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This year's July 1st celebrations in Steveston were particularly special, celebrating 150 years of Canada's confederation. Traditions. This is the first July in ten years that I've been able to wake up each day and feel the freedom of choice. To read what I want, do what I want - without the over-riding feeling of guilt that I should be focusing on my doctoral studies. I have read more novels and professional books of my choosing this summer than I have in the last few years combined. I have baked and cooked and walked and enjoyed my garden and the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2017 at janice's mash-up
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I had a less-travelled filled work month - with math institutes at the beach... and a conference in Seattle, where I was able to see my beloved Space Needle from the University of Washington campus and walk by the "Harry Potter building" multiple times a day. Lots of walks out and about - love where we live. I love visiting the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire every year - always lots of inspiration for my own making and connections for my work. This year I did a workshop and made a mason bee hotel for our backyard garden. Fathers Day get... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2017 at janice's mash-up
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It was another month of travelling for work - I got to see many parts of BC - Saltspring, Cranbrook, Sooke and Kamloops! We visited the tall ships festival at Garry Point to see the Kaiwa Maru. It was fun to see so many Japanese sailors walking about Steveston. Things for Colin's grade 12 graduation started to ramp up in May - a grad boat cruise, fundraisers for the Dry Grad and the crazy spy game - we had water guns stationed at all doors of our house, in his car, etc. To honour my mom this month, I filled... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2017 at janice's mash-up
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On April 1st I had the honour of helping to pull the ropes to raise the Reconciliation Pole at UBC. I met Margaret and Alex Choinski and we held our spots along a rope together. So much significance in the pole and the experience. There was lots of travel for work again for me - I spent a week in San Antonio attending my first NCSM conference and then helping to host the NCTM Annual Conference as part of the program committee. I visited Victoria for a few days to do some work with the Ministry of Education. I love... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2017 at janice's mash-up
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On June 10, educators from across the Lower Mainland and Campbell River met at Jericho Beach in Vancouver to think about mathematical experiences inspired by the beach environment. We were honoured to be joined by Dr. Bridgette Clarkston who is a seaweed expert. We learned about the three main types... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at Reggio-Inspired Mathematics
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March was a month of birthday celebrations, spring break and the celebration of spring. We visited a new favourite izakaya restaurant twice - once at the beginning of the month to celebrate my niece's and my birthday with the Bustos family and my dad and then again at the end of the month with Glenn and our family to celebrate my birthday again. Suika on West Broadway - great food and fun atmosphere! It seems birthday celebrations last all month...tea with friends! And Sarah celebrated her 50th and Chris pulled off the birthday surprise of a lifetime! I celebrated my... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2017 at janice's mash-up
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Building on the feedback from our pop-up spring institute in the forest in April, we will be hosting a morning at Jericho Beach on Saturday, June 10th from 10am - noon. Lauren MacLean, Louesa Bryne and I will be facilitating a morning of math experiences at the beach. You are... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2017 at Reggio-Inspired Mathematics
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District teams came together on May 17 at Grauer Elementary in Richmond to share the work we have been doing this year. Always inspiring, district shared projects they had focused on. During our professional learning time together, we discussed coding experiences and their connection to spatial reasoning, an ongoing focus... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2017 at Reggio-Inspired Mathematics
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On April 22 at Pacific Spirit Park, about 30 educators from across BC joined Lauren McLean and I for a walk through the forest, noticing the forest through a math lens. There were educators from Vancouver, West Vancouver, Coquitlam, Burnaby, Richmond, Delta, Surrey, Langley, Chilliwack and Campbell River! We engaged... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2017 at Reggio-Inspired Mathematics
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Pacific Spirit Park Saturday, April 22, 2017 10am - 12 noon This spring we will not be doing a "formal" spring institute with powerpoint presentations and resource displays and such. Instead, Lauren MacLean and I will be facilitating a "walkshop" through an area of Pacific Spirit Park in Vancouver, considering... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2017 at Reggio-Inspired Mathematics
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On January 25, at Selkirk Elementary in Vancouver, educators from nine districts came together to share, discuss and plan. District teams set up displays of math experiences, educators had time to connect with other and continuing our focus on spatial reasoning, there was a range of different materials to inspire... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2017 at Reggio-Inspired Mathematics
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The story of the beginning of February was snow and more snow. It felt like it would never stop, layer upon layer of snow. So unheard of here! Colin's Grade 12 Winter Formal... Family day and Valentine's Day...quiet around here. Adam had one-week off for a "reading break" and he balanced his reading/studying with some skiing and a trip to Seattle with friends. Kitchen shenanigans... Colin's knife skills on display Walks post-snowmageddon... As I scrolled through my iPhoto images for February...there were a LOT of work photos, conferences etc. Now, I am fortunate that some days my work can be... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2017 at janice's mash-up
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January always starts off with a celebration for us as we celebrate Adam's birthday on January 1st - 20 years old this year! Not a teenager anymore... Adam started a new term of classes and went to Big White with friends for a UBC ski trip - lots of fun and skiing! January was full of long cold wintery walks under clear blue skies. Colin had a big month as well - grad photos, first semester final exams and he bought his first car. He is loving the freedom and independence having his own car brings. I had a lovely... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2017 at janice's mash-up
