Monday, 26 May 2014

Open Water Learning Adventure

John Dewey, the American educational and social reformist is famous for the quote: “Give pupils something to do, not something to learn.” This past week, I’ve continued to hear life changing stories about some of our senior DL students who experienced the SALT program earlier this month. Much was learned from the “do” of living together on the open seas for five days with the common goal of navigating a big ship. Much was reflected upon in regard to self and community as students were reliant only on one another while removed from all technology and the outside world. Dewey is so very right. Thanks to Mrs. Harrington and Mr. Wilson of SOSS for giving of themselves to create such a lasting learning experience for everyone involved!

                                                    ~ Will

Monday, 19 May 2014

Creative Coin Collecting

I started coin collecting when I was 8 in Alberta. I was beginning to lose interest until one of my friends showed me a whole bunch of rare coins he got from trading with a vending machine. Basically, if you put coins in a machine and select coin return, then you will be given back change, but not your change, sometimes new coins. Just yesterday I got 2 Olympic coins, a Veteran's Day coin, and a First Nation coin, all  in 10 minutes time. I was surprised. Go ahead and try coin collecting it's fun!

                                                   ~ Matyas

Monday, 12 May 2014

Ms. Marianne in Victoria

En garde!  Did you know that traditionally the governing party sat 2.5 sword lengths across from the Opposition when discussing business?  Yes, it is true!  Debates could get quite heated in Old England and this put some distance between the parties whose arguments often led to sword fights.  Fascinating how British traditions and history are entwined in our current political system! Today to accommodate the third row of seats in the Legislative Assembly, this 2.5 sword length is not maintained in its entirety.  I wonder how they might solve this problem?  See page 14 for an answer I spent several days last week studying what goes on at the Parliament Buildings in Victoria, listening to speakers and hearing wonderful stories revealing colourful characters and interesting facts.  Here is one fact, the brass bar across the entrance to the Legislative Chamber cannot be crossed unless you are a member of the Legislative Assembly. I felt quite privileged being allowed into the Chamber and sitting in a MLA’s seat. The BC Teachers’ Institute on Parliamentary Democracy offers teachers an opportunity to grow professionally and share this knowledge with their students and school.  The absolute pinnacle was having dinner at Government House where the Lieutenant Governor (LG), Judith Guichon, resides during her 5 year term.  As the Crown’s representative she is often travelling the province attending ceremonies and promoting our province.  Did you know that she comes from a ranching family in the Nicola Valley?  Unfortunately Her Honour (LG) was away on business but Madame Speaker, Linda Reid, warmly welcomed us.  This enriching memorable experience leaves me wanting a deeper understanding of the fascinating world of Parliamentary democracy.  If you are interested in learning resources to complement your government unit see

                                                          ~ Ms Marianne

Monday, 5 May 2014

A Night of Talent

When I walked into my classroom I found myself in a room filled with warm, open people and a stage with sound equipment and drums of most sort. From stop motion mini-movies, singing bells, original musical collaborations, photography and learning the audience’s rhythm by percussion instruments on ones own beat, YouLearn's art was clearly marked on how talented our unity really is. I was a little bit nervous to perform as this was a new crowd and setting for me but I was rejoiced to end with positive results.
Whether your art medium is paper airplanes, dancing, rapping or acrylic paints I learned that there is always someone who will love your work and will applaud you through everything, as we are all sharing constantly in life from the carbon dioxide we exhale to the vegetation, to an oil painting in an art gallery. There are no failures there are only more opportunities to get better.

                                    ~ Sasha (Gr. 7)