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Lori Gard

Teacher, Blogger

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.

13 Signs Our Family's Spent Too Much Time Snowed in Together in PEI

I have a healthy appreciation for the winter storm, but three days housebound is a little much. So in gratitude to the fair weather we had Saturday our family made a trek to our local Chinese restaurant, at which time Husband proposed a toast to "surviving the storm." In light of this toast, I made a list of the top 13 ways which illustrate most clearly that The Family has spent a little bit too much time together lately...
04/01/2014 08:59 EDT

Putting Life into Perspective Takes Five Minutes

Sometimes five minutes is all we need. It's all we need to put everything else in our messy, beautiful lives into perspective. And if I was really being honest, it's not about five minutes before or five minutes later -- it's really about living out both the frustrating and the pleasurable in life, at one and the same time.
03/24/2014 12:22 EDT

When Teachers Choose Love

It's almost recess and I am urging the children to put away their snacks so as to ready for the recess bell. The students start slowly stowing their lunch boxes inside their backpacks and heading for...
03/19/2014 02:55 EDT

When Discipline Is Sandwiched in Love

You know those kinds of days. Another long day in a stream of long days. More issues to deal with, more meetings to be had. More testing to be done, more papers to be sent home. Just more of everythin...
03/06/2014 04:34 EST
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Are Girls the New Bullies to Watch Out For?

Her eyes say it all: "You disgusting little piece of garbage -- who cares what you have to say, anyway?" He crumbles into a mess of tears and sobs, seemingly brokenhearted that he has just been publicly rejected. This was the fourth instance of bullying that I was privy to today. What stood out to me in each of the four incidents was who was doing the bullying: girls.
02/26/2014 12:19 EST
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The One Thing Teachers Must Remember About Students

As much as I am passionate about what I teach, I am more passionate about the people I teach. I am more interested that they are content and happy -- that they are not under undue duress or strain; what is the point of spouting out facts and figures, as important as they might be, if the students' heart is not in it? If their belly is empty?
02/22/2014 06:41 EST
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This Is a Love Story

This is the story of a girl who decided that dirty mugs in her sink and leftover kernels of popcorn in the recesses of her couch, with the ones she loves by her side, are all a story she ever needed to be complete. It's the story of the boy who loves her. And the story of the girl who made a decision: She would love him too.
02/15/2014 12:25 EST

The Best Teachers See the Best in Their Students

After moving when I was 16, I was enrolled in a brand new school, close to our new home. My new teacher, Mr. T, was unforgettable. What I remember now as a teacher myself was his smile. His laughter. And I remember that he saw me. There are times in our service as teachers when we set aside the habitual act of doing for the sacred work of being.
02/05/2014 02:33 EST
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What Kids Who've Been Bullied Need To Know

I don't know if your face fell. I don't know if inside you crumbled into tiny little pieces. I don't know how many times you've heard those words before. I don't know if you even believed them. But I got the feeling that this might not have been the first time. And in the instant it took to process what just had happened, a million memories flashed through my mind.
01/31/2014 12:19 EST

What I Learned From My 'Cute' Parenting Moment

I just had a moment. Until I turn 40, I will not refer to such as a senior's moment. No, this was merely a parenting moment. A realization. As in one of those moments when you as a parent get to exper...
01/25/2014 12:48 EST
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10 Things Teacher's College Never Prepared Me For

Having been held hostage by the whims of the cutest sort of five-year-old juvenile delinquents and lived to tell the tale, I have given some thought to the unlimited number of things I was not taught in teacher training, so as to prepare me for these uncertain days in which I find myself now: as a real teacher.
01/15/2014 12:11 EST
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5 Ways to Create More Balance in Your Life

Rather than resolve, I choose to purpose my intentions. And in so doing, I hope that I will not set myself up for failure. Here are a few ways in which I hope to carve out a sweet slice of balance for myself this new year of 2014.
01/03/2014 12:10 EST
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Why 'Elf on the Shelf' Has a Place in My Heart

At first, I was a skeptic. I'd read the blogs, the warnings and the curses that were written about Elf on the Shelf. I could feel the hate. This elf would leave terror and anarchy in his wake. He'd behave badly. In short, he'd be a pain in the...
12/21/2013 05:43 EST

What Students Remember Most About Teachers

at the end of the day, most students won't remember what amazing lesson plans you've created. They won't remember how organized your bulletin boards are. How straight and neat are the desk rows. No, they'll not remember that amazing decor you've designed. But they will remember you.
12/11/2013 11:48 EST

On Being Writer-ish

There is a little book in stores this holiday season called ish. And this little picture book written by Peter H. Reynold has crossed my path several times throughout the fall- popping up in casual co...
12/04/2013 03:51 EST
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The Church Needs to Stop Spiritual Shaming

There is a problem with the church today -- a problem that runs deep and wide and long. It's created a chasm actually and an exodus. It's a problem sourced by a history of church practices and traditions that serve to verify its authenticity as real and overt. It's a problem all right. And that problem is shaming, specifically the shaming of people, both Christian and otherwise.
11/25/2013 05:38 EST
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Christmas Is Not About Giving -- It's About Receiving

If Christmas means giving more and more of myself so that I become less and less of me, then I'll take a pass, thanks. No, instead I intend on receiving Christmas this year. I want Christmas to wash over me in all its glory. This year, I want to focus on accepting the priceless gift of Christmas.
11/23/2013 03:31 EST
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Reclaiming Supper Hour -- Who's With Me?

It is time we took back what is rightfully ours, families of the world. It is time we re-claimed our rights to that all-important evening hour -- a time once known as supper, which held the power in its reach to gather together people from diverse activities and places and in so doing, press the pause button.
11/20/2013 12:39 EST