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2013/2014 Voices Visible Contest Winners – Prose

Congratulations to all the wonderful young writers that submitted their work to our contest. Here is the list of winners in the prose category for this year. Thanks as well to the teachers that support our Voices Visible contest, including the volunteer educators that participate in all aspects of the production of the book!

  • Thomas McGowan, Grade 8. Breaking The Wall. Teacher: Polly Dobie, Point Grey Academy, Vancouver.
  • Brittany Machado, Grade 8. Storms Don’t Last Forever. Teacher: Pamela Smith, Byrne Creek Secondary, Burnaby.
  • Jenny Jeong, Grade 8. Chin Up, Smile. Teacher: Polly Dobie, Point Grey Academy, Vancouver.
  • Jorry Luz, Grade 8. Look. Teacher: Pamela Smith, Byrne Creek Secondary, Burnaby.
  • Jenny Tea Choi, Grade 8. A Bliss In Progress. Teacher: Pamela Smith Byrne Creek Secondary, Burnaby.
  • Bryanne Lane, Grade 9. The Lurkers. Teacher: Cindy Thompson, Maple Ridge Secondary, Maple Ridge.
  • Hannah MacQuarrie, Grade 9. Eulogy To Larry. Teacher: Cindy Thompson, Maple Ridge Secondary, Maple Ridge.
  • Leanna Volkmann, Grade 9. Just A Note. Teacher: Cindy Thompson, Maple Ridge Secondary, Maple Ridge.
  • Georgia Masaki, Grade 9. Slaughter. Teacher: Cindy Thompson, Maple Ridge Secondary, Maple Ridge.
  • Katie Watson, Grade 9. Happily Not So Ever After. Teacher: Cindy Thompson, Maple Ridge Secondary, Maple Ridge.
  • Rebecca Trembath, Grade 9. Flash. Teacher: Cindy Thompson, Maple Ridge Secondary, Maple Ridge.
  • Sophia Dobischok, Grade 9. The Second Layer. Teacher: Cindy Thompson, Maple Ridge Secondary, Maple Ridge.
  • Helena Ribeiro Lopes Pinto de Almeida, Grade 10. Lightning, Thunder and Memories. Teacher: Polly Dobie, Point Grey Academy, Vancouver.
  • Ali Casey, Grade 10. Peppermint. Teacher: Susan Stenson, Claremont Secondary, Victoria.
  • Emerson van der Linden, Grade 10. Secret Tears. Teacher: Susan Stenson, Claremont Secondary, Victoria.
  • Brett Bennett, Grade 10. The Trumpet Player. Teacher: Susan Stenson, Claremont Secondary, Victoria.
  • Katrina Baker, Grade 11. Yellow Wheelchair. Teacher: Jen Wieler, Sardis Secondary School, Chilliwack.
  • Kimberly Goryk, Grade 11. Annabelle. Teacher: Jen Wieler, Sardis Secondary School, Chilliwack.
  • Acacia Welsford, Grade 11. Sickness In A City In Spring. Teacher: Kimberly Tait, St. Michaels University School, Victoria.
  • Queenie Zhang, Grade 11. Jugular. Teacher: Terence Young, St. Michaels University School, Victoria.
  • Sophie Buttefield, Grade 11. Stone. Teacher: Terence Young, St. Michaels University School, Victoria.
  • Michelle Song, Grade 11. Quitting. Teacher: Terence Young, St. Michaels University School, Victoria.
  • Sydney Playfair, Grade 11. Lost Thing. Teacher: Kelley Inden, Fort St. James Secondary School, Fort St. James.
  • Claudia Kobehtch, Grade 12. Unjustified Forgiveness. Teacher: Regina Melczer, Pinetree Secondary School, Coquitlam.
  • Laura Woods, Grade 12. Virgil. Teacher: Terence Young, St. Michaels University School, Victoria.
  • Mia Brooker, Grade 12. The Water Balloon Slingshot. Teacher: Susan Stenson, Claremont Secondary, Victoria
  • Lauren Marchant, Grade 12. Lavender. Teacher: Susan Stenson, Claremont Secondary, Victoria.
  • Breanna Northway, Grade 12. The Creek. Teacher: Kyla Hadden, Eagle River Secondary, Sicamous.
  • Justin Lin, Grade 12. Being Sincere Is Important. Teacher: Pamela Smith, Byrne Creek Secondary, Burnaby.
  • Anya Paloposki, Grade 12. Rain. Teacher: Melinda MacKinnon, Lake City Secondary, Williams Lake.
  • Kai Newman, Grade 12. Jumpers. Teacher: Kimberly Tait, St. Michaels University School, Victoria.

 

The Conference Program is Here!

It’s finally here! The conference program is now available! GET IT HERE.

