I almost sent a student to Canada today–I even wrote his name in the book–but he did his work and I decided not to send him.
A Canadian colleague gave me a Canada notebook after her trip home last year. It’s been sitting in or on my desk at work since then as I’ve tried to figure out what to do with it.
At long last, as part of my goal to use up as many notebooks as I can this year, I finally came up with a use for it: This year, until the notebook’s used up, all bad boys in my classes will have their names, and their punishments written in the Canada book.
I’ve informed my classes that if they are bad they will be “sent to Canada”. Today a boy refused to do work and got the honor of being the first name in the book. I informed him and his classmates that he was “going to Canada” and that meant he had to meet me at lunch to do his work.
This inspired him to do the work and I told him he didn’t have to go to Canada anymore.
The notebook itself is unbranded and is not my style of notebook. The pages have lots of unnecessary ornamentation and lines that are a bit too thick. That said, the paper is actually quite fountain pen friendly. It’s got some tooth and it holds up well to almost every fountain pen I’ve used on it. The only ink that broke it was Wancher Matcha, the heart breaker (it breaks hearts).
Also, it does have a bit of feathering with especially wet inks.
Given the way the year is already shaping up, I suspect a lot of boys will be sent to Canada and I’ll eventually need another book.
It’ll have to be a New Zealand notebook, though, so I can annoy the colleague who sits on the other side of my desk.