If you haven’t yet had a chance to join the BCTELA summer book club, don’t worry: you still can! The coordinated date has been extended to July 6th.
This year we are reading about theories of Place-Based education. As this topic is still emerging as a area of study, we will be reading four articles rather than a single text.
Let us know if you have questions. If you’re ready to read, please download the form and send it to the address you’ll find at the bottom. We will send you the articles. The first two will be discussed on Twitter on July 9th, and the second two on August 11th (see the Important Dates in the sidebar to the left).
We are pleased to announce BCTELA’s third annual professional literature book club. Three years ago we started a pattern of book clubs over the summer as a lead-up to our fall conference. We have traditionally chosen professional literature authored by our upcoming keynote as a way to extend and deepen the conversations surrounding the themes of our conference.
This year we are continuing to connect our professional book club to the October conference. But this time, rather than choosing a text by our keynote speaker, we are using the theme of the conference as inspiration. The theme of the 2015 BCTELA provincial conference is “Story and the Landscapes of Learning” and centres on the ideas of place-based learning and the stories which make up our experience of ‘place.’
Instead of selecting one professional book as our book club text, we have chosen to build a text-set of four articles. The articles have been carefully chosen to provide a comprehensive foundation from which to further explore and discuss what it means to teach BC students to read and write stories set in BC.
The discussion format will be similar to what we have done in the past: we will use Twitter as an accessible platform and divide the reading into a few hour-long twitter chats. The chats will be on July 9th from 10-11am, and on August 11th from 11am-12pm. As usual, our tweets will be delineated by the hashtag #bctelabook.
If you are interested in reading along with us, download and fill out the 2015 BCTELA book club application and email it to Celia Brogan (address on the form) by June 25th.
This Sunday brings our first book club twitter chat about a work of fiction. Chatting about Medicine Walk will be a different experience from our previous chats about professional texts. As you finish the novel and prepare your thoughts for sharing, consider these prompts and provocations:
- How might stories have the power to heal, in both their telling and hearing?
- What is the relationship between land and place, and memory?
- Do the stories about our past need to come from our blood-relations?
- For whom is the “medicine walk,” really? Are there more multiple walks being taken?
- What other texts would you group with Medicine Walk?
- …and other thoughts or questions you have are most welcome
We are looking forward to meeting you online, or in person for those who will get together in preparation for the twitter chat.
In-person gathering: 9:30-11am, March 8th, Pleasant Beans coffee house, 39 Kingsway, Vancouver (attached to the Mount Pleasant Community Centre). Or there might be one in your community: ask around!
Twitter chat: 11am-12noon, March 8th, online, hashtag #bctelabook.
Medicine Walk’s richness in themes and ideas may need more room for discussion than twitter can offer. In honour of Wagamese’s work, as well as our varied learning styles, BCTELA executive members Celia Brogan and Pamela Richardson will host a get-together for a BCTELA book club discussion prior to the twitter chat on March 8th.
All are welcome to come!
The get-together will be at a coffee shop called Pleasant Beans, at the corner of Kingsway and E 8th ave, in the Mount Pleasant community Centre in Vancouver from 9:30 to 11am. Folks are welcome to stay together for the twitter chat from 11am-noon.
Are you thinking of hosting your own get-together at a coffee shop or library in your town? Please let us know!
Have you picked up your copy of Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese? This installment of the BCTELA book club series (#bctelabook) is the first work of fiction we’ve read. It’s also the first time we’ve cast the invitation to participate beyond our membership.
We are excited to see who all joins us for the main discussion on Twitter.
Sunday, March 8th has been selected for the Twitter chat for our book club chat. As usual, we will be using the hashtag #bctelabook. We will all meet online at 11am and chat until 12noon.
If this is your first Twitter chat experience and would like some information beforehand, there are a number of tutorials on youtube, or you can contact us for some support.
Medicine Walk is rich with imagery and topics that will generate thoughtful discussion. Sometimes a Twitter chat is not a forum that encourages deep and thoughtful consideration, at least not in real-time. In order to honour Wagamese’s work, as well as those of us who are verbal and/or aural processors, members of the BCTELA executive will be hosting an in-person book discussion from 9:30-11:00 on March 8th, directly preceding the Twitter chat. If you’d like to join us for a face-to-face chat about Medicine Walk we will meet at a coffee shop near the intersection at Main & Broadway in Vancouver. (Specific location tba)
We hope that some of you around the province might consider hosting a similar gathering, either before or after the Twitter chat on Sunday March 8th. If you want to meet other book clubbers at a spot in your community, let us know and we will help get the word out. (Use the contact us page or tweet us @BCTELA)