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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…)

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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…)

5 Years Later, by Megan Jakse

I remember feeling pleased with myself as I posted spreadsheets full of marks, several years ago. The essays had been graded, missing assignments had been assigned zeros, and my students would be able to check their progress in anticipation of the upco ming “marks cut – off day.” I occasionally heard a student exclaim, “Argh! She’s giving me 36%!” as he or she examined the spreadsheet. That sort of comment always frustrated me. I was not “giving” the student 36%. Rather, he or she had not submitted as signments. I began to realize that, for some students, the grade on the spreadsheet was the grade that they identified with; they did not see opportunity to improve, but they saw their own “failure” in the course and, therefore, my failure as a teacher.

5 Years Later: Assessment, by Megan Jakse pdf

Podcasting Saved My Sanity, by Leslie Forsyth-Eno

Insanity Threatened

Four years ago, as a fairly new Grade Seven classroom teacher, I discovered that I was not always the supportive, understanding type of teacher I had envisioned myself to be. Having come from a student services background I was mor e accustomed to working with students one – on – one, or in small groups, not having to meet the myriad demands of twenty – eight plus students. One area that particularly taxed my patience was the daily help students needed after school because they had been aw ay for reasons that were not necessarily related to illness viagra generique.

Podcasting Saved My Sanity, by Leslie Forsyth-Enopdf

Why Grade When They Can Reflect? by Royan Lee

The instructional video project was so fun! I’m very proud of how my video looks. I love how the voice over that I did didn’t have any sounds that I didn’t want. (the room was VERY LOUD). I had to record over and over to get it the way I wanted. I also love the way the music went so it didn’t stand out. I just wanted it to be background music.

pdfWhy Grade When They Can Reflect? by Royan Lee

Unlocking Motivation for Student Reading, by Mike Ross

Let’s face it: we are all guilty of using techniques in our practice that do not feel quite right achat viagra pilule. Oftentimes, we stick with these practices because we know that they are old stand-bys for many teachers. Sometimes, it is because we simply cannot find a better way. We may tinker with the criteria or the manner of presentation, but are never fully satisfied with the results.

pdfUnlocking Motivation for Student Reading, by Mike Ross

Editorial, by Matt Rosati

What Else to Unlearn?

I think a lot about the things in teaching that we take for granted traditions and conventional wisdom that are true because they always have been true. I’ve also been thinking how much some of these “truths” crumble when they are held up to research-based examination. One of the more recent topics that has made me reconsider my beliefs is play, an experience I’d like to share.

Editorial, by Matt Rosatipdf

 

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