I can’t say that I expected the BC Teacher’s strike to be over by September. Yet I also can’t reconcile myself with the fact that negotiations hadn’t reached a point where mediation was possible by the end of the summer. Based on what I have read and heard, my instinct tells me that one side dug in their heels and became immovable.
It started with a short film on Vimeo about children exploring the outdoors in Norway. Since then I’ve been catching bits and bytes about the forest kindergarten/outdoor education programmes around the world on blogs, newspaper articles, Facebook and even Twitter.
This week as British Columbians took part in Pink Day, I noticed a stream of Pink Day photos in my social media accounts. People sported pink shirts, black shirts with pink writing or talked about their experiences on that day. There was even a Pink Day related flash performance involving 30 schools, 3,000 participants and the Vancouver Giants hockey team. Despite all of these efforts, there was discontent about how the day went down.
Pamela Chan, BCFamily.ca/Editorial Lean 30 : 30 days of keeping it lean and old school online. More As my children grew into being toddlers and then young and older preschoolers, I started to look, observe and ask questions in my local community of teachers and parents. I found it to be very helpful to visit [...]
Pamela Chan, BCFamily.ca While observing elders in my family who immigrated from Eastern Europe in the early 20th century, I have witnessed their deep rooted love for the land. I was not surprised when I read that Russian film makers like the late Andrei Tarkovsky have been known to take a high perspective when filming [...]
Recently a local public school in Coquitlam held a dance performance event that involved students and teachers performing dance routines. The teachers spent two days learning how to perform a Gangnam style dance for the students. It was a high energy performance that was well received. The event also included a performance by Now or [...]
Recently a woman who was a student in the 1970s told me about her memories of female teachers who wore their hair long, sported long flowing skirts and ran across the playground bra-less. Aah the ’70s. The young teachers in the 1970s were university students during the turbulent late ’60s and have either retired in [...]
Pamela Chan, BCFamily.ca There is no such thing as bad weather – just bad choices in outerwear. Since our family moved to Coquitlam two years ago, we’ve been experimenting with walks in neighbouring parks, rivers and lakes that are all new to us. Coquitlam and the surrounding cities of Port Moody, Port Coquitlam and Maple [...]
If you follow information about outdoor education and the international movement to help children experience the outdoors, you will enjoy hearing a recent talk shared by the Pecha Kucha office in Tokyo. The subject matter fits perfectly with the ideals that have been expressed by promoters of the outdoor education movement. Englishman David Pollard spoke [...]