The following is a story written as a reflection of my time spent in India teaching Tibetan children in exile. As a member of the International Teacher Education Module I spent 2 months teaching English in a small community called Chauntra, tucked in the foothills of the Himalayas. The students, teachers, and members of the community were very welcoming and their story has inspired me on many levels. It was this life changing and eye-opening experience that has transformed the way I view both learning and teaching. With this story I hope to give my readers a brief glimpse into the life of a Canadian student named Madison that is introduced to the world of a Tibetan student in India. Madison experiences a transformation that can only be seen in her heart and her actions.
This annotated bibliography focuses on twenty-two picture books and four articles that feature environmental awareness and promote a healthy relationship with nature. Continue reading
The 2010 Winter Olympics placed a spotlight on Vancouver, our country, and our Canadian ways. In the closing ceremonies, William Shatner and Catherine O’hara joked about rocking canoes and people who are overly quick to apologize. During opening ceremonies, Shane Koyczan told the world that, “We Are More.” But what does it mean to be Canadian? What are our Canadian symbols? How do we view ourselves and what shapes our cultural beliefs?
In Nlaka’pamux (pronounced ng-khla-kap-mh) country in southcentral British Columbia, you can hear coyotes howling in the canyon at night, and glimpse them disap pearing into the woods. For the Nlaka’pamux people, coyote is a trickster, using his creativity to transform the world, while rebel ling against and disrupting established order.
I think that Jack and his family were very brave crossing the Atlantic Ocean to try to find a better life. If I could talk to him I would thank him for his courage and working hard to make a good life for all of his generations to follow.
-Patrick Continue reading