Friday, February 11, 2011


One of the things that excites me most about teaching (and particularly about teaching in Cape Dorset) is making connections... The world of Nunavut seems so far away from the world I know, and yet we are part of the same country!

While I am in Cape Dorset I hope to connect my class with a class in Nova Scotia, whether electronically (through e-mails or skype conversations) or through snail mail letters back and forth, or through whatever means I can devise. I mentioned this to a friend of mine, Jane Baskwill, who is a specialist in children's literature at Mount Saint Vincent University, and she told me about a project she is involved in called Publish It.

Essentially, this is a project whereby students, parents and community members can create and publish simple picture books. After a short conversation, we decided that this would be a wonderful concept for me to take to Cape Dorset.

We still don't know how everything will sort out, but I now have the software for creating the books on a removable hard drive and I have some samples to take with me. I'm really exited about the idea of bringing Inuit culture back with me and I'm looking forward to the possibility of creating some books about life in Cape Dorset (maybe even in Inuktitut if the students can help me out!).

If you would like more information about Jane Baskwill's Publish It project, you can find it Here.

And I am still looking for a "sister class" here in Nova Scotia who might want to connect with me and my students while I am in the North, so if you're interested, please send me an e-mail!

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