Teaching

Hippity Hips

Hippity Hips

I sometimes think about how hard it was for me to become a teacher. Then, I think about how grateful I am to be a teacher.  At 23 years old, I got my first teaching job at Trafalgar School for Girls in Montreal, Canada. The year was 1986 and I was really nauseous on my first day of work. I loved where I was working, however, the teacher who was supervising my teacher’s probation loved to watch me fail. Every time she supervised one of my lessons, she drilled me and said I should find another profession as I wasn’t cut out to be a teacher.

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Published on December 17, 2023

The Ultimate Lesson

The Ultimate Lesson
The Fall Courses are about to begin and I have butterflies in my stomach!
In truth, if all we have gained is not from the curriculum content but a new friendship or two, I feel we have been successful. For it’s not always the prescribed lessons you’ve sign up for, perhaps it’s the rich exchanges and life perspectives you have learned. That in turn is…the ultimate lesson.
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Published on September 14, 2022
Published on December 11, 2017
Published on November 22, 2016
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Published on May 18, 2022

Le Centre Cummings – Springtime Creative Writing Course – Write About It – 2022

Le Centre Cummings – Springtime Creative Writing Course – Write About It – 2022

IF YOU LOVE TO “WRITE ABOUT IT”…….
Here’s a fun Springtime Creative Writing course just for you!
Join our Online ZOOM Creative Writing Class with The Cummings Centre.
From the comforts of your home, come take the course “Write About It”.

This Spring, let’s get your creativity flowing!

LIT 376 – Write About It – Wednesdays, May 4 – June 8, 1-2:30 pm, 6 Classes.

LIT 376-01 – Write About It – Wednesdays, June 15 & 22, 1-2:30 pm, 2 Classes.

Course Registration starts Monday, April 11, 2022
Limited registration.

Registration Link to Le Centre Cummings

Creative Non-Fiction – CEJN 122 – Concordia University Continuing Education

Creative Non-Fiction – CEJN 122 – Concordia University Continuing Education
COME TAKE A CREATIVE WRITING COURSE THIS WINTER!
Actually, the winter flies by when taking a creative writing course.
CREATIVE NON-FICTION at Concordia University – Online Zoom.
Continuing Education – Course Code: CEJN 122
Personal point of view and interpretation can all colour creative non-fiction, the form used in personal essays, reportages, articles and more.
In this course, you’ll use close observation of real events to explore techniques like narrative structure, character development, scene-setting and dialogue. Most of all, you’ll focus on developing your creativity and your personal voice.
January 18 – March 22, Tuesdays 18:00-21:00.
10 sessions – 30 hours.
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Back to Schooooolllllllaaa

Back to Schooooolllllllaaa

Now, I have butterflies of excitement in my stomach. I love this time of year. So many things will happen in the following days which gets me giddy. Firstly, the nights start to get cooler. That’s my number one thrill as I’m not a summer person. I’m sure many people are rolling their eyes at that statement. I love cool weather and enjoy wearing a light scarf around my neck. So my season of autumn is upon us.

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Published on September 7, 2021
Published on August 27, 2018
Published on August 27, 2017

Creativity Takes Time

Creativity Takes Time

Ms. MacDonald understood the creativity process. She was the first teacher to embrace my day dreaming as a method for gathering creativity. I didn’t disturb the classroom; I just watched the world move while we sat still. I was honing my creativity skills. Since that day in Grade 7, I have always used the window as a means to foster creative ideas.

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Published on August 29, 2021

Writing For Children – CEJN 118 – Concordia University, Fall 2021

Writing For Children – CEJN 118 – Concordia University, Fall 2021

WRITING FOR CHILDREN ~ A FUN FALL WRITING COURSE ~
Come take a Creative Writing Course with me this Autumn.
Learn how to Write For Children and improve your writing skills from the comforts of your home 🙂
Online with Concordia University – Centre for Continuing Education.
Live Zoom Course – CEJN 118 – Writing For Children
Thursdays 6:00-9:00 pm. September 16 – November 18, 10 classes.
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Concordia Continuing Education

 

Le Centre Cummings – Write About It – Fall 2021

Le Centre Cummings – Write About It – Fall 2021

LET’S WRITE ABOUT IT – THIS FALL!
Join our Online ZOOM Creative Writing Class with THE CUMMINGS CENTRE.
And… Do it from the comforts of your home 🙂
LIT 176 – Write About It – Wednesdays, October 13 – November 17, 1-2:30 pm, 6 Classes.
LIT 176-01 – Write About It – Wednesdays, November 24 – December 1, 1-2:30 pm, 2 Classes.

Course Registration starts Monday, August 23, 2021.
Limited registration so don’t wait.
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Le Centre Cummings

 

Show & Tell

Show & Tell

Miss Chess knew exactly what to do to break the nervous ice. She asked every student to bring something for Show & Tell the next day. The only request she had was it must include words. It could be a sign, a book, even a menu. It just needed to contain words.
As soon as the first school day ended, I ran home and zipped through my children’s book library.
Which book? Which story? Which poem? Which words? So many to choose from! Which would be the best?

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Published on August 15, 2021

Le Centre Cummings – 3 Creative Writing Courses – Spring & Summer 2021

Le Centre Cummings – 3 Creative Writing Courses – Spring & Summer 2021

IF YOU LOVE TO WRITE
3  Spring & Summer Creative Writing Courses For You!
Join an Online ZOOM Creative Writing Class with THE CUMMINGS CENTRE.
From the comforts of your home, take an online writing course this Spring & Summer. Let’s get your creativity flowing!

