Association of Teachers of English of Nova Scotia

ATENS Conference 2017

The Pen is Mighty

 


The registration deadline for this conference has been extended to October 20, 2017


Friday, October 27, 2017

Location

Eastern Passage Education Centre
93 Samuel Danial Drive
Eastern Passage  B2G 1S8

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Agenda

8:00 a.m. - 8:40 a.m. Check-in/Registration
8:20 a.m. - 8:40 a.m. AGM 
 8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Master Classes
10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m.  - 11:30 a.m. Session A
11:40 a.m. - 12:25 p.m. Session B (Lunch option 1)
1:05 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. Session C (Lunch option 2)
2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Session D

Please Note:  Our conference provides two lunches to allow for a larger number of attendees.  Please select one lunch in either session B or C time slot.

Registration

Registration is online only.  Deadline is October 13, 2017. - Extended to October 20, 2017

The fee schedule is as follows:

Conference Fee (includes copy of Kimberlins) $95.00
Student / Substitute / Retiree Conference Fee (includes copy of Kimberlins) $85.00

As per NSTU Operational Procedure 14(e)(iii): receipts of payment and attendance will not be distributed until the conference has concluded.

If you have any concerns about online registration or payment, please contact us at (atensconference@nstu.ca).

Biographies of Presenters

Des Adams has been motivating minds, both human and canine since junior high. He discovered the art of spoken word in 2007 and has been on a mission ever since, taking words from the heart and encouraging youth to speak up for themselves as they are the leaders of tomorrow. He has held workshops and made many appearances as a guest speaker in schools all over Nova Scotia and was named one of the Maritimes' "...most influential individuals in their 20's" by the Halifax Chronicle Herald. He has volunteered his work to Halifax Rad Pride, Poetry 4 Progress and other community events, featured at Toronto's Rock Paper Sistahz event, the Creative NS Awards Gala titled, "Art Out Loud", and has performed for the NS Justice Department, African Nova Scotian Music Awards and the Rt. Hon. Michaelle Jean, former Governor General and Commander in-chief of Canada.

Kathryn Bruce-Mactavish has a varied career including twelve years of teaching multiple subject areas within the HRSB as well as holding the position of Teacher-Librarian for five years. Previous to moving into education, Kathryn worked ten years at the Halifax Public Library and for three years with the federal government researching and  programming for families at risk. She has completed academic study in Early Childhood Education, Fine Arts, History, and English, before completing her B.Ed. and  M.Ed. Throughout her career, the promotion of education and critical thinking have bound the strands of subject together. She currently teaches Sociology 12, Law 12, Mi'kmaw Studies 11, and Child Studies 11 at Cole Harbour District High.

Tina Buott has been a teacher with the HRSB since 2001. Most of that time has been spent teaching at the junior high level --- who doesn't love repeating grade 9 forever? In 2016 Tina received her Masters in Literacy Education. She is a mother of two, and a lover of all things creative.

Valerie Compton is a writer, editor, mentor and writing workshop leader. As a writer, she’s published nonfiction articles in leading national and international periodicals, as well as many works of short fiction. Her novel, Tide Road, was a finalist for the Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award. As an editor, mentor and workshop leader, she has worked for more than ten years with new and emerging writers of adult and YA fiction, narrative nonfiction and memoir. She is a co-founder of narrativeagency.ca.

Natalie Corbett Sampson wears many hats. As a speech language pathologist and author of young adult novels she has a great interest and experience in using, teaching and learning language. As a mom to four pre-and-full-teens, she uses personal observations and experiences to explore issues young adults are faced with in our community including identity, bullying, friendship, loss and growth.

Sheldon Currie received his BA and B Ed from St. Francis Xavier University, MA in English from UNB, and PhD in English Literature from the University of Alabama. He has taught at Xavier Jr. College, St. Thomas University, St. Francis Xavier University, University of Alabama and Laval University. He has also taught at the high school level. He is the author of two books of short stories, four novels, three plays and some poetry. Currie was a founding member of The Antigonish Review and served as fiction editor.

Janice Doré has been teaching since 1990. After acquiring her permanent contract, she was a resource teacher for nearly 15 years and a Learning Center teacher for 5 years, both at the high school level. She is currently teaching in the classroom full time and loving the change.

