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!
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Welcome Back to School!
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!
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!
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!
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Here is a great article on girls and what it means when we say a girl is bossy.
I congratulate the authors on writing this piece and giving a voice to us "bossy" girls.
By my sons, I am called "fierce". By my husband, I am called "The chairman of the Board".
But how many times have I apologized for speaking my mind and for being intense?
How do we treat our female students? How can we empower them to lead?
As the article states:
And "bossy" is just the beginning. As girls mature, the words may change, but their meaning and impact remain the same. Women who behave assertively are labeled "aggressive," "angry," "shrill" and "overly ambitious." Powerful and successful men are often well liked, but when women become powerful and successful, all of us—both men and women—tend to like them less.
Educationally, we must promote our bossy girls and give them room to be whom they need to be. They are going places and need to be encouraged for being strong and knowing what they want. I love this article...please read!