June 20th – 24th

the-wizard-of-oz-slice1I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, whether it was at Fair Days, betting on the ponies, working in the yard, or just relaxing at your favorite hiding spot. Just a reminder as we head into our final two weeks that this can be a stressful time for students, not only the kids writing finals, but for those who may lose touch with friends as they head off to camp or travel with their families. I also know it is a stressful time for all of us as well as we look towards final assessments and progress reports. If you are “full” and need a place to vent, you know where the office is 🙂

Last week I was having a nice chat with Meredith about her upcoming performance in The Wizard of Oz at The Barn Playhouse and we came around to the topic of learning lines. She indicated there still a couple of performers who were not quite spot on, close, but not where they should be. It was interesting to hear her talk about the support that each performer has for one another, how they realize that they all need to be in sync for an optimal performance. I was thinking about those performers and wondering what would happen if they never did master their lines. The show would still go on, and the audience might notice missed cues or mixed up lines, however the overall message of the play would still come through. I noticed a parallel between this situation and our work with MPSC this year. We all play a role in our school, and just like the actors strive to provide the audience with a tremendous experience, we strive to provide our students with optimal learning experiences. But what do we do if one of our colleagues is struggling with their “lines” of MPSC? How do we support each other just as the actors in Meredith’s play support one another? This year we were working with a new script, and 2015-16 was a chance to practice our “lines” and work on picking up on cues from the audience, our students. I hope that everything you learned this year serves as the beginning of your foundation for years to come and through practice, practice, practice you begin to master the statements in a seamless fashion.

I have really enjoyed working alongside each and everyone of you for the past four years as we continued to strive for excellence in our students and in ourselves. I truly believe there is great potential at Hepburn School and that great things are in store for years to come. One of the many reasons I believe this is the leadership that is present on staff, from K through 12, there are tremendous leaders. I am only attaching one learning link this week because I think it is so important for all of you to watch. It’s only a 6 minute video, but it is one of my all time favorites. As I watched it I reflected on all the ways I saw everyone on staff lead in the four years I’ve been with you. In one form or another you all have your “lollipop story”, which I guess takes us full circle and makes us all part of the lollipop guild! Take a look, I’d love to hear your thoughts.


Here is what lies ahead this week:

Monday:

  • Grade 6’s swimming (Martensville)

Tuesday:

  • Grade 4’s gone to Batoche

Wednesday:

  • Final exams begin
  • Bruce gone all day (daughter’s field trip to Pike Lake)

Thursday:

  • Grade 8’s leave for Redberry
  • Bruce gone~am only (specialist appointment)
  • Staff Social~Barn Playhouse

Friday:

  • Ron gone all day (chaperone field trip)
  • Grade 1, 3 gymnastics / swimming trip (Saskatoon)
  • Grade 5 swimming trip (Saskatoon)
  • Grade 7, 9 swimming trip (PA)
  • Grade 8 Redberry~Day 2

As always, create a great week!

 

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June 13th – 17th

03-16-11-ThingsThatMatterChart-FeatureJust like the monkey said after he ran over his tail with a lawn mower, “it won’t be long now”. We are certainly on the home stretch as we wind up the 2015-16 school year, and last week was another example of what a tremendous school community we have. The SRC summer-fest was a great success, culminating in an epic slip-and-slide ball tournament. I’m sure many players (young and old) were feeling the effects of the many spills they took, all in the name of house points. It was great to see so many parents involved in activities this week, from field trips to Wednesday’s hamburger fund-raiser, to 4-6 track and field on Friday. Speaking of track and field, we have a great crop of track athletes moving up to the high-school in the next few years, I’m looking forward to seeing how they do in the future.

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SCC letting the town know the burgers are ready

If you recall from the May 30th edition of On the Horizon, the topic of gathering feedback for reflection was the topic of the blog post. This edition will be similar given the fact that our staff meeting on Monday, 13th will be a chance for us to reflect on the year together. I hope you had a chance to offer Jamie some feedback via the survey she created, not only will it help us move forward next year, it will provide Jamie with some information for herself as she continues to grow professionally.

In the first learning link Tesia Marshik challenges us to look at the science behind learning styles and the importance of critical self-reflection. It was the conclusion of her talk that had me really thinking about how I lead and how I teach. Why do I lead the way I do? Is it simply because it is what I believe is the best way, or do I have proof? This also applies to how I teach. Do I teach the way I do because it has worked in the past? Or is it because I’ve heard the strategies I use have worked for others? Do I teach the way I do because it fits who I am, or do I teach the way I do because it fits who my students are? Take some time to watch the video, I’d love to hear your comments.

