1. The Camera Club was an after-school group of Grade 2-6 students. The plan was pretty simple. Using a bunch of DIY methods [we obviously had no budget] and working with amateur dancers and singers, we wanted to try and make a music video. Over our multi-month period we did, and I like to think that the bond between the people of the Camera Club was evident in this video. In fact, that is why I felt so compelled to include the interview footage at the end of the video. I wanted to celebrate the individual personalities within that club. As Ms. Ashley puts it, each member of the group sprinkled their own little spice into the creative process, and the result is something that we can look back at with pride.

    As Nour mentions in the video, we will all miss each other. Often when I depart to somewhere new, it is the places, events, and locations that are the first elements that I miss. But in terms of Camera Club, it was all about the students. We could have made videos under a desk and we would have had a good time.

    These are wonderful kids, and their creativity and patience will make their school a better place. I'm so happy I met all of you. Thanks for coming to say hello, week after week.

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  2. Connor and Mica are back at it again. This time, our attempt was to recreate a scene from the Disney classic, The Jungle Book; ironically enough, I have only seen the film once, making it my all-time low on the Disney front.

    So Connor really became the expert, and handled our script like a champ. Also, with his costume, he really got into character, and did an admirable job of pretending the forest next to my house was actually a jungle in India.

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  3. A university project for my EDU 471 Curriculum Design course. I had to develop a solution to a problem I have noticed in the BC High School system; I decided to take on the lack of in-class dual language support for ESL students. I am personally not a fan of the "only english" strategy often taken by teachers in our province. My solution was a system called LAMP (Language and Mentorship Program)

    Special thanks to Scotty (the incredible host), Allegra, Jeremie, James, and Rick Case. I will end it with a quote I just wrote in my reflection: " . I will have to do a better job of anticipating my schedule for the following project; this ability to pick my battles will be a constant in my life as a teacher. But with regarding my LAMP radio broadcast, I’m really glad I fought for this one."

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  4. The 2016 Handsworth Senior Girls Volleyball Team managed to qualify for the BC AAAA Provincial Championships. In a hard fought championship final, Handsworth fell short to Belmont Secondary, a very talented team from Vancouver Island. It was an incredible accomplishment, and they did their school, their families, and themselves tremendously proud.

    Being a Handsworth graduate and now a student teacher, I can speak to a changing perspective I have regarding these events. When I was younger, I was simply cheering on my friends doing what they did best. But as a teacher who sees these students every day in a classroom environment, it is incredible and inspiring to see them achieving in an entirely different arena. I am so proud of this team, and feel privileged to get to share my school day with a number of them.


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  5. "Fungi and roots coexist in the forest floor through symbiosis. Both collaborate and benefits from their natural association. This form of fungus can be an enormous organism, and therefore hundred of trees can be linked together through the fungus. This we call the Mycorrhizal Network! Nutrients, water and information are shared below ground among the root systems of the trees within the forest."

    It was a special day at Queen Mary Elementary School. Gabriel Orrego, a Chilean biologist who is completed his Masters at UBC in Vancouver, tried out an experiment with an enthusiastic group of seven-year old students.

    The concept was to create a visual representation of the interconnection of root systems that fungi helps facilitate. Mrs. Catlin's students truly made the experiment happen; it was an excellent way to combine learning and exploration.

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As I continue to travel and teach around the world, there have been many moments I have been lucky enough to capture on film. From a class lesson gone wrong in Daegu, South Korea, to a one-take Taylor Swift music video in Punta Arenas, Chile, I am certain…

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As I continue to travel and teach around the world, there have been many moments I have been lucky enough to capture on film. From a class lesson gone wrong in Daegu, South Korea, to a one-take Taylor Swift music video in Punta Arenas, Chile, I am certain my life will continue to allow these moments to occur.

And being an educator and a documentarian seems to allow me to be in the right place at the right time. Enjoy.

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