When I was given the assignment of editing the ATA Magazine, the pre-eminent publication of the Alberta Teachers' Association, I set a few rules for myself. First, I would endeavor to write something of a more personal nature to the readers in each issue. The previous editor, Tom McConaghy, wrote editorials on all manner of educational issues in a feature he entitled "Editorially Speaking". I opted for something a little less strident and my pieces appeared under the banner "Editor's Notebook". Second, I would avoid at all costs the "enjoy the summer break-you deserve some down time" and the "welcome back to a new school year-hope you're feeling refreshed" which could have provided copy for half of each year's volume of issues. And I would write the notebooks myself, without resorting to "guest editors" and other easy outs.
So here is a sampling of some of these little stories. There were 96 all told in the issues of the Magazine that I edited.
Copyright for these articles resides with the Alberta Teachers' Association.