We need something else. Something I try to teach my students. We need open minds and open hearts. This polarization of two sides, teachers' union versus the government, does not serve anyone well. It does not serve our students well. We need you to consider that maybe, just maybe, we do need to reinvest in our education system. Maybe what is needed is for people like you to pick up your phone and call your MLA (or email them).
Carla Friesen teaches Grade 4 in the Vancouver School District. She has made Vancouver her home for the last 20 years.
So many memories. Held in one small box of treasures. But it couldn't possibly hold the greatest treasure of all. The students. Every single one of them that has passed through my classroom. The easy ones. The hard ones. The funny ones. The struggling ones. All of them. They have all made an impact on my life.
06/16/2014 03:47 EDT
You probably think to yourself what a lovely place to learn for your child. Teachers spend many hours finding ideas for organizing and decorating classrooms. Because they know that an organized, efficient environment is essential to learning. But it's all a mirage. What you do not see is the room's bare bones before your child's teacher came in over the summer and transformed it.
06/13/2014 01:06 EDT
Today I cried. I cried because I don't want to be striking. I just want to teach. I love my job. I love those students. Every single one of them.
06/09/2014 02:36 EDT
I will continue to do my job because I believe in these children. I will do my best to speak a word of encouragement or direction to each and every one of the 27 sweet faces in my room while I strategically try to give those five or more children that are struggling the extra time they so desperately need. It is getting harder and harder to do, but I will continue to do it. Because I am a teacher. That's my calling.
05/29/2014 06:18 EDT
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