Wife Saver recipe by Tina and Fiona a hit

Originally posted on LiterateOwl:

My friends and colleagues stepped as usual the other day and volunteered to help me with my 11 annual Christmas Library luncheon.  This ‘literary mixer’ is hybrid book exchange meets social wine and cheese but since I host it in my school library we obviously forego the Chablis but typically indulge on plenty of brie, fruit and Giller prize candidates. It’s a delight to see colleagues, support staff and admin all sharing and having some fun among the hundreds of new books and old classics scattered among the tables.


20131219_120250This year Tina took the initiative to think of her mother’s classic dish and ask Fiona to join her. So when I approached to ask for help she was already primed and ready- how nice is that! Anyway, this entailed a sit down affair and not finger food cuisine but that would be a nice change. I host online contests for…

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“A terrific wellnes program for educators”… Register


Living With Balance For Teachers

The Central Okanagan Teachers’ Association is hosting a “wellness/vitality program” called “Living with Balance”.  The BCTF Health and Wellness Program and School District #23 co-sponsor this program to allow teachers to attend this workshop free of charge.
Week One: Overview and Objectives
•   Education, self-evaluation, and examining the importance of maintaining life-style balance.
Week Two: Personal Well-being
•   Discussing the importance of nutrition, exercise, sleep, and managing symptoms of low mood, anxiety, stress, good boundaries and managing conflict.
Week Three: Skill Building
•   Learning strategies that increase awareness of factors that contribute to fluctuations in mood as well as methods to manage them.
•   Review proven techniques used to improve self-esteem and self-confidence, manage stress and low mood.
Week Four: Work-life Balance
•   Defining what work-life balance means to each of us and what happens when our roles collide.  Having good boundaries is often attributed to having clear values.
•    Discuss how to be intentional, creative and assertive when you need to be.
Week Five: Setting Goals
•   A goal is the destination of what you want to achieve. Your goals are often based on your core values.
•   We will explore how to define your core values and how to find clarity and motivation to achieve them.
Week Six: Building Resiliency and Vitality
•     Learning the importance of social connections and community in building long-term wellness.  Understanding that social isolation is a significant health risk factor.
•     We will review the necessary interpersonal skills needed to build and sustain long-term relationships that will enhance your vitality and resiliency.
DATES:  Wednesday, January 21 to Wednesday, February 25
(2 hours once a week for 6 weeks)
TIME:         4:15 to 6:15 p.m.
PLACE:        COTA Office
#210-1751 Harvey Avenue
To register, please go on line http://bctf.ca/LivingWithBalance.aspx to complete the registration form.  For further information please call Robin Gabert at 250-859-1819 or e-mail at  robin.gabert@gmail.com

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Regulating the Teenage Mind | Harvard Graduate School of Education



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Regulating the Teenage Mind | Harvard Graduate School of Education



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Day 59 (of 188) 3 key things (really) when teaching a ‘tough’ class #bcedbloggers

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Thanks. You’d be surprised how effective this AFL is at “helping” both academic and behavioural achievements! I got it by ‘leading by reading’ and sharing and discussing and debating. It also helped that over the years I became more confident in who I was as an educator, and that helped lead to relationships…” (Landy)

Originally posted on technolandy: site of Ian Landy:

Day 59 (of 188) 3 key things (really) when teaching a ‘tough’ class

This afternoon I ran into a young teacher-couple; the wife worked with me for a fortnight before getting full time work, and her fiancé just got a job with a ‘tough’ classroom. As we chatted I thought and shared: To me, tough is always relative = I’ve been in a class with more stories than you can count that would break your heart; I’ve worked in schools that made others just shake their heads; but I was able to take those in stride (and loved each day) because I was in a good mindset….

#1 Mindset – the vital-ness of being mindful of everything that you are doing. You can’t cancel Christmas unless you’re actually willing to do it. I always know I am lucky enough to be in the best classroom of the best school of…

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Bravo bello… ‘What Makes Us Tic’

Bravo bello!