Shaun Doyle has been teaching ELA for 13 years and has always been looking for a way to make his job more meaningful...and less time consuming. His interests lie in using Speaking and Listening to not only meet outcomes, but to allow students to tap into their understanding of the world around them.  Since meeting Trevor Pierce, Shaun's life has not been the same. Through working with Pierce, Doyle has been expanding his teaching into using the Writer’s checklist, Improv and Socratic process.  Doyle enjoys making his beautiful wife laugh and watching his awe-inspiring sons grow up. Shaun is founder of www.JaysFromtheCouch.com and host of the Jays Nest Podcast available on iTunes and other platforms.

Christine Emberley has been a teacher with HRSB for the past 11 years. She has made the rounds in Drama, Social Studies, Technology, French and English classrooms from Spryfield to Fall River, and in between.

Patti Huston-MacIsaac is a teacher, artist, and performer who has been involved in the school system since 1996.  Starting her career teaching adults in the Northwest Territories to her current position teaching English and art in the French school board, she has long enjoyed indulging in the creative and language arts domains.  Patti lives in Antigonish with her husband, their eight kids, two dogs, and one very edgy cat. She is a huge fan of the Snapchat filter that erases all the rough edges.  If forced to choose, she would opt for lobster season over the Christmas season.  

Sandy Keddy holds a Masters of Education in Literacy Education and has been teaching in the HRSB since 2002 at both the junior and senior high levels.  During these years, she has worked with the GSA, The Canadian Improv Games, various musicals, board game clubs, and writing clubs. Outside school, Sandy is a visual artist, video game junkie, writer, and edits the ATENS creative writing magazine, Kimberlins.  She does her utmost to blend creativity and hands-on activities in her ELA classrooms.

Considered an expert on what boys like to read, Jessica Kerrin is fascinated by exploding rockets, monster lobsters and creepy graveyards. The author of 14 novels, she has presented at conferences across Canada and the United States, including the International Readers’ Association and the Canadian Society of Authors, Illustrators and Performers. She has taught writing workshops in partnership with the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia as well as the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. In addition, she has served on juries for many national and Atlantic Canadian writing competitions, including the Governor General’s Literary Awards. Honours include: finalist, Book of the Year for Children Award (CLA); New York Public Library’s Top 100 Children’s Books; Best Books of Exceptional Caliber (CCBC); Best of Books (Horn Book); Junior Library Guild Premier Selection; and Notable Books List (ALA).

Tracey Knox completed her 200 hour yoga teaching certification in 2014 from AYTT. She has taught various sciences for 13 years.
An educator in HRSB for 20 years,

Heidi Lemire began her career in elementary, teaching all grades from Primary to 6.  After 10 years, she made the switch to Junior High where she spent the next 10 years trying to understand the minds of teens. The jury is still out on that!  She taught ELA, Social Studies, and Healthy Living and loved creating cross-curricular units, especially around themes like the Second World War, The Civil Rights Movement, and Globalization.  Last year, Heidi took a position as Literacy Coach and has enjoyed spending time in a number of schools in HRSB, working alongside some inspiring teachers and kids.  The role as Literacy Coach has allowed her to be much more reflective in her approach to teaching, and feels honored to be able to wear the “Coach” Hat.

Tracey MacDonnell is a wife, a mother of three and a teacher who loves what she does! Teaching English, Yoga and Social Studies at SAERC is where she can be found Monday to Friday and at the Port Hawkesbury YMCA two nights a week instructing a Centergy class in the dance studio. Her personal philosophy is a famous quotation by Maya Angelou:  “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  She is looking forward to seeing all of you on your mats in her Centergy class where she will be given the opportunity to teach like she means it.

Lisa McCaustlin has been teaching within the HRSB since 1998.  She has taught History, Family Studies, and English within junior and high school settings.  She still loves her job.

Matthew McCutcheon has been teaching for the past 15 years. He began teaching in Toronto, then moved to Nova Scotia.  He taught at a variety of junior high and high schools and, eventually, found his current home school in Eastern Passage. He is passionate about teaching and believes that he has developed a language program that incorporates video to actively help student of all abilities meet outcomes in the course.

Jennifer Oldford is a Visual Arts and Science teacher at Prince Andrew High School in Dartmouth, NS. She completed her B.Ed. at MSVU in 2006 and will obtain her M.Ed. in Leadership Administration with a focus on Mental Health and Wellness from StFX this December. In her M.Ed. thesis, Jennifer examined how the visual arts can be used by students processing traumatic events.

Trevor Pierce has been teaching ELA, Social Studies, Drama, and other subjects in the HRSB for 12 years.  He was also a Literacy Coach for 3 years.  He currently teaches at Eastern Passage Education Centre.  Trevor met Shaun in 2007 and they have been coworkers, teammates and friends ever since they bonded over Rihanna.  Trevor and Shaun love to try new things, fail, and then do them again until they get it right.

