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As I reflect on bringing back JOY as my one little word for 2017, it was a very good choice, so good actually that it might stick around for 2018. 2017 brought a full year of freedom in many ways for me (aka PhD free) and with freedom apparently comes joy. I am a believer that you can choose joy and seek joy. I have tried to be very mindful of this in both my personal and professional lives. Of course, there are aspects of my work that are not always joyful. But...there are many times when I have been... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2018 at janice's mash-up
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December brought more Great Canadian Baking Show technical challenges - brandy snaps and rugelach. I had a work trip over to Victoria for a couple of days. I love Victoria any time of year but it is especially festive in December - special displays in all the hotels and lovely lights everywhere. When I got back the Christmas preparations really began - getting a tree, last minute shopping, wrapping, meal planning and lots of baking. And the night before our 24th anniversary, I opened the door into the garage and got dripped on. It was pouring rain outside and it... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2018 at janice's mash-up
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November here always teases us with winter a bit - some years we get a bit of snow but it never seems to last very long. We had some lovely warm days too which of course meant we had an intersection of summer, fall and winter all at the same time - life on the west coast! Other parts of BC were decidedly in winter mode though. I flew into Kelowna and drove to Salmon Arm to do a full-day presentation. In the morning, I woke up to heavy snow but at the time, thought it looked so pretty (and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2018 at janice's mash-up
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October started out feeling like summer... Adam has been accepted into the co-op program at Sauder and now as part of his degree requirements, he needs to complete 12 months of co-op work. Lots to learn and think about as he will be beginning to apply and interview for jobs. Colin seems to find all sorts of things to get involved with at UBC and has had a successful first round of midterms - phew. Celebrating Grandpa Kamide's birthday: I went down to Portland with some colleagues to present at the Northwest Math Conference and to promote next year's conference... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2018 at janice's mash-up
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Hello September! We are still basking in the summer weather which always makes it hard to be in classes all day. Both boys are looking forward to their year at UBC. Adam is applying to be in the co-op program for his faculty and Colin is off on a weekend retreat for all the first year students in Kinesiology. Colin is only going to be working on Sundays at Ichiro during the school year and Adam is still going to work a few shifts a week at London Drugs this fall. Adam's also playing recreational hockey at UBC and Colin... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2018 at janice's mash-up
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In August was all about family and travel. Colin, Neil and I flew to Japan on August 2 and Adam flew over from South Korea to join us. We knew this would be a trip of a lifetime - we can see our "family of four" trips being few and far between as the boys get older and have growing responsibilities with school and work. We visited Osaka, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Kyoto and Tokyo, staying in Air BnBs and travelling by train between cities, enjoying the local food and sites. It was the trip of family selfies. So many amazing experiences!... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2018 at janice's mash-up
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On Saturday, February 17 2018, educators from Richmond, Coquitlam, Burnaby, Vancouver and West Vancouver met on Cypress Mountain to go snowshoeing and to consider where math lives in the winter on the mountains. Connecting to place and community is an important principle underlying Reggio-Inspired approaches to teaching and learning. Within... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2018 at Reggio-Inspired Mathematics
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The Wonder of Learning Exhibit is an exhibition created by Reggio Children Italy sharing the experiences of the centres and schools of Reggio Emilia. It tours around the world and is in Seattle until May 2018. More background information about the exhibit can be found HERE. More information about the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2018 at Reggio-Inspired Mathematics
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Where does math live in winter? How does the snow on the mountains inspire mathematical thinking and wonders? Join Lauren and Janice up at Cypress on Saturday, February 17 2018 at 10am for a mathematical snowshoeing adventure. We will snowshoe the Hollyburn Meadows trail together up to Hollyburn Lodge. Bring... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2018 at Reggio-Inspired Mathematics
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On November 18, educators (and children) from all over the lower mainland gathered at Lynn Canyon Park to think about and experience mathematics together. We hiked along Lynn Creek, crossed the suspension bridge and visited Twin Falls and noticed and experienced mathematics along the way. All sorts of wonders about... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2018 at Reggio-Inspired Mathematics
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Continuing the informal in situ institutes we have had in the spring and summer, we will be hosting a morning at Lynn Canyon Park on Saturday, November 18th from 10am - noon. Lauren MacLean and I will be facilitating a morning of math experiences along the creek and canyon amidst... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2017 at Reggio-Inspired Mathematics
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Representatives from nine Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley districts came together at Meadowbrook Elementary on November 1, 2017 for our first BCAMT Reggio-Inspired Mathematics collaborative inquiry meeting of this school year. Each district team brought materials and information to display, to share what they have been doing to enact the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2017 at Reggio-Inspired Mathematics
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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