Lori Gard
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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.

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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?

(6) 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

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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."

Recently,...

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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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A Note To Teen Girls About Sexting

(2) Comments | Posted December 9, 2015 | 8:56 AM

Dear Teenaged Girls,

This time in your life is a beautiful one: one that will find you paving new roads, finding new adventures and forging new pathways. You will try new things, meet new people, make new choices and discover new possibilities. And along the way, you will make a...

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Teachers, Which Character Will You Play In Your Students' Life Stories?

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2015 | 12:38 PM

He is laying face-down on the floor, sprawled: his little arms crossed over, one on top of the other. I am sitting about 10 feet away, leaning forward, all the while trying to observe the scene unfolding from my somewhat distant vantage point, at a bit of an angle.

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Teach Like the School Is On Fire

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2015 | 9:58 AM

It's break time.

We, two colleagues, are standing there chatting while I hold half a banana in one hand, a piece of sweet bread in the other. I pour a glass of water for myself. As I eat, she casually mentions that she has not yet made it to the...

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A Letter to My Children About Alan and Galib Kurdi

(3) Comments | Posted September 6, 2015 | 9:58 AM

My Own Precious Four,

The air felt chill and brisk as I headed to the local dairy bar with 'two in tow,' for one last treat before school officially begins on Tuesday. One had an English Toffee Milkshake and the other tried her luck with the Nutty Chocolate Dip. We...

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A Letter to My Students Before School Starts

(2) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 5:26 PM

"The real heroes anyway aren't the people doing things; the real heroes are the people NOTICING things, paying attention. The guy who invented the smallpox vaccine didn't actually invent anything. He just noticed that people with cowpox didn't get smallpox." -- Augustus Waters, in John Green's The Fault in Our...

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Teachers Should Be Seen As Caregivers, Not Whiners

(34) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 2:50 PM

I am coming to realize more and more all the time that the overall public perception of teachers on the outside-- both in the United States and Canada (and perhaps beyond) is at times negative.

Recently, I wrote an article about what teachers want, in terms of...

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15 Things I Learned After 15 Years of Parenting

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 5:30 PM

Parenting is, of course, the most consuming, challenging and exhausting task that I have ever involved myself in. Some days I ask: "What were we thinking???" And on the other days, I just don't ask. Speaking of "we," I readily admit that marriage is a very close second in this...

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What Ontario's Teachers Really Want

(54) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 6:15 PM

It is becoming very difficult for teachers across North America to convince the public of the need to fight for education, to support the deeply felt emotions and beliefs directed toward ideals and professional standards that we teachers have come to espouse. Why is this? When the issue at hand...

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19 Ways to Have a Thriving Marriage

(3) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 6:18 AM

We spent our 19th wedding anniversary very much like we do every other day: organizing belongings for four kids going in a few different directions, getting breakfast, making beds, cleaning up. Working. Coming home to four hungry children who wanted more food (again). Cleaning up. You get the picture.

Which...

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Dear Daughter, Guard Your Heart

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 10:21 AM

Dear Daughter,

I watch you, bare feet running. Long hair swinging. Bright smile shining. Those slender legs that keep you chasing after baseballs, basketballs, volleyballs and bouncy balls. Those hands that touch the keys on our beautiful piano. Hands that swiftly know how to plait a braid of gold or...

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