Meghan Pineo has taught a variety of courses from grade 9 through 12 in the AVRSB. For the past two years she has taught ELA 10 and 11 and Communications 11 at Highbury Education Centre, an experiential school for students who are not experiencing success in their home high schools. Through this experience, Meghan has developed a variety of strategies and activities for teaching the reluctant ELA student.

Steve Vernon has been writing and telling stories for more years than you could count on a pocket calculator. His books include Haunted Harbours, The Lunenburg Werewolf, Maritime Murder and Sinking Deeper – or, My Questionable (Sometimes Heroic) Decision to Invent a Sea Monster.

Workshop Descriptions

Master Classes:  8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Master Class 1: The Mighty Pen
Sheldon Currie

Junior & High School  (Maximum Participants:  250)
Come along for a discussion on the power of the pen and a reading of a short story.

Master Class 2:  Writer’s Checklist
Shaun Doyle & Trevor Pierce
Junior & High School
 (Maximum Participants:  30)
Designed by Trevor Pierce and Shaun Doyle, the Writing Checklist just might be the best tool ever invented for teachers to implement the writing workshop. The Writing Checklist allows for student choice, responsibility and success. And, it will make assessment a breeze. You’re welcome!

Master Class 3:  Google Classroom Workspace
Christine Emberley
All Levels
 (Maximum Participants:  30)
Google Classroom may sound interesting, but who has the time to implement it?  Join an experienced Google Apps for Education user who is available for support while giving you the time to work on building lessons within Google apps. Please bring your own device.

Full Morning Session  10:15 - 12:25

If selecting this workshop please ensure you select Lunch Option C7.

A-6/B-6  Cultivating Voice by Exploding the Moment
Jessica Kerrin
All Levels
 (Maximum Participants:  30)
Jessica’s presentation is a practical behind-the-scenes look at the everyday experiences she chooses to write stories about. In so doing, she demonstrates how everyone, including her young readers, has had experiences worthy of sharing with others. This workshop includes video clips, short readings and a writing exercise. Teachers can adapt it for classrooms to help nurture and cultivate the unique voices of their students.

Session A:  10:15 – 11:30

A-1:  Yoga and Meditation for Reducing Stress in the Subject Area Classroom
Tracey Knox
All Levels
 (Maximum Participants:  20)
Try beginner yoga for de-stressing teachers and students. Learning about incorporating simple meditation and concentration techniques in your subject area classes. Bring or borrow a mat and learn some tried and true methods of being in the moment on your own or with your students.

A-2:  Advancing the Essay Game
Sheldon Currie

High School (Maximum Participants:  30)
Essay writing has a long history and a lot of famous writers have written in the form. It is often distinguished from creative writing, fiction, poetry, and play and film scripts but in fact essay writing in its multiple forms is, or can be, highly creative and is a useful form for students if the teachers assignments are designed to cater to their interests. We'll have a discussion to seek such assignments. I'm sure teachers interested in the workshop will have a variety of ideas of their own about the subject.

A-3:  How to Write Gooder
Natalie Corbett Sampson
Junior & High School  
(Maximum Participants:  30)
I hope to share my classroom session, prepared for students and presented as part of the Writers in the Schools program. In this presentation, I challenge students to use their own experiences and knowledge to express themselves through literacy and strengthen their writing skills. Specific topics include: point of view, timelines and events, dialogue and world building. The presentation includes group discussions, brainstorming, self reflection and games (with prizes, of course!)

A-4:  Enabling Students to Research Effectively (also known as the Problem with Wikipedia and "Googling").
Kathryn Bruce-Mactavish
High School
 (Maximum Participants:  30)
Contrary to past generations, today’s post-modern students research topics for projects, papers, and assignments primarily using online resources. Frequently students do not move past the most obvious sources of information regardless of accuracy, academic reliability, and relevance. As teachers we often hear that they do not know where to look for information past Wikipedia or simple “Googling”.  This cross-curricular workshop provides multiple research resources and tools to better enhance our student’s awareness of where and how to find that information they need.  We explore what it means to use reliable source information, how to recognize it, and how to cite it.

