Monday, 24 September 2012

Sleeping with Belugas

Last week, we went to the Vancouver Aquarium for an overnight camp with 30 other homes schoolers and their families. We slept with the Beluga Whales. Don't worry we didn't drown! We were sleeping outside the tank. After the Aquarium closed the doors for the night, we had a fun time exploring the marine labs and touching sea stars, sea urchins, crabs, anemones and snake skins. Then we were allowed to wander around the Aquarium and check out the other creatures in their habitats. When the lights went out the Belugas started to perform as if they where saying, "Watch meeeeeeeee". It was amazing to sleep listening to their sounds as they swam. We didn't get to sleep until 1 am. Next morning we met the dolphins and watched them perform tricks. Our favourite was a porpoise (his name was Jack) who came up to talk to us, only we did not understand him. Oh well! We had a great trip!
~ Jera and Sienna Nichols, yr. 7

Monday, 17 September 2012

Time Will Tell

Maintaining a DL collaborative weblog for the past year has been challenging. Unlike when I had maintained weblogs in my brick and mortar classrooms, in DL, I do not have a camera which I float between my students, nor the luxury of any incidental time with my students in which I would help them with their writing and/or remind them of the importance of sharing what we learn publicly. Most interactions between students and teachers in DL are deliberate. Last week, I asked for volunteers to come froward to help Ernie and me with this cause, and I created a NEW PROCESS. Hopefully in the next few weeks we will have more volunteer authors. Listening to Erine and I imagine can get old pretty quickly!

~ Will

Monday, 10 September 2012

Patience is a Virtue

First I would like to thank all of you who have made me feel very welcome @ DL classroom. Changing roles and responsibilities is challenging but I am excited. The first week demanded I pay attention to something my mother would often say, "Rome was not built in a day." From missing textbooks, misplaced forms and other forms I did not know existed, the first week proved to be a challenge. More often than not, I was reminding myself to slow down, focus on the small steps and be positive, regardless of the adversity. For me, patience has been and probably always will be a goal. For students, take more time to read and complete your work carefully and thoughtfully. Invest the time to learn and you will be rewarded: not just with good grades but with an excellent personality trait. I cannot always change the variables of learning but together, we will strive to learn patiently from each other.

~ Ernie

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Leave Your Harbours!

This past summer I took sailing lessons and lost my daughter. She’s not dead, but rather just off to university. The two are related in that both my daughter and I are navigating something new. We are learning. Interestingly, two other students in our school also completed White Sail 1 and 2 this summer, and I’m sure there are a number of others who already know how to adjust sails and chart waters much better than their vice-principal! Such is learning; it’s open to anyone of any age on anything. It’s boundless, not to be confused with schooling. Where ever your learning takes you this year, work with not against the winds, and may they always be at your back.

~ Will