Lori Gard
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Lori Gard is a teacher, parent to four children, life-partner to her husband Brian, community volunteer and expert in multi-tasking, all of which can be combined simultaneously in any random order in her current passion, blogging. She has found each facet of her life to provide endless writing material for her blog. Lori was born and raised in the Maritimes, and has lived “up West” in P.E.I. since graduating with a degree in Education from the Island’s only university in 1999. Although she will never be a born and bred Islander, she still tries to embrace life the Island way.

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A Letter of Thanks From Parents to Teachers

(10) Comments | Posted April 25, 2015 | 10:03 AM

Dear teachers,

It's end of April. We parents are hardly able to clasp the remnants of fading sanity remaining from spring break (as they slip nimbly from our hands into the oblivion of another work week). So we can hardly imagine how other adult human beings around the country are...

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Dear Politician (Who Was Not Challenged in School)

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 4:04 PM

Dear Politician,

It's election time again.

I did hear your address to a large group of parents at a Home and School forum recently. And I happened to catch you saying that you had not been challenged enough in school- that school had always come easy for...

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What Makes Teachers Great? We Care

(3) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 11:26 AM

More than ever before, teachers are speaking out about their professional identity, voicing thoughts and opinions about stressors on the profession through the medium of blogging.

One year ago, I too wrote a teaching blog post titled What Students Remember Most About Teachers, a post which went viral...

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In Defense of Helicopter Parenting

(1) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 11:30 AM

Four months ago, after traveling home from supper with friends only to witness a near-fatality involving two children, I wrote an article about why I am glad to be a helicopter parent. In the article, I wrote shamelessly about embracing the label of helicopter parent as it concerned...

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Press On, Teachers: For When We Need Reminding

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 10:22 AM

I have been feeling it all again. That sensation of exhaustion that washes over you, day in and day out.

Late one afternoon this past fall, after a final word with the vice-principal before leaving for the day, I placed my hand over the center of my abdomen and...

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The Christmas Stories We Don't Hear About

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 9:19 PM

For the past few weeks, my two youngest children have been talking about what they want for Christmas. The lists began to form about mid-November, a modest collection of this and that. Nothing that would break the bank or Santa's aching back as he pulls that sack up and out...

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Why I Am Still Teaching

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 3:10 PM

As a teacher, there are hard, challenging days in which I wonder whether I am making any difference at all. There are those kind of days.

I have had many people tell me over the years that they could never do this job. Could never be a teacher. Could never...

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Dear Teacher, Thank You for Taking the Time to Really See Me

(2) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 11:50 AM

Dear Teacher:

You called after me today, chasing me in circles (when it was discovered that I had taken J.'s shoe and thrown it in the mud puddle). I wouldn't come to you. I couldn't. So I ran away. You still followed me around and around the playground anyway while...

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The Kind of Love That Is Never Really 'Enough'

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 3:28 PM

I shouldn't feel this way. But I do.

Inadequate.

In spite of my best efforts and in spite of all I do. In spite of all I say and all I strive to be. In spite of how many braids I plait, clothes I fold, rides I provide and meals...

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The Problem with School: We Only Teach the Mind

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 5:16 PM

I am sitting at my desk in the far corner of my kindergarten room. A room that is bright and inviting, full of interesting things to discover and explore. There is a play-kitchen center where children can use their imaginations to pretend they are a short-order chef or a store-owner....

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Four Things I've Learned About Being a Teacher

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 12:13 PM

I am a writer who happens to be a teacher.

In the wee hours of the night, after the dust of the day has settled, I write about love, care and compassion, among other topics of the heart. But in the living hours in between, I teach real people- some...

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Why I'm Glad To Be a Helicopter Parent

(2) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 9:00 AM

I have just paid a bill for quesadillas, Greek salad and the 'so-worth-it' charges for that sweet slice of luscious raspberry pie. It is 6:00 in the evening, and I am thinking to myself, as I close the restaurant door behind me- of all I have to do, of all...

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A Letter To The Man I Married 18 Years Ago

(4) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 11:31 AM

Love,

Tonight, we sit out on the veranda, you and I, while candles flicker quietly at our feet. Three citronella in pots reduce to liquid. I say I like the smell, and you mistakenly think that I have given you a compliment. It's the smell of the river, you say....

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Love Is the Antidote to Loneliness

(0) Comments | Posted September 14, 2014 | 8:59 PM

I am walking solo tonight, as the two Youngest have a friend over and Husband is on duty back on the home front. I miss my walking partner on nights like this. Nights when it feels I am the Lonesome Isolated -- walking when the rest of the world is...

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Dear Parents, Teachers Are Anxious About the End of Summer Too

(0) Comments | Posted August 30, 2014 | 2:49 PM

Dear Parents,

The heady last days of summer are already upon us. And the eternal question begs to be asked: where did the time go? School supplies have been purchased and tucked away, 'first-day-back' clothes folded and lain neatly out on dressers in anticipation of the big day. Lunchbox items...

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Teachers Are Preparing Their Classrooms and Their Minds for Back-to-School

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 12:33 PM

I fill a bucket with water and soap. Bubbles slowly rise to the surface as the two combine into a froth of white foam. There is much to do today and little time in which to do it all. I have my classroom sectioned off into centres: today's goal is...

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Is This On Your Back-To-School 'To Do' List?

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 12:12 PM

The air has that familiar chill that reminds us fall is nigh. A beautiful maple I noticed just last week had already turned golden and ruby in colour. The gardens are brimming with produce while the sun sets earlier on these late-summer nights. And for those of us working and...

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A Teacher's 5 Wishes for the Upcoming School Year

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 12:41 PM

It's August, and as it happens to be my holidays, I am knee-deep in summer lovin'. I have paint spatters on my legs from the fresh coat I applied to the veranda this afternoon, a good book waiting for me on the couch and the idea in my head of...

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Why Mothers Need to Be Both Involved and Inspirational

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 6:00 PM

We all know that motherhood is a balancing act. A fine art of juggling many breakable plates whilst appearing like everything is under control. As was the case recently when I was on my way to Charlottetown, P.E.I. for a radio interview related to my day job.

I am...

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How I Found Beauty Through a Loved One's Death

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 2:05 PM

They were something beautiful.

Her nails -- bright red and perfectly painted with a shiny lacquer. Making her long slender fingers look like they belonged on a movie star. It's what I noticed first- what I made a point of looking at before anything else, when I...

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