Monday, January 13, 2014

Persuasive Writing

I must say that today was another wonderful day at work. I have had many of them over my 40+ years, but my return to Cedar Grove Elementary to work today for the principal, Kerry Mahlman, was a delight. I have so many good memories of this school from my previous years working there.

In the last few weeks here on the Sunshine Coast we have had a number of cougar sightings and the photo to the left was taken by a fellow in Roberts Creek and made the news with a story on the CBC.

One of my tasks today was to spend some time with the grade 7 class doing a persuasive write. Ms. Mahlmann had suggested using this current events story as a starter for this activity. At the beginning of class we watched the 2 minute video and then talked about my recent readings on Facebook Sunshine Coast sites where this is a topic of discussion about three possible solutions. These were to relocate the cougars to another part of British Columbia, to kill the cougars or to let them move up the Coast until they found their way to mountains. The students were to choose one of these three options, or suggest a fourth, and then to write the body of a letter to the conservation officer suggesting their solution for dealing with the wildlife. They were not given much time for this task - approximately fifteen minutes. Not all the students were successful with this writing, but all gave it a go. Two of the students asked if theirs could be published and I said I would put this on my blog for today.

Kali wrote:

I believe the conservation officer should let the cubs be. People should intervene only if the cubs kill pets or livestock. The cubs should be left alone because right now they are not harming anyone or doing anything to interrupt the Sunshine Coast. If we let them Carry one then most likely they will find their way up the mountain and in the process of doing that, they will not affect us.

Hanna wrote:

I believe that the cougars should not be harmed. The cougars should be left to do what nature wants them to, but at the same time if they started to harm people or pets, they should be transported not killed. Killing the cougars would be barbaric. If they were going to harm someone it would only be because they thought they were in threat and in that case people should be more smart and just let them be.

Good job ladies.

Here are a few more photos from today.

IXL with Mrs. Chambers, a lovely note to a Kindergarten child from her mom and buddy work at the close of the day.

Monday, December 16, 2013


I admit to being a Twitter fan. I have been for years and find a lot of things of interest to things I do today in my retired life. I follow wineries that produce the wines I enjoy. I follow golfers who are friends of mine, professional, and who write about golf. My interest in photography is enhanced by reading about and seeing others photographs. I also maintain a strong interest in K-12 education and while I do not follow as many contributors as I did in my working days, I feel that I have a good network of those I do follow. One of my interests over the past number of years, both when I was working, and now as grandfather and ocassional presenter at schools, is internet safety. Usually when a link to a good resource is posted, as happened last week, I bookmark it or retweet it or favourite it so that it is part of my personal feed. In case of that link, I neglected to do any of those good things. Consequently when I was looking for it about 4 days later, I could't recall who had made the original post.

So, I made this post, however as often happens when a question is posed on line, I don't get a response that answers the question. This is not a criticism as often I do get an answer, specially if the question is a bit easier to resolve.

So, I began to think of how I might solve the problem. I had searched for some key words, however there was one aspect of the search function I had never used and thinking about it, I should have.

I went back over the keywords I had used before, this time selecting the People you follow option. Finally, the keyword talk, brought up the tweet I was looking for.

Thanks to Craig Badura for his creation of this presentation, and thanks for pointing out a new app, Smore, that might be useful.

Love Twitter, and love to have learned something new about searching for a tweet from a member of my PLN.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Kitsilano Daily Kitchen

Early dinner before going to see Hamlet

Judy and I do not eat out often and our trips to Vancouver to dine are very rare. It is a friend's birthday on July 30, so we travelled over to town to celebrate at a restaurant and then go to see Hamlet at the Bard on the Beach. My friend's choice for a dining spot was the Kitsilano Daily Kitchen. This is a rather small restaurant and the chef prepares a menu on a daily basis. I corresponded with him on twitter and he let me know that it is about 4 pm that he will post the menu for that evening.

The wine list is strongly comprised of BC Wines. They also have an option for you to bring your own wine and pay a corkage fee of $25 per bottle. We chose to do this, bringing a red and a white. It is nice to see a wine list with primarily wines from BC, however it happened for this birthday celebration that husband of the birthday girl wanted to bring a special Barolo and I brought a Quinta Ferreria unoaked Chardonnay.

Tapas to start

I started with the Tapas Marinated White Pacific Anchovies. With the ruby red beets and other accompaniments it was quite a nice starter. Judy did not have a starter as she was holding off for dessert. One other starter that got good reviews was the Sashimi.

Wonderful Halibut for the main

For my main course I enjoyed the Grilled Pacific Haida Gwaii Halibut. It was perfectly cooked and served with a mung bean ragout and a roasted pepper puree. The menu indicated that it would also come with a peach compote, but I never discovered where that was. I didn't really miss it though. There was a pea pod that was close to raw and without the tip and string still in place. I would have removed that before plating and did so myself. The mung bean ragout was quite good and I'll be searching my recipe books for something similar. Judy and four others at the table ordered the Cedar Roasted Tenderloin of Sakura Pork. It was a bit on the rare side for Judy. I usually cook her pork to an internal temperature of 170* and my guess is this was about 150 or 155. One of the ladies at the table, who is herself a fine cook, said she cooks her pork tenderloin to this level of doneness. Judy enjoyed the tomato and serrano coulis, declaring it not too spicy.

Judy's dessert
I'm not a dessert person so my meal concluded with a cappuccino. Judy on the other hand is a chocolate lover. There were two choices for dessert and she chose what was described as a chocolate fudge. Others at the table had this as well and all declared that it had been named incorrectly, but was a delicious finish to the meal.

The final bill was under $400 for the six of us, including taxes, corkage fee and gratuity which all of us felt was a very reasonable price for what we consumed.