A-5:  Context and Essential Tools for Teaching Revision and Editing
Valerie Compton
Junior & High School
 (Maximum Participants:  30)
Revision and editing are not niceties applied like polish to a nearly-finished story: they are where the real writing happens. Learn to help your students to produce better written work by focusing with clarity,  confidence and joy on the most crucial parts of the writing process: revision, editing, rethinking and reimagining. Help them distinguish between a draft and a finished essay, article or story—and gain a greater sense of ease in your own writing practice at the same time.

A-7:  Teaching the Nitty Gritty of Writing
Lisa McCaustlin & Janice Doré
Junior & High School
 (Maximum Participants:  30)
This session will offer tips and tricks to improve your students’ ability to write correctly and clearly.  We will look at strategies to help students with grammar, punctuation, and sentence and paragraph construction.

A-8:  Discovering Your Voice in Writing
Heidi Lemire
Junior High
 (Maximum Participants:  30)
Finding a voice in writing is not always easy for young students. Having them engage in difficult topics like The Holocaust, Racism, and Discrimination is also not easy. By bringing the two things together I’ve discovered ways that have helped open the minds and hearts of my students, allowing them to find their voices. Let me share with you how themed literature floods, mentor texts, real life topics, and in depth discussions will help your students become empathetic to the injustices of the world around them, and let them use their voices to reflect on new knowledge, emulate victims, and express their own thoughts.

A-9:  Writer’s Checklist
Shaun Doyle & Trevor Pierce
Junior & High School
 (Maximum Participants:  30)
Designed by Trevor Pierce and Shaun Doyle, the Writing Checklist just might be the best tool ever invented for teachers to implement the writing workshop. The Writing Checklist allows for student choice, responsibility and success. And, it will make assessment a breeze. You’re welcome!.

A-10:  Essay Stations for Beginners
Sandy Keddy
Junior and High School  
(Maximum Participants:  30)
Essays can be intimidating.  This session presents a stations based introduction to beginner essay writing.  Stations allow for built in chunking or work and help students learn to pace their writing time effectively.


When registering, please ensure that you select a lunch option from Session B or Session C
  -  lunch option in Session B if selecting a workshop from Session C, or
  -  lunch option in Session C if selecting a workshop from Session B.


Session B:  11:40 – 12:25

B-1:  Yoga and Meditation for Reducing Stress in the Subject Area Classroom
Tracey Knox
All Levels
 (Maximum Participants:  20)
See A-1 for description.

B-2  Google Classroom Workspace
Christine Emberley
All Levels
 (Maximum Participants:  30)
Google Classroom may sound interesting, but who has the time to implement it?  Join an experienced Google Apps for Education user who is available for support while giving you the time to work on building lessons within Google apps. Please bring your own device..

B-3  How to Write Gooder
Natalie Corbett Sampson
Junior & High School  
(Maximum Participants:  30)
See A-3 for description.

B-4  Storytelling: The Root of Writing
Steve Vernon
All Levels
 (Maximum Participants:  30)
Through a series of entertaining and funny stories I demonstrate to my audience how to tell and write stories. Oh…and a ghost story or two as well. This is October, after all.

B-5  Context and Essential Tools for Teaching Revision and Editing
Valerie Compton
Junior & High School  
(Maximum Participants:  30)
See A-5 for description.

B-7  Lunch 1
Maximum Participants:  150
Park Room

Please make sure that you select a lunch option, either during session B-7 or session C-7.

Session C:  1:05 – 2:20

C-1  Centergy
Tracey MacDonnell
All Levels  
(Maximum Participants:  20)
Redefine yourself with Centergy.  Grow longer and stronger in this invigorating 60-minute mind-body workout.  Centergy incorporates yoga and Pilates fundamentals with athletic training for balance, mobility, flexibility, and the core.  Emotive music drives the experience as you breathe and sweat through this full-body fitness journey.  Take the time to Center Your Energy.

C-2  Multimedia Expressions of Learning
Tina Buott
Junior & High School
 (Maximum Participants:  30)
Allow students to express their learning and understanding through multi-media creations. Video, audio, info-graphic, mural, etc. Other ways of representing can provide engagement that many students are in need of. Join us for examples and suggestions on implementation.

C-3  Focus Group on the Public School Program CANCELLED
NSTU Facilitator
Junior & High School
 (Maximum Participants:  30)
During this interactive session, all participants will contribute to the update of the Public School Program, with a particular focus on education at the secondary level. Participants will work in small groups to discuss topics including high school graduation requirements, different pathways, credit systems, and structure and programming at the secondary level.

