Author Archives: Sherry Langland

About Sherry Langland

Mother, teacher, consultant, learner, and maybe a budding photographer...

Time to Stop Devaluing the McDonald’s Fry Cook

Last week I marked my students’ Grade 9 Provincial Achievement Tests.  This year’s assignment was to write about the importance of learning in a person’s life.  As I was marking them, I became a little worried and had to sit back and … Continue reading

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Being Honest Can Be Messy, Risky and Liberating

Just before heading to bed one evening, I was casually scrolling through Facebook when a friend’s post caught my eye.  It was the “Top 5 Regrets of the Dying” by Bronnie Ware.  A little morbid, I know, but I was intrigued … Continue reading

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In the Midst of a Divorce: 4 Behaviours that Help the Healing Process

Disclaimer Alert!  This is a departure from my usual ramblings, but one that I think still fits under the “purposeful living” theme:) Last week I wrapped up my seventh session of facilitating DivorceCare, a support group for people going through divorce and … Continue reading

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Why It’s Good to Have Good Friends who Get You Into Trouble (aka The Benefits of a Mentor Group)

I have this good friend who keeps getting me into all sorts of trouble.  I first met her on the soccer field.  She could play every position, including keeper, with ease.  That should have been my first warning, but I … Continue reading

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Narrowly Averting a Leadership Fail

Since taking the role as lead teacher for our junior high department, our team has been collaborating around an idea I took my principal two years ago: common reading strategies across all subjects.  We are a small team of 6 teachers … Continue reading

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Improv, Stories, Motorcycles, and Life

I’ve been reading quite a bit lately (well, probably more like a lot) about leadership and living a great life.  I’ve been feeling that my life has hit a plateau, and I’ve been searching for the next adventure, the next … Continue reading

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Olympic Glory or Shame?

I like watching the Olympics, especially the Winter Olympics.  Canada is a winter country, and we know our winter sports.  This is where Canadians shine. However, I’m becoming somewhat jaded because of the irony behind the cost of the Olympics … Continue reading

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21st Century Skills: Out With the Old and in With the…New?

I get it.  Education is facing significant, unprecedented challenges today because of technology that changes quicker than I can catch my breath.  Buzzwords like 21st century skills, flipped classroom, digital natives, and connected educator abound in the blogs and boardrooms of … Continue reading

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Resolutions or Goals. Is there a difference?

Has your resolve to stick to your New Year’s resolutions begun to fade?  Or has it fizzled out altogether?  If so, you are not alone.  Forty percent or so already have. By the end of the month, some 85% of … Continue reading

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Defending Points of Entry

“Memorizing multiplication facts is pointless.  Students nowadays need to know problem solving.” “Writing 5-paragraph essays is no longer necessary.  They can learn how to organize their writing other ways.” “And what is the point in memorizing a poem?  They can just look it up on the … Continue reading

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