Spring has Sprung

Life in Toronto has been busy this past month.  The days are getting longer, the sun is shining brighter, and I’m meeting more and more students in my classrooms.

ScottMcCloudVisit_8989_editI’ve really settled into my new life at English School of Canada.  My hours of prep work have paid off since I’m into my second cycle of curriculum and can use my previous lesson plans with minor alterations.  The class dynamics continue to change, however, since I have new students coming and going on a weekly basis.

Although I am no longer abroad, I get my taste of new cultures on daily basis, and it feels fantastic.  I seem to have built a strong relationship with staff and students and have become interested in participating in the school’s  student activities.  Everyday, I continue to learn new ways to reach students, test my creativity, and understand the world of language learning.

On that note, another big event happened this month.  I received my offer of admissions to complete my Bachelor of Education.  It was exciting news, but it meant that another decision had to be made.  I have finally found a school where I feel great- why would I want to leave to go back to school?  Yes, I also enjoy learning and gaining new experiences and perspectives, but I haven’t been able to sink my feet into a long term job since Korea, and I was beginning to look forward to it.

So, eventually I made the choice to accept the offer and request a deferral for one year.  I will see what the reply is and make another decision if the time comes.

My Easter Bunny Cake 2012

Another great event this month was my weekend home for Easter.  I’ve been happily joining family traditions this year as they are the first after many years of best wishes from across the ocean.  My sister, who’s expecting her first child this spring, allowed me to feel her belly a few times (an overwhelming experience it itself!).

In addition to busy school work, reunions with old friends, and a nicely growing social network, I am attending regular rehearsals for a production of Moliere’s “The Hypochondriac” for which I’m Assistant Stage Manager.  It has been an amazing process so far, and I am excited for final touches to be put on over the next month before we hit the theatre space at the end of May.

Overall, Toronto has been treating us well as winter goes back to sleep for another year and the summer is pushing ahead.

Next step: pull out my yoga mat to welcome the new season!

Creative Commons License photo credit: Rowan University Publications

Creative Commons License photo credit: Debbie(Woodlands Texas)

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Spring has Sprung

Life in Toronto has been busy this past month.  The days are getting longer, the sun is shining brighter, and I’m meeting more and more students in my classrooms.

ScottMcCloudVisit_8989_editI’ve really settled into my new life at English School of Canada.  My hours of prep work have paid off since I’m into my second cycle of curriculum and can use my previous lesson plans with minor alterations.  The class dynamics continue to change, however, since I have new students coming and going on a weekly basis.

Although I am no longer abroad, I get my taste of new cultures on daily basis, and it feels fantastic.  I seem to have built a strong relationship with staff and students and have become interested in participating in the school’s  student activities.  Everyday, I continue to learn new ways to reach students, test my creativity, and understand the world of language learning.

On that note, another big event happened this month.  I received my offer of admissions to complete my Bachelor of Education.  It was exciting news, but it meant that another decision had to be made.  I have finally found a school where I feel great- why would I want to leave to go back to school?  Yes, I also enjoy learning and gaining new experiences and perspectives, but I haven’t been able to sink my feet into a long term job since Korea, and I was beginning to look forward to it.

So, eventually I made the choice to accept the offer and request a deferral for one year.  I will see what the reply is and make another decision if the time comes.

My Easter Bunny Cake 2012

Another great event this month was my weekend home for Easter.  I’ve been happily joining family traditions this year as they are the first after many years of best wishes from across the ocean.  My sister, who’s expecting her first child this spring, allowed me to feel her belly a few times (an overwhelming experience it itself!).

In addition to busy school work, reunions with old friends, and a nicely growing social network, I am attending regular rehearsals for a production of Moliere’s “The Hypochondriac” for which I’m Assistant Stage Manager.  It has been an amazing process so far, and I am excited for final touches to be put on over the next month before we hit the theatre space at the end of May.

Overall, Toronto has been treating us well as winter goes back to sleep for another year and the summer is pushing ahead.

Next step: pull out my yoga mat to welcome the new season!

Creative Commons License photo credit: Rowan University Publications

Creative Commons License photo credit: Debbie(Woodlands Texas)

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Kristin’s Backpack won 1st Prize for TESL Ontario’s 2011 ESL Week Blog Contest.
About Me


Welcome to Kristin’s Backpack! I jumped on the blogging bandwagon in 2010 to share my Canadian-theatrical-backpacking perspective on my world adventures. With my return to Canada, I will continue to dig into my pockets and reflect on life as it has come to involve Teaching, Travel, and Theatre. Time to unzip the pockets!
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Looking for some interesting reading material? Check out my Reading Picks and Bookworm post for some ideas! 

               
This is what summer is all about- finished a book yesterday and am on to the next today.  I just opened The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill, which has been on my shelf for ages.  I have been extremely interested in reading accounts that stem from true stories in a dark history that is often swept to the side.  
At the same time, I have been listening to The Maze Runner series as an audio book and have been extremely captivated by the young characters’ circumstances and their view on the world.  
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