Monday, 25 May 2015

The Falls

I had the privilege of accompanying 23 students and two French teachers on a week-long trip to Quebec this past week.  The trip made me appreciate, once again, how much diversity there is in our country.  We experienced different geography, languages and culture on our journey.  In particular, I found out Quebec city is over 95% French speaking and only 2% English.  It was interesting to note that the two French teachers who accompanied me were constantly asking our guides questions about the French language.  They learned new phrases and modeled "life-long learning".  We are privileged to live on a country that is incredilbly vast and diverse in so many ways.

~ Glen

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

McIntyre Bluff

I hiked up McIntyre Bluff. It was a killer view. We saw a lot of trails. I caught two frogs. One named Tim and the other Bob. I learned how tiring it was.

~ Owen

Monday, 11 May 2015


Friday and Saturday I was away at a conference in Vancouver. Although I learned a great deal about a few key educational initiatives and am completely inspired, how I met six new friends, and how we, together, came to meet one sweet, 93 year old gentleman named Harold will stay with me forever. Initially, I attempted to share the story, here, but have since thrown away the words. The magic of happy accidents is difficult to replicate let alone emote. Instead, watch the video and/or ask me to tell you the story if you're interested. Either way, or regardless, I leave you with this: be neither too quick, nor too focused such that you walk on by the wonder that surrounds; fortunate happenstances, love and beautiful people are everywhere.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Collaborative Learning - A Family Affair

What did I do?

"I built a bowstring bridge. I used wooden stir sticks, wood glue, floss, measuring tape, and wire cutters. I also used binder clips to hold the sticks in place” said Esther.

Leah stated, "I helped to measure, cut the popsicle sticks, glue the bridge together and cheer on my team.”

"I helped cut the measured popsicle sticks, which took a LOT of effort. Gluing them on the bridge was a LOT of Fun!" by Paul and Sarah.

Peter said, "I made an upside down triangle bridge. First, I drew out a full-size sketch of my bridge and then glued sticks to match the drawing.”

"I did an Upside Down Triangle-Truss Bridge. The hardest part was drawing the sketch full size. The fun part was getting all the supplies ready to glue" by Andrew.

"I came up with the design of my bridge from different designs we looked up on the web” by Samuel.

How did I feel as I presented my project?

"I felt a lot of pride, mixed with some nervousness. I was so scared that our bridge wouldn't hold much, but it surprised everyone by holding three buckets full of heavy weights!" exclaimed Esther.

Leah said, "It was a sense of pride, for my team's bridge was the BEST looking. Yet, I did fear that it might not take that much weight for us to win."

Paul and Sarah shouted, "Suspense! And more SUSPENCE!”

"I was very nervous. There were many entries in my category. All of them looked so good. I thought that I wouldn't stand a chance to win and I didn't, but I still got a small prize and played a cool science game there with one of the engineers." Peter reflected.

"I was so nervous. There were many bridges that looked similar. I surprised myself when they called my name and presented me with a cheque. It was an awesome feeling of accomplishment" by Andrew.

"Suspense was the engineers were talking and loading up the bridge. They thought it wouldn't need the double bucket to be attached to it. But it DID! But the only thing that failed me was the few popsicle sticks that came detached from the deck. Oh, well it still did pretty well. I received second place and a nice prize. Next year, I'll try to get my First prize!” Samuel stated.

What did I learn?

"I learned that this project requires a lot of patience! It takes a while for the sticks to dry, you can't just glue, glue, glue. You have to glue and wait....glue again and wait...and glue again and wait some more!" by Esther.

"I had no idea before this project, that by gluing a whole bunch of small pieces of popsicle sticks makes such a strong arch" said Leah.

"Projects take a LONG time to be completed" by Paul and Sarah.

"That the triangles are stronger then squares. It took a LOT OF PATIENCE!” Peter stated.

"I had some worries about my design, but as I tested one of the sides on my bridge, and it turned out quite strong. I was impressed" Andrew said.

"My hypothesis did come true. Exactly as I had predicted. The only thing that failed me was the deck. Some of the sticks popped off at the testing time so they only counted the weight to that point. Otherwise, the frame held twice the weight that the engineers counted before the bridge broke" by Samuel.