Moved into my new place today in Tillicum area.
Little bigger than the one on Shelbourne, but I miss being close to the university.


Film Processing

Visited my parents back in the little town of Ponteix, Saskatchewan in late February.  It was refreshing as I have not been home that often after having left shortly after high school graduation.
I looked through the old yearbook, took note of the changes my parents have made to their home such as getting rid of the wood stove and pool table.
Being back home was peaceful and filled me with memories for a time that cannot be re-lived. Oh if I only knew then what I know now, how I could have made a few changes to my plans.  I guess this is a part of what regret feels like.  If only I had known how insignificant and how little people cared about me and my dreams, perhaps I could have ....  If only I had been more realistic about my abilities and the things I tried to pursue.  I wonder how different things might have been if I had approached the professional photographer in Assiniboine for a job for instance.  I use to marvel at his big Hasselblad cameras when he came to do school photos and the fact that he was a sharp dresser who drove a Cadillac left an impression on me that was not easily forgotten.
Anyway, I digress, visiting my parents was also a time to introduce my new wife - a wonderful woman who makes living a worthwhile pursuit again.  It was also a time to make a few new images and process my first rolls of 120 film back in the downstairs bathroom - boy I haven't processed film there in decades and it was only 135 film at that time.
Visited a couple of my favourite spots at a lone stand of a few trees clinging onto life about 4 or 5 Km out of Aneroid.  I first took the shot back in the early 1980s with Kodacolour II film at that time.  There was short grass prairie broken with a well-worn cow trail leading towards Aneroid just beside the few trees.  Another favourite spot is in Aneroid at the abandoned school house.  As I work in this area I can't help but think about the guffaws of laughter and excitment that must have transversed the airwaves of this school years many, many years ago.
Another thing I like to do is monitor the area where I discovered a long-necked Plesiosaur in the early 1990s, but it was too wet to venture into that area this time.  The great disappointment about this fossil discovery, however, was that the sign on the highway intersection reads "millions of years" when in fact the creature only existed thousands of years ago.


Called to check-in for teaching with the Calgary Board of Education and found out they had the wrong phone number for me, so after rectifying the situation it was no more than five minutes before I got a call to go in to teach at an elementary school downtown.


I'm back

First few hours back in Canada. Landed in Calgary. Met my cousins girlfriend who gave me some ideas about where she works, so before retiring for the evening here in Calgary time, I had applied for two jobs at Bow Valley College.
Today got a new phone number for here in Canada.
So many things need to be done especially find a place to live and get a car to name just a few.


Revela-T Portfolio Submission

Dear Revela-T,
Here are my 4 images for consideration.


Yesterday evening I finally was able to print my entries for the Sooke Art Show 2015.
I used one of my two favourite papers: Ilfobrom Galirie glossy grade 03.


Well here we are in the new year 2015 January.  The end of the first semester and finals under way.
I haven't said much this term, access to blogger and other sites I like to use is not so easy here in China, yes there are ways around the commies, but not convenient ones.
I taught a full load of classes plus fulfill the role of department head for Arts & Electives.
Visual Arts 10 three blocks, each block 70 minutes long with an average of 30 students per class.
Then there is Arts Foundations for grades 11 & 12.
Next semester I have the same courses, which is alright by me.
Classs are all in my studio and my office is conveniently just around the corner.  Very quiet up here unlike the other departments where offices are filled with teachers.  In my area, its just me, the other teachers in my departments are spread out a bit in different offices.
I've had both the informal and formal observations forced upon me by the school, with one more unfortunately in March.  The vice-principal came in a couple of times; he has given me good reports, but I still don't like being judged!   I hate being judged and am quite upset by this lack of trust.  Have I not successfully already proven myself over and over again through teacher training and the practicuum?  Does this kind of stupidity happen to doctors, nurses, dentists, lawyers on a regular basis???
This term I've organized my individual teaching into their own folders, which allows me to keep better track of where I am in the semester and insures I'm providing the same knowledge and skills practice to all grades.
I try to have the following components in each topic folder:  Lesson plan with PLOs, student hand-out(s) with rubric, Ppt, and at least one short video.
I thought it would be common sense that when students have a grading rubric right before their eyes, right in their own hands, they would all be able to score an A - not so.  Anyway, I'm endeavouring to be as explicit as I can and reinforce the materials by repeating several times orally and visually.  But it doesn't matter how hard I work, there always are some who don't listen.  It isn't the language that is a barrier, its sheer laziness and not attaching much significance to the class!
Reflecting back upon the semester some questions come to mind.
How do I keep students engaged if they finish their assignment early?
Should I let them always select their own group partners, or randomly assign them myself?
Should I let them keep their cellphones or collect them at the beginning of each class?
Should I have vocabulary dedicated quizzes or just keep them within main quizzes and the midterm?
Should I give exams & quizzes?
Anyway, must finish marking and entering in grades and get ready for the next semester, hopefully I will be able to incorporate what I've learned this semester and continue to learn along the path of a teaching career.
On a slightly different tangent, I'm also slotted in to teach at China's premier photography centre:  Three Shadows in the Beijing art district later this year, something I look forward to.