March, 2006 browsing by month


i’m too excited to sleep

Friday, March 24th, 2006

See ya in a week!

we’re still together because of the kids…

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006

yesterday… i mentioned… being the loser that i am that wednesday [today] is my “one year anniversary teaching.”  basically i made up an occasion (although it’s a true occasion in that i started exactly a year ago today, i don’t think anniversaries with boards of education typically get celebrated).

morning recess: *announcement* “all staff to the staff room… especially Mr. Robertson” too funny.  i know exactly what’s happening.

i get to the staff room, they designate the brownies a teacher brought as being my anniversary brownies… they sing to me… and they even give me a candle to blow out.  i’m honoured with VIP status.  i feel like i totally brought it on myself by telling people… but it was all in good fun.  then i hear all about how many anniversaries it takes before things get easier.

morals of the story: (1) make up holidays; tell lots of people & you’ll have your day brightened. (2) teachers are crazy.  (3) don’t tell your kids it’s your one year anniversary with the CBE.  They’ll shrug and say “we’ve been with the board 6 years!  that’s way longer than you.”

exact change

Sunday, March 19th, 2006

exact change



what better exodus than

a jaywalk after teaching,

collapsing, laughing, impeding nothing but

the running in hallways


to drive, bag in car

to fly, bag in compartment

to the beach, to the roller-coaster, to the antithesis of

the walking in hallways


what better to drift off to than

a small excursion together,

collapsing, laughing, impeding nothing but

the knowing that thursday will come all to soon


to wander through damp air,

to swim, eyes on waves,

and each other, and the moment… forgetting

that thursday will come, and people,

at times, walk in hallways

Surveys:Blogs::Coles Notes:Studying

Friday, March 17th, 2006

A – Age you got your first kiss: 17… okay?? What is with this question showing up on every survey.  I was a late bloomer; move on.
B – Band listening to right now: I taught all day.  I’m listening to nothing but the sweet hum of my computer.
C – Crush: The whole point of crushes is that they don’t get pointed out as having “crush? status.
D – Dad’s name: Robert.  Most people know him as Bruce though.
E – Easiest person to talk to: Probably my sister
F – Friends: People I run across who are almost as smart as me qualify.  I do alright… good enough that I’m not about to list.
G – Gummy bears or gummy worms:  worms… totally worms.
H – Hometown: T-R-O *pause* C-H-U What’s that spell?? TROCHU!!
I – Instruments: Currently teaching recorder.  That rocks my boat.
J – Favorite pair of PJ’s: Hmmmm… I have some PJ pants downstairs somewhere.
K– kids??: 25.  I get to send them home every Friday though.
L – Longest car ride ever: Disneyland… got struck by lightening too.
M – Mum’s name: Linda
N – Nicknames: Trav… used to be Rav and Raviolli.  Not so much anymore.
O – One wish:  Self washing, self hanging, self ironing laundry.
P – Phobias:  sometimes small spaces… only if I feel trapped.
Q – Quote: “Darkness can’t drive out darkness… only light can do that.?
R – Reason to smile: I just like reasons to smile period. 
S – Song you sang last: Closing Time.  When they shut off the lights at my school
T – Time you got up: 6:00… 6:20 in reality
U – Unknown fact about me:  I don’t know how to whistle.
V – Vegetable you hate: I don’t hate any… well I’m not crazy about eggplant.
W – Worst habits: Knock Knock?? Who’s there?? Interrupting Cow.  Interrupting Cow Wh.. MOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!
X – X-rays you’ve had: teeth only, I think.
Y – Yummy food:  I’m really into Ice Cream these days… maybe I’m pregnant.
Z – Zodiac sign: Libra.  Totally Balanced.  ; )

thai eat sheen

Sunday, March 12th, 2006

Teaching, teaching, teaching.  I do like it.  I’m not convincing myself, or you, or anyone… it’s just that I’ve done my fair share of complaining about the investment it takes to teach, and about parts of the system, and about this, that, and the other thing [see: flying desks], so I thought it was time for a reminder.

In fact, some days I stop and have a reflective, introspective pause during my teaching day and think, “this whole classroom domination thing is pretty nifty”

THAT SAID… here’s my current mogul.

I kind of like to pour myself into projects.  I kind of, as masochistic as it is, like losing sleep over one idea… rehearsing it over and over… putting my blood, sweat, and tears into making it a perfect “end product”, and then hopefully blowing people away.

Here’s an example.  My first year of Ed. I had to do an hour presentation on moral education.  My partner and I chose to talk about Sex Education.  We went to the mall and interviewed strangers on the topic, sent out an e-mail survey, talked to a public health nurse, used movie clips (one being ‘welcome to the middle of the show’ from Monty Python to show half way through the presentation), researched the HELL out of all the different approaches on what was the time called “Theme 5”, made PowerPoint slides when PowerPoint was in its infancy… and in the end we put it into a package called “50 Minutes” (a play on the CBS news show 60 Minutes.)  The result was AMAZING.  We even booked the classroom the night before so we could decide some of the logistics.  The prof, Dr. Scott, wrote as a comment that it was “likely the best EDFN presentation she had ever experienced”.  She even invited us to explore the opportunity to show it to other people.

Here’s what they don’t tell you in Ed. classes.  You’re too busy teaching to teach like that.  You’re teaching 10 blocks daily.  You have other responsibilities over and above your teaching.  I feel some loss over that.  Teaching is endless enough that if you poured out your everything into each subject and each project you’d end up in a loony bin.

So that’s where I’m at with this.  I don’t know how to stear my career into one where I’m able to do some impressive showmanship rather than impressing people with my ability to tread water and stay afloat.  Any suggestions?

This is me. This is me doing report cards.

