Welcome to my blog. My name is Adrienne Gear and I am an elementary teacher in Vancouver, Canada, where I have taught for over 20 years. I live in Vancouver with my husband, our two amazing boys and our dog. I am passionate about teaching, learning and best practice. I am also passionate (some might call it “obsessed”) with children’s literature and how to integrate books into all areas of learning.
I am a writer and have published 3 professional resources for teachers in the area of literacy: Reading Power: Teaching Students How to Think While They Read (Pembroke 2006); Nonfiction Reading Power: Teaching Students How To Think While They Read All Kinds of Information (Pembroke, 2008) and Writing Power: Engaging Thinking Through Writing (Pembroke, 2011). I am currently working on my fourth book called Nonfiction Writing Power.
I teach two days a week at Sexsmith Elementary School in Vancouver. I also provide professional development in-service and demonstration lessons in many school districts in British Columbia. I have also been invited to present workshops and at conferences in other provinces (Alberta and Saskatchewan), the USA (Kansas, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Minneapolis and the UK (Wales).
For more information about the workshops I provide, visit my website.
I am grateful every day that I am doing what I love: teaching and learning along side children and being able to share my learning journey with others. Through my books and workshops, my hope is that in some small way, I am making learning better for kids.
This blog is a place for me to share some of my lesson ideas and books I love with others, to reflect on my practice, and to explore my thinking around reading and writing. While it is a storage place of sorts, I also see it as a sharing place – so please feel free to use any of the ideas inlcuded to help you along on your literacy learning journey. I welcome ideas and thoughts from you too! Enjoy!