Jan 16, 2017

Barbies, Fairy Tales and Overhead Doors

By |2018-04-15T22:06:50-07:00January 16, 2017|, |

Just before Christmas, I wandered around the middle school campus, observing students and teachers. It’s one of my favourite things to do during the day--so cool to be a witness to learning! I was struck by how incredibly busy our halls are, reinforcing for me the fact that our hallways really are extensions of our [...]

Dec 1, 2016

Coffee and Purple Cows

By |2016-12-01T07:05:38-08:00December 1, 2016|, |

I love Starbucks. Yes, the coffee is great and yes, I love the brand that they work hard at portraying. Here’s the real reason: they don’t advertise on TV. I love the fact that Starbucks is considered one of the current, most recognized brands in the world (along with Coke, McDonald’s and Apple) and they [...]

Nov 14, 2016

Silly Answers to Good Questions

By |2018-04-15T22:07:06-07:00November 14, 2016|, |

I was taking a first year Canadian history course and my professor asked the question,“Why do you think there was a law in Lower Canada that prohibited the cutting down of oak trees?” I thought to myself, “Oh, I know this one!” A little background is needed here. I was almost finished my degree, but [...]

Oct 3, 2016

The Grapes of Learning

By |2016-10-03T13:32:56-07:00October 3, 2016|, |

Two weeks ago, I (along with a few colleagues) spent some time at a Christian Schools Canada Conference for administrators across Canada. Our keynote speaker was Andy Crouch (coincidentally also the keynote speaker for the InspirED teacher’s convention this week). Andy is the senior editor for Christianity Today and was formerly a Christian contemporary singer songwriter. [...]

Feb 29, 2016

Ground Control to Major Tom

By |2016-02-29T09:09:30-08:00February 29, 2016|, |

Ground control to Major Tom…Ground control to Major Tom…Hopefully by now, as a reader, you have started to hum the 1969 pop hit, “Space Oddity” by David Bowie and if you really enjoyed that genre and type of music you are well into the second verse in your mind by now…This is the song that [...]

Jan 27, 2016

Do You See What I See?

By |2019-09-19T21:16:37-07:00January 27, 2016|, |

BY MIKE RIEZEBOS: Secondary Math TeacherWhat do you see when you look at the picture above? A student’s first car? A vehicle ready for donation? A hunk of junk?Well, it isn’t any of the above. It’s my car, or as it’s affectionately known by the staff, the “Pi Mobile.”My wife wants nothing to do with that car [...]

Dec 14, 2015

Lights, Camera and put into Action

By |2019-07-05T09:28:38-07:00December 14, 2015|, |

Three years ago, I went to Duncan Christian School to watch our ACS Knights play at the provincial volleyball championship. They went into the tournament through the back door because a team dropped out and came into the tournament ranked 12th out of 12 teams. It was a fantastic tournament to watch because they slowly [...]

Dec 7, 2015

Good Learning Looks Like This

By |2015-12-07T09:08:14-08:00December 7, 2015|, |

I can now legally drive any vehicle (except for a semi or a motorcycle)!  Let me tell you more…With more of our fleet of busses coming equipped with airbrakes, I wanted to make sure I could still take the preschoolers for their first school bus ride. I was ,therefore, encouraged to get my airbrake certification. Facing [...]

Oct 22, 2015

How NOT to be an Artist

By |2015-10-22T06:50:09-07:00October 22, 2015|, |

BY JONATHAN BOERSecondary Art TeacherThere is a poster out there entitled “How to Be An Artist.” It’s a list of things an artist is supposed to do, like “plant impossible gardens,” “take moonbaths,” and “invite dangerous people to tea.” If this poster is the definitive list, I’m not an artist.The only things on that poster [...]

May 11, 2015

100 Chairs for Parents

By |2015-05-11T09:03:30-07:00May 11, 2015|, , |

Remember Curriculum Chapels?For several years, each grade level needed to present something about what they had been learning about in class. With a mission statement that says, “all of life under God,” everything we do is worship. It made sense to do chapels in which our learning was presented as an offering of worship.One of [...]

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