Hi Everyone. I am Stephanie Myers and this is my sixth MET course. I work in alternate education and absolutely love it. Three years ago I opened an alternate school program in Burnaby, BC called the Burnaby Youth HUB which is growing in numbers each year. It is a pleasure to see students who the education system had given up on or who have given up on the education system out of frustration or personal issues return, on their own terms and discover the joy of learning. It’s a pretty awesome job (99% of the time) and I feel grateful that they trust me to share in their journeys with them.
Outside of work and school I love being active in the outdoors – running, cycling, surfing, etc. I love learning – particularly from others and their unique experiences. I think that is why oral culture is so appealing to me – there is just something about hearing someone tell their story, share their wisdom.
I chose the above image because it represents something that has been of growing interest and concern – the dissemination, storage, and access to information and how changes in technology are creating gains and losses in these areas (The O’Donnell audio really struck a chord with me, but I will get into that later).
I look forward to working and learning with all of you.
Thanks for posting the link to the Burnaby Youth HUB, and it is sounds like a wonderful program. One comment about the image of the Bronx Reference Centre you posted, even though you can tell upon close inspection it is a library, a first glance it reminded me of the lunchroom most elementary schools used to have. Now, of course, many of those rooms have been repurposed, and lunch is usually had at the student’s desk, but it seems to be another one of those losses the Cambridge forum alludes to, and it is nice to see that Burnaby Youth HUB is allowing children a place to interact and learn from each other, like the Bronx college students pictured.
Looking forward to reading more of your thoughts,
This place is kind of like today’s “cloud”, isn’t it?
Very true. I’d never thought of it that way!