Colour Me Happy is a children's book about looking after yourself, trusting those who love you, creating kind spaces, and magic! Thank you for joining Mo and me on this journey. Updates found here the last Friday of every month.
89 years ago, my great-grandmother Jesse McTavish and great-grandfather Alfred Muldrew bought land for a cottage at Victoria Beach, two hours out of Winnipeg. My grandpa was two at the time. Growing up, he and his gang of siblings would spend summers riding bikes, filling out crossword puzzles, and swimming in Lake Winnipeg. My cousins … Continue reading Good Change
Early October, frost crept onto the banks of the Red River. I cross the river on a footbridge every morning, and I watched as delicate ice grew, covering the edges or the still-flowing river over the course of three days. A week passed, and only a small patch of water remained. A month later, that … Continue reading Finding Space For Art
Note: This was the first of four pre-service reflections I completed for my Education course at the University of Winnipeg. In the winter of 2016, the Louis Riel School Division invited me to participate in their Propel program. Propel is a project-based learning program for students who have ambition, but are not finding success in … Continue reading Art, Emotion, and Autism– The Seven Students Who Brought Me Here
It took J.K Rowling six years to write Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry wrote Le Petit Prince in a year and a half, and Frank L. Baum gave The Wonderful Wizard of Oz a full year, but for some reason, I thought I could write my book in under a month. … Continue reading Expectations vs. Reality
I started this week hunched over a desk, surrounded by my favourite children’s books. Writing a book is pretty ambitious for someone who’s never considered themselves a writer, and I was trying to isolate what made them my favourites. It became clear that each of these stories was just a tool to convey one greater … Continue reading Not a Writer.
Every Propel semester comes with new challenges, but I didn’t expect to be facing them quite so soon. Before this semester had even started, Mr. Patrician suggested I write a children’s book. His reason for suggesting this was obvious; I love kids, reading, and art. Perfect combination. But I dismissed this idea immediately. I had … Continue reading Re-Calibrating
It has come to my realization that I left last semester abruptly, without providing much of a conclusion. The last few weeks were packed with assignments and deadlines, and I didn’t have the chance to write an update. A lot happened in that short period, so this update will take list form in an effort … Continue reading Art, Emotion, & Autism concluded
One long semester at my home school over, and we're finally back. I am, once again, a PROPEL student. We're back in business! I have the great privilege of throwing myself into a project of my own design for five months, and I intend to make the most of it. Some of you may remember … Continue reading Challenges and Opportunities
Ça fait longs temps qu’on sait que notre système d’éducation n’est pas parfait, mais c’est difficile d’imaginer rien autre que le système qu’on sait aujourd’hui. Difficile, mais pas impossible. Pendent les dernières quelques années, des programmes qui encouragent l'apprentissage basé sur des projets devient de plus en plus populaire. Ces programmes transforment la salle de … Continue reading L’éducation fondée sur l’expérience, et son importance pour la future de notre systèm scolaire
Time management is something most people struggle with at one point or another, and I am no exception. Whether it’s getting downstairs to teach on time, to publishing blog entries on time, being on time is vital to professional and effective work. To make this easier, I have started using a number of new strategies. … Continue reading Time Management