Spring break is almost over in Vancouver, British Columbia. On Monday, March 30th, for the first time in my life, the doors of the school will not open to welcome students back. The doors of the school will remain locked. Students will not return to in-class schooling as per the direction of BC Health officials. Continue reading “School in the Wake of COVID-19”
No, the title is not a joke. MANY years ago, my principal walked into my office, with coffee in hand, and deposited a relatively small pile of report cards on the desk of his beleaguered VP during report card time. Stressed parents. Stressed teachers. Stressed Admin staff. Stress kids. Hundreds of report cards to read,Continue reading “The Joy of Reading Report Cards”
Welcome. As a member of the VSB, I would like to acknowledge that we live, work and play on the unceded and traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Coast Salish peoples. We are fortunate to be nestled in the Pacific Spirit Park and in walking distance of the beach. Teachers and students are able to exploreContinue reading “A Learning Tour at University Hill Elementary”
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.
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”
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”