social development of many kids".

The particular article that the statements were drawn from, as written...

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In The Classroom, Let Kids Just Be Kids

(1) Comments | Posted February 17, 2016 | 4:26 AM


He squirms in his seat, a chair much too high for even the sturdiest of six-year-old legs. I have already prepared him for the "fun" game we are in the midst of playing, but I can see that he is tiring of this activity. No matter...

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Why Teachers Throw The Lesson Plan Under The Bus

(1) Comments | Posted February 2, 2016 | 10:03 AM

The one thing students really need on any given day may not actually be contained in the words written down on paper -- those goals for the day typed out on a lesson plan or scrawled out on paper. No, it might not be the planned numeracy lesson or literacy...

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Dear Tired Mama: You Will Survive

(5) Comments | Posted January 15, 2016 | 1:32 PM

Dear Tired Mama:

You wonder if it will ever get better. Wonder, too, if there really is a light at the end of the tunnel. Wonder incessantly if you will ever have energy again. All while you also wonder if you ever will see a semblance of your former self...

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Kairos Time: Finding Slices Of Joy In The Chaos Of The Day

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2016 | 12:38 PM

I am struck with how often I assess my overall day as having been a "bad" one. Or an "awful" one. I define these days of my life as being "the very worst," or otherwise define them as being "too busy," "too stressful," "too overwhelming."

Too anything, but "good."


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Chasing Light: Thoughts for a New Year

(0) Comments | Posted January 4, 2016 | 3:17 PM

It is the Eve of a New Year. She stands folding potato salad into a glass bowl, carefully arranging lettuce leaves around the outside edge. Engrossed in the task, it seems she is intent on getting this job done so as to move on to washing the ever-growing pile of...

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Searching For Meaning Amid The Holiday Madness

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2015 | 2:46 PM

Lately, logging onto my favourite social media sites has been slightly stress-inducing. Every second post touts pictures of yummy cookies someone has baked or a gorgeous tree someone has decorated.

Inevitably, a picture crops up of some cheer-inducing festivity that someone has visited in their spare time. Or maybe...

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