Monday, 22 June 2015

Stay in the Frame

In no way does the above picture encapsulate the end of the 2014-15 school year. Barely, does it even represent our year end get together held in Oliver last week. Further, it's a poorly framed candid. Uninformative, unemotional. Admitting it, I forgot to capture the event, and by the time I did remember to take a photo, it was too late. The action was over and a number of families and students had long gone.

Nonetheless, here this photo sits at the end of my camera roll, staring back at me, and I'm pleased.

Enjoy the relationships and learning that summer has to offer, everyone. Loose yourself in it! Freely forget the DL burden of having to document student learning and/or create a product. Engage. Explore. Stay inside the pictures you are a part of. Be.

Happy learning.

Monday, 15 June 2015

Highlight of 2014-15: Curling

I started curling in October of 2014. I didn't know anything about curling when I started. I learned about the rock,  the broom, and the slider. I learned about how they count the points, too. I was in three bonspiels and got one gold medal in Osoyoos. These bonspeils were a ton of fun. I played with my two best friends. I thank Kathy, Ray, and Karen for teaching me. I finished curling in March. I really love curling, it is a great winter sport.

William, Gr. 6

Monday, 8 June 2015

Pen Pals

Recently, Evey and Will have been writing back and forth to one another most days. Instead of writing, submitting and having journal entries assessed every two or three weeks, Evey and Will's daily, or "Pen Pal" approach, has benefited both of them.

Evey: Having a Pen Pal is fun because you write to people and in a way talk to one another.

Will: I enjoy reading and writing to Evey daily. It makes me feel more connected to her and more able to help. Also, I can't wait to see what she writes each day!

Monday, 1 June 2015


I'm flying. Behind me is one community, ahead of me, another. Actually, they're the same, just distributed.

This past week, Ernie and I had a chance to connect with many of our Yukon students and their families. Overwhelmingly, we are grateful for everyone's hospitality and the experiences we shared. Equally, we are grateful to all of our parents who have worked so hard to help us over come the distance between us and their children, be it small or large. Thank you for phoning and Skyping. Thank you for welcoming us into your homes. Thank you for uploading student work and sharing our feedback. And thank you for encouraging your children to regularly communicate with their teachers.

Community has more to do with commitment than proximity. This is what I've taken away from my trip to the Yukon this year. Landing shortly, Ernie and I will continue to work at keeping our communities connected. Though tired and miles above the Yukon and Okanagan, we are inspired, focused and clear. Together we learn, together we grow.