petermI’ve been lucky enough to be a teacher for over 40 years. In 1971 I started teaching in London, England; then I taught high school for 30 years in Ontario; and now I’ve been teaching online to students from all over the world for more than ten years. Many students passed through my life and disappeared; some became – and remain – friends. I’ve taught in small schools with fewer than 150 students and in schools with more than 1500 students. Sometimes I taught students who were classified as “severely gifted” (ah, eduspeak!); some were classified as criminals, when I taught inside Canada’s federal penitentiary for women. Some of those women were severely gifted too. I started as a Maths and Physics teacher, wound up as a World Religions and creative writing teacher, and passed through Psychology, and Media. For the most part, I taught English. After finally graduating from secondary school in 2003, I established my own online writing program, The Writers’ Croft and have pursued both my own photography and writing practices.

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