Burger time!
Burger time!

Of course any sort of reflecting without involving your students would seem futile, after all they have been your audience all year. In the second learning link David Cutler (@spinedu)discusses strategies he employs to gather information and use it to improve as a teacher. One of his suggestions is using his personal learning network to connect with teachers during the year and over the summer months. As you reflect on your year, think about your PLN, has it grown? Have you offered advice to others in your PLN?

The final, and in my opinion the most important learning link is a short, simple video that reminds us what is important in life. Keep things in perspective!

Here is a look ahead at the week to come:

Monday:

  • Staff meeting (3:15)

Tuesday:

  • Grade 9 drama production
  • Bruce gone (pm only) ~ Assessment book study

Wednesday:

  • Hot dog Lunch

Thursday:

  • Physics 30 presentations (am)
  • Sheppard’s Villa Lunch ($2.00 by donation)

Friday:

  • Ron gone (all day)

As always, create a GREAT week!


 

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June 6th – June 10th

poh08Please pass the sun screen! Whoa, the temperature is really going to ramp up this week, I have a feeling the 3’s to 6’s might be using the library and computer lab more than usual to help the kids keep their focus. Hopefully you had a chance to enjoy the nice weather this weekend, I was busy with the kids in the park and getting our children’s annual  photos completed. These pictures are something we do every year, and this got me thinking about patterns, and the patterns we follow in education.

ducksWhat are the things that are likely to happen in June? Are teachers away more? Are units winding up  so there is more “busy work”? Are we rushing the kids trying to “dot the I’s and cross the T’s” in time for progress reports? Is it a time for bus trips to take the kids on experiential leaning adventures? Is June a month where Ron and I spend less time in your rooms? Are you more excited to come into school in June, or are you being pulled by other interests? You may scoff at that question, but think about a teacher who has 4 young kids at home and for this person school is a chance for some adult contact.

Think about how kids are approaching June, have they been trained to think they just need to get through a few more weeks? Is June always the month where kids begin to get more stressed due to final assessments? Is June the month kids look forward to the most because there are field trips and more opportunities for hands on learning? Do you know how your students feel about June? What do you think they would tell you? Yesterday, my brother-in-law, who is also a teacher, asked my 9-year old if he’s looking forward to summer. I was shocked to hear him say, “I’m going to miss math.” I asked him on the way home why he said that and he said he is going to miss math because, “I have gotten really good at it”. Interesting stuff. What are your students going to miss?

44ccbe95859d0b2a12ca47f21843178aLearning Link 1, for those who love poetry, speaks of the importance of pattern, not only in our writing, but in our own being. Could this need for pattern be the reason we continue to follow the same routine we do? I’d like to hear your thoughts.

Regardless of whether you change things or not, one of the activities I think is so important is the act of reflecting with your students on the year that has past. In Learning Link 2 the author shares some ideas for end of the year reflections for students. I really like the idea of creating a hashtag for what the students have learned for each subject. I wonder what some of those young scientists in grade 9 would create? Or if the grade 8’s would create one like #mycardboardboatsank? Maybe the grade 3’s would create a hashtag like, #nodesksnoproblem. Another cool activity is the letter to a future student or to your future self. This is something we have done as an ALT group, and it is pretty neat to open the letter in September and get the reminder of what is important to focus on. What would a student in grade 4 write to a new kid coming into Mrs. K’s class? What about a grade 10 student? What would they write to a grade 9 student as they get set to embark on the journey of percentages and credits? And what about a kindergarten student? What advice would they give to a student entering Hepburn School for the first time? I’m sure they would talk about baby ducks at some point!calvin-hobbes-school


Here’s what is coming up this week:

Monday:

  • Spirit week starts

Tuesday:

  • Grade 8’s are gone to the cardboard boat races in Saskatoon
  • Grade 6’s are at the U of S for a field trip to the Biology building

Wednesday (Hawaiian Day):

  • Kindergarten field trip to Saskatoon
  • Fort McMurray fundraiser lunch

Thursday:

  • Joanne Reed here to work with Jackie Salzl (per. 1 only)

Friday:

  • Grade 4-6 Track and Field in Rosthern

As always, create a great week!


