Working at the
Two years ago, I wrote a piece for our
Weekly Feature titled "Learning
at the ALC." In it, I described the unique ways that our
learning centre functions. What I notice now, in the light of
our upcoming move, is that it was all about people and not
about the physical environment at all.
This past week, I note again the importance
of the people who make the Pearson ALC such a unique working
environment. Our task was to pack up all of our "stuff"
accumulated over the 16 years we've been in operation and make
it ready for the movers.
It will be not one move for the ALC, in
fact. This summer, the centre will operate at Glenbrook Middle
School; next September we will move back into portable
buildings to be located on top of the former staff parking lot
on 10th Avenue.
Do I worry that the centre will be different
in any way? No, not at all. Watching my colleagues working
seamlessly on the myriad tasks of sorting, throwing out,
packing and labelling, I have no doubt that we are each able
to function in a team environment, contributing to it and
making it stronger as a result.
For the reaction I see in my colleagues is
one of "let's get this done" and move on to the important work
we do with our students. As long as we've remembered the pens,
the paper clips, the paper, the filing cabinets . . . (the
list goes on and on!) we'll be fine. But even if we've
forgotten something, or something is missing, I can still
count on the incredible composure of my fellow teachers. One
of us will find a way around any physical problem; I can count
So, this week, our classrooms went dark for
the final time. No more Room 184, 186, 187 and 280! But take
heart, there are plans afoot to rename our portable classrooms
by the same numbers! And even if not, you'll still find your
favourite teachers there, working to ensure you meet your
—to Ann, Barb, Cheryl, Dina, Helen, Helen
M., Jennifer, L, Louise, Midori, Pat, Patricia, Paul, Rick,
Tazim and Trudi. Thanks guys!
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