On a personal note...

The year 2000 was an eventful one, with many positive aspects, but it is certainly one I was more than happy to "send packing".

A special thank you to everyone who supported me over the spring/summer (and even fall!) in their kind emails, personal wishes, and loving thoughts. My son's serious motorcycle accident last spring was a dreadful shock into "reality". On the one hand I emerged wondering why on earth I had ever cared about "technology in the grade 4 and 5 curriculum" and on the other hand I was unmistakably in debt to the powers of modern technology in surgery. On a happy note for the beginning of this new 2001 year, my 21 year old son is now doing a fine job of walking, despite the long metal pins permanently embedded in both thighs and one hip. He was so very lucky not to have sustained permanent brain or spinal injuries. His unbelievably positive attitude towards getting better has no doubt played a great role in "amazing his doctors" all along the way. The rallying of all his many friends, and the new closeness of so many hereto "acquaintances", has given our little family tremendous emotional support. Physiotherapy continues, and he is confident that he will be able to run again, and more importantly, to ski! Ah... the power of youth!

...and now it is the year 2001, which many argue is the "real millennium"! I am slowly but firmly getting started on my "New Year's Resolution" to regain enthusiasm for my chosen thesis topic. One of my original premises was that teachers can be inspired and encouraged by hearing what other teachers are doing, but they need an easy route to current, local information. My goal was to make the information I found readily accessible to classroom teachers. To this end, I am starting my road "back on track" with this website.

I hope that you will find the information useful and interesting.


January 2001

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