Author Archives: Sherry Langland

About Sherry Langland

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

Stressing About Being Stressed

I woke up this morning with my mind churning, and I wasn’t sure what day it was.  From experience, I know this is a sure sign that I have too much on the go, again.  Experience has also taught me … Continue reading

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3 Things Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone Can Teach You

This past week I spent two days at a conference that I normally wouldn’t have attended. It wasn’t in my area of expertise, nor was it in my ‘job description’.  It was the Alberta Technology Leaders in Education annual conference. … Continue reading

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Life Lessons from Unlikely Sources: 3 Things a Feather Boa Taught Me

Just before Halloween, I was in Value Village rushing to put together a last minute costume for a party I was going to later that night.  I was cruising the aisles when I came across some feather boas.  One of … Continue reading

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Do Labels Help or Hurt Kids with Behaviour Challenges?

Several months ago, a new junior high student enrolled at our school.  It quickly became apparent that Benji (not his real name) had some behaviour challenges.  He spoke quite slowly, looking off to the side while searching for the words … Continue reading

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Multi-Tasking Mondays: Will it Work?

Shortly after the school year started, I had my students write down some goals that they wanted to accomplish during the school year.  The goals did not have to be school related. They could be health, hobby, relationship, or anything … Continue reading

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Talent and Genius: Determined by our Determination?

I recently finished reading a fascinating, fascinating book by David Shenk, The Genius in All of Us: New Insights into Genetics, Talent, and IQ.  It tackles the question of nature vs. nurture and innate ability vs. acquired skill.  It debunks … Continue reading

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Twerking and other such delightful things that teachers are forced to deal with

When I first heard about and saw a little bit of you-know-who’s eye-popping performance at the Grammy’s, I inwardly groaned and cursed.  Because I knew that sooner or later, students would be peppering me with questions: Did I see it? … Continue reading

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Every Student Gets an Award…Or Not?

I’ve always felt a little uncomfortable at our year-end awards.  It seems that it’s always the same students who reap most of the bounty, and many hard working students are never recognized.  And yet, I’m not an advocate of making … Continue reading

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Planning a WOW! Experience

Soon the hallways and classrooms will be bustling with the first day chaos of students returning to school.  Some kindergartners will be crying and clinging to their parents, and some parents will be crying and clinging to their kindergartners.  Elementary … Continue reading

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How to Build an Extraordinary Life: Farewell Address to the Grade 9s

The podcast below is the speech I gave to the Grade 9 class at their graduation on Friday, June 7, 2013.  It’s about 10 minutes long. I’m not sure of my speech flows all that smoothly or if it seems … Continue reading

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