Have a look, select your sessions, and REGISTER NOW.

Please help us get the word out: tweet this post far and wide; print the brochure and leave a few copies in your staffroom; and talk to your colleagues and ask if they’re coming.

You may have noticed that we have reduced this year’s fees.  We wanted to honour the sacrifices BC teachers made this past June and September.

We are so excited about our speakers and sessions this year.  The title of the conference is Cultivating Passionate Learners and what better way to do so than to come together as colleagues and share ideas and the things that make us passionate learners?  Our featured speakers this year include Dr. Jeffrey Wilhelm, Faye Brownlie, Leyton Schnellert, Sharon Jeroski, Kathleen Gregory, and many more!

Registration closes Oct 20th so don’t delay; we look forward to seeing you in October!

 

*please note: unfortunately, the following sessions have been cancelled: A4, A5, B8.  There are still many more from which to choose!

Conference Registration is now LIVE!

Cultivating Passionate Learners is the title and theme of this year’s BCTELA provincial conference. You can register now by following this link!

In an effort to make our conference as accessible to all teachers as possible, we have reduced this year’s conference fees: regular BCTF members will pay $125.  For special fee pricing, please refer to our official brochure (coming SOON)!

“What are sessions this year?” you may be asking. Our beautiful brochure will be out any moment, but for now here are the session titles:

A1: Re-Framing Curriculum and Instruction as Inquiry with Dr. Jeff Wilhelm (K-12)
A2: Cultivating Passion (K-5)
A3: Literacy Development in a Play-based Classroom (K-12)
A6: It’s a Text-based, Online, Self-publishing World: Let’s teach our students to write like pros (4-9)
A7: “She Only Gave Me a C!” Effective strategies in formative assessment to help students improve (4-12)
A8: Watching Women Die: Gender & violence in the media (5-12)
A9: Collaborative Lesson Study (K-12)
A10: A Collaborative Approach to Understanding by Design (UbD) in Order to Meet Students’ Individual Needs in the English Classroom (5-12)
A11: Happiness is… Passionate, Personal Inquiry(9-12)
A12: Game On! (9-12)
A13: Can You Guide for the Side and Still Accomplish the Learning that is Intended? Engaging and supporting diverse learners using inquiry (4-7)

B1: Inquiry in the Primary Grades: A space for students to be creative (k-5)
B2: Getting the Word Out: English Practice writer’s workshop
B3: Exploring Core Competencies: Communication, thinking, and, personal and social competence in BC schools (K-12)
B4: Middle Mosaic (4-9)
B5: Texts that Talk to Each Other: Conversations between diverse and essential questions (5-12)
B6: Cultivating Compassionate Learners (5-12)
B7: Non-Fiction Literacy: Whose job is it anyway? (9-12)
B9: Self Identity in the Global Village (9-12)
B10: “Help!” : Engaging Strategies that Support Inclusion (4-12)
B11: Reading Strategy Instruction: Moving from assessment to instruction (K-12)
B12: Integrating Diverse Texts into the Clssroom to Increase Engagement and Learning (9-12)

*gaps in the session numbers indicate cancellations

Conference information coming SOON!

The unusual start to the school year has impacted our provincial conference a bit but NEVER FEAR: the conference is still on!

Cultivating Passionate Learners: the 2014 BCTELA provincial conference will be on Friday, October 24th (PSA Day) at Terry Fox Secondary in Port Coquitlam.

Our keynote is none other than Dr. Jeffrey Wilhelm!  If that’s not enough, after the keynote address we have an amazing line-up of workshops from which to choose. It’s going to feel so good to connect with colleagues from across BC and beyond to share our passions for language arts after this hectic and emotional September.

We have shortened this year’s conference to one day (Friday) and have reduced the fees.  I strongly encourage you to talk to your colleagues and come as a group so you can continue to explore the ideas and insights you’re sure to have.

If you’re on Twitter, follow us (@BCTELA) and watch this website for the details about specific sessions and the registration link.  Both will be coming soon, likely within the week.

2014 Book Club – Let’s Chat!

So, What’s the Story?

BCTELA is excited that Jeffrey Wilhelm will be our keynote at the 2014 provincial conference in October.  In honour of his visit we will be reading So, What’s the Story? So, What’s the Story? discusses the power of narrative in understanding ourselves and the world around us.  It includes ideas for understanding and  teaching many different forms of narrative.  We’re looking forward to reading it!

Ways to participate:

Twitter Chats:

  • July 25th, 9 am – Chapters 1-4
  • August 26th, 2 pm – Chapters 5-6
  • September 20th, 9 am – Chapters 7-9
  • Use the hashtag #bctelabook

Join us at the conference, October 24-26 in Coquitlam, BC.

Looking forward to chatting with you all!

 

 

 

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