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Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 18, Number 6, April 2006

Yours for the asking

Japanese teachers online!

Brad Wilson, a teacher at Kwalikum Secondary School, has developed a web site where Japanese teachers in BC can network and share resources with one another. Nihongo BC allows users to upload and download files specific to the various levels from K–12, post questions and messages in forums on different topics, and chat with other teachers online.

For the first time, Japanese teachers have an avenue to network on a regular basis. In a subject area where you may be the only Japanese teacher in the school and/or district, Nihongo BC will certainly foster professional growth and dialogue. For more information on the web site visit www.nihongobc.com.

Contact Schiko Renovich, renovich@shaw.ca, if you want to have your name on a list of Japanese teachers in BC.


Canadian prime ministers: Warts & All

Canada is quite unlike most other countries. It kind of stumbled its way to greatness. The Warts & All series tells this story with its glorious bits and its awkward moments. From MacDonald to Chrétien, one unusual prime minister at a time. Many teachers and librarians are pleased with the series and feel it fills a certain niche for teaching Canadian history and that the people who were instrumental in shaping this country can be very interesting.

The series is fully supported by curriculum-specific content, an extensively researched web site, easy-to-use teachers’ guides, and compelling course materials. The style, with illustrations, timelines, and the "beaver" comments, is particularly appealing to reluctant readers, and adults find them full of interesting facts.

For more information, contact jackfruitpress.com or e-mail info@jackfruitpress.com.


Humane education for a changing world

Humane education examines the connections between social justice issues such as human rights, ecological degradation, animal welfare, and consumerism. It calls upon us to make positive choices to create a more peaceful and sustainable world.

Humane education’s interactive style demonstrates the far-reaching implications of our individual choices, as well as their interconnections. One of the cornerstones of humane education is promoting critical thinking skills. It encourages self-empowerment, accountability, and respect. It sets up a foundation with which the students can feel confident they can make a positive difference in this world. Humane education can easily be infused into subjects such as communications, social studies, English, science, and even mathematics.

You are invited to participate in a "Sowing Seeds" workshop being presented by the International Institute for Humane Education. The workshop will take place July 15–16, 2006, at the Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC) building, 2150 Maple Street, Vancouver.

The workshop is sponsored by the Vancouver Humane Society’s new Humane Education Program, The Power of One, the Society for Animal Freedom and Equality (SAFE), and Earthsave Canada.

Registration is free for teachers in the Greater Vancouver area courtesy of the Vancouver Humane Society (VHS) and the Vancouver Foundation. Contact Lesley Fox at 604-266-9744. Limited enrolment.


Weight of the world challenge

Weight of the World Challenge is a national campaign to counteract obesity. From March 13 to May 31, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the National Film Board of Canada are inviting Canadians to join the Weight of the World Challenge. From a new interactive web site, a package that aims to generate awareness about nutrition and fitness will be offered, free of charge, to schools, community groups, libraries, and families. The package will include the NFB/ CBC film, The Weight of the World and special user guides. Local CBC radio and television programs across Canada will open the airwaves to the "Challenge" with special programming, activities, and other initiatives. Heart and Stroke Foundation and Canadian Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (CAHPERD) are also official partners in the project.

Complimentary copies of the film can be ordered and the guides downloaded at www.cbc.ca/weightoftheworld from anywhere in Canada until May 31, 2006.

For more information, contact Liz Shorten, CBC Television, 604-662-6249, shortene@cbc.ca.

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