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.