Martin Luther King Jr. Day

To honour Martin Luther King Jr. today and every day, please support education and the fight against propaganda.

To save man from the morass of propaganda, in my opinion, is one of the chief aims of education. Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal, and the facts from the fiction.

-Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Purpose of Education

Happy New Year!

A large, purple streamer lying on the floor with coloured confetti. Caption: Happy New Year! See the caption for my thoughts on planning for 2023.

I’m a planner. I like to plan my work and work my plan. I’m not very good at being spontaneous. In my first year of teaching, I was in the process of planning out my curriculum for the year and writing out each day’s lesson plans when a fellow teacher told me I was wasting my time. After the first snow day, that schedule would change. (I live in Canada. Before classes went online in 2020, snow days were a guaranteed thing.) He was right of course. I would soon learn that there are many things that can disrupt a teacher’s plans. And although it’s good to know where you’re going, you should be prepared for a detour or two. This is pretty much true for everything in life.

Now, here we are on the eve of a new year. I am seeing so many posts about planning for 2023. Plan out your year’s strategy, content, sales goals…. I’m the kind of person who likes to do that sort of thing, but I know many people who don’t. I just want to tell you that if you don’t plan out all the things for the whole year before midnight tonight, you will have another chance tomorrow or next week. The change of a calendar makes us reflect on the past and consider the future, but we can do that on January 15 or March 3 too. (You can make resolutions anytime too.) If you do plan out everything for the year, be sure to build in some flexibility and give yourself some grace. It’s good to have goals, but it’s also important to be kind to yourself if you don’t meet them. If we’ve learned anything from the last three years, it’s that anything can happen.

I do hope that 2023 will be kinder to us, and I look forward to sharing more language laughs and lessons with you. Thank you for being here this year and for taking the time to like and comment on my posts. I appreciate knowing when they have helped you or made you smile. I wish you all the very best. Happy New Year!

Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate! If you are celebrating something else (or nothing at all), I wish you the happiest of days.

A small section of a Christmas tree decorated with blue and white lights and ornaments. Caption: Merry Christmas!

We Remember

We pause our regular Language Laughs feature this week to remember those who gave their lives for our freedom.

A single red poppy against a blurred green background. Caption: At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them. From the poem For The Fallen by Laurence Binyon.

A Personal Note

A Personal Note See caption.

Hello friends.
For the next two weeks, I will have unpredictable and unreliable Internet service. All of my regular posts will be scheduled in advance, but it might take a little longer for me to reply to comments and messages. Please know, I haven’t forgotten you, and I’m not ignoring you. I’m just in the land that technology forgot, visiting my parents for the first time in over two years. I should be back to regular programming on October 20.

Turning The Page

I truly hope that 2021 is a great year for all of you, but the truth is that the change of a calendar page is not what determines the outcome of our lives. We have to keep doing the best we can no matter what life throws at us. I’m hoping that it throws better things in 2021 than it did in 2020. Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas!

If you celebrate Christmas, I wish you a happy one. If you don’t celebrate Christmas, I still wish you books.

An open book on a table beside a Christmas-themed mug in front of a brightly lit Christmas tree. Caption: Merry Christmas! I wish you books.