I’m one month away from finishing my first year of teaching. It’s been a rewarding experience full of learning. Yes – as a teacher I am still learning. Learning doesn’t end in the classroom – we are all lifelong learners (as I was taught in my education program). Even if I weren’t a teacher, I would still believe this statement. No one can say that they ever stop learning – no matter the content, the subject or idea we are continuously learning and shaping our world around us through these experiences. I believe that education is important. Thus, I am standing on the picket line for my first ever strike along with fellow colleagues.
Last week was our first day of rotating strikes in BC, and this week I’ll be on the line again. It was great to talk to other teachers, to inform those driving by, giving us a honk (or, other times a not-so-nice gesture or plain looking away altogether). However I do hope that our strike will bring about some much needed changes to help those students in our classroom that need it the most.
It was nice to see public support from students parents and family, bringing the teachers coffee or snacks along with homemade signs. This week I said I would bake something to share with the teachers – simple chocolate chip cookies.
- 2 sticks butter
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup quick oats
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1¼ cups brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons almond milk
- 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups dark chocolate chips
- Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over low heat. Sift together the flour and baking soda and set aside.
- Pour melted butter in the mixer’s bowl. Add the sugar and brown sugar. Cream the butter and sugars on medium speed. Add the eggs, 2 tablespoons almond milk and vanilla extract and mix until well combined.
- Slowly incorporate the flour mixture and oats until thoroughly combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
- Chill dough in freezer 10 minutes.
- When ready to bake, heat oven to 375F.
- Scoop chilled dough onto lined baking sheets.
- Bake for 10-14 minutes or until golden brown.