Wild About Vancouver (WAV) Outdoor Education Festival is a free public outdoor education festival offering practical ways to get children (and adults) outdoors more regularly. WAV is open to the public and aims to unite and create long-term sustainable outdoor experiential learning networks for organizations, schools, youth programs, and the broader citizenry of Vancouver. WAV isContinue reading “Tidal WAV Returns”
I grew up living, learning and playing in Vancouver, British Columbia, on the ancestral and unceded lands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. I saw Indigenous people but I did not hear their voices. In school we learned about a culture that was part of our past. Not our present. Definitely not our future. Continue reading “The Indigenous Voice”
“We must be dreamers in action, not martyrs in wait.” Thomas Friedman, The World is Flat
The goal is for kids to develop the skills to problem solve and the confidence that they can. Adults are involved in the process to ensure that name calling and bullying do not become an accepted norm.
At the Reading Extravaganza, gymnastics and yoga mats were pulled out and all children carefully removed their shoes before getting cozy on the mats. Benches pulled into shapes, lawn chairs and blankets were equally captivating spaces to read.
One question brought 3500 Vancouverites from all walks of life together on a rainy day. The tone in Roger’s Arena morphed from captive to zen to electric depending on the speaker and the message. Technology provided an interactive component to solicit opinions of the group, artist renditions accompanying performances, illustrations of speaker’s points and theContinue reading “TedxVancouver Starts the Conversation”
Gabriel and Rose Pillay pull off another stellar event for educators At Moderne Burger on Broadway. One Word. An Ignite Night with a bit of a twist. Created by twitter or popularized by it? Not too sure. Participants are the presenters. An Educational Paradigm. A personal philosophy. All good as long as you can nail itContinue reading “One Word One Ethos”
Professional reading on the topic of professional development largely espouses the view that much of professional development for educators is not worth the time or money. Large-scale conferences or filling the room with a speaker does not serve the attendees in the room. This has not been my experience. I am a whole-hearted enthusiast ofContinue reading “ProD Inspiration”
Nine year old Kerry Anne Holloway spent the summer of 1980 driving across Central Canada. Her dad, Bill Vigars, worked for the Canadian Cancer Society as a publicist and he decided to take his kids on a road trip for work. The gig was acting as the public relations organizer for Terry Fox onContinue reading “On the Road with Terry Fox”
“Fostering self-regulation and emotional control” have become as much a part of instruction as reading and writing. Kids that are not able to understand and manage their emotions are not able to learn and frequently make it difficult for others to learn. Before this book was published, I used the graphic of a stop lightContinue reading “Fostering Self Regulation and Emotional Control”