I was honoured to be mentioned in the BC Legislature yesterday by our MLA Doug Routely. Included in his speech was information quoted from the recently published BC Teacher Magazine article. I appreciate Mr. Routely's support and recognition.
Susan Croll, Editor of the BC Teacher Magazine visited my classroom in January to interview me, my students and take photos. The article appears in the March 2016 edition of the magazine which is distributed to all teachers in BC. Thanks Susan for taking the time to visit our school.
What a great day we had this week when Tema Encarnacion Skyped into the classroom from Annapolis, Maryland. Tema is a 2015 National Geographic/Lindblad Expedition Grosvenor Teacher Fellow. Her expedition was to Iceland and Greenland!! Tema chatted to us about the landscape, flora and fauna. My students were curious about the legacy of the Vikings as well as the current culture of the two countries. I really appreciate that Tema took the time out of her day to chat with my students. It meant a great deal to all of us. Thanks Tema!
I was thrilled to learn this week that I have been selected to participate in a study tour of Germany July 1-16! "The Transatlantic Outreach Program (TOP) - was founded in 2002 to promote education about Germany, to encourage intercultural dialogue, and to provide the opportunity for North American social studies educators to experience Germany in person. TOP promotes awareness of Germany within the context of its education and political systems, vocational training, corporate social responsibility, environmental sustainability, culture, history, geography and more."
TOP is a non-profit, public/private partnership between the Federal Foreign Office of Germany, the Goethe-Institut, Deutsche Bank, the Robert Bosch Stiftung, and the Siemens Corporation. Thank you to these sponsors.
I look forward to sharing my experiences with my school, district and province.
More information can be found at the Geothe-Institut website: http://www.goethe.de/ins/us/lp/prj/top/enindex.htm
One of the 2015 Grosvenor Fellows Skyped into my classroom this week! Bec Detrich is an outdoor educator at Westminster Woods in northern California. My Geography 12 students have been researching geography related careers and Bec chatted to us about her experiences! From working with elephants in Tanzania to visiting Borneo, Australia and being nearly caught in riots in Greece and the Arab Spring in Egypt. It was a fascinating journey for my students. Bec spoke enthusiastically about her work at Westminster Woods and the joy she sees on the faces of students everyday as they experience nature. Thanks Bec, it was great fun.