Author Archives: BCTELA

Plagiarism & Paraphrasing: “Read, Flip, and Write!”

Guest Post by Ben Pare, Program Consultant: Literacy, Burnaby School District 

Does this sound familiar?

You’re up late reading student essays when suddenly you come across a student who has obviously plagiarized.

Feelings of disappointment may be followed by ones of frustration or anger.

This seems to be a common experience.

As a secondary English teacher and Department Head, the issue of student plagiarism seems to be ubiquitous. Every year the topic seems to come up at one point of the year or another. And, every year, it remains a challenge for schools and teachers on how best to respond. Continue reading

Hope

Submitted by Pamela Smith, BCTELA Executive Member and co-editor of BCTELA’s student journal, Voices Visible.  

I have just returned from Mount Seymour where I snowshoed up to Dog Mountain. It has been a year since I visited that vista in the snow. Today, as I walked back to the car among the hundreds of people who were on the mountain to experience the glorious sunshine that we are so rarely treated within this part of the world during winter, I began to cry. Continue reading

Blogs of great YA authors

Submitted by Celia Brownrigg, Vice President of BCTELA 

Sometimes I forget about all the great authors’ blogs and website out there.  I forget that children’s and YA authors sometimes spend as much (if not more) time than me thinking about the reading lives of my students.  Sometimes they spend less, but their perspective is different, which makes it valuable.  Also, they’re authors; they like writing and they’re good at it.  A number of the authors whose blogs I check regularly are quite prolific (in that they post regularly).  Sometimes, though, the posts stop coming as frequently.  That’s usually because they’re on tour or deep into writing a new book so I can’t fault them too much. Continue reading