Resources available from several of our current and/or past presenters
We choose our conference presenters and exhibitors carefully to provide intermediate teachers access to a wealth of skills, knowledge and materials. Some have websites which have additional information.
Diana is an award-winning author and educator who has taught at both elementary and secondary levels. Her practical workshops and detailed handouts are always enthusiastically received. Check out her latest book "Shhh! Canadian Scientists and Inventors Rule, A Science ABC" which was placed in every school library in British Columbia.
Diana's website is full of ideas and free resources which focus on making use of picture books in the classroom.
Ray is a former president of PITA and recently retired elementary teacher. He is passionate about supporting early career teachers. The StartUP program provides excellent teaching resources and strategies. Ray has also been working on using Flip Teaching - where students view lessons at home online and come to school to try out their new knowledge. Visit Ray's youtube channel and watch his Flip videos on Simple Machines.
Maureen is the Superintendent of Literacy and Numeracy for British Columbia's Ministry of Education. Maureen has worked as a teacher, SFU Faculty Associate, Principal, and Assistant Superintendent. She is currently leading a province-wide initiative entitled Changing Results for Young Readers and continues to work with BC's Ministry of Education to redesign curriculum, assessment and evaluation practices.
Resources from Maureen's Whistler workshop can be found HERE.
Natasha is presenting an Aboriginal Content workshop (Walk a Mile in Their Moccasins) at the 2016 MyPITA Fall Conference. We are thrilled to have her presenting with us for the first time
Job Cards (Word) (Pages)
Australian Aboriginal Art (Word) (Pages)
Character Cards (Word) (Pages)
First Nations Unit Youtube Resources (Word) (Pages)
FNMI Unit Plan (Word) (Pages)
Inca Notes (Word) (Pages)
First Nations Names (Word) (Pages)
Robin Ulster and James Denby
Robin and James have presented several times for myPITA on a variety of topics, including Coding, Design Thinking, and Computational Thinking.
Gameplay and Coding
Computer Science: Binary Numbers:
Intro: Whole Class Activity with cards
Binary Go Fish Worksheet Lesson Plans
Binary Go Fish Cards
Binary and Braille with Lego
Computer Science: From Binaries to Pixels:
Image Representation - Colour by Numbers
Computer Science: Algorithms:
Secondary: Turning Blinks into Letters
Elementary: 20 Questions Activity
Computer Science: Data:
Representation Matters (This can be adapted for ELA (novels), Science (e.g. climate change), Math (e.g. financial literacy), Social Studies (e.g. wealth inequality)
Your Perfect Day (class punchcards)
D&U Adapted Your Perfect Day punchcards
Programming/Coding: Sequence, Loops and Algorithms:
Lego Maze Activity
Fitness App Unplugged - Teaching Loops
Space Race Coding Game
Back to Back Drawing
Lots of Ways to Make a Sandwich
KidBots: Storytelling and Code
Made With Code
Fun Lateral Thinking Puzzles
10 Lateral Thinking Puzzle Sites
Edward deBono's Website
The Wallet Project, Facilitator's Guide
Ray has taught grades 2-7, been a Faculty Associate at Simon Fraser University (with a K-12 Module), and has also been a District Math/Science Coordinator (K-12). Ray has also written extensively for Addison-Wesley (Math Makes Sense, grades 3 - 7 in various provinces across Canada), and continues to do workshops that focus on topics such as language arts, assessment, fine arts, math and more! Ray continues to engage in writing, on-line video clips, and is currently working on a series of podcasts for new teachers.
Adrienne Gear is an elementary teacher, author and workshop presenter. She continues to teach two days a week in Vancouver and is a popular workshop presenter in districts across the province and country. She is known for providing teachers with practical lessons that can easily be implemented into any classroom. She believes on-going explicit instruction is the most effective way to enhance students’ ability in reading and writing. She is passionate children’s literature and is always on he look-out for the latest and greatest picture book to share! She blogs about children’s books and shares “a book a day” on her Facebook page.
Whistler 2017 Handouts
Non-Fiction Writing Power
Reading Power Revisited
Fall Conference 2016 Handouts: (Please check formatting before printing; different Word Processor/versions may lay out the pages differently.)
Non-Fiction Writing Power
Reading Power Revisited
Top Picks Book List
Jeffrey is Professor of English Education at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho.He is the founding director of the Boise State Writing Project which supports over 1000 teachers each year with over 30,000 contact hours of professional development.
He is a highly regarded author or co-author of 24 books about literacy and literacy education.
Jeffrey's Power Points from his presentations for myPITA:
Let Them Read Trash
Inquiry and Social Action
Jessica is one of the Aboriginal Success teachers in North Vancouver School District. She presented at Whistler 2018 on including Indigenous perspectives into the New Curriculum.
Metis Weaving (Grade 2-3, adapt for higher grades)
myPITA Math Slides
myPITA Storytelling Slides
Lori is a refuge of the Red River Metis Nation. Born and raised on the Coast Salish lands, I am deeply grateful to live, play and create on the unceded & traditional territories of the Coast Salish Peoples - xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) nations.
Plant Walk #1
Plant Walk #2
Jennifer Slack and Caralyn Andersen
Jennifer and Caralyn are teachers at Chaffey-Burke Elementary School and present on how to Target All Learners with Language Development.
Language Development Lesson Package
Describe It! sheet