Monday, 29 April 2013


Some of my fondest memories of elementary school were playing chess with my friends during lunch and recess in a conspired effort to improve and beat my grade 6 teacher, Mr. Talbot. Days outside in the hot sun practicing various openings remain as clear in my mind as does the feeling of the cold linoleum hallway floor I sat on rehearsing castling defense moves. In total there was about seven of us. Continually, from September to June we strategized and egged Mr. Talbot into games every chance we could. And we laughed, Mr. Talbot at us and we at him, and at ourselves, as good natured rivals so often do . . .
Reflecting on memories that are dear to us is so very important; inside of them there are lessons to be learned. Students: please take some time this week to click on and answer the question above.

Monday, 22 April 2013

Lemons and Lemonade

No one likes doing things they have to do over what they want to do. I was personally reminded of this this past week. Luckily, an old adage quickly came to mind: “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade!” Sometimes, simple platitudes can be a powerful thing, as “it’s not the cards your dealt that matter, but rather how you play them” for “the quickest way to change the world is to change your mind” . . .

Monday, 15 April 2013

Three Birds by Three Sisters

This is me and my sisters, Natalie and Adalia, holding our birds. We made birds at the 4 Cats Art Studio over the spring break. On the first day we blew up balloons and made a mixture of glue and water. Then we put newspaper squares on the balloon and made papier-mâché layers. To top it off we put tissue paper squares on the balloon. Then we painted it. I painted mine blue and purple and added glitter. Last we put on the wings, eyes, beak and feathers and finally popped the balloon. We all loved it and we want to go again!

~ Alina, Grade 4

Monday, 8 April 2013

Bye Bye Birdie

This is me and my classmates in my musical theater class. My play is called Bye Bye Birdie. When I grow up, I want to be on a singing show. For example: American Idol!!! I really want to be a famous singer when I grow up! I have a lot of fun doing theater classes. Sometimes I am nervous when I go on stage.

~ Justine, Gr. 4

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Digital Bootcamp and IDS

During March Break I worked with two high school students who are enrolled in Youlearn’s Independent Directed Studies (IDS) course. As part of IDS, students pick a learning outcome and pursue it. Teachers act as facilitators, helping students achieve their learning goals. In this case, both students explored filmmaking, participating in the Centre for Arts and Technology’s Digital Bootcamp up in Kelowna. As an educator, seeing students pursue their interests and passions while taking control of their learning always excites me. Thanks Jamie and Jenna for helping set the stage such that other students’ learning outside of the classroom can be acknowledged!