BCTELA would like to congratulate Susan Telfer, an English teacher in Gibsons, on the publication of her first book of poetry. It is published by Hagios Press. Finding the time to write while teaching is an impressive accomplishment and it will surely inspire both students and colleagues. Way to go Susan!
We have started a wiki for BC English Language Arts teachers. It’s kind of a digital incarnation of the novel title collection project we used to do. The difference this time is that a wiki updates immediately and is easily accessible to everyone. If you’ve never used a wiki, come have a look. We’d love to have participation from all over the province.
First, we’re collecting Canadian texts that you teach. Next may be comics and graphic novels….
Check out this contest for your students:
“The Mathieu Da Costa Challenge (MDC) is an annual writing and artwork contest open to youth between the ages of 9 and 18. The Challenge encourages young Canadians to embark on their own personal voyage of discovery by learning about the contributions that Canadians of different backgrounds have made in building our country.”
The BCTELA AGM will be held at the Delta Hotel and Conference Centre in Burnaby (the site of our conference) on Friday, October 23rd at 3:45 pm. Information as to the specific room will be available from an executive member at the hotel on Friday.
At the AGM, executive members will report out on this years activities and there will be elections/allotments of next year’s portfolios. We welcome any interested members to attend.
Our conference is mere days away! We look forward to seeing everyone on Friday (or Thursday, or Saturday). Online registration is now closed. If you have not yet registered, we welcome you to come early on your day of choice and register on-site as a walk-in. There are spots left in the Thursday and Saturday institutes and in some sessions on Friday. We’ll see you there!
Happy National Day on Writing! It’s not too late to share a sample of your everyday writing. Check out the galleries (including BCTELA’s) and add something of your own.
Here are two examples of the passion and drive that our students can embody:
The first is a poetic inspiration for the future.
Members of the BCTELA executive and representatives from ERAC have met several times in the past few years to explore ways of working together to best serve the needs of BC teachers and students. The results of those meetings are summarized here. (more…)
As an affiliate on NCTE, BCTELA is participating in the National Day on Writing coming up on October 20th. We invite any and all teachers and students in BC to contribute an example of their writing to the BCTELA Gallery. The purpose of this event is to celebrate the variety of writing we do every day. Submit something today!
Over the past twelve months the BCTELA executive has reflected on BCTELA and its role. We identified our current “tent poles”: our journal (English Practice), our annual conference and our student writing journal (Voices Visible). We also realized that we needed to re-think our website to better reflect 21st century Literacies.
Download the 2009 President’s Bulletin in PDF format to review with us the product of our reflective energies and to acquaint yourself with what we have in store for the coming year.
The First Digital Issue! (more…)