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23rd Apr, 2013

When a good teaching book falls short

I’m currently reading a book called Five Perspectives on Teaching in Adult and Higher Education (by Daniel D. Pratt). The book was written to enlighten educators to the bias that exists in our way of thinking and, consequently, our teaching approach/philosophy. Pratt’s arguments ring true in so many ways, as really he’s describing sociological norms […]

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22nd Apr, 2013

Salmon Release by Pear Tree Education

On Saturday 20th April, Pear Tree students finally released 52 Coho salmon fry into Beaver Creek at Stanley Park. It was the final field trip after the 3 month Salmon-in-the-Classroom course at Pear Tree Education. Check out these photos of the release! There are plenty more on our Facebook page:

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19th Feb, 2013

53 Salmon Alevin Hatched!

Pear Tree Education is happy to announce that 53 salmon eggs have hatched successfully! Fisheries and Oceans Canada provided Pear Tree with 55 salmon eggs in the middle of January. Sadly, two eggs didn’t survive. However, so far, 96% of the salmon are okay! Check out the photo below of the salmon in their alevin […]

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10th Feb, 2013

Local Water Testing

Students of Pear Tree’s salmon course decided to test water with potential pollutants they found around our buildings In the summer, some students from Pear Tree’s Go Green Eco Team course did drain marking to create awareness about harmful items contaminating our salmon streams. Yesterday, we collected garbage around the drain and tested the water’s […]

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24th Jan, 2013

The eggs are here!

Pear Tree is delighted to announce the arrival of its batch of 55 Coho salmon eggs! It’s exciting to be part of any sustainability project. However, being part of the Salmon in the Classroom project run by Fisheries and Oceans Canada is one of the greatest things any British Columbian can get involved in! The project, […]

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19th Jan, 2013

Salmon in the Classroom Underway

Pear Tree’s Salmon in the Classroom project is underway! Students at Pear Tree Education have commenced their salmon course, which covers the basic set-up of the tank. Now, the students are awaiting the arrival of the salmon eggs – scheduled to arrive on the 24th January. The picture above shows the basic set-up of the […]

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31st Dec, 2012

Reptiles & Amphibians Finale

Here are the photos of the end of course finale for the Reptiles & Amphibians students! For higher resolution photos, visit our Facebook page:

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15th Dec, 2012

Video: What is 21st century education?

Pear Tree Education presents its view on what 21st century education should consist of: integrated subjects (through theme-based learning), technology, hands-on learning, collaboration, student-centered learning, creativity / innovation, and entrepreneurship. This is the first in a series of videos discussing these different elements of 21st century education, as well as the problems of implementation such […]

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8th Dec, 2012

How to make exams more 21st century in 5 minutes!

If you’re reading this article, you’re likely to be either a teacher/parent that already knows that current exam methods are ridiculously outdated and worthless, or you’re someone that is wondering what could possibly be wrong with them. Note: If you are more interested in finding out how to modernise exams, please feel free to scroll […]

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4th Dec, 2012

Delusions about education and how life works

Coming to terms with the unpleasant truth that life has changed is the first step to admitting that your child needs a different kind of education Every parent wants their child to receive a great education and go on to a happy and prosperous life. However, when it comes down to making decisions that will improve […]

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31st Oct, 2012

Video: Critical Literacy: Tackling Difficult Topics with Children’s Literature

Here is Alexis and Lindsay’s presentation about how teachers can teach Critical Literacy in their classrooms.   Pear Tree Director, Alexis Birner, and Lindsay Bromley are two Vancouver school teachers and postgraduates. In this presentation at the Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable, starring Kenneth Oppel, Alexis and Lindsay demonstrate how they use picture books in their […]

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21st Oct, 2012

Meet Our Snake: Students first handle ‘Kinky’ our snake

After several weeks of learning about snakes, Pear Tree students have handled a snake for the first time! It is always interesting when children first meet any animal. They instinctively want to handle it and buy one! What Pear Tree feels is essential, though, is to make kids (and parents) realise that it isn’t very responsible […]

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Reptiles & Amphibians: Snake Camouflage

Students in Pear Tree’s Reptiles & Amphibians course have been learning about camouflage. As part of this mini-project, they created their own snake that would camouflage into the Pear Tree learning centre. And, they did this surprisingly effectively!

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20th Oct, 2012

Why does Pear Tree focus so much on nature?

We all have our own idea of what is educational and what is not. It can be hard to convince parents that studying about nature (creatures and the environment) is educational. But, let’s try. Aside from fulfilling the requirements of the BC curriculum, which covers such things as life cycles, Pear Tree’s 2 key goals […]

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1st Oct, 2012

What Student-Centred Learning Really Means

Student-centred learning is a common term – and not just in schools either. It’s one of the mostly commonly thought of concepts for what is modern education. However the term ‘student-centred learning’ different interpretations to different people. Wikipedia describes Student-Centred Learning as being “focused on the student’s needs, abilities, interests, and learning styles with the […]

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6th Jun, 2012

Pear Tree in the Vancouver Sun

Pear Tree is the subject of Janet Steffenhagen’s article on Supplementary Education in Vancouver (June 6th, 2012) Pear Tree’s method of education appeals to parents “who want to give their offspring an edge in a highly competitive world” writes Steffenhagen. The Vancouver Sun article takes a pragmatic view about the need for supplementary education in […]

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5th Jun, 2012

Changing Beliefs in Education… Animated!

Sir Ken Robinson discusses changes needed in people’s understanding of education. This amazing speech is accompanied by an equally amazing animation visualizing his ideas.  

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4th Jun, 2012

Students Meet Owls at Pear Tree Education

Students at Pear Tree Education get to meet live owls as part their Night Creatures course. Following two months of hands-on, interdisciplinary studies at Pear Tree’s 21st century learning centre on West Broadway, students finally got the chance to meet these amazing creatures close up. The results were amazing, with the kids being enthralled by […]

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24th May, 2012

Our Living Oceans – Student Work

Here is an example of a mini-project by Pear Tree students, Andrew and Ronald. The following pictures and text are all by them.   The Sea Dragon by Ronald This creature is called a Sea Dragon it lives a few billion years in the future, and it is evolved from a Narwhale (it became too […]

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4th May, 2012

Critical Literacy: Using Picture Books to Read The World

On April 28th, Alexis and Lindsay presented their Masters of Education graduate paper, about Critical Literacy: Using Picture Books to Read The World, at UBC. Alexis and Lindsay (both Vancouver elementary school teachers) discuss the nature of true picture books (or ‘picturebooks’), and how these books can be used for critical literacy practice in elementary […]

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