Mr. Mike Mac Kenzie

Mr. Mike Mac KenzieSt. Anne School

Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada

Who was your favorite teacher? Why?

Mr. McGrath, my high school English teacher. He was easily the smartest man I have ever met. The connections he brought us to in everything we experienced was amazing. Mr. McGrath created engaged readers/writers. 

What are three things every teacher should own?

1. A computer 2. A workbook 3. A beer fridge

If you could have any person (living, dead or fictional) as a principal, who would it be?

Joseph Howe. He was one of the founders of democracy in Canada. He helped bring responsible government to British North America. Howe stood for what he believed in and never waivered. He beat libel charges after he stood up against dirty politicians by representing himself and spoke for six hours on case after case of civic corruption. If he could talk for six hours and still have the jury on his side, imagine how interesting he could make staff meetings!

What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt?

Civil Servant. I would only want another career that would allow me to give back to my community on a daily basis.

Describe your all-time favorite lesson/unit activity.

My all-time favorite lesson is my video interpretation of a poem. Students choose any poem and have to create a video interpretation that outlines the emotional meaning of the poem. It teaches comprehension and creativity. It also helps that I teach film making so the videos look pretty professional.

What is the greatest misconception about teachers?

The greatest misconception about teachers is the amount of time they put in to their profession. It is easy to believe that our day starts at 9 and ends at 3. Parents are always shocked when I respond to their emails at 6:30 in the morning. 

What stereotype about teachers is true?

Teachers are all liars. We don't even know we lie. Think of all the times we messed up, or didn't know an answer. What did we do? We thought on our feet and turned the situation into a "teachable moment."

How did you know you wanted to be a teacher?

I knew I wanted to be a teacher when I stepped into the classroom and felt comfortable. It felt like home. Both of my parents were teachers, and I always grew up saying I will NEVER be a teacher. Rebellious teenager. But, here we are today, I teach and love every moment of it.

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