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So for 2017, I am bringing back my one little word of 2013 - JOY. 2013 started off pretty great and joyful and that carried through the summer and then things started to unravel. My dissertation stalled, we had a flood in our house, I developed a severe frozen shoulder and then the most heartbreaking part of the year was the tragic death of my mother in December. Joy was a feeling that had left me by the end of 2013. It is time for me to again choose joy, a mantra that I embrace. There is so little in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2017 at janice's mash-up
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The beginning of December is hard for me and I am never quite sure how I am going to be emotionally. December 5th marked three years since my mom's passing and the 12th is the anniversary of her service. I woke up to a heavy snowfall on December 5th and the quietness and hush that the snow brings gave me a moment of pause to think of my mom. I visited my dad on the way back from a conference that day and he is still dealing with his shock and grief at losing his wife. There is never "closure"... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2016 at janice's mash-up
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Light has been a good word for me this year. I have played with the idea of light in many ways. I have played with natural light and reflection in my photography. I have thought about light in my reading and writing and engaged in playing with ideas around light in my work as well - both scientifically and more esoterically. I have continued my love of fire and candles and have paid attention to what they provide for me. Even in some times of darkness this year, I have been able to both literally and metaphorically let the light... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2016 at janice's mash-up
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The boys and their cousins have a special relationship built on summers spent together, special occasions celebrated and a bond that only family can have. When they were younger, Adam and Colin asked to see their cousins regularly because their cousins weren't just family, they were also their friends and they has so much fun together. There were sleepovers, birthday parties, swimming, biking, baking, smores, movies, camping and regular trips to the Okanagan and Whistler. Adam & Ainsley and Duncan & Colin wrote books and they all created movies together. A special trip on a Disney Cruise was organized by... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2016 at janice's mash-up
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So I would just like to skip through the beginning of November...there was this election to the south that didn't turn out as we had hoped. Still trying to pretend it didn't really happen. On to happier things... We celebrated Colin's 17th birthday on the 17th! And there seem to be monthly sets of spirit days at Colin's high school...these get ups are from black out day and garbage bag day in November. and there is something about November skies... November ended with Colin getting in his application to UBC in before December 1st, which was his goal. So much... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2016 at janice's mash-up
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October was full - school was in full swing for the boys and the stress of midterms was felt around here. Sports and their shifts at work make their schedules full and not very negotiable so time together as a family of four is rare and much appreciated. thank you Brenda! I had a busy conference schedule and lots of events at work that kept my mind occupied which was good. I also spent much of October still coming to terms with the loss of my PhD and had tremendous support from my family, colleagues and friends. I lost a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2016 at janice's mash-up
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On November 9, the primary teachers at Sullivan Elementary in Surrey hosted the BCAMT Reggio-Inspired Mathematics Project cross-district meeting. We had district teams from nine districts represented. Districts set up displays to share the work they have been doing around this project in their districts. Each district takes up the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2016 at Reggio-Inspired Mathematics
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On Saturday, October 1st, we hosted over 120 educators at Blair Elementary for our first Fall Institute. Building on the interest on place-based practices in mathematics during our Spring Institute at Lions Bay Community School, we chose to host our fall event at Blair, a more typical "suburban" school setting.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2016 at Reggio-Inspired Mathematics
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Let's start with the beginning of the story... In the fall of 2005, my PhD story began. I had been invited to begin my doctoral studies at UBC and spent the first year of my program teaching kindergarten in the morning and heading out to UBC in the afternoons. The first two years of the program was full of classes and seminars with a wonderful cohort of other PhD students. During these two years there was also fellowship and grant writing, presenting at academic research conferences and preparing for my comprehensive exams and completing my research proposal. I was fortunate... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2016 at janice's mash-up
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We celebrated the beginning of September and the end of summer holidays with a family-focused long weekend at home - family selfie in the backyard. I have always wanted to try a potter's wheel - 4Cats in Steveston was offering an evening intro session and I gave it a go. My bowl is a little wonky - it's much harder than it looks! The traditional back to school photos...Adam's first day of Sauder for his second year at UBC and Colin's first day of his last year in the K-12 public school system. Grade 12 is a big year -... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2016 at janice's mash-up
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So the beginning of August always triggers the feelings of half-way - half-way through summer holidays, half-way through the time I have to do my always long summer to do list. The countdown to September always begins even if I try to push those thoughts aside. Summer changes as your children get older - they have their own commitments and schedules - both social and work-related. Time together as a family of four is so appreciated, whether it be a dinner together or time chatting, getting caught up as we all mingle in the kitchen together. There was a lot... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2016 at janice's mash-up
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The Vancouver School Board hosted a summer institute for teachers at the end of August and the morning session was focused on place-based and inquiry-based approaches to the teaching and learning of mathematics. Although most of the attendees were from Vancouver, there were teachers from all over the Lower Mainland... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2016 at Reggio-Inspired Mathematics