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Whistler Conference May 2016

Presented by MyPITA, BCTELA, BCATML

Registration is live!

Whistler Conference

Friday, May 6, 2016 – Whistler Hilton Resort

Check out this line up:

Adrienne Gear

  • Nonfiction Writing Power Effective writing instruction

Victoria Olson

  • Screencasting to explain everything Passion-based learning

Naryn Searcy

  • Assessing the new curriculum Indigenous perspectives

Rome Lavrencic & Stacia Johnson

  • New core French curriculum

Katherine Mulski

  • Web applications

See full brochure here: Whistler Brochure 

Registration Rates

BCTF members $125 until April 10, $145 starting April 11. Non-BCTF members, out-of-province and administrators $145. TTOCs, student/retired teachers, para-professionals, and SEAs $65. Register as a group of three or more and receive 10% off.

Space is limited; register early to avoid disappointment.

Registration includes PSA memberships. Participants may choose to receive memberships in all three of the co-sponsoring PSAs. Coffee to start your day as well as mid-morning refreshments are included. Lunch is on your own to take advantage of Whistler’s many interesting options.

Whistler Hilton Resort Rates

4050 Whistler Way V0N 1B4 hiltonwhistler.com
Rate code: My Pita Conference Booking Code: MYP

$149 per night plus taxes for a double occupancy standard room with two double beds or king/queen junior suite with kitchenette. Other room options are available.

Book by April 5, 2016. Room rates are applicaple from May 2–10, 2016. $20 for each adult over double occupancy. $22 per night for parking. Reservations guaranteed with credit card or advance deposit.

 

BCTELA proud to announce NCTE AWARD!

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English Practice Wins NCTE Affiliate Journal Award

The journal, English Practice, edited by Pamela Richardson of Royal Roads University and Sara Davidson of the University of British Columbia, and published by the British Columbia Teachers of English Language Arts, earned honorable mention for journals published by affiliates of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

The Affiliate Journal Awards will be among awards presented by the NCTE Standing Committee on Affiliates during the Affiliate Breakfast on November 22, 2015. This event is part of the NCTE Annual Convention being held November 18-22, 2015 in Minneapolis, Minnesota avis viagra ligne.

Twelve entries were received this year. Entries for the award were journals published during the year from May 2014 through the program deadline of May 1, 2015.

This program, established in 1995, recognizes affiliate journals that provide their members with scholarly articles on issues and topics related to the teaching of the English language arts. The entries are judged on content, organization, layout, and physical appearance as well as variety of articles published, quality of writing, evidence of research and scholarly exploration, appeal to many different groups within the affiliate, coverage of important issues in English language arts education, inclusion of other types of writing (poetry, affiliate news, book reviews, etc.), a readable and attractive design, appropriate cover art, clean typography for body copy and headlines, presence of basics of magazine publishing (folios, general information on publisher, date, cover, table of contents, etc.), use of graphic elements to aid readability, and quality of paper on which the journal is printed.

The National Council of Teachers of English, with more than 35,000 individual and institutional members worldwide, is dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education.

October Pro-D Almost HERE!

The BC Teachers of English Language Arts Provincial Specialist Association conference planning committee has been working hard getting ready. We are excited to be getting together in a month.

  1. Registration – thank you to everyone who has registered and become a BCTELA member. Please follow the link below to complete this process:

https://www.gifttool.com/registrar/ShowEventDetails?ID=1478&EID=18213

Updated Conference Brochure – CLICK HERE

  1. Hotel –If you need a room, please contact the hotel as soon as possible to guarantee the conference rate. Here is the hotel information:

http://www.sheratonvancouverairport.com

It’s HERE!!

The BC Teachers of English Language Arts presents its Fall Conference:

Story and the Landscapes of Learning

October 23rd, 2015

Matthew McNair Secondary School

9500 No 4 Road

Richmond, BC

Story and the Landscapes of Learning brings together educators who are committed to teaching practices that respect nd engage diverse learners. This year we feature sessions focusing on inquiry, diverse texts, indigenous perspectives, the new curriculum and stories of place and learning.

Featuring: Richard Wagamese, David J. Smith, Faye Brownlie, Sharon Jeroski, Leyton Schnellert, Carl Leggo, Dale Allender and many more!

Read with us!

If you haven’t yet had a chance to join the BCTELA summer book club, don’t worry: you still can! The coordinated date has been extended to July 6th.
This year we are reading about theories of Place-Based education. As this topic is still emerging as a area of study, we will be reading four articles rather than a single text.
Let us know if you have questions. If you’re ready to read, please download the form and send it to the address you’ll find at the bottom. We will send you the articles. The first two will be discussed on Twitter on July 9th, and the second two on August 11th (see the Important Dates in the sidebar to the left).

