Bruce grew up in Alberta exploring his grandparent’s farm and enjoying the freedom of living in a small town. As the son of two teachers, learning was something that happened everywhere and all of the time, not just in a classroom. After graduating from the Peace River Bible Institute, he completed his Ed degree at the University of Alberta, and his Masters of Ed through Gonzaga University. Bruce has taught grades four through nine over the course of 28 years. He has worked with HCOS since 2008 and is currently in his fourth year as Principal of K-9. God has blessed him with a beautiful wife, an amazing family, and wonderful friends. Bruce loves the adventure of a life with Jesus. He’s had the privilege of helping to plant a church, lead worship internationally, mentor teachers, write and record music, take teams of teens to Africa for short-term missions, climb volcanoes, and hike to stunningly beautiful places where the hand of God cannot be ignored.
Bruce will be bringing us two workshops:
Smart Phones and Social Media: What every parent should know.
Ten years ago Smart Phones entered our world. Over the past five years, they have become pervasive in homes across North America. Facebook (2004), Instagram (2010), and Snapchat (2011) have, in a few short years, become major influencers in the lives of our children. The combined effects of social media and smart phones are now beginning to be seen. This workshop will share some of the latest findings regarding the impacts of them in the lives of children. I will also present some strategies that you can use in working with Smart Phones, Social Media, and your family.
Writing Made Easy Grades 4-9
Are you tired of writing assignments with prompts like “Write a story about a dog” that result in page after page of rambling narrative (usually featuring “and then…and then…and then…and then”)? We will start with a focus on providing students with tools that will strengthen their written compositions. From there, we will move to the quality paragraph as the focus. It’s amazing how simple the writing process can become!