Pedagogy

Youthwrite: A Camp for Young Writers

Monday July 20, 2015 Youthwrite: A camp for kids who love to write … just about anything! I just spent a week at the Youthwrite Camp in Edmonton, Alberta with about 50 young writers between the ages of 11 and 14 on site. They are poets and playwrights, songwriters and graphic novelists, artists and dreamers…

Another School Year Ends …

Monday June 29, 2015 Hey! You sound just like the guy on the cd!! … —Kindergarten student, Central Public School The school year comes to a close. Pause here and listen for sounds of children’s voices in your neighbourhood—voices you haven’t heard since last summer. Stand near the school yard and listen: silence. My school…

Who Loves You?!? Video

Monday May 25, 2015 Who loves you?!? Your dog and your cat do. Plus a goldfish and a hamster, too. Earlier this year, I worked as artist-in-residence at Lancaster Elementary School. During the final performances and presentations, I watched an excellent video created by one of the students to accompany an excerpt from Martin Luther…

Cataraqui Woods School Song

Wednesday April 29, 2015 Cat Woods! Cat Woods! Cataraqui Woods! Our school’s got. Our school’s got. The Cataraqui Goods!   I’ve been working with the staff and students of Cataraqui Woods School over the course of the 2014-2015 school year. As a member of the Kingston Artists Roster, I’ve had the opportunity to work on…

Long Live the Camp Counsellor

Life at summer camp is a high octane life. It’s full. It’s Full On. It’s Festive. It’s routined yet full of surprise. Structured and chaotic. Noisy and nature-full. Camp is fueled by larger-than-life characters. Young children are catapulted from their homes and from the familiar. Some children have been waiting (without knowing they’ve been waiting)…

The TedFest That Never Was!

Summer Camp changed my life. Shaped my life. Made it richer. Made it better. Summer camp made me who I am today. For that, I feel blessed and full of gratitude. In today’s vernacular, summer camp is a ‘Game-Changer.’ Summer camp changes children’s lives in myriad ways that I cannot even begin to chart without…

Rocks & Trees En Espagnol

Rocks and Trees are all of me … grass and dew are all of you.  If you’re not familiar with the song, perhaps stream it here on my site from the Big Idea playlist.  The song is written by my friends, Tom Knowlton and Mark Baldwin (both of the former Children’s TV show, “Camp Caribou”). …

Tim Horton Children’s Foundation Rocks

I’ve been gluten-free for over 20 years so Timbits and donuts of any kind have been off my radar for a long, long while.  I’m also an espresso hound and tend to hang at poet-friendly coffee shops where the muse can often be found hovering somewhere between the first and second espresso macchiato. All this…

More Naked Than Ever Blog

More Naked Than Ever turns out to be the latest big idea out of Big Idea Headquarters this month.  My new book of poems dropped December 13th.  (Yes.  Friday the 13th.) Like poetry? If your answer leans toward ‘yes’ then The Grad Club would have been a good place for you to be on this particular Friday…

Loughborough’s Challenge Students

I haven’t told you about the Grade 7 class I get to play and work with at Loughborough Public School in the village of Sydenham, Ontario.  They’re part of the Challenge Program in the Limestone District School Board.  The Challenge Program is one of the “Choices at Seven” programs. (LEAP, Extended French & ATLAS are…