A Cuppa with The Queen

“Where are your manners? What would the Queen say?” The Queen always referenced HMR Queen Elizabeth II.  She was the Queen of our coins, exquisite hats, and good manners.  She was a lady.  The gold standard of manners. My mother was determined that my sister, my cousin, and I would also be ladies.  That if need be, we wouldContinue reading “A Cuppa with The Queen”

Back to School for Teachers:  Building Classroom Culture

I loved Back to School throughout my career as an educator.  I loved buying new school supplies.  Choosing new posters.  Back to school clothes shopping.  Fresh bulletin boards. Welcoming students to a new school year.  I was a big believer in tapping into student excitement to be back and involving them in creating an inclusive culture.  The concept of “inclusive classrooms”Continue reading “Back to School for Teachers:  Building Classroom Culture”

Family Tradition at the PNE

As a kid growing up in Vancouver, the annual Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) was greeted with great anticipation and excitement.  It had something for everyone from kids to grandparents.  Buying tickets and lining up to win the PNE Prize Home was the first requirement for my mum, her siblings, and my Nanny Keenan.  As was crossing your fingersContinue reading “Family Tradition at the PNE”

Introducing WILD ABOUT Outdoor Learning Society

Wild About Vancouver has split its seams. The work and networks of WAV (pronounced “wave”) now extend well beyond the boundaries of Vancouver, British Columbia. What started as a grassroots movement in 2015 spearheaded with the zestful enthusiasm of Dr. Hart Banack, and a team of outdoor education advocates, has morphed into an incorporated non-profitContinue reading “Introducing WILD ABOUT Outdoor Learning Society”

Congrats to Dr. Judith Scott for induction into Reading Hall of Fame

The British Columbia Literacy Association is proud to announce that Dr. Judith Scott is one of five 2022 inductees into The Reading Hall of Fame. On December 1st, she will join the 136 living members in the RHF and will receive one of the highest honours bestowed on literacy scholars worldwide. Dr. Scott recently retiredContinue reading “Congrats to Dr. Judith Scott for induction into Reading Hall of Fame”

Parking the “Momma Bear”

As a kid, I was shopping downtown with my mother.  I headed to the counter to pay for my purchase.  The woman at the counter kept taking the purchases of the adults around me.  I repeatedly said excuse me and held up my money.  She continued to ignore me.  I watched my mother checking her wristwatch and she gave meContinue reading “Parking the “Momma Bear””

A Perfect Sturgeon Moon

  “Many, many moons ago”, I saw my first moon.  The old expression of my mother and her mother, captures the cyclical nature of time quite perfectly.  I love the moon as much, or perhaps even more than the sun. On special “moon” days, I have gotten on my bike to find the perfect place to watchContinue reading “A Perfect Sturgeon Moon”

The Birth of a Birder – Part 2

I learned so much with my first Bird Outing at Mono Lake County Park and Tufa State Natural Reserve Boardwalk, that I decided to attend another.  I got caught up having coffee with the Red breasted Sapsuckers, the Steller’s Jay, the Hummingbird, the Mallard Ducks  and the Coots at Silver Lake. I was late for birdwatching!  My Birding Buddies wereContinue reading “The Birth of a Birder – Part 2”

My Dad At the Cabin

Sitting in his spot, on the couch by the window, Looking out on the lake,  Clouds hovering low, The juniper berries on the table reminiscent of the gin and tonics I mixed for him as a child, Playing bartender. Considering the rocky path leading up toward Carson Peak, To God, Or at least to theContinue reading “My Dad At the Cabin”

What is a Birder?

For years I have done bird units with my students.  First as an elementary teacher introducing the basics of scientific observation of habitats.  Later as a middle school teacher facilitating inquiry studies.  As a COVID principal and entrepreneur, it provided a catalyst to get children outside and engaged.   It encouraged them to stop, listen and take notice of whatContinue reading “What is a Birder?”