The impacts of the interaction between the ocean and the atmosphere create a unique climate for British Columbia that is a very complex topic for students to make sense of. The El Nino-La Nina Southern Oscillation often provide short-term changes to the British Columbian climate but many people struggle to understand why. This workshop will give you the dynamic tools and interactive techniques to help address the:
Social Studies competencies of cause and consequence, significance, and continuity & change to address the big idea that the physical environment influences the nature of political, social, and economic change; and the
Physical Geography competencies of interactions and associations, geographical value judgements, geographical importance, and sense of place to address the big ideas of natural processes have an impact on the landscape and human settlement, and interactions between human activities and the atmosphere affect local and global weather and climate.
Through this workshop we'll work through the American Meteorological Society Project Maury model on El Nino and La Nina.
Physical Geography 12 and Social Studies 9
Currently I teach Physical and Human Geography, Criminology, and Law at G.P. Vanier Seconday School in Courtenay, B.C. From 2008 to 2017, in addition to my job at Vanier, I taught EDCP 432, a methods class in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy for Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia. I was the British Columbia and Yukon Territory representative on the national executive for Canadian Geographic Education (CGE) from 2003-2010. In the fall of 2010, I was inducted as a member of the College of Fellows for the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. In the fall of 2012 I published "Teaching Elementary Students to Think Geographically" which is Chapter 5 in the updated edition of The Anthology of Social Studies: Issues and Strategies for Elementary Teachers. In 2013 the RCGS and CGE honoured me with the inaugural "Innovation in Geography Teaching" award. In February 2017 I was highlighted by Canadian Geographic as their inaugural "Geography Teacher of the Month". In the summer of 2018 I was selected as the only Canadian participant to the American Meteorological Society's Project Maury at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis Maryland. I have both a B.A. (advanced major) and a B.Ed. from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and a M.A. in Environmental Education from Royal Roads University in Victoria, B.C.