We are tired, burned out, and angry.

Late yesterday, Alberta’s Minister of Finance, Travis Toews, announced the province is looking to roll back the wages of nurses.

Yes. Nurses. Like the people who have been putting their life in danger, working around the clock during the pandemic to keep us…


A few months ago my 4 year old said to me the words that every mother dreads, “I can’t draw.”

(Okay, maybe the words that every Mom with a background in fine arts who secretly dreams of their kids becoming artists dreads.)

My 4YO was entering the stage where he…


The New Alberta Social Studies Curriculum has a seemingly random and illogical scope and sequence of learning, developmentally inappropriate material, overt emphasis on capitalism, and is based on a scarcity model. Those are the least of our worries.

Here are the things we should be deeply concerned about:

1. Revering…


The average Canadian woman works 17.5 additional hours of unpaid work related to household tasks and childrearing than the average man each week. To be clear—that’s additional hours. Every week. That’s a s***load of work.

This unpaid work has significant implications on all aspects of women’s lives — our mental…


I — like many of us — would like to leave the past year firmly behind in a drawer, never to be opened again.

However, in education, we know that the most durable learning — that is, learning that is long lasting and easily applied to new situations — is…


the mental health challenges that aren’t being discussed

My first year of teaching in the public school system, I was 23 years old, living in the Old Fourth Ward neighbourhood of Atlanta, GA in a one bedroom apartment. I was relatively new to a city of 4.6 million people.

I received a position as a middle school art…


“The opposite of racist isn’t ‘not racist.’ It is ‘anti-racist.’… One either allows racial inequities to persevere, as a racist, or confronts racial inequities, as an anti-racist. There is no in-between safe space of ‘not racist.” Ibram X Kendi

Following this past spring and the #BlackLivesMatter protests, marches, and vigils…


Let’s talk for a moment about my daughter’s kindergarten teacher, Ms. X.

No, that is not her real name, but I would like to protect her identity and “X” has a cool, mysterious sound to it. And Ms. X is very cool. She wears fun shoes and sings. During this…


Last week, I was speaking with a friend on the phone. I love her dearly and would do anything for her.

Almost.

She asked me for wellness advice. My response was a hard and fast, “No.”

You see, now is not the time.

I have watched with fascination as people…


9 Wellness Tips for Educators, Writers, Feminists, & Those Changing the World

These 9 practices have kept me on a path of mental and physical wellbeing over the years. They the are ones I return to over and over again. There is no particular order to them. I actually jotted…

Lisa Bush

Writer, educator, and author of Teaching Well: How Healthy, Empowered Teachers Lead to Thriving, Successful Classrooms. Creator of http://workingmomwellness.ca

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