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August 19, 2013

You Know You're a Canadian Teacher When...

  1. You drive for an hour just to get to your school and all you see are trees and the occasional moose.
  2. You don't mind freezing your butt off at the local arena on a Saturday afternoon to watch your students play hockey.
  3. Your year-end field trip lasts three days because it takes an entire day to drive there and another to come back.
  4. You can't go out for recess because there's a bear (or cougar, or any other wild animal) in the school yard.
  5. It's dark outside when you leave the house and it's dark again when you leave the school.
  6. You let your students go outside for independent reading and they witness a cow giving birth in the field next door (bonus health lesson!).
  7. Recess is cancelled all day because of cold weather, but the kids all play outside after school because -23C (-9F) isn't that cold.
  8. You show up to class with a Tim Horton's coffee instead of a Starbuck's.
  9. You think a Timmie's gift card is the best teacher gift ever.
  10. You constantly have to fix spelling on American worksheets before your students point out that something is spelled wrong.
  11. There's a picture of the Queen somewhere in the school.
  12. You can sing your national anthem in both French and English.
  13. You correct your students when they say "zee" instead of "zed".
  14. Some of your students take a week off in October to go hunting.
  15. You school has televisions tuned in to the important hockey games and the scores are announced on the PA system.
  16. A moose steak and deer sausage are common teacher gifts.
  17. Students bring in fresh salmon, then learn to filet, smoke and cook it in foods class.
  18. The closest First Nations Reserve hosts a powwow on school property and the entire student and staff population learns to drum, make dream catchers and dance.
  19. You proudly wear your favourite's hockey team's colours to school because they made the playoffs this year.
  20. You make up a hockey pool with your students and use the statistics in your math lessons.
  21. There are more quads and snow machines in the school parking lot than there are cars.
  22. Parents drive their kids to school on snow machines because the school buses are cancelled due to bad weather.
  23. Students come to school with their fishing gear because they're heading to the lake right after school.
  24. Students are reading their hunting manuals during independent reading because their hunting license test is coming up.
  25. Your students know where you live and what you drive and you have no problem with that.
  26. You watch Mr. D. on CBC.
  27. You can still pray in school.
  28. Your school still has an open door policy.
  29. There are at least 2 Tim Hortons on your daily commute.
We are PROUD, CANADIAN TEACHERS! Thanks to my fellow Canadian teacher bloggers for helping me compile this fun list!

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  1. Oh how true! I must be more south than you, but 5, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 16 (except it was bear pepperettes for me), 19, 26 and (Thank God) 27 made me crack up!

    I am not looking forward to reliving number 5 - I'd like to try the see the sun at some point during the day, but that doesn't happen too often in the winter!

    Great post!
    Mrs. Brosseau's Binder - Math & Science Teaching with a Twist

    1. I'm in northern Ontario, in the Sudbury region, but I grew up more north than that. Number 5 isn't my favourite either. :/ Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!


  2. Oh I love this! Thanks for posting!

  3. This is hilarious and I found myself nodding my head in agreement.

  4. Haha! So cute; loved it.
    Reading about the fishing gear reminds me of the kids who come to school with their lacrosse gear for their after school practice:)
    Grade ONEderful
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    1. I'm from a very small town in northern Ontario and when I was in high school, guys would show up with their hunting gear (shotguns and all!!) because they were going hunting after school! How crazy is that! Wow how times have changed in such a short time...I'm not that old...


  5. So cute! I was nodding my head as I was reading along. I am totally with you in regards to the Tim's comments. I also loved the one with the American spelling; that one is so true, eh! Thanks for putting this together everyone!
    (located 20 minutes away from Toronto)

  6. Thank you for posting. This was a riot. Have a beautiful day.
    June Field trips may involve sun, rain, and snow.

    1. Gasp! I can't believe we didn't think of that one!! A couple of years ago, I took my class on a nature trail for a hike in mid-May and that's EXACTLY the kind of weather we had!!! There was a couple of inches of snow on the ground! We got wet and dirty and it was a blast!


  7. Great post.....I live in Southern Ontario and many of these hit home !!,


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