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Inaugural BCTELA Provincial Book Club

To celebrate our upcoming October conference keynote speaker, we will be reading Chris Tovani’s book So What do They Really Know? We invite BCTELA members across the province to join us in reading this text in preparation for the October PSA professional day. Participants will receive a copy of So What do They Really Know? to read over the next few months. Members of the BCTELA executive will host a web-based discussion on Elluminate for all participants in late September and a Twitter chat in October, prior to the conference. (more…)

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…)

Teaching for Joy & Justice: Re-imagining English Language Arts by Pamela Richardson

Welcome to our Summer 2013 edition of English Practice, Teaching for Joy & Justice: Re-imagining English Language Arts. Here you will find articles inspired by BCTELA’s 2012 conference and its theme. Topics range from deepening students’ conversations about books, to the power and possibilities of graphic novels, to the questioning of rubrics as a form of assessment (have you ever wished you had a rubric for your dog? Hmm…). You will also find a book review about digital tools in the English Language Arts classroom, and an article that inquires deeply into the use of technology within learning communities as re-imagined through the Occupy Movement. Then there is the poetry – poetry that draws us joyfully through language into a re-imagining of how we live in the world, how we love the world, and how we hold our deepest beliefs about what society could be.

Teaching for Joy & Justice- Re-imagining English Language Arts by Pamela Richardson pdf

To see the full Spring 2013 issue, click here pdf

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…)

Hope

Submitted by Pamela Smith, BCTELA Executive Member and co-editor of BCTELA’s student journal, Voices Visible.  

I have just returned from Mount Seymour where I snowshoed up to Dog Mountain. It has been a year since I visited that vista in the snow. Today, as I walked back to the car among the hundreds of people who were on the mountain to experience the glorious sunshine that we are so rarely treated within this part of the world during winter, I began to cry. (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…)

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