Flashback to August 1st and some of the last of the wildfire smoke. Nonetheless, a beautiful morning at Nose Point and the islands beyond.
The team was looking for a more urban, fashionable, edgy photo than last year’s (here). We did a quick shoot outside the school (in the rain) and I delivered eight finished versions of this image from the shoot for them to choose from.
You might remember that last year’s senior team placed first in the Canadian Improv Games in Ottawa. And that, whenever possible, I’ve supported the performing arts at GISS (mainly GISPA, IMPROV, and the end of semester shows in Theatre, Dance and Music) for the last 12 or so years.
Here they are at ArtSpring after making the Nationals for the 5th time in 10 years.
As always in schools, the students get older and move on. This year’s team includes two members of last year’s quick thinking Canadian champs.
The GISS teams head to the VanIsle X-round of the Canadian Improv Games at Esquimalt Secondary on December 8th.
Crepuscular rays put on a magnificent—but fleeting—show Monday just before sunset as seen from our dining room window. A bit of fog, and perhaps wood stove smoke, gave everything a velvety look.
And then it was gone.
I was lucky enough to be able to walk into the middle of this pre-calculus math class at Gulf Islands Secondary School. Groups of students were completely engaged on white boards around the room on tasks, or perhaps investigations (my calculus is beyond rusty), introduced at the beginning of class. The instructor floated around the room listening and asking questions. Learning and understanding were clearly the focus in the room.
No rows of desks, no instructor at the front of the room. Appropriate technology in use. Full engagement. Is this the real ‘New Math’?
Here’s a link to teacher Susan Robinson’s Math website.