Saturday, March 11th, 2006

Yahoo! Avatars


2 weeks; I’ll be in Florida. 2 weeks; I’ll be in Florida.  2 weeks; I’ll be in Florida.  2 weeks; I’ll be in Florida.  2 weeks; I’ll be in Florida.  2 weeks; I’ll be in Florida.  2 weeks; I’ll be in Florida.  2 weeks; I’ll be in Florida.  2 weeks; I’ll be in Florida.  2 weeks; I’ll be in Florida.  2 weeks; I’ll be in Florida.  2 weeks; I’ll be in Florida.  2 weeks; I’ll be in Florida.

follow my logic… (10 rounds)

Monday, March 6th, 2006
  • Reese Witherspoon announced last night that, like June Carter, she’s just trying to matter.  At first I thought it sounded self-deprecating… like she didn’t matter.  After reflection, I liked her speech.  I guess we’re all trying our best to matter.
  • Matter is anything that takes up space.  Matter has volume.  My students could tell you those words (we study “Classroom Chemistry“, but I’m not convinced they know what those words mean.
  • During exams the volume on our TV, in the first house I lived at in Edmonton, could not be above “6”.  The rules were clearly written on the fridge.
  • The only permanent rule in Calvinball is that you can’t play it the same way twice.
  • Some people say that no two snowflakes are alike.  I beg to differ.  Alike?  I think they are all pretty much alike.  Totally the same?  No.  What is totally the same?  Pretty much nothing.
  • At the end of the month, I’m likely going to a waterpark that was supposedly created “one particularly cold winter in central Florida when there was a huge snowstorm.  Someone decided to build a ski area. As soon as the lifts and ski trails were built a thaw melted all the snow, leaving nothing but running water.”  I’m pumped.
  • When I lifeguarded we had to do “backwashes” by switching all the valves on the piping while the pump was off in less than 30 seconds.  It was scary because if you took longer the pump would “lose prime” and shut off.  I felt cool when I did it though.
  • The number “one” loses prime status, despite many people thinking it’s prime, because it only has one factor.  Prime numbers always have two, and only two, factors.  Two is the only even number that is prime. 
  • Some of the biggest factors in me becoming a teacher included: liking to work with people, having a positive school experience, summers off, liking public speaking, wanting to make a difference
  • Reese Witherspoon announced last night that, like June Carter, she’s just trying to matter.  At first I thought it sounded self-deprecating… like she didn’t matter.  After reflection, I liked her speech.  I guess we’re all trying our best to matter.


Survey Says…

Sunday, March 5th, 2006

TRAVIS’ MANY FIRSTS… told to you as part of a strategy to post something even though I’m brain dead because of writing report card comments all weekend long despite the fact teachers don’t get paid any extra for doing report cards, nor does any part of teaching stop or slow down to make writing report cards any easier.

1. Who was your first dance date?
We didn’t really do the date thing for dances; at least, I didn’t.  My escort for grad was my neighbor, Stacy.  We ended up going to RDC together… and became really good friends.

2. Who was your first roommate?
Mike, Curtis, and Shawn.  Three random duds, residence punished me with because I said I wanted “quiet” roommates.  Never again!!

3. What alcoholic beverage did you drink when you got drunk the first time?
Drunk: beer. Drunk Drunk Drunk: a mickey of tequila avec worm.  Never again.


4. What was your first job?
My first job job was lifeguarding.  I remember my first shift.  It was May and there were like three swimmers and I thought that I was all that and a bag of chips… I waited a long time to be old enough for that job.


5. What was your first car?
A purple Grand Am.  Ah, the memories.


6. When did you go to your first funeral?
The first one I remember was my Great Grandma Radomske’s.  I don’t know how old I would have been.  Elementary school maybe.

7. How old were you when you first moved away from your hometown?
17.  When I graduated.


8. Who was your first grade teacher?
Mrs. Kober.  She’s an amazing teacher.  I’ve been really lucky to have such great teachers.


9. Where did you go on your first ride on an airplane?
Ottawa.  I was by myself, headed to the Forum for Young Canadians ou Forum pour Jeune Canadiennes.

10. When you snuck out of your house for the first time, who was it with?
I never did.  I’m the perfect child.


11. Who was your first Best Friend and are you still friends with them?
Bryce Kennith Peterson.  We live in the same city again, and we are certainly still friends although I don’t see him as much as I would like.

12. Where was your first sleepover?
One that sticks out was Tara’s house, when we were in Grade 3.  Then she told everyone it didn’t really happen because I was a boy and she was a girl.  After teaching Grade 3, I can’t really imagine too many sleepovers with mixed genders… so that’s a bit of a wierd one.

13. Who is the first person you call when you have a bad day?
Hmmm… depends on the situation.  Jo, David, my mom even… my S.O. …honestly now I’d probably blog about it and wait for all the gushy sympathy.

14. Whose wedding were you in the first time you were a bridesmaid or groomsmen?
Bryce’s.  I was best man.  It was really neat to experience a wedding that way.  I dug the whole toast aspect.


15. What is the first thing you do in the morning?
Turn off the first alarm.  Go back to bed.  Turn of the second alarm.  Brush my teeth.  Shave.  Shower.  Put on pit stick.  Get breakfast.  Turn on BT….  It was funny reading Ed’s blog because I share in his shower amnesia.  I shampoo twice at least a couple times a month.


16. What is the first concert you went to?
Sadly… Josh Groban just a few years ago.


17. First tattoo or piercing?
None yet.  I bet I never do… but who knows.


18. First celebrity crush?
Sandra Bullock

19. Age of first kiss?
Grade 12.  Yikes.  I just went to her wedding, too.


20. First crush?
I was always that annoying boy crushing on older girls and chasing them around.  They’d threaten to kiss me and secretly I’d hope they’d follow through.  I was a total DORK.