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May 30th – June 3rd

Feedback with Colourful Comments Symbol20160526_095531Wow, what an amazing week we just completed. Hepburn School was buzzing from start to finish and there was a great “vibe” throughout. Track and field events provided bookends for the week as the elementary event went on a perfect Tuesday and the senior track team participated at Griffiths on a crazy Friday that featured sunny skies and rolling thunder. It was great to see everyone out there having fun and trying their best. In between we had a lot of great learning going on in the building as Joel Jeschke had the library rocking all day Thursday, thank you very much Kurt and Meredith on creating a great opportunity for all of our learners. Renaye had the grade 9 science fair which had kids young and old “ooohing and aaahing” at some of the cool creations, it was an electric atmosphere, that’s for sure!20160526_132109

This week the learning continues as you will see outlined in the final section. Our grade 12’s are going to be exploring Saskatchewan on their annual SaskTrip while the pre-K’s will be learning what is next on their learning journey as they have their graduation and K introduction. On Tuesday, Ron, Danielle Olson, and myself will be at our final ALT meeting for the year where the theme for the meeting is Learning from Failures.

20160524_115107During her last visit, Lori asked us about how we are going to gather and give feedback as the year winds up. She asked how we are going to reflect with Jamie and how Ron is going to offer me feedback as I prepare for the next step in my journey. This had me thinking about how we get feedback from our students as the year comes to a close. Learning Link 1 is an article from Vicki Davis (@coolcatteacher)that invites us to think about different ways of gathering feedback from our students to help us improve for next year. What are some ways you are doing this? Here is a thought I had as I read this, what if this was a required process and the information that was shared had to be a key part of our transition meetings? Would that change our conversations? I’d love to hear your thoughts.20160525_100322

In Learning Link 2 I have included the instructions for creating an online survey (for free) by using SurveyMonkey. When you have a look at the instructions, think about the types of questions you’d like to ask and how you will use the feedback you may receive. Are you interested in how you did as you tried to actualize parts or all of My Prairie Spirit Classroom? What questions could you ask in a survey? Could they be as simple as:

  • in our class the students do most of the talking
  • in our class the teacher sits beside me as I learn
  • in our class I get to choose how I show my understanding
  • in our class our teacher has high expectations of our work
  • in our class I get feedback on my work that helps me improve
  • in our class the teacher lets us know what the main idea for the lesson will be
  • in our class we have had other teachers come in to watch our teacher teach

How do you think your students would answer those questions?

Finally, here is a short video where a group of experts discusses the importance of education from there point of view, cool feedback for all of us.


Here’s what is going on this week:

Monday

  • SaskTrip begins, Ryan, Renaye and the grade 12’s are on the road
  • Bruce gone (am only)

Tuesday

  • Pre K graduation in the gym, followed by K introduction
  • Ron & Bruce gone all day (ALT meeting)

Wednesday

Thursday

  • Bruce gone (am only, medical)

Friday

  • SaskTrip concludes
  • Tana Thiessen at Provincial Track & Field (High Jump)

As always, create a great week!

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May 23rd – 27th

quote-Vince-Lombardi-practice-does-not-make-perfect-only-perfect-41781What a nice long weekend, with one day to go! Hopefully you do not read this until Monday night or Tuesday morning. I hope you were able to get the work done you needed to on Friday, those prep days sure help, especially when we are heading down the home stretch.

With students attempting to best their best in track and field, I’ve been thinking a lot about excellence lately, and how this applies not only to athletics but to academics as well. If you think about how motivated athletes are to be the best in their event, think about all the preparation they put in leading up to the big event. Competitors will practice tirelessly with no possibility of a ribbon or trophy at the practice all in the hope that they will be the best they can be when it counts. How can we help our students adopt this attitude when it comes to their studies? It is my belief that all students want to be successful, and if there is the likelihood that they will be successful they will work towards it.

far-sideImagine this scenario:

A track athlete spends weeks practicing for the 80 meter hurdles event. This student works with coaches who bring in experts who can demonstrate certain skills and techniques to help the athlete be the absolute best they can be. The student then practices, day after day, keeping in mind what the expert had shown them. They listen to their coach who not only encourages, but who gets out of the way and offers advice when needed. The student feels they are ready for the big event. The night before they get a great sleep, then wake up to have a healthy breakfast and head to the track. They arrive at their event and this is where the surprise shows up, all of a sudden the hurdles are at different heights and spaced in unusual ways. The event that was supposed to be an 80 meter event is now 120 meters. The student lines up and runs the race, doing alright, but struggling along the way. The event did not mimic the practice.

