Noticing Trees

Autumn arrives differently, depending on where you happen to live in the world.   In my life as a Vancouverite in British Columbia, the experience of the season is heralded by trees. You would have to be hard pressed not to notice the reds, yellows, oranges, burgundy and browns of the trees in fall.   We learned in schoolContinue reading “Noticing Trees”

In Times of Rain

It’s easy to celebrate living in a temperate rainforest when the sun is shing through the vast array of greenery and flowers in full bloom.  However, it is October in Vancouver and so far the average number of days of rain for the entire month has already been surpassed.  I have a thick head of curly hairContinue reading “In Times of Rain”

Learning from Woody Woodpecker

Before there was Woody Woodpecker. Before there was Walter Lanz Productions, Incorporated. There was a newly married couple in the early 1940’s, being disturbed by a woodpecker during their honeymoon at June Lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. Thanks to his wife’s suggestion, the noisy pileated woodpecker became the inspiration for the WoodyContinue reading “Learning from Woody Woodpecker”

Not All Animals Are Pets

Knowledge provides power to keep yourself safe.  We do children a disservice by not teaching them the difference between their own pets, other people’s pets, domesticated animals, and wildlife.  In some cases, children get hurt when they don’t know how to act appropriately.  In all too many cases, it is the animals who are killed when there isContinue reading “Not All Animals Are Pets”

There is no bad weather…

No matter where you live, you have a choice to make. You will bemoan the changing of each season or you will celebrate it. I am a big believer in the celebration. Fall in Vancouver, British Columbia brings a promise of colourful leaves, crisp mornings, white caps on the waves, and the advent of theContinue reading “There is no bad weather…”

Including Nature in Back to School Routines

Students, parents, and educators have headed back to school with the excitement of new beginnings, but with COVID-19 as an unwanted, yet pervasive presence.   Anxiety and trepidation of what is to come, continues to be the background noise.  Never has there been a need for positive, proactive practices to deal ensure mental health and engagement of ourContinue reading “Including Nature in Back to School Routines”

Perceptions On Belonging Project 2021 Revisited

A year-long endeavour to stimulate dialogue and understanding of racism and anti-racism in Vancouver, British Columbia with a small but committed group.  Susan Ruzic, Sandy Murray and I united in trying to make a positive, pro-active difference with the grant money received from the Human Rights Internet.  We talked.  We read.  We listened.  We interviewed.  We solicited feedback.  Thanks to Jason Bring,Continue reading “Perceptions On Belonging Project 2021 Revisited”

Writing Reflection #3: Reading Like A Writer

I started teaching in the heyday of the Writing Process.  It was all about having Post It notes accessible when you came across a great word.  I was teaching Grade 2 with many students learning English as a second or third language.  It was mostly about words and vocabulary development when they marked their books with post its.  However,Continue reading “Writing Reflection #3: Reading Like A Writer”

Perspectives On Belonging 2021

As with any project, The Perspectives On Belonging Project 2021, has been far more about the learning than a final product. Of course the framing of the project was far too grand in scope to accomplish within one year during COVID. I can take full responsibility for that. I am a BIG picture person. TheContinue reading “Perspectives On Belonging 2021”

Perspectives on Belonging from Vancouver, B.C.

The Human Right Internet has been around and doing good work for some time.  Money is raised to fund projects by individuals and community social justice groups wanting to move the human rights agenda forward across Canada.  The geographical target shifts for the annual funding initiatives around Canada.   In 2020, Ottawa and Toronto /Continue reading “Perspectives on Belonging from Vancouver, B.C.”