What is it that makes us different?

What Makes Us Tic is a documentary film that aims to inspire and raise awareness about Tourette Syndrome; a commonly misunderstood disorder. With interviews from students, doctors and teachers, the film gives a wide perspective of what it is like to live with Tourette Syndrome.
But ultimately, the film is meant to make you ask “what is it that makes us different?”

This documentary is designed to be a free resource that can be used by anyone to educate others about Tourette Syndrome! If you would like to hold a screening of the documentary, or would be interested in other teaching materials to compliment the documentary, please email me at tic@bellamaria.ca!
You can also visit the website for the film: http://whatmakesustic.weebly.com/

Tourette Syndrome is a neurological disorder that is characterized by tics; which are like an action or a sound that you have to do. Motor tics can be as simple as eye blinking to head jerking, and vocal tics can range from squeaks to barks.
To keep it simple, ticcing is like sneezing. You can only hold in your tics for so long before they explode out of you!
Tourette Syndrome typically occurs between five and twelve years old, and while there is no known cure for the disorder, it will quite often diminish and almost disappear after puberty. But really, Tourette Syndrome is different for every single person with it, so it is hard to pinpoint “normalities” within the disorder.( Thomson)


Thomson, Bellamaria. “What Makes Us Tic.” What Makes Us Tic. Web. 28 Nov. 2014. <http://whatmakesustic.weebly.com/&gt;.

Thomson, Bellamaria. “What Makes Us Tic.” YouTube. 22 Oct. 2014. Web. 28 Nov. 2014. <http://youtu.be/Z4Ftq3eCBLc&gt;.

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Interwar Years- Project

The Interwar Years- 1920’s-1930’s

References: http://www.noodletools.com/public/140509140911935831886493  and http://www.noodletools.com/public/140509140911935831886493

During the World wars and Interwar Years Canada experienced economic gain, more freedom for women and new technological advancements.

During the war, the woman’s suffrage movement gained support. The provinces began extending voting rights to women in 1916, and women were finally allowed to vote in federal elections in 1918. Canada was also faced with the return of thousands of soldiers, with few jobs waiting for them at home. They also brought back with them the Spanish Flu, which killed over 50 000 people by 1919, almost the same number that had been killed in the war.

Crowd gathered outside old City Hall during the Winnipeg General Strike, June 21, 1919

The move from a wartime to a peacetime economy, combined with the unwillingness of returned soldiers to accept pre-war working conditions, led to another crisis.

Resources to try:

KSS Library online> Databases> EBSCO or eLibrary …

KSS Library online> Reference> Canadian Ecyclopedia or Canadian Discovery Portal ….

Poverty Stricken

Poverty -Dorothea Lange.  California

Poverty -Dorothea Lange. California

During the Great Depression thousands of families left their homes in the ‘dust bowl’ of the Midwest, where they could no longer make a living through agriculture, and headed to California where they hoped to find employment and build a better future. Many of them found that the situation in California was little better than at home and found work hard to come by, although the New Deal work creation schemes offered some opportunities for relieving unemployment. The tale of one migrant family during the Great Depression was immortalized by John Steinbeck in his novel The Grapes of Wrath.( eLibrary, History Study)

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A Flapper’s Life


‘Flappers’ were women who cut their hair short, wore short skirts and make-up, and went out dancing to jazz music. These young women felt themselves to be part of a newly-emancipated generation, rebelling against the Victorian values of their parents and enjoying new social freedoms. They defied the conventions of what had been acceptable behaviour for a woman, smoking cigarettes and driving cars. The image of the ‘flapper’ symbolised these new morals and freedom for women in the 1920s.( eLibrary, History Study )

