The Thrill of New Discoveries

If you live or visit Vancouver, sighting a Pacific Blue Heron is as likely as seeing a seagull or a Canada Goose.  Usually, it is one large statuesque and graceful bird alone on the golf course or at the beach during low tide. New discovery today. The Great Blue Heron Rookery is part of myContinue reading “The Thrill of New Discoveries”

Noticing Details

What makes a person notice?  What makes one person look out the window in the morning and see rain and another person look out the window and notice the exceptionally red breast of the robin trying to pull the long, stretchy worm out of the ground?  Or the difference in the appearance of the cherryContinue reading “Noticing Details”

Shining A Light on Reading

Children going to play in the park, are enticed to incorporate reading as another fun activity. This is particularly important as students are moving towards the summer holidays and the risk of losing reading gains is imminent without continued reading.

Curriculum Learning at Gr.6 Camp

Last week was the annual Grade 6 Camp Elphinstone experience.  For students on the South Slope of Vancouver, it is a game changer.  Most of the children come to camp and experience a plethora of “Firsts”.  This year some of those “firsts” included: taking a ferry staying in a cabin with friends sighting a babyContinue reading “Curriculum Learning at Gr.6 Camp”

Taking learning and purposeful play outside, rain or shine

Investigating Our Practice Conference in the Faculty of Education on Saturday, May 14th.  The day was filled with poster presentations, talks and interactive experiences by undergraduates, grad students, faculty and alumni.  It was particularly exciting to see the level of engagement of the student giving up their very sunny Vancouver Saturday to consider a rangeContinue reading “Taking learning and purposeful play outside, rain or shine”

Moving Beyond Earth Day

  Earth Day has become an established part of the school calendar.  Every school district and most schools  focuses on taking care of the environment in one capacity or another. In some cases, the focus remains on garbage pickup and recycling.  In some cases,  it extends to gardening efforts, going outside for Physical Education andContinue reading “Moving Beyond Earth Day”

Wild About Vancouver

HumpDayHighlight:  This featured blog post is intended to explore classroom practices and possibilities, including books and units of study. Hump Day Highlight #3:  Wild About Vancouver As I reported in an earlier blog post on Outdoor Learning (Dec. 2015), Dr. Hart Banack, Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy at UBC, has been heading up  Wild AboutContinue reading “Wild About Vancouver”

UBC Students Support Outdoor Learning in Schools

I met Hartley Banack’s Faculty of Education (EDCP323) class outside the Botanical Gardens at UBC.   The class is a diversified group with some students completing Bachelor of Education requirements and some practicing educators working towards a diploma in Outdoor Education.  Several Vancouver schools are actively engaged in working with teachers and their Community SchoolsContinue reading “UBC Students Support Outdoor Learning in Schools”

Green Vancouver: Sorting Stations That Work

Happy Earth Day!  This year at my school we started the task of garbage sorting. Recycling Compost Landfill waste The process is fraught with difficulties.  And yet at the Vancouver Sun Run this Sunday, the process was streamlined and highly successful.  40,000 people converged in BC place Stadium to eat oranges, bananas, bagels, cheese andContinue reading “Green Vancouver: Sorting Stations That Work”