Good Bye Pond

Our last week spent in Pond Inlet was a perfect ending to our experience. It was filled with celebrations of student success, cultural healing gatherings, and tearful goodbyes. The last week of school was time for students to clean up their desks, reflect on their year of learning, and have some final class parties. We took this time to hang out with the students, watch movies with them in class, and join in on parties and cupcake eating. We were […]

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Pond Week 4: Easing Fears, Turning Stress to Cheer, and Talking about Careers

(Shout out to the Mish PEs for their catchy titles) Wow where did all of the time go? We’ve been in Pond now for just over 4 weeks but it definitely has not felt that long. This past week was quite different than our past few weeks. The school began a special 3-day period called the Career and Technology Studies (CTS) Unit for the Junior High grades. From what we know about it, the junior high students are given the […]

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Pond’s Got Talent!

We have had so many cool lessons and awesome experiences since our last blog post! Last week we taught about drug use, puberty, healthy relationships and safe sex. Some highlights of our week of teaching are: Teaching the students recovery position: having the kids practice putting each other in the recovery position was highly educational as well as full of funny moments. “Tobacco has no place here campaign”: there is a huge campaign in Nunavut right now that strives to […]

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Life on the Land

This week we had some amazing experiences out on the land and in the classroom. Now that we are well into the lessons, we are really working to get through all of the topics that we had initially planned to. In our first week we touched on physical health (nutrition, physical fitness and personal/oral hygiene), and then this past week we focused on mental wellness and taught about bullying, communication, and self-esteem. But with the end of the year coming […]

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Figuring it out!

Hello!! The past few days in Pond Inlet have been eventful to say the least. On Saturday and Sunday we wandered around town looking for friends and thankfully we ran into some great people who suggested we check out the flea market that happens every Saturday in the community centre! We checked it out and we bought some pretty great food. Jon got a red velvet cupcake (yummm) and I bought a pretty fantastic cinnamon bun and some deep fried […]

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Starting Our Pond Inlet Adventure

It was a warm, bright and sunny day in Ottawa this morning when we arrived at the Ottawa International Airport to begin our travels to Pond Inlet. We arrived at the airport eager and a little bit nervous about starting our trip. At 8:00am we approached the desk to check-in, drop off our bags and pick up our boarding passes – our first flight to Iqaluit would leave at 9:15am. We approached the desk, heaved our luggage onto the scale […]

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Potatoes, and condoms, and rockets! Oh, my!!

What has been going on with those Pondlets who have been slacking with their blogging? Well no worries, we are here now to fill you in! Sexual health week commences!! We started off last week teaching in grade 7, 8 and 9 classes about puberty. With some giggles, out of the way the students mastered their reproductive organ puzzles with the correct labels and everything. The boys even wanted to learn about menstruation and PMS (smart boys picking up on […]

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If you wanna go and take a ride with me, we’re 3-wheelin’ in Pond instead of gettin tipsy, HEYY must mean we’re healthy!

Yeah we are trying to pull out some Nelly. If you couldn’t tell from the title (we really don’t think there should be any confusion) we were teaching substance abuse this week! Our week started off with teaching about smoking. Since Nunavut spent $42 million on tobacco last year, we realized how important it was to present the scary facts about smoking in a very engaging manner. We presented the bad effects of smoking with an interactive exercise with the […]

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