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Gr. 7 Root Beer Making

Now, ask yourself this, do we do this to our students? Do our assessments (big events) match the practice work? Do we allow them to learn and push themselves without fear of failure leading up to the assessment? Just some thoughts as we head into the season of final assessments.

Learning Link 1 is a very interesting article that talks about ipsative assessment, or grading personal bests. As I was reading, I was wondering how I could make this work with the grade 8 math students I am teaching algebra to in June. This form of assessment is very reflective of athletic training or video game playing, but would it work in your classroom? Have a read, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

The second Learning Link is one that comes from Vicki Davis (@coolcatteacher), in it she shares, “5 fantastic, fast, formative assessment tools”. One of the tools is Plickers, and as you know this is something Leah and Ruth use frequently in their classes. It’s always so nice to see some of the things we are doing supported by the latest educational talk. Take a look at the article and see what catches your eye…who knows, maybe you will try something, love it, and share it at a staff meeting.

In Learning Link 3, Dylan Wiliam talks about the importance of task specific feedback versus praise when it comes to moving student learning forward. Early in the video he states that giving praise has little to no positive impact on student learning, and may at times be detrimental, or have a negative effect. He says if we are just going to give praise (i.e. Bruce, this was your best blog post in the past 3 weeks) we’d be better off giving no feedback at all. What do you think? Is there a place for praising student effort? I’d love to hear your thoughts after you watch the video.


Here is a look at the week ahead:

Monday:

  • enjoy your day 🙂

Tuesday:

  • Elementary T&F set up

Wednesday:

  • K – 6 Track & Field

Thursday:

  • Joel Jeschke visit (Life Trans 20/30, Music)
  • Grade 7 trip to Moose Jaw
  • Grade 9 science fair

Friday:

  • Sr. Track & Field Districts (Jesse, Bruce gone)
  • Subway Lunch

As always, create a great week!

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May 16th – 20th

trustWhat a nice baby shower Friday after school, it’s always great to gather as a group in those less formal settings to laugh together and celebrate the important things in life. Once again the social committee did a great job, so thank you very much for that, I could tell Lindsay really appreciated it.

Some fluffy new K critters
Some fluffy new K critters

Looking forward to another busy week, this one will be a shorter one, but none-the-less, it will be a whirlwind for sure. Last week I had the fortune of having some really great conversations in my office with various teachers on topics ranging from student learning to frustrations outside of the school. I’m reminded of how lucky I am to work with such amazing people everyday, and how much I appreciate the trust that has been built up in the 4 years I’ve been at Hepburn School. The trust that I feel exists between our staff members has me thinking about how this extends to our classrooms. Do your students trust you? Do you trust them? Is trust needed in the pursuit of deep, lasting learning?

Would you trust Al?
Would you trust Al?

Learning Link 1 talks about trust, and how important it is to student learning. In the article, the topic of being fair is broached, and this quote stood out to me. The author writes, “fair means all students getting the same rules, and exceptions to those rules”. Do you think fair means all students getting the same rules? I’d like to hear your thoughts on this.

In Learning Link 2, one of my favorite speakers, Simon Sinek, talks about the critical need for human contact and trust to move an organization forward. It might be a little heavy on the business side of things, but I wonder what parallels you see to education, and more specifically to Hepburn School and your classroom? I really like the point he strikes at the 11 minute mark when he talks about leadership and the inspiration we can have on those with whom we work. If you have time, watch the video, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it.

The third Learning Link is an article that talks about developing trust with our students. Here is a line I lifted from the article, I wonder what it makes you think? As teachers, we have learned to distrust our students. Have a look at the article and see if you agree with Ben Johnson’s view of how we can use differentiated learning, project-based learning, and dare I suggest genius hour, to build trust between student and teacher. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.


Here’s what lies ahead this week:

Monday (Day 6):

  • K – 6 school yard clean up (after 
  • Staff meeting (3:15) Agendas have been placed in your mailboxes
  • Ron presenting Bethany proposal to PSSD board

Tuesday:

  • Track & Field practice after school

Wednesday:

  • Grade 7 Bio-blast trip (U of S)
  • Danielle Olson visit (am ~ tentative)

Thursday:

  • Grade 7-12 Track & Field (Griffiths)
    • Ruth, Jesse, Scott gone

Friday:

  • Teacher prep day

As always, create a great week and please have a great May long weekend!

