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Preparing for the #bctelabook club chat

This Sunday brings our first book club twitter chat about a work of fiction. Chatting about Medicine Walk will be a different experience from our previous chats about professional texts. As you finish the novel and prepare your thoughts for sharing, consider these prompts and provocations:

  • How might stories have the power to heal, in both their telling and hearing?
  • What is the relationship between land and place, and memory?
  • Do the stories about our past need to come from our blood-relations?
  • For whom is the “medicine walk,” really? Are there more multiple walks being taken?
  • What other texts would you group with Medicine Walk?
  • …and other thoughts or questions you have are most welcome

We are looking forward to meeting you online, or in person for those who will get together in preparation for the twitter chat.
Happy Reading!

In-person gathering: 9:30-11am, March 8th, Pleasant Beans coffee house, 39 Kingsway, Vancouver (attached to the Mount Pleasant Community Centre). Or there might be one in your community: ask around!
Twitter chat: 11am-12noon, March 8th, online, hashtag #bctelabook.

In-Person Book Club Chats

Medicine Walk’s richness in themes and ideas may need more room for discussion than twitter can offer. In honour of Wagamese’s work, as well as our varied learning styles, BCTELA executive members Celia Brogan and Pamela Richardson will host a get-together for a BCTELA book club discussion prior to the twitter chat on March 8th.
All are welcome to come!

The get-together will be at a coffee shop called Pleasant Beans, at the corner of Kingsway and E 8th ave, in the Mount Pleasant community Centre in Vancouver from 9:30 to 11am.  Folks are welcome to stay together for the twitter chat from 11am-noon.

Are you thinking of hosting your own get-together at a coffee shop or library in your town?  Please let us know!

Persona Spoken Word Poetry Event

BCTELA is happy to share this exciting event with you:

The Surrey English Teachers’ Association presents

Stepping Outside Ourselves: the Persona Spoken Word Poem Performance & Workshop

with Lucia Misch & Johnny MacRae

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2015

NEWTON CULTURAL CENTRE

13530 72nd AVENUE

9:30 AM TO 1:00 PM

“Stepping Outside Ourselves” is a spoken word poetry workshop focused on writing in one of the most popular spoken word forms, persona poems. Facilitators Lucia Misch and Johnny MacRae will guide participants through exercises that emphasize both performance and writing. Beginning with a general overview of spoken word and a performance of their own work in the persona genre, Lucia and Johnny will focus on a variety of areas related to persona poetry and poetry more generally, including principles such as active language and writing for the senses, poetic devices such as personification and metaphorical conceit, or skills such as character performance.

For further information, here is the Persona Poetry Event poster.

 

To reserve a space in this workshop email ellison_d@surreyschools.ca

Send cheque (payable to Surrey English Teachers) for $25 to Dave Ellison @ City Central Learning Centre (courier #574)

Story and the landscapes of learning

How does place shape us? What does it mean for our practice? What kinds of learning experiences do we owe our students so they can see themselves in the world? How can we help them write about their own sense of home and identity?

Powerful stories are located in our personal and social geographies. Our stories are shaped by our geographies, and our individual and shared experiences. Come explore the role of place in informing our stories, our literacies and our practice.

Join us in Richmond, BC, October 23, 2015 for BCTELA Annual Conference “Story and the Landscapes of Learning.” We invite you to submit a conference proposal that explores some of the many dimensions of story as the landscape of learning and knowing–story as literary and informational text, story as cross-disciplinary collaborations, story as multiple literacies and genres, story as memory and identity, story as teacher knowledge and research, story as community and culture, story as marginalization, and story as resistance.

Download and print this proposal form;

BCTELA Conference Proposal 2015

 

Please submit this program proposal to Kathleen Campbell at katcampbell@sd38.bc.ca by February 22, 2015.

 

Medicine Walk book club chat: March 8th

Have you picked up your copy of Medicine Walk#bctelabook club reads Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese. Winter 2015 by Richard Wagamese?  This installment of the BCTELA book club series (#bctelabook) is the first work of fiction we’ve read.  It’s also the first time we’ve cast the invitation to participate beyond our membership.
We are excited to see who all joins us for the main discussion on Twitter.

Sunday, March 8th has been selected for the Twitter chat for our book club chat.  As usual, we will be using the hashtag #bctelabook.  We will all meet online at 11am and chat until 12noon.

If this is your first Twitter chat experience and would like some information beforehand, there are a number of tutorials on youtube, or you can contact us for some support.

Medicine Walk is rich with imagery and topics that will generate thoughtful discussion.  Sometimes a Twitter chat is not a forum that encourages deep and thoughtful consideration, at least not in real-time.  In order to honour Wagamese’s work, as well as those of us who are verbal and/or aural processors, members of the BCTELA executive will be hosting an in-person book discussion from 9:30-11:00 on March 8th, directly preceding the Twitter chat. If you’d like to join us for a face-to-face chat about Medicine Walk we will meet at a coffee shop near the intersection at Main & Broadway in Vancouver. (Specific location tba)

We hope that some of you around the province might consider hosting a similar gathering, either before or after the Twitter chat on Sunday March 8th. If you want to meet other book clubbers at a spot in your community, let us know and we will help get the word out. (Use the contact us page or tweet us @BCTELA)

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