Build UP! Your Program Successfully- Workshop Descriptions
Part of PITA's Year of Professional Support (YPS)

We helped you start up and now it’s time to Build up! Don’t miss out on this mid-year series of workshops that will help you Build Up Your Program Successfully offered as part of PITA’s Year of Professional Support. The goal of this next phase of YPS is to provide new teachers with building block units, strategies and resources for each subject’s PLO’s. Now that’s support!
Here are some of the highlights of our line up offered to each of the three separate cohorts. Details of the workshops are subject to change.

Download schedule: YPS Build up flyer Dec.pdf
Back to the YPS page.

Workshop Descriptions:

Here are some of the options we have offered:
Science 4/5 The Body
This body unit includes science (body systems), math (measurement), and expensions for PE (nutrition) outcomes from both grade 4 & 5 in a 6-8 week unit.
Ray Myrtle teaches gr. 4/5 in Burnaby and is the coordinator for the YPS program.

Science 6/7: Each participant will receive copies of two use-it-tomorrow projects: Invertebrate Adaptations (gr. 6) and Food Webs in Ecosystems (gr.7) both of which addressing grade-specific Life Science PLO’s. During the workshop we will show examples of scaffolding, differentiation, critical thinking & ongoing assessment to make the science project/research process both engaging and manageable for teachers and their students.
Anne MacLean has over 20 years of teaching experience primarily as a Special Education/Learning Assistance Teacher from Kindergarten to college levels. Anne has recently joined the Faculty of Education at UBC-Okanagan as the School Experience Coordinator for the Elementary Teacher Education Program.
Science 6- Electricty
This program, often sponsored by BC Hydro provides lessons and in some cases material for an electricity unit.
David Barnum - is a past president of the Science PSA, has written materials for BC Hydro and science text books and is an elementary school teacher on the Sunshine Coast.
Rhythmics is the first step to beginning dance. This session will help provide the structure for what and how to develop lessons at the intermediate level that correspond to the PE IRP. Accessing music, using equipment and integrating skills that transfer to other activities will be covered. Be prepared to participate, have fun and discover how easy it is to teach dance to your students.

Tammy Wirick is the PE, Athletics & Healthy Schools program consultant for the Burnaby School District. She has worked with beginning teachers as faculty associate, school associate, sessional instructor and mentor in her school district.
Glenn Young is PE Consultant for the Surrey School District and gives workshops throughout the province.

Title: FUNdamental Movement Skills (FMS)

Workshop Description: In a child, physical literacy is the combination of mastering fundamental movement skills and fundamental sport skills. FMS provide a foundation for many physical activities and everyday movements. This activity-oriented session will cover the FMS that are in the K-7 IRP and how to observe and provide assessment FOR learning through specific rubrics. Extensive handout with rubrics provided.

Examples of FMS are:
Locomotor: walk, run forward, run backward, dodge, jump, leap, hop, skip, gallop, slide, roll, stop
Non-locomotor: twist, bend, curl, hold, lift, lower, pull, push, stand, stretch, swing, turn, fall
Manipulative: Retain: carry, dribble-feet, dribble-hands, bounce;
Receive: 2 hand catch, 1 hand catch, trap
Send: underhand throw, overhand throw, strike with hands, strike with implement, kick.
Glenn Young, BEd., MEd.
Glenn is currently in his 12th year as the Physical Education and Athletics Coordinator for the Surrey School District. He is currently a sessional lecturer for the University of BC, teaching the PETE methods course for secondary students, and an instructor for Simon Fraser University, and Douglas College working with practicing teachers. Through 28 years of educational experience as a Department Head, Athletic Director, Teacher and Coach. He firmly believes that all students learn best through movement and can be physically educated. Glenn is passionate about speaking of the importance of Physical Education and how it prepares the body for learning.


Art Attack—PORTRAITS Unit. In this hands on workshop, participants will learn to help students create self-portraits. We will using a variety of principal and design elements, discuss assessment & evaluation techniques for art using examples from the unit, and go over the visual arts learning outcomes with Nora Mountain.

Learn differentiation of instruction through project-based learning. Participants will be introduced to multiple strategies to help meet a range of needs and learning styles. These strategies can then be applied in the social studies research units developed available on the PITA website.
Holly Lloyd has taught both primary and intermediate grades, and is now a teacher-librarian in Burnaby. She has presented nationally and internationally on a variety of topics. She is vice president of the Creative Problem Solving Society of BC and has been involved with Odyssey of the Mind for many years.

Whether you consider yourself to be fluent, semi-fluent, a little"rusty" or even a beginner, Liliana will practise some basic pre-written mini-dialogues
with you. These mini-dialogues will be a fun, interactive and communicative way to reinforce basic vocabulary and common question-response patterns. Watch as your students individualize each skit with their own personality, props and flare! Students will look forward to French class and eagerly explore new communicative activities.

Liliana Lanfranchi is a Core French teacher at Latimer Road Elementary in
Surrey where she teaches grades five, six and seven students. For the past three years, Liliana has offered monthly workshops to EFSL teachers in her district.
Liliana has also worked with the BCATML and PITA,
presenting workshops throughout the province. Networking with
colleagues and sharing resources and ideas, are invaluable professional development experiences that Liliana enjoys as much as she enjoys working with her students!
The Write Stuff
Participants will gain insight into delivering mini-lessons for Grades 4-7 to enhance their writing programs that are social, engaging, encourage revision and challenge students to extend themselves creatively.
Bryan Gidinski is an intermediate teacher who earned a Masters in literacy instruction, has worked with student teachers in Professional Development Programs and has been a presenter on literacy themed topics for 11 years.


"Getting back to the Basics: Using Mental Math to Deepen Learning". Ray will explore adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing, and how to help support students to make sense of it all. Ray doesn't believe in a one-size-fits-all approach, but rather, a more realistic approach where we give students various opportunities for learning in math. Ray will also look at the role of number, equality, and algebraic reasoning while exploring the many new changes in the new math curriculum. Ray's tips will be available in his ready-to-use handouts, as well as his comprehensive on-line support (see

For Ray's extensive bio see

Language Arts- Love that Dog! - Using Picture Books:

Primary teachers use them, and more and more intermediate teacher are enriching their programs with picture books. - ‘Love That Dog’ is a fabulous book, the students love it, you can read it aloud in less than an hour and it lends itself to great discussions and terrific lessons. Use it to teach multiple reading strategies, introduce and motivate students’ journal program, inspire students in a poetry unit.

Diana Cruchley is an award-winning author and educator whose workshops across British Columbia, the Yukon, and Alberta are always enthusiastically received. She is a recipient of the Governor General's Flight to Freedom Literacy Award. She has taught both elementary and secondary.