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New frontiers for new learning
Category Archives: Social Studies
On March 7, 2014, our staff engaged in a day of learning during our Professional Activity Day. The day was divided into three 100 minute learning blocks just like the students experience each day, but with a focus on our School Improvement Plan.P.A. Days are one of the many ways we engage in ongoing professional learning as a staff.
Our opening block provided us time to focus on mathematics. Our board has recently created a “Math Frame” whose components help to guide our overall work in numeracy, including: commitment, planning, assessment, engagement, instruction and relationships. We considered our own work within the frame and discussed next steps for us as a staff. We also had the opportunity to look at Ministry of Education research, including the article Supporting Numeracy: Building a Community of Practice.
Social Studies, History and Geography
In September 2014, our board will fully implement the revised Social Studies, History and Geography curriculum in our classrooms. We had the opportunity to examine what is new in the curriculum and compare it with our present work and understandings. The opening pages of the curriculum are interesting to explore as we did, particularly the concepts of disciplinary thinking (pg 13). We reflected on how inquiry based learning is an integral component of the curriculum. Our French teachers’ team was also able to spend time examining the recently revised French curriculum that has similarities as well.
Our afternoon concluded with a very special session led by one of our Designated Early Childhood Educators Ms. Theis. She was able to guide us through various art experiences that allowed us to learn and explore visual arts. The session used “provocations” to get us thinking, reflecting and inquiry in variety of ways linked to variety of curricular areas. Ms. Theis has recently started a professional blog and her inaugural post was about our learning session in the afternoon. Be sure to have a look for more wonderful pictures from the session like the one on left side of this page.
I want to thank all of the staff who helped to facilitate the day of learning and to everyone for their participation throughout the day.
Reflecting, learning, sharing: we ask of it of our students and so too of ourselves.
We look forward to putting the learning into action in the coming months of school.
On Friday February 8, 2013, our school looks forward to hosting four special visitors. We will be honored to welcome the Honourable Julian Fantino, Johann Olav Koss, Mardea Smith and Hannah Goedfa to our Learning Commons. Our grade five and six students will have the opportunity to learn from Minister Fantino about Canada and about our country’s work internationally. Mr. Koss, President and CEO of Right To Play , Ms. Smith from Right to Play and Ms. Goedfa, Youth and Goodwill Ambassador of Ethiopia, will share their unique experiences about humanitarian work in our world.
We are most excited to have the opportunity for our students to make connections from their work in the social studies curriculum to events and work from around the world. It will also provide an opportunity for us to think about our great country of Canada and our work as a nation. Our students are busy preparing some questions they have generated from discussions in class. We look forward to hearing from them as well on Friday.
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