Category Archives: Teaching

Malala Yousafzai raises the bar- as a 19 yr old

This young woman, who has experienced so many ills of our planet was honoured today as the sixth Honourary Citizen of Canada. Bravo to Canada and the Trudeau Government for enacting what Stephen harper and Rona Ambrose wished to do … Continue reading

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Be a teacher, please be a teacher.. 

Grad speech by Tim Minchin, U of Western Australia.  A poignant and very funny transcript.  http://www.web.uwa.edu.au/university/_nocache?a=2386333 Watch: https://youtu.be/yoEezZD71sc   Six: Be a teacher! Please! Please! Please be a teacher. Teachers are the most admirable and important people in the world. … Continue reading

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Congrats Dayna/ Teacher/Librarian Year 2016

Congrats to my friend and colleague Dayna Hart of CNB middle school , SD23. for her BCTLA TeacherLibrarian Year Award! I’m so humbled to have worked with other Kelowna winners: Joan Eaton, Kay Treadgold, Sharon Bede and Misty Smith! 5 recipients … Continue reading

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BCTLA Awards nominations- celebrate excellence

President Heather Daly reminds BC teacher-librarians to nominate your hard working, professional colleagues who build school library programs that shine worldwide. It’s my honour to be a part of the community. – Al Smith( ret )  https://bctf.ca/bctla/info/awards.html [BCTLA Forum] BCTLA … Continue reading

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UBC Digital Literacy Summer Institute-aaron mueller FYI 

Via @aaronmueller @bctla  UBC Digital Literacy Summer Institute Aaron Mueller to BCTLA 23 FebDetails 2016 Digital Literacy Summer Institute Critical Digital Literacy: Issues, Challenges, Directions http://pdce.educ.ubc.ca/2016-critical-digital-literacy-summer-institute/ RATIONALE As technology continues to transform educational systems and teaching strategies, the acquisition of … Continue reading

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So fun- high school legacy 

It’s so much fun to witness positive high school heritage when you an old guy like me. Following @kssowls and Western Canada Basketball Facebook has underlined the school spirit that many think is far gone.     People like Kim Whelpton … Continue reading

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Corporate Ed not smart learning

Hi tech digital learning panacea is a ruse.  It is apparent to me that the old aspiration of public efucation is under attack. Policies that have attacked the teachers ( anti/Union assault) have been huge failure. Big business saw a … Continue reading

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