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Continue the Conversations

Some of the Saturday institutes at the conference brainstormed some text set lists which are now up on the BCTELA wikiGo to the wiki from here and then bookmark it for easy reference.  Everyone is welcome to add and edit information, create new pages and generally collaborate for better classroom experiences.  Everyone has something to share!

Another Successful Conference

Thank you to all the teachers who made this year’s conference so wonderful! Many people commented on how much they look forward to the atmosphere of camaraderie and encouragement.

Richard Wagamese gave a lovely keynote on Thursday, Friday was full of action and the sharing of ideas and Saturday was relaxed inquiry deep into one of 4 institute topics.

Teachers coming together make the conference happen. To all who participated: thank you for your time and energy!

Pro-D Celebrate Science & Canadian Books for Young People – UBC Sept. 25th

Attention All Teachers, Librarians, and Parents

Join us for an exclusive tour of the new Beaty Biodiversity Museum at the University of British Columbia  which is home of the Blue Whale skeleton and learn about science and science books for kids and teens!  This event supports the work of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, a not-for-profit organization devoted to promoting the reading of Canadian books for youth. (more…)

The Writer’s Life

BCTELA would like to congratulate Susan Telfer, an English teacher in Gibsons, on the publication of her first book of poetry.  It is published by Hagios Press.  Finding the time to write while teaching is an impressive accomplishment and it will surely inspire both students and colleagues. Way to go Susan!

New BCTELA Wiki

We have started a wiki for BC English Language Arts teachers.  It’s kind of a digital incarnation of the novel title collection project we used to do. The difference this time is that a wiki updates immediately and is easily accessible to everyone.  If you’ve never used a wiki, come have a look.  We’d love to have participation from all over the province.

First, we’re collecting Canadian texts that you teach.  Next may be comics and graphic novels….

The Mathieu Da Costa Challenge

Check out this contest for your students:

The Mathieu Da Costa Challenge (MDC) is an annual writing and artwork contest open to youth between the ages of 9 and 18. The Challenge encourages young Canadians to embark on their own personal voyage of discovery by learning about the contributions that Canadians of different backgrounds have made in building our country.”

AGM

The BCTELA AGM will be held at the Delta Hotel and Conference Centre in Burnaby (the site of our conference) on Friday, October 23rd at 3:45 pm. Information as to the specific room will be available from an executive member at the hotel on Friday.

At the AGM, executive members will report out on this years activities and there will be elections/allotments of next year’s portfolios. We welcome any interested members to attend.

Annual Conference & Day on Writing

Our conference is mere days away!  We look forward to seeing everyone on Friday (or Thursday, or Saturday).  Online registration is now closed.   If you have not yet registered, we welcome you to come early on your day of choice and register on-site as a walk-in.  There are spots left in the Thursday and Saturday institutes and in some sessions on Friday.  We’ll see you there!

Happy National Day on Writing!  It’s not too late to share a sample of your everyday writing.  Check out the galleries (including BCTELA’s) and add something of your own.

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