Archive for March 29th, 2008

@rticle 100: 50 days at Jean-De-Brébeuf

This @rticle was cre@ted by Djeault, on Saturday, March 29th, 2008 at 6:09 pm

And The Show Must Go On

§ 1. Last Wednesday, 200mar19, St-Joseph’s Feast Day, was my 50th day at Jean-De-Brébeuf high school, but it was also the end of my last three weeks replacement, with Fred’s secondary IV students; however, it’s only today, Friday 2008mar28, that I handed in the two exams I corrected for him and his students: oral and written comprehension exams, for a hundred and sixty seven some students, that is.

§ 2. I entered the 333 some results, into the lists I made on 8½ x 14” sheets, for a more generous writing space: those six class lists are into their 8½ x 14”, black folder, on the right hand, whereas on the left, are the 8½ x 14” class plans, with student’s color photos, each underlined by the student’s first name: that allows for efficient, personalised interventions: I’m quite proud of that useful tool, especially so, for a substitute teacher like myself; I left a similar binder to Sabrina, whom I replaced for over a month with her secondary III students.

§ 3. Moreover, most, if not all, of those 300 students, with whom I spent 50 days, love being named by their very first names; if you know their first names, you may create quite unique relationships with each student: first names are great ‘links’; they’re deeply personal, whereas a family name, delivered to the far end of the classroom, thus at high volume, has a more, let’s say, formal effect on a student: use with parcimony, if at all!

§ 4. Those 50 days, teaching full time, at Jean-De-Brébeuf High Scool, were a great look into that school, the best in town, they say, and also into my teaching practice; I spent most of my time, either in the classrooms, teaching as such, or else, at the ESL headquarters, on the third floor of the school. Since I don’t have a car, except for Communauto, I indeed stayed at school during my free periods.

§ 5. I thus had ample opportunity to enjoy babbling about teaching tricks or realities, with the well experienced and volubile Guy, who teaches mostly to secondary V students; the secondary III teacher Patrick also shared a couple of tricks, related to classroom dicipline and ‘orderliness’. At times, I also had the opportunity to practice my Spanish with a security guard from Columbia: he actually was doing a training within in CEGEP Program, as a youth intervenant; all that, not to speak of the refreshing conversations I sometimes held with students, other teachers or employees, and the direction people, like Lucie and Brigitte, whom I thank for their support.

§ 6. Nonetheless, during this now ended four-day week, I only corrected and rested, for the night Jesus was turned into the Romans, a week ago, I shared with him a fragment of the excruciating pain he ought to have suffered, when a Roman soldier pierced his Holy Heart on Easter Friday: I myself suffered an acute stomach ulcer, for ±40 hours, due to stress and worries and what nots… That quite Christian thought helped me through my ordeal; I feel much better a week later: since I ate well and slowly, chewed toroughly my food and slept a lot, thus, I suppose I will be in top shape for next week’s upcoming replacements: so far, I have two lined up, on Thursday and Friday mornings.

§ 7. Nevertheless, I now have to face the day to day substitute teacher reality, until another contract comes up, even though I do have a week long one, lined up, starting on April 11. So, in order to offer my services, I thus had to get back into creating a business card, problem which I hadn’t solved until now. Indeed, my 50 days at Jean-De-Brébeuf kind of inspired me into creating this:


.50 days at jean de brebeuf.

§ 8. On the back of that pinky, I printed a résumé of my résumé and my contact info. Needless to say, I never wear a necktie: I just can’t wear around my neck something, which somedy could strangle me with and thus drive me unconscious, within 30 seconds… No, thanks!

§ 9. As for this 100th ‘@rticle’, in this blog, I’ll mention that this week, I turned this blog’s colorful rainbow backgroung into a black one; I personally can absorb a lot of color, but I do realise many people can’t. Moreover, I see little of the background, in my 800 x 600 resolution, but many people, in higher resolutions than mine, thus see a lot of the, now black, background.

§ 10. A 100th @rticle needs a 10th paragraph, or ‘§’. I ought to thank WordPress 2.2.2, for their blog m@trice: I’m a highly satisfied costumer, just like Mario Tout de Go Asselin writes here, in his blog. Also, I’m happy I stayed within the edition ethics, I fenced myself in, by mostly writing in English, even though I don’t only write on ‘my life as a substitute teacher’… I’d s@y I succeeded at keeping a fair writing pace with my 100 @rticles in six months: that’s 16 a month, or one every other day; finally, I’m satistified that I neither created polemics nor scratched (with) anyone; I thus may write that I stayed in line wiith myself. ;-)

§ 11. Even though an eleventh § leads directly to the Holy Dozen, l’ll use it to mention the Moyen Moineault I ‘inst@lled’, on the top right corner of the blog, in the header’s background. For the least, my personal signature shows that I can do some graphic design, an inherent branch of Web Writing.

§ 12. Since a conclusion may invite into new paths, I’ll end by mentionning the Wiki I installed for Jean-De-Brébeuf’s secondary IV students, @t :: Although it was a lot of organization, in fact, most of my Christmas vacations, that Wiki shows (me) the type of Web 2.0 pedagogy, I’ll be using, so as to get students to write, when I finally will get a true ESL teaching contract, with my very own students: a delightful thought.

§ 13. As a Baker’s Dozen, I wish Peace and Love to All!