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Some information on the twenties in Canada can be found in the following video)
Watch the following from approximately 4:48 to7:13
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/history/mwh/usa/1920s_video.shtml (it says not available in Canada, but the description looks apt. Perhaps you can work around the unavailability and gain access somehow?)
Image gallery: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/photo-gallery/crash/ (this isn’t a video, but it includes relevant images)
National Film Board of Canada
https://www.nfb.ca/film/good_bright_days (does talk about the difficulties incurred right after the Great War, but it later goes into the twenties; check around 12:00)
2-part video (focus on the cultural aspect – consumerism, innovations, entertainment, etc.)
A podcast about the “noise” of the twenties (again, something to bring a different perspective to the students’ understanding): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmTt3xcSFO8
Another one that focuses on the twenties culture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fF2MqYjVg50


“The Great Depression, 1929-1939.” History Study Centre. ProQuest LLC. 2010.
Web. 27 Nov. 2014 < http://www.historystudycenter.com/common/
durableLink.do?pageSwitch=studyunitItem&ItemID=1180 > … a study
unit set…

“Canada in the World Wars and Interwar Years.” Wikipedia. Wikipedia.org, n.d.
Web. 27 Nov. 2014. <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/

Half Way to Ottawa. Access Learning. 2014. Access Learning. 27 November 2014 <http://www.accesslearning.com/&gt;

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2015 CBC Massey Lecturer will be Margaret MacMillan -CBC

MacMillan is an expert on World War I and frequently lectures on the subject in conferences around the world.(CBC)

CBC is proud to announce that the 2015 CBC Massey Lecturer will be Margaret MacMillan, historian and renowned author of the international bestsellers The War that Ended Peace, Nixon in China, and Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World, which won the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Samuel Johnson Prize.

Massey Lectures

Massey Lectures

MacMillan’s lectures will be about the roles individual men and women have played in history. She says, “I want to make a highly personal selection of those historical figures, women and men, who stand out for me and explain why; how they fit in their times and how they reflected prevailing values and attitudes, and where, like Luther or Marx, they challenged and changed them. I’m interested in personality traits and emotions, and among other things I’ll be looking at such things as curiosity, daring, ambition, vision, stubbornness and integrity. I’m interested in great rulers, elected leaders and generals, whose personalities and decisions made a difference in history, and in writers, explorers and thinkers whose voices also speak to us across the centuries.’


“Margaret MacMillan 2015 CBC Massey.” CBCnews. CBC/Radio Canada, 4 Aug. 2014. Web. 21 Nov. 2014. <http://www.cbc.ca/ideas/2014/08/04/margaret-macmillan-to-deliver-the-2015-cbc-massey-lectures/&gt;.

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KSS Theatre presents…

Kelowna Secondary School’s Night Owl Theatre is proud to present three evenings of side splits and heart ache with two one act plays; Check Please, and It’s Not You It’s Me.

Think you have have had the most awkward first date, or the hardest time breaking up with something, well you haven’t seen anything yet!
Check Please is the hilarious journey of two characters, a guy and a girl, as they go through first date after first date just trying to find a normal date. It’s Not You It’s Me parallels by following two other characters and their magnetism for being broken up with.

Kelowna Secondary School’s

Night Owl Theatre

presents :

Check Please by Jonathan Rand

Directed by Anne-Marie Holmwood

It’s not you, it’s me by Don Zolidis

directed by Bella Thomson

November 27, 28, 29 at 7:00 pm

Kelowna Secondary School Theatre

1079 Raymer Avenue

$12     Adults

$8        Students

Tickets are available at the door or contact nightowltheatre@gmail.com

NightOwl Theatre at Kelowna Secondary School

NightOwl Theatre at Kelowna Secondary School

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The Programmer’s Price- the new job shortage

Why our school community doesn’t encourage and expand Computer Science enrolment still astounds me. The day of male geek realm is long over. We over enrol the standard sciences and miss valuable opportunities for smart thinkers- our current students.


The world is being rebuilt in code. Hiring computer engineers used to be the province of tech companies, but, these days, every business—from fashion to finance—is a tech company. City governments have apps … All of these enterprises need programmers. The venture capitalist Marc Andreessen told New York recently, “Our companies are dying for talent. They’re like lying on the beach gasping because they can’t get enough talented people in for these


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