Welcome Back

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

After a long break, I am returning, in a very new role with the Vancouver School Board.  I am now the Mentor Teacher for Gifted.  

This is a new exciting role, and I am thrilled to be a part of team working with our gifted/advanced learners.   Although I began the role in October of 2014, I have personally and professionally had little time to work on the development of this blog.  After a long break, I am ready to return with a passion, not only for my work, but for sharing information with others.  

Here is our latest newsletter sent out to schools, informing teachers and parents of our programs.

Gifted Newsletter 1.3


You Can Learn Anything!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A great video about our ability to learn put forth by the Khan Academy

If you haven't been to the site of Khan Academy, you should!  It is a great place to view videos about science and math topics.  I use it to help my 12 year old review math concepts that he may have forgot or how to learn new concepts that aren't well explained in math text books.  

Job Action Update and the Challenge Centre:  soon we will have our programs posted for the school year, and we will be sending out letters to schools informing them of class placements in our district programs.  This will occur once we are back in school.  Please understand that we will require some time to get the information out to schools, and your patience is appreciated.

Enjoy the final days of our glorious summer!


Kid President's Pep Talk to Teachers and Students!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Welcome Back to School!  


Tentative Schedule for the Challenge Centre Programs

Monday, August 11, 2014

The summer has been beautiful in Vancouver, and I hope that everyone has been enjoying the break.  Three weeks until the school year begins ( I hope that we will be returning on schedule) and I am posting our tentative challenge centre programming for the 2014-15 school year:

Challenge Centre Programs 2014-15: Tentative Schedule

In June, we began the process of casting students for programs, based on school need and a good fit between student strengths and programming options. Due to job action, we could not send out the information to schools, so hopefully we will be able to do this at the beginning of the school year.  Therefore, we are hoping that schools will get the information about programming in the first few weeks of school.  Fingers crossed we will be back!


Some of the projects created this year

Friday, July 18, 2014


Crazy Year Behind Me

Ever had a tough year teaching?  Things just don't seem to flow, and well,  there seems to be struggles on all fronts.  For some reason, that was the 2013-14 school year for me.  I didn't post very much, as I seemed to be running to catch up all year.  

Further, I had some health issues, and being part of the sandwich generation, I had to deal with an aging parent and all the drama that brings along.  I am not sure how I kept it all together, but.....now things are so much better and I am on the bridge to a new year and I am excited about the 2014-15 programs we have ready to go.

That is, if we can get back to work.  For the last two weeks of the school year, we were on strike.  I am hoping we can resolve this and get back to work for a September 2nd start.

Happy Summer Time!


Welcome to Term Three

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Welcome back from Spring Break.  I hope parents, teachers, and students had a restful and rewarding vacation.  We are heading into term three with the following programs:

1.  The Future is Wild Gr. 4/5  April 1, 2 8, 9 / 2014

2.  Creative Think Tank Gr. 3   April 14, 15, 16/ 2014

3.  Engineering  Gr. 4/5           April 22, 23, 29, 30/ 2014

4.  Young Scientists Gr. 2/3      May 5, 6, 7/ 2014

5.  Math Explorations Gr. 2/3     May 12, 13, 14/ 2014

6.  Adventures in Storytelling Gr. 2/3   May 20, 21/ 2014

7.  Writing Adventures       Gr. 2/3     May 27, 28/ 2014

8.  Young Scientists     Gr. 1          May 27, 28/ 2014

WE have a few new announcements to make:  referrals for  programs will be due on May 15, 2014.  We are sending out the information about programs for next year, over the next week.  We are giving teachers the opportunity to put students forward for programs for next year, based on their knowledge in working with students over the course of this year. We will be placing students in programs in June and letting schools know about placement early in September.  

Good luck to everyone in the final term of the school year!

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