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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
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Building on the interest and response from our first Saturday institute in the spring, we will be hosting a fall institute on Saturday, October 1 at Blair Elementary in Richmond, BC. Blair Elementary is more of a "typical" school than Lions Bay Community School which we loved being at in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2016 at Reggio-Inspired Mathematics
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As always we bring in July with Canada Day celebrations in Steveston - the boys headed off to spend the day with their friends and Neil and I went to the Salmon Festival for lunch and then down to the Tall Ships Festival. We had a short weekend visit with my sisters and the boys' cousins (just missing Emma this year) up in Kelowna. Dock dives, playing cards, boating, paddle boarding, swimming, hot tubbing and just hanging out with each other. Along with working at London Drugs this summer, Adam worked up the Pemberton Music Festival with a group of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2016 at janice's mash-up
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June is alway a whirlwind. Work is always surprisingly busy, not the "winding down" that some might think it is. We don't see Neil much...his days are long and full with grad and other year end events. Fortunately, with the boys busy work schedules, we were able to carve out a couple of hours to celebrate Fathers' Day! Adam continued to work at London Drugs this month and has spend some time with his old group of high school friends now that they are all back in town for the summer. He has been building his own computer and has... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2016 at janice's mash-up
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Nine district teams came together at Burnaby Central Secondary School on June 8 to share resources, share what has been happening in districts and do some visioning for next year. Thank you to Angela Meredith and Ron Coleborn for hosting us in Burnaby! As always, there were lots of resources... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2016 at Reggio-Inspired Mathematics
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This May, I took part in the 30x30 challenge from the David Suzuki Foundation - challenging people to spend 30 minutes outside every day of the 30 (31) days of May. I documented each day though Instagram- some days are very full and long with work but this challenge forced me to be creative. I actually took some lunch "breaks" to go for a walk outside or if I was at a conference or at meetings in another city, I found some local trails or parks to get myself outside to. Some days, it was all I could do to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2016 at janice's mash-up
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On Saturday May 7th, we hosted our first spring institute at Lions Bay Community School in the West Vancouver School District. This event was open to any interested educators and we had teachers drive all the way from Langley as well as two teachers join us from Sooke on Vancouver... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2016 at Reggio-Inspired Mathematics
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We brought in April celebrating my dad's 81st birthday on April 2. For my 50th birthday, my father-in-law and brother-in-law got me an amazing new suitcase. Loved "breaking it in" on my trip to San Francisco for a ginormous math education conference. We had one afternoon to explore the city a bit...Fisherman's wharf, cable car, a boat ride under the Golden Gate Bridge, sourdough from Boudin, a hot fudge sundae at Ghiradelli - all the touristy things. Adam has been writing finals this month, and wrote his last one on the 28th. He's getting excited about a short camping trip... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2016 at janice's mash-up
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March began for me with a quick trip to Victoria for some work with the Ministry of Education. I love flying over on a seaplane and seeing where I live from a different perspective. The garden has shown all sorts of signs of spring this month with the first always being our Japanese plum bloom tree in full bloom followed by the flowering currant, daffodils and our golden plum tree. March 11 marked a milestone birthday for me - my fiftieth. Apparently fifty is a big deal! Half a century and all that. An although there is wisdom that comes... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2016 at janice's mash-up
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Oh February...here on the west coast, it can be dark and gloomy or it can be mild, bright and spring-like. This year we have been on the mild, bright side with flowers blooming earlier than usual. I love getting out and seeing the signs of spring in early February! And the tulips are plentiful at the markets and add those signs of spring inside. Three day weekends - yippee for Family Day sleep-ins and brunches and boys who load dishwashers. And because my mom did this for us well into adulthood, treats set out for the boys at their "spots"... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2016 at janice's mash-up
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On the afternoon of February 19, a common pro-d day for many Lower Mainland school districts, the Richmond School District hosted a professional learning event for educators. There were 40 Richmond teachers along with 40 teachers from Delta, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Vancouver Island, West Vancouver, Langley and others districts. The focus... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2016 at Reggio-Inspired Mathematics
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Last week I had to zip down to Blaine to pick up some books and supplies for my work. As I parked, I couldn't help but notice the train on the tracks near me. Seeing the train triggered a flood of memories for me and I took a few moments to be with those memories. Memories of hours spent lying on the playroom floor with the boys as they played with their Thomas the Tank trains and tracks. Oh, the stories and adventures those trains had. Memories of making a train cake for Adam's second birthday because you know, that's... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2016 at janice's mash-up