C-4  Soundtrack of our Lives
Patti Huston-MacIsaac
All Levels
 (Maximum Participants:  30)
We all have our happy and sad songs.  We have music that links to our memories and our identity.  This activity looks at using music to create student autobiographies.

C-5  Haiku: The Twitter of Poetry
Meghan Pineo
Junior & High School
(Maximum Participants:  30)
This workshop will provide attendees with activities and strategies for introducing Haiku poetry to their students. It will draw connections between the Haiku format and Twitter to show how teachers can relate this type of poetry to their students’ lives. Attendees will have the opportunity to try a variety of activities that they can take back to their classrooms. These activities and assignments could be used as the basis for a unit on Haiku poetry in middle school or as a non-threatening introduction to a high school poetry unit. All of the activities included in this presentation were developed with reluctant ELA learners in mind.  

C-6  Improv in the Classroom: Flying by the Seat of Your Outcomes
Shaun Doyle & Trevor Pierce
Junior & High School
 (Maximum Participants:  30)
The use of improv in the everyday ELA classroom benefits students and teachers by creating a supportive, respectful and creative environment. It is an engaging way to meet Speaking and Listening outcomes that can be used to enhance reading and writing comprehension and extension.

C-7  Lunch 2
Maximum Participants:  150
Park Room

Please make sure that you select a lunch option, either during session B-7 or session C76.

Session D:  2:30 - 3:45

D-1  Centergy
Tracey MacDonnell
All Levels
 (Maximum Participants:  20)
See C-1 for description.

D-2  WeVideo - One Cell Phone, One Classroom, One Chromebook, One Movie
Matthew McCutcheon
Junior & High School
 (Maximum Participants:  30)
To teach in today’s classroom requires risk-taking and strategies aimed at using accessible technology in innovative and creative ways. Many schools are equipped with Chromebooks, but until very recently there was not a useful editing tool for videos. I discovered the program “WeVideo” and it completely changed my expectations about what I could accomplish with my students.
The workshop will assist teachers with managing the use of using cell phones and Chromebooks to develop short films that can be used to assess English Language Arts outcomes. I will go over the various stages of how I unpack the unit to allow educators to see how this could work in their own classrooms.

D-3  Trauma and the Arts
Jennifer Oldford
All Levels
(Maximum Participants:  30)
The literary and visual arts provide unique opportunities for students to connect with and reveal their inner selves. However, we are not always properly prepared to support students who use these classroom spaces to process their pain. In this workshop, I will present some of the findings from my M.Ed. thesis and invite participants to discuss ways that we could better support our students in this important work.

D-4  Storytelling: The Root of Writing
Steve Vernon
All Levels
 (Maximum Participants:  30)
See B-4 for description

D-5  Context and Essential Tools for Teaching Revision and Editing
Valerie Compton
Junior & High School
(Maximum Participants:  30)
Revision and editing are not niceties applied like polish to a nearly-finished story: they are where the real writing happens. Learn to help your students to produce better written work by focusing with clarity,  confidence and joy on the most crucial parts of the writing process: revision, editing, rethinking and reimagining. Help them distinguish between a draft and a finished essay, article or story—and gain a greater sense of ease in your own writing practice at the same time.

D-6  From the Page to Social Change
Des Adams
Junior & High School
(Maximum Participants:  30)
Can spoken word poetry stoke the fire of social justice? Why are youth becoming more involved in this art form? Des Adams was one of those youth who was inspired nearly 10 years ago and has been involved with community initiatives and encouraging youth ever since. As a poet and an individual coming from many intersections of society, he will gladly take you on his journey of discovery and outline the many ways in which this art form can shine the spotlight on those who need it, earn the attention of community leaders and heal and strengthen the artist as well as their listeners.

D-7  Blackout Poetry
Patti Huston-MacIsaac
Junior & High School
 (Maximum Participants:  30)
Blackout poetry uses existing texts to create found poetry pieces and, potentially, visual art pieces.  The creation of blackout poetry pieces can be an engaging way for students to respond to and reflect on an existing text.

D-8  Haiku: The Twitter of Poetry
Meghan Pineo
Junior & High School  
(Maximum Participants:  30)
See  C-5 for description 

D-9  Improv in the Classroom: Flying by the Seat of Your Outcomes
Shaun Doyle & Trevor Pierce
Junior & High School
 (Maximum Participants:  30)
See C-6 for description

D-10  Basic Literary Essays
Sandy Keddy
Junior & High School
 (Maximum Participants:  30)
This session presents a stations based approach to basic literary essays.  We will use short films as our jumping point to explore theme and character analysis.


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