Summer is #BCTELAbook Club Season

Summer book clubWe are pleased to announce BCTELA’s third annual professional literature book club. Three years ago we started a pattern of book clubs over the summer as a lead-up to our fall conference. We have traditionally chosen professional literature authored by our upcoming keynote as a way to extend and deepen the conversations surrounding the themes of our conference.
This year we are continuing to connect our professional book club to the October conference. But this time, rather than choosing a text by our keynote speaker, we are using the theme of the conference as inspiration. The theme of the 2015 BCTELA provincial conference is “Story and the Landscapes of Learning” and centres on the ideas of place-based learning and the stories which make up our experience of ‘place.’

Instead of selecting one professional book as our book club text, we have chosen to build a text-set of four articles. The articles have been carefully chosen to provide a comprehensive foundation from which to further explore and discuss what it means to teach BC students to read and write stories set in BC.
The discussion format will be similar to what we have done in the past: we will use Twitter as an accessible platform and divide the reading into a few hour-long twitter chats. The chats will be on July 9th from 10-11am, and on August 11th from 11am-12pm. As usual, our tweets will be delineated by the hashtag #bctelabook.

If you are interested in reading along with us, download and fill out the 2015 BCTELA book club application and email it to Celia Brogan (address on the form) by June 25th.

It’s Time to Get to Know Patrick Lane

Posted by Pamela Richardson

Washita by Patrick Lane
Harbour Publishing, Madeira Park, BC. 2014

If you are looking for new poems from a BC writer that are both masterful yet accessible for adolescent readers and writers then Patrick Lane’s more recent collection, Washita, is a wonderful selection. His imagery, often drawn from the natural world of BC and Western Canada is relatable and evocative, and his language is powerful, often direct and not overly obscure (“I woke up on Six Mile Creek, a willow grouse falling from the sky”) helping us to get to the emotional truth of a moment. He generously provides a glossary at the end to give context for more obscure references, which adds an interesting historical and linguistic layer and commentary. In this glossary we learn that a washita is a sharpening stone fashioned out of white quartz rock from the Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas.

The collection itself was fashioned extremely slowly, as Lane explains in the afterwards to the book. Due to a frozen right shoulder he could not raise his right hand to the keyboard. Lane, a right-handed, one-fingered typist, painstakingly crafted each poem using his non-dominant left index finger. Moreover, his left hand (and right side of his brain) did not know, as his right-hand did, where the letters on the keyboard were and so he had to search out each letter, each time, for each word: T—h—e…. Even simple little words took a while. This gave him lots of time to consider what he wanted to say and how. This writing process brings a stillness and meditative quality to the work and a sense of the poems being utterly balanced.

I had the chance to hear Patrick Lane read from this collection at the book’s launch in the Fall of 2014 in Victoria. Lane is a superb reader of his own work. While I don’t have a clip from Washita, I recommend clips such as this one to hear him read his work.

Don’t have much time? Try this.

Posted by Celia Brogan

We’re all so busy. We are passionate educators and want the best learning experiences for our students and there are always so many things we want to plan for them, and learn for ourselves. Finding new local texts to offer our students is something that can take a bit of time if we don’t have reliable sources to which to turn.

Choc Lily logoWell here is a source for you: The Chocolate Lily Book Awards is a reader’s choice award for young BC readers reading BC authors and illustrators. Read your way through the shortlist (or give the titles to your students) for a great snapshot of some of the best current BC books for young and middle years readers.

Even better, register your class (or ask your teacher-librarian to register your school) and vote for your favourites! What a great way to participate in our province’s reading culture.

Journey to Cowichan’s Past

posted by Celia Brogan

Students at times have trouble identifying with historical events, especially when those events occurred to a cultural group other than the one(s) with which they are familiar. One way to assist students to identify and begin to understand the emotional and social costs of past injustices is historical fiction.

There is a specific type of historical fiction that I have always found particularly engaging: that which tells of a protagonist who finds herself pulled back through time and experiences a series of historical events firsthand.  There are a handful of great examples of this motif in YA literature: Fog Magic by Julia Sauer, Handful of Time by Kit Pearson, and The Grave by James Heneghan, to name just a few.
Today’s BC lit post adds Hannah and the Spindle Whorl and Hannah and the Salish Sea by Carol Ann Shaw to that list.

In the first book Hannah lives in present-day Cowichan Bay. On her walk through a patch of forest one day she discovers an old Salish spindle whorl and it transports her back in time where she meets Yisella, a Salish girl her own age.  They become friends and it is through this friendship that Hannah witnesses a small portion of the cultural pillaging that occurred when white Europeans started spreading out along South Coastal BC.

It looks as though a third book about Hannah is coming out this fall. This is a great trilogy to incorporate into a unit learning about the history of the peoples and cultures of South Coastal BC.

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