I remember my first teaching placement like it was just a few months ago…I was in a grade 6 class in a fairly large K-8 elementary school in the north end of Thunder Bay. I was enthusiastic and excited to have the opportunity to learn the ropes in an actual classroom. I learned many strategies to cope with a variety of student needs and abilities but the one thing that I learned which still sticks with me today was the advice my teacher advisor Alison shared with me. She said “always remember that you need a balance between you job and home life”. That being said, I always have to challenge myself to maintain that between no matter which way life swings.