Stay Calm and Teach On

This year our annual fall conference will be hosted in Victoria British Columbia at the beautiful Victoria Conference Centre. We offer an invitation to all teachers to attend our conference on October 24, 2014.
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Join Us!

The BCTF has recently made it possible to join Provincial Specialist Associations (PSA) online.

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Click on the picture above to link you to the BCTF site.

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Last Year (2013) Spring Chapter Event

In 2013 we had a wonderful time at the Spring Chapter Event in Richmond on Saturday, March 2 at the Sheraton Hotel.  School districts from all over the province, including Haida Gwaii, Prince George, Creston, Peace River South, from the north end of Vancouver Island to the south, Cranbrook, Surrey, Vancouver and many more were represented.  We talked about what inspired us as teachers and in turn we were inspired by others.

Primary teachers were treated to a presentation from Maureen Dockendorf  about the Changing Results for Young Readers initiative from the Ministry of Education, as well as the new Primary 0-8 Framework  and a discussion about new curriculum development.

Faye Brownlie also joined us to shared the 6 Things Every Child, Every Day should receive in effective reading instruction.

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Self Regulation and Reading


Deb Butler’s presentation on Self-Regulation in Reading address questions such as; What is “self-regulation”? How can teachers support self-regulation? How can practices supportive of self-regulation also support diverse learners?

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Fall Conference with Dr Stuart Shanker

“We are in the midst of a revolution in educational thinking and practice. Scientific advances in a number of fields point to a similar argument – that how well students do in school can be determined by how well they are able to self-regulate.”

-Stuart Shanker

On October 19, 2012 Dr. Stuart Shanker addressed the audience of teachers gathered at the Marriott Pinnacle Hotel in Vancouver for the annual British Columbia Primary Teacher’s Association Conference.

He spoke to us about his five-domain model of self regulation which includes:

1. The Biological Domain: how you respond to stimuli at a biological level.

2. The Emotional Domain: how you deal with strong feelings

3. The Cognitive Domain: how you process, store and retrieve information.

4. The Social Domain: how you understand and respond to social cues.

5. The Prosocial Domain: how you demonstrate positive social skills like empathy.

Teachers need to help children move towards managing their own self-regulation. Successful selfregulators know how to:

1)Feel calm and alert and know what it feels like

2)Know the signs of stress and what causes it.

3) Have a desire to deal with those stressors.

4) Recognize stressors both inside and outside of the classroom.

5) Develop strategies to deal with stressors.

6) Be able to recover efficiently and effectively from stressors.

Teachers left the keynote inspired and interested to put his ideas to practice.

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