60 Seconds to Create Change

A Universal Declaration of Human Rights Video Project

by Linda Mei
BCTELA Executive Member

Initially, I had envisioned a relatively small project that should take no more than six or seven classes.  The digital media project on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) ended up taking a month to complete, and reinforced the value of 21st Century learning for me. (more…)

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. (more…)

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. (more…)

It’s conference time.

Advanced registration for Friday’s conference has now closed.  Do you still want to come?

Not to worry! We will be accepting walk-in registrations on Friday morning at Cariboo Hill Secondary. You are also welcome to join us for the wine and cheese welcome with Darren Lund on Thursday evening at the Executive Plaza Hotel in Coquitlam (7-9).

If you are planning on coming and registering on site, please have a look at our conference brochure (below) and have your first, second and possible third choices for each session ready in order to streamline your registration.

We’re looking forward to seeing old friends and making new connections.  See you on Thursday or Friday!

What a great Poetry Month!

Hello wonderful BCTELA members, BCTELA member and Teacher-Librarian, Celia Brownrigg, celebrated Poetry Month with her students by holding a “Poem in my Pocket” contest. She shared her experience with us in haiku form. (more…)

Student Writing

May 1st seems like a long way off but it will be Spring Break before we know it and when we get back, May is right around the corner!

What’s important about May 1st?  It’s the deadline for our student writing contest and journal, Voices Visible.  Start talking to your studnets now.  The entry cover letter will be upladed to the site soon.

Every year we publish some amazing writing from our young authors – this year could be the year for your students!

What a great conference

The annual BCTELA Fall Conference was a great success! Thank you to all who attended and shared your thoughts about the literate lives of teachers and students. We have been blown away by the positive feedback from members and we are already looking forward to next year.

You never know who you’ll meet

BCTELA would like to congratulate Richard Wagamese, who has just been named the recipient of this year’s George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature.  Congratulations Richard!

Richard Wagamese was the keynote speaker at last October’s conference.  He was inspiring, as he challenged us to see each student’s needs clearly and to give them time to grow, and welcoming, as he reassured us that what we do is making a difference even if we don’t always see the difference it makes.

Who will you meet a this year’s conference?


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