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May 9 – May 13

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Just because...
Just because…

Another amazing week in the rear-view mirror and there were a lot of great things going on in and outside of the school. Last Tuesday, Jamie, Ron and myself had the honor of sharing your story at division office with John Kuzbik, some superintendents, a board member, and two other schools. A cool part of this process is the opportunity for other schools to offer feedback and ask questions after watching our presentation. The comment that made me smile the brightest was an anonymous one that simply said, “I can tell there is great team work going on at Hepburn School”. Who ever said that was right, and I’m glad that the stories and images Ron and Jamie shared conveyed that important message.

Please score a goal!
Please score a goal!

Last week it was evident yet again how much heart there is in our educational community, as the activities were once again, focused on the students. Seeing Sandi go above and beyond to collect money for a needy cause and also spend time power washing the tarmac was just one example, thanks for that Sandi! Jackie and Ruth organized a couple of special days for the students where they could learn about lacrosse and track and field from some experts, thanks for that Jackie & Ruth. Ron has been working tirelessly on making a dream of using Bethany a reality, and I know the extra hours he is putting in on that, not because it is best for him, but because it is best for the students, thanks for that Ron! Seeing the EAs work magic with the students who need just that little extra so school can be a place where they can thrive, not just survive, thanks to all the EAs for that. Everything else that is going on, from SRC fundraising, to SaskTrip plans, to grad planning, to basketball wind ups, to persuasive writing projects, to TinkerCAD, to Track and Field practices, and on and on it goes. I always worry that I’m missing some information when I point out some of the cool things I hear and see during a week, so if I forgot to mention something you were involved in, I apologize. What impresses me the most is the humility with which you approach all of these activities. Never once has anyone of you come to me and said, “please mention me in On the Horizon for the work I am doing”. You do the work because you care, and you care because our kids are worth it, thank you everyone for that!

Creative Kids!
Creative Kids!

My focus this week is on the importance of humility. In the first learning link (which is just an excerpt of a larger document), humility is defined and viewed through the lens of teaching. Do you feel you need to be the expert in the room? Does all the teaching have to flow through you? How do you model humility for your students?

Learning link 2 comes from Dave Stuart Jr (@davestuartjr) who writes about the importance of humility and how it can make you a better teacher. His article really had me asking myself a lot of questions (which is the sign of a great article, isn’t it), especially on how we receive compliments. Have a read, I’d be interested to hear about what your thoughts are on humility.

The final learning link is a gripping TEDtalk that will make you laugh, and might bring a tear to your eye. The title of the talk speaks for itself, Ben Dunlap is a very good story teller.

Here is just some of the things that are going on this week:

Monday:

  • 9:00 am ~ bus drivers meeting (staff room)
  • Track practice after school

Tuesday:

  • Gr. 4 persuasive writing proposal presentations (classroom)
  • Track practice after school

Wednesday:

  • K – 6 yard clean up, please supply a rake or wheel barrow if you can

Thursday:

  • Wacky hair day
  • Sheppards Villa Lunch ($2.00)
  • Bruce gone (am only ~ medical)

Friday:

  • Ron gone (all day)

Saturday:

  • Steak night (see Ryan for more information)

As always, create a great week!

 

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May 2nd – May 6th

Another glorious weekend, and it looks like the weather will continue to be nice this week, great news for you golfers, right Scott? I had an amazing weekend with lots of different activities; helping my mom work in her yard, watching my nephew play wheelchair basketball in the Western Nationals, and exploring different parks in the city with my kids. What were you busy doing this

Working on element boxes
Working on element boxes

weekend?

This week is a special one in PSSD as it kicks off the annual Learning for Life presentations by all of our schools. In May, our regular monthly administrator’s meeting is replaced with several

presentations where 3 or 4 different schools come together in Warman to share their learning story from the past year. This year we are so excited to have Jamie coming along to share her story, which really is the story of all of us. We have had such a tremendous year together, and when Ron, Jamie and I huddle around a computer deciding what to include in our presentation, we marvel at how far we have come this year. In August, I felt we were a staff who collectively looked at the My Prairie Spirit Classroom document with trepidation and doubts. Today, I feel we are a staff that believes in risk-taking when it comes to our own learning, and we are open to sharing with each other. Does this mean we have MPSC mastered in all of its facets? Of course not, but there has been a real growth in the culture of learning at Hepburn School, and I’m excited to see where this continues to go.

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Gr. 4 discussing assessment

Some of the great things I see when I go into classes are when you allow kids to explore their own creativity. From Kurt with his TinkerCAD in math class, to Renaye and her element picture boxes, to Leah & Ruth’s genius hour, to Meredith’s photo journalism presentations, the list could go on and on. Some of the creative things are

easier for us to see, like the amazing art work Sandi and Jesse have been inspiring their students to create, while others are not so visible to all, like the creative thinking Scott is having his students do as they explore Shakespeare. Learning link 1 talks about creativity in the classroom, with three of the authors favorite strategies. What can you steal from this article?

