Sunday, May 7, 2017

Happy 50th, BC TEAL!

I'm envious of my friend Claudie (@thespreadingoak), covetous of her recent trip out west for BC TEAL's conference and anniversary carnival. I've followed some of the weekend's Twitter activity. 

Sounds like I missed juicy stuff. Were most workshops recorded? Any chance I can read someone's notes or watch a webcast?

One of the workshops I would like to have attended is "PBLA: Boon or Bane?"

Claudie tells me that she encouraged some folks this weekend to look up this blog. If you're here for the first time, welcome!

If you're interested in reading the ongoing discussion of PBLA and want to join in, anonymously or not, in the comments sections under each post, you can access them by clicking the PBLA tag in the word cloud on the sidebar. ---->

Alternately, you can use these links:

PBLA with Literacy Learners

Fleshing Out a Module

My PBLA Triumphs and Tribulations

PBLA, Time Management, and a Culture of Sharing

A Speaking Assessment Set-up My Students and I Love

Addressing PBLA Challenges

PBLA -- More Thoughts

PBLA and Back to the Well

New Year's Aspirations

PBLA with Literacy and Seniors

An ESL Literacy Teaching Habit (for some reason, a big PBLA discussion took place in the comments in spite of the fact that this post is not about PBLA)

"Unbelievable Waste"

My Week (and Free Stuff for You)

PBLA Drove Me to Better Self Care

Blogger Unblocked

PBLA - Six Week Update

Thank You, IRCC (at the bottom of the post, re the rubric toolkit)

A Little Knowledge is...

If you do choose to comment anonymously, I hope you'll sign off using some sort of pseudonym so that readers and I know whether it's one person or several commenting. Happy in Halifax? Prof in the Prairies?   :)

Thank you for dropping by. I hope you'll come back.


  1. Thanks for the anniversary wishes! And thank you for so generously sharing your perspectives and materials with teachers across the country!

  2. Shawna, thank you for taking the time to leave this lovely comment. I wish I could have been there to see you receive your award, as you were there when I was honoured. ❤️ K

  3. We have just recently heard that after being through one strenuous round of PBLA implementation the funders have decided to release PBLA.2 which we will have to adjust to. I really hope that more funding for more pay and more paid time is part of the reboot because at present I am working too many hours underpaid and unacknowledged.

    Burnt Out in Ontario

    1. Burnt Out in Ontario,
      Thank you for taking the time to comment and for using a pseudonym so that we can all know how many people are posting anonymously. I want to share here for the first time publicly the fact that at my agency, we have been granted five minutes of PBLA prep time per classroom hour, which we block together into something that works out to about 1.5 paid days per month for PBLA module writing, assessment tool creation, and marking of all those assessments. It really helps. (Of course we are still doing a ton of stuff on our own time, as all teachers do.) I think this should be a rock bottom minimum for any employer requiring implementation of PBLA. --K