TEDx Victoria

This weekend I had the incredible opportunity to spend Saturday at TEDx Victoria!  I spent the whole day with my good friend, Jess, who is also a teacher.  Jess and I thought the entire experience was engaging and inspiring and we took pictures, Tweeted, ate good food and chatted about TED related things all day long.  TED stands for: Technology, Entertainment, Design (many of you likely have watched, or at least heard of, TED talks).  The “x” in TEDx stands for: independently organized TED events.  The energy in the audience was tangible and I felt so fortunate to be part of such a fun event.

A snippet of the great weekend Jess and I spent together at TEDx Victoria.

A snippet of the great weekend Jess and I spent together at TEDx Victoria.

The TEDx talks from this weekend will be posted on YouTube in the coming weeks, so until then I can really only describe some of my favourite presentations.

Adam Kreek: Adam is probably most commonly known to the public as an Olympic rower (gold and silver medals in Beijing and London, respectively).  Adam is hilarious, entertaining and full of amazing positive energy and his presentation on “Seeking Failure” caught our attention because the title of his presentation is exactly what most people don’t seek.  Adam presented right before the lunch break and he had the entire theatre engaged and laughing.  We were able to connect with Adam throughout the day via Twitter (oh glorious, glorious technology, what did we ever do without you?) and now I am in the works of planning to get Adam in to speak to my class about leadership and community. Yahoo!

Tiffany Poirier: Tiffany is an elementary school teacher, and an author, with a background in philosophy.  Tiffany presented an incredible speech concerning student inquiry and its role in the classroom.  Naturally, Jess and I ate this right up.  Tiffany provided samples of her students’ “Big Questions” and ideas via voice recordings and images and my goodness, do I ever feel inspired to dig deeper into the benefits of learner inquiry after listening to her speak.

Angela Moran: Angela is one of the farmers at the Mason Street City Farm here in Victoria, BC.  This presentation was a personal favourite for both Jess and I because of our shared interest in sustainable, local, organic food and farming.  What piqued my interest the most during Angela’s presentation was the idea about aquaponic farming – a technique using fish ponds, water pumps and raised garden beds to create a self-sustaining garden that belongs smack-dab in the middle of the busiest of any city.  Angela’s speech made me long for spring time; I can’t wait to get our garden going again!

Bob McDonald: Bob is the host of CBC’s Quirks and Quarks and is also a renowned science journalist (you can see where this is going, I know…)  Of course, I was super excited for this presentation because I am teaching science this year and ANY additional interactive science material I can get my hands on is definitely going to benefit my students’ learning.  Bob provided us with an engaging and entertaining presentation (he even used props!) I’m excited for his TEDx talk to be posted on YouTube because I know my class will love watching/listening to what he had to say about the world, galaxies, population, etc.

There were many other speakers at TEDx Victoria (we enjoyed all the presentations), but these four presentations in particular really stick out in my mind because I can relate them directly to my personal passions and teaching practice.  If you’ve never been to a TED event before you really should consider checking it out!  The annual TED conference is coming up during Spring Break 2014 and it’s in Vancouver this year!  I’m considering attending…anyone want to join me?

Karley

Blog Makeover Monday

Our blog got a makeover today and we are so very excited to share it with you!

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Our little blog team hard at work…

A huge shout out to Meaghan’s brother for all of his hard work on his day off! We definitely couldn’t have done any of this without him!

Here’s a few things you can check out and let us know how you like them…

1. Try it: taleoftwoteachers.com Yup! We have our own domain name now – We feel pretty proud of that one!

2. Our awesome new banner at the top! We are pretty excited about this and hope you like our updated look.

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3. Teach it Tuesday posts (and Guest Posts) are now all in one place along the top so you can easily access our lessons and ideas.

4. Our Book Tales and Travel Tales are organized better under their heading sections and you can easily access our Amazon store to buy any books you are interested in directly if you wish.

5. Follow us by email on the sidebar – it will send you an email when we add a new post so you don’t miss out!

6. Search bar at the top to help you find any of your favourite posts directly on our site.

Let us know what you think and if there’s anything that would help make our site easier for you to access!

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First Day of School

Yay! We did it! We made it through our first day of school and it was a success!

It was so fun working at the same school together for once. We met for coffee in the morning (um, HELLO Pumpkin Spice Latte and Salted Caramel Mocha season) and then headed up to school together.

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Today was a pretty easy “Get to know you” kind of day with games, school rules/expectations and an assembly. And with some day camp experience under our belts we were ready for the games…

You know they say great minds think alike? Well we definitely do! We brought the same activity without even discussing it.

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Our “Question” Balls from today

From Meaghan:

Even though it’s not my class (just subbing today), I just loved getting to know this group of kids today. A couple of the kids were from my volleyball team last year so it was really nice to have some familiar faces. We played a summer vacation scrabble game (they had to add a word that described their summer vacation and tell us why) and a couple different name game activities. I am so happy to be back in the classroom that I’ve been talking non-stop about my day ever since. Can’t wait to see what adventures tomorrow will bring!

From Karley:

Whoosh – what a day! It was great to be back at school and even though I’m only in this class for three weeks (unless I am the successful applicant for the job) it was great seeing some familiar faces again.  I am tired tonight…my husband asked me if I’m going to make it until it gets dark and I’m not actually sure if I will.  Tomorrow will be our first full day! I have a bunch of activities and games prepared…I hope those grade 7s are ready for a fun day!

We love school!

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