One of the things we are most excited to talk about in Warman, is our dedicated reading time.

Gr. 3 Reading Strategies
Gr. 3 Reading Strategies

This article, learning link 2, caught my eye right away, as it is the topic of many conversations Ron and I have in his office on a weekly basis. I was able to sit in on one of Ruth’s book talks the other day, and was inspired to come up with a list of books I want to talk to classes about. Are you doing book talks during or after your reading time? Do the kids know what you like to read?

 

As always, lot’s going on this week, so here is a look ahead…

Music Monday:

  • Students from gr. 7 – 12 will have an opportunity to head over to Martensville for some music education
  • Staff meeting after school (Ryan’s room)

Tuesday:

  • Ron, Jamie & Bruce away (am only) at our Learning for Life presentation
  • Jr. badminton playoffs today

Wednesday:

  • Grade 7 – 12 lacrosse lessons today (thanks to elem. teachers for making gym available)

Thursday:

  • Jr. badminton playoffs, round 2
  • Ascension Day (you may be missing several students today)

Friday:

  • University of Saskatchewan track athletes here to work with students in 7 – 12

As always, create a great week!

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April 25th – April 29th

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This past week at our monthly ALT meeting, we had the privilege of working for the morning with Cris Tovani (@ctovani) to discuss student and adult learning, engagement, and literacy. During our discussion on engagement the terms emotional engagement, behavioral engagement and cognitive engagement were introduced. We were asked to think about those terms, and we were asked to think about the statement, “I can label instructional practices that cause emotional, behavioral, and cognitive engagement in students“. As I thought about this I felt I was pretty adept at

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Side by side adult learning

labeling emotional and behavioral engagement, but really struggled at labeling cognitive engagement. Take a moment and think about how you identify these 3 types of engagment in your lessons. Are they all important? All equally important? If you were asked to provide evidence that student X was emotionally, behaviorally, and cognitively engaged in your lesson, what could you show? Learning link 1 is a blog titled, literacylabs.org and is co-authored by Cris Tovani and Samantha Bennett and contains some wonderful articles that provide a lot of food for thought.

Creating connections
Creating connections

The afternoon portion of our ALT meeting featured some side by side learning facilitated by some of the learning facilitators from our division. Jamie spoke to a group of about 12 administrators discussing her role as an LF, what she has learned this year, what some of the challenges have been, and what some of the successes have been. It was a powerful reminder that some of the deepest learning occurs when you sit beside your learners and have a conversation. As seen in the image, several conversations (and learning) continued after the “formal” part of the presentation was over. It made me wonder, do we give time for learners to discuss and reflect on what was presented, not only in our classrooms, but in things like staff meetings or professional development sessions? In learning link 2 the notion of establishing a culture of student voice is discussed and several strategies are shared. As you read, reflect on things you have done or want to try to illicit student voice in your classroom.

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Side by side learning in grade 7.

The final learning link is a classic video from Ken Robinson where he discusses student engagement. He talks about 3 critical factors we need to give our attention to for students to be successful. They are:

  1. People are naturally different and diverse and our education system needs to reflect this.
  2. People are naturally curious and that children are natural learners
  3. Human life is inherently creative

Looking at those three factors, ask yourself if you are creating an environment that allows naturally curious people the space and time to be creative in their own unique way? I really think we are doing this more than we realize, however it does not mean we can’t continue to shift our thinking and our practices.

Here’s what is coming up this week:

Monday:

  • prep day

Tuesday:

  • Day 4
  • Jr. badminton team travels to Hague

Wednesday:

  • Teen Aid presentations today
  • Sr. badminton heads to Leask for round 1 of playoffs

Thursday:

  • SRC Spirit Day: Wear your house team colors!
  • Teen Aid presentations day 2
  • Jr. badminton hosts Hague

Friday:

  • Grade 5/6 floor hockey tournament in Warman

As always, create a great week!

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Important Update to On the Horizon

Just wanted to give you a heads up on a new feature added to On the Horizon. If you look at the upper portion of the page you should see a link called The Daily Learner. This is a link to an online newspaper that contains the latest news in the world of education. It is a way to keep up on the great articles that you might otherwise miss.

Have a look, and don’t forget to bookmark it, the ideas will be updated daily.

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