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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Is Your Classroom Learning Centred?

Whether you instruct first grade or university students, take some time to think about where you are with creating a learning space where your students have ample voice, engage frequently with each other, and are given opportunities to make choices.
Guiding Questions

Use these questions to reflect on the learning environment you design for students:
•In what ways do students feel respected, feel valued, and feel part of the whole group?

•In what ways do students have ownership of the classroom? Do they ever make decisions about resources, environment, or use of time? When? How often?

•Do they have ownership in their learning? Do they have choices and options for projects, assignments, and partners for group work?

•When are students comfortable with expressing who they are and their thoughts and ideas? When are they not?
•When do you inquire about the needs of your students? How often do you do this? How often do you check for group understanding and adjust the instruction accordingly?
•How are desks arranged? Are students facing each other? Do they have multiple opportunities each week to share with fellow classmates, and to share with a variety of classmates?

•As the instructor, what is my "air time" each class session? How much direct instruction is there? How might I change some of that directing teaching to facilitating?


Sunday, August 14, 2016

TELL 2016

Over 1000 Principals and Vice-Principals from the province took time out of their summer vacation and attended TECHNOLOGY-ENABLED LEARNING AND LEADING INSTITUTE 2016. It is great to see so many dedicated educators learning two weeks before the return to school #TELL2016 #ontedleaders

 My highlights of the conference were:

·         Isabelle Fontaine @isafontaine expert in performance psychology shared how emotional energy is linked to innovation

·         Tony Wagner -  -encourage play and to have a purpose while integrating the 6 C’s into your classroom
  • Tranforming PD for Instructional Leadership by Arlene Aguilar @arlene_aguilar9 and Vickie Morgado @vickiemorgado1  - self-directed PD for teachers and administrators in technologically savvy ways including EdCamp models, flipped classrooms and Genius Hour and explore ways to grow Professional Learning Networks (PLNs) through current technological tools (e.g. Twitter, Voxer, Blab) to suit learning styles and needs. Highlighted using presentation software:
  • Rethinking Meetings - Blended Leadership Heather Campbell @HeatherMeadCamp  - consider blending face-to-face and online collaborative formats with clear purpose and intentionality in order to best use the time and talents of the group 

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Growing Character

 Tremendous collaboration and support by staff over the past few weeks in growing the character of the school. Hard work on their part in the preparation as the community experienced a: Gr. 8’s vs Teacher Soccer Baseball Game, Music through the Arts evening presentation School Board meeting, Variety/Talent Show, Welcome 1st Year Students for September 2016, and Sports Fun Day.

It was great to see all of these opportunities for our students as they were to be able to show their hidden talents away from the stream of academics. The school was rocking and all of the students were engaged as they made their way through these various undertakings.

Thank you to all the parents who took the time out of their busy schedules to experience with their children the venues that took place.

Previous articles on Character Education: