Hello From Yellowknife
I am writing from the big city of Yellowknife. I am meeting with other middle school teachers from around the territory as part of a pilot team for the new Health and Wellness curriculum. The new curriculum is in the draft stages and will be piloted in a few classrooms this year. It is our job to provide feedback on how it practically plays out in our classrooms. As the curriculum draft was presented, I couldn't help but think about the many similarities it has to BC's new curriculum. It is an inquiry based approach that surrounds curricular competencies.
I have enjoyed my meetings and the perks of being in the city.
It is crazy how fast your mindset changes when you are in a new situation though. Being in Yellowknife has made me realize how much my mindset has changed since living in Colville Lake. What I consider to be "normal" now is much different than how I lived in BC. I didn’t drink water the first day in Yellowknife because I was scared I would get sick. Necessity made me overcome that fear. I am staying in a hotel for the three days that I am here. The shower is glorious! I actually feel clean! AND, as an added bonus, I don't have to worry about the water level in the tank. Also, the heating system warms the whole suite, which means I don’t have to worry about keeping a fire going. It’s the little things.
I am enjoying meeting with other NWT teachers. The extrovert in me thrives on meeting new people and trying new things.
Yesterday a teacher from Norman Wells graciously let me accompany him on all his errands. We went to all the big stores – Canadian Tire, Independent Grocery, and Staples. I stocked up on school supplies and picked up the random list of requests I was sent with. I also got some food items I didn’t realize I would miss so much – jalapeños and hot sauce.
Tonight I am off to the Black Knight Pub with new friends for some much needed pub food … and maybe a salad.
But in all seriousness, I have been so encouraged by the fact that I truly miss Colville Lake. I miss my students and my coworkers. I was just setting into the routine there and was not feeling ready to leave. My heart can truly rest there.
9/12/2018 04:10:35 pm
Heather, I am so happy for you! I think you have found where you need to be and the people there will benefit from your enthusiasm !
9/12/2018 04:34:10 pm
Thank you Grandma and Grandpa! I agree, I have found where i need to be.
9/12/2018 04:31:37 pm
It is funny how we get so use to the gifts of our lives and tend to take them for granted. It isn’t until you are removed from what we call normal and submerge ourselves into a new normal, do get the opportunity to reflect and be grateful for all that we have. Be grateful for this experience Heather. The lessons you gain from it will cary you through life.
9/12/2018 04:36:35 pm
Yes! This is totally what I am experiencing right now! The smallest things become the biggest things when you have to work hard for them. I am loving my new normal. My head and heart have so much space to breath again...
9/13/2018 07:43:07 pm
This makes me cry.... tears of joy for you. What a blessing to have three days of hot, clean and good tasting water! Take your much deserved 'rest' in your northern home. Lee
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