Friday, February 25, 2011

Mission Visits, Part 1

Hooray for Mission students and staff!

I had the pleasure of being a visitor in 4 Mission elementary schools this week: ESRichards, Deroche, Hillside and Dewdney. Thank you to the dedicated librarians, Sherri Chalke, Sonja Zukowski, Ann Titford, and Joanne Soullier, who kindly invited me into their libraries and made me feel very welcome. Thank you to all the wonderful children who shared their ideas about books and wild animals.

Thank you also to Heather Rapin, enthusiastic reading advocate, and coordinator of my visits.

It was a real pleasure to meet you all!

Thank you!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Hello Mission!

Tomorrow, I begin my visits in the Mission School District and (barring a huge snowfall!), I look forward to meeting the students and staff at each elementary school.

See you soon, Mission students!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Primary Literacy Day! (Part 2)

Thank you to Renee Norman, Literacy Consultant for the Vancouver School Board, for inviting me to participate in the district Primary Literacy Day. It was a wonderful day, getting to meet all of the dedicated primary teachers and to share some time talking about children and books. (Did you know that Renee, in her other life, is a poet?)

I loved hearing poet and teacher, Shannon Stewart, talk about how she gets children writing poetry. She showed us some amazing samples of student work and also read some of her own clever poetry.

Marilyn Chapman was the third speaker of the day and she discussed new developments in the Primary Program and full day Kindergarten. Most importantly, she talked about the importance of play in early learning and literacy.

To find out more about these talented folks, please check out these links: Renee's book, Martha in the Mirror; Shannon's website; and Marilyn's UBC bio.

I believe that primary teachers do some of the most important work in the world. It was great to be in their company today.


Saturday, February 12, 2011

Primary Literacy Day

I'm looking forward to meeting the Vancouver Primary Teachers on Friday at their Primary Literacy Day. What a great opportunity to celebrate the teaching and learning of our youngest students!

I'm working on my presentation and getting ready to talk about books and children. What could be better than that?

See you soon. Cheers!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


It was a real treat to speak to education students at UBC yesterday, at the annual Authorfest celebration of books and BC authors. Thank you to everyone who came out to hear us speak! I wish you the best of luck with your practicums and in your teaching careers.

One thing I wish I had said yesterday was to remember to read to your students. Read to them every day and twice a day if you can. There is nothing more important in school or literacy education than teaching children the power of the written word. To hear you read aloud to them, sends a very strong message. So get reading! :-)