LIT 376 – Write About It – Wednesdays, April 28 – June 2, 1-2:30 pm, 6 Classes.

LIT 376-01 – Write About It – Wednesdays, June 9 & 16, 1-2:30 pm, 2 Classes.

LIT 376-02 – Write About It – Wednesdays, August 4 – 25, 1-2:30 pm, 4 Classes.

 

Course Registration starts Monday, April 12, 2021
Limited registration.

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The Cummings Centre

Writing Your Memoir

Writing Your Memoir

Concordia University – Online Zoom Class.
Centre for Continuing Education – Course Code: CEJN 134.
Memoirs aren’t just for people in the final chapters of their lives.
If you’re old enough to be in this course, you’ve lived through a lot. I’m sure you have a story that’s interesting & unique. From the comforts of your home, let’s write it in a creative way.
April 8 – June 10, Thursdays 18:00-21:00 p.m.

Concordia University – Writing Your Memoir Link

Creative Non-Fiction at Concordia University – Online Writing Course – January 2021

Creative Non-Fiction at Concordia University – Online Writing Course – January 2021

Come take a fabulous Online Zoom writing course with me this winter from the comforts of your own home!

CREATIVE NON-FICTION – CEJN 122 at Concordia University – Centre for Continuing Education
January 19 – March 23, 2021 – Tuesdays 6:00-9:00 p.m. 10 classes.

Let’s warm up to creativity and write our hearts out.
Not everything in print is black and white. Nuance, personal point of view and interpretation can all colour creative non-fiction, the form used in personal essays, reportages and the like. In this course, you’ll use close observation of real events to explore techniques of the genre like narrative structure, character development, scene-setting and dialogue. Most of all, you’ll focus on developing vision, your creativity and your personal voice, which are all essential to capturing your reader’s attention.

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Concordia – CCE Course Information

Cummings Centre – Write About It – Winter Courses 2021

Cummings Centre – Write About It – Winter Courses 2021

LOVE TO WRITE ABOUT IT?
Join an Online ZOOM Writing Class with the Cummings Centre.
From the comforts of your home, take an online writing course with me this Winter.  Let your creativity flow through the snow!
LIT 276 – Write About It – Wednesdays, January 20 – February 24, 1-2:30 pm, 6 Classes.
LIT 276-01 – Write About It – Wednesdays, March 3 & 10, 1-2:30 pm, 2 Classes.
Course Registration starts December 14, 2020.
Limited registration so don’t wait.
For more information click on this link:  Cummings Centre

Cummings Centre – Write About It – COURSE EXTENDED!

Cummings Centre – Write About It – COURSE EXTENDED!

Join my Online ZOOM Writing Class with The Cummings Centre – COURSE EXTENDED!

From the comfort of your home, take an online writing course with me this Fall.

Let your creativity run through your mind and write it all out.

LIT 176-02 – Write About It – Wed. Nov. 25 – Dec. 16, 1 – 2:30 pm, 4 Classes.

Course Registration starts IMMEDIATELY!

Limited registration so don’t wait.

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Cummings Centre – Write About It – Fall 2020 Courses

Cummings Centre – Write About It – Fall 2020 Courses

Join my Online ZOOM Writing Class with The Cummings Centre!
From the comfort of your home, take an online writing course with me this Fall.

Let your creativity run through your mind and write it all out.
LIT 176 – Write About It – Wed. Sept. 30 – Nov. 4, 1 – 2:30 pm, 6 Classes.
LIT 176-01 – Write About It – Wed. Nov. 11 – 18, 1 – 2:30 pm, 2 Classes.
Course Registration starts August 24 at 8:30 am.
Limited registration so don’t wait.
Click here for more information:   Cumming Centre

Concordia University – Continuing Education – Writing For Children

Concordia University – Continuing Education – Writing For Children

We’re gonna Zoom, Zoom, Zoom-A-Zoom.

Come on and Zoom-A, Zoom-A, Zoom-A, Zoom

Come on, Give it a try!

Come take a Creative Writing Course this Fall.
Learn how to Write For Children and improve your writing skills from the comfort of your home.
Online with Concordia University – Centre for Continuing Education
Live Zoom Course CEJN 118 – Writing For Children
Thursdays 6:00-9:00 pm. September 17 – November 19.
Registration Information at:
Concordia University – CCE – Courses Information

Gross Entitlement

Gross Entitlement

When he finally got back into his car, he sat in the front seat looking at his phone, without a care in the world that maybe someone who was handicapped needed the reserved parking spot.
May I mention during the time he had his fancy-schmancy car parked in the handicapped reserved spot, a little blue car driven by an elderly woman, with a handicap identification card clearly displayed in her front window, was looking for a parking spot close to the café!

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Published on February 24, 2020
Published on December 2, 2018

Let’s Get Writing in January 2020

Let’s Get Writing in January 2020

Come take CREATIVE NON-FICTION – CEJN 122 at Concordia University – Centre for Continuing Education
January 14 – March 17, Tuesdays 6-9 p.m. 10 sessions.
Let’s warm up to creativity and write our hearts out.

Not everything in print is black and white. Nuance, personal point of view and interpretation can all colour creative non-fiction, the form used in personal essays, reportages and the like. In this course, you’ll use close observation of real events to explore techniques of the genre like narrative structure, character development, scene-setting and dialogue. Most of all, you’ll focus on developing vision, your creativity and your personal voice, which are all essential to capturing your reader’s attention.

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Concordia – CCE Course Information

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Published on November 10, 2019