Happy Autumn

stones_640Welcome back to another exciting year of connections, relationships and opportunities to be inspired through learning. If you are like me, you’ve been pondering and sparkling with ideas about how to move the Redesigned Curriculum forward. Sometimes a story unpacks the journey better than talking. So we’ve put together some of the stories from our teams as they explored the curriculum and what it means to learning. Click here or you can go to the top toolbar and select CURRIC STORIES. These are not meant as full units. Rather, they serve to illustrate learning windows into the process. There are more to come and we’re eager to share starting points of conversation.

documents-158461_640Planning is an art and teachers come at it through different ways. Our teams have been using a “KDU Planner” (short for whatever works). Many of the curricular areas have been created using this format, open for any teacher to add their own teaching notes and activities, merge and colour code cross curricular, copy/paste into report cards – basically whatever you wish them to be. Click here if you wish your own copies.

Professional learning is extremely important as we continue our learning work with students and staff. Workshops, Learning Series across a variety of areas are being finalized; some have been set and are available on our Announcements (to your right). As we continue to update this area, come back often or you can subscribe to this blog site.

Please share this post with anyone on your staffs. Wishing you all a fabulous year of curiosity and wonder.

Happy Summer

library_skyAs promised, here is a list of books gleaned from our “Summer Reading” survey last week – some gems waiting for you.
And from our Learning Technologies Team > we wish you all a great summer of rejuvenation and relaxation with family and friends.

  • Invent to Learn –  Gary Stager and Sylvia Libow Martinez
  • Dark Matter – Blake Crouch
  • Hardwiring Happiness – Rick Hanson
  • Mathematical Mindsets by Jo Boaler
  •  Guided Math Conferences by Laney Sammons
  • The Innovator’s Mindset – George Couros (*this showed up on many lists)
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (play)
  • Teach Like a Pirate – Dave Burgess
  • Why Do I Need a Teacher When I’ve Got Google? – Ian Gilbert
  • Fates and Furies – Lauren Groff
  • The Myth of Ability – John Mighton
  • What’s Math Got To Do With It – Jo Boaler
  • Pax – Sara Pennypacker
  • Generation Stressed – Michele Kambolis
  • The Little Paris Bookshop – Nina George
  • Precious Cargo – Craig Davidson
  • The Others series – Anne Bishop
  • Growth Mindset Pocketbook
  • Kids Deserve It
  • Professional Readings – mindset, rereading Math Daily3, Cafe, food
  • Plants of Coast Salish, Plants of BC
  • anything by Sandra Brown, James Patterson, Richard Wagamese
  • A two-foot high pile of books including We are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen, some graphica and hopefully a re-read of the Outlander series
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Math, Math and More Math

In partnership with Ron Coleborn (Math consultant), we are pleased to announce two Math softwares available for teachers to apply:

  • Dreambox Learning (Math)
  • Skoolbo (Math and Literacy basic skills) (Canadian version)

dreamboxDreamBox is an online Math resource (K-8) intended to support personalized instruction for students from intervention to enrichment. The ongoing formative assessments within the program can align classroom practices and lessons creating a blended model of instruction. Some of our schools have been using the program in pilot and can share their stories. A small number of purchased student licenses are available. More information can be found under WEB RESOURCES > DREAMBOX LEARNING.   Teachers who are interested may apply on our FORMS page.

skoolbologoSkoolbo (Canadian version)(K-5) is now available for those who are seeking practice in basic skills in Math or Literacy (building blocks). This is an online resource that provides a “game type” environment to hone basic skills. Create your avatar and the program can take you through the skillsets (based on a set of pre-tests). Or a teacher can assign specific content where practice is needed. This may enhance (RTI) Tier 2 and Tier 3 supports. We’ve registered all schools (elementary and secondary). More information can be found under WEB RESOURCES > SKOOLBO.   Teachers who are interested may apply on our FORMS page for a class account.

Watch for a full launch in September. Perhaps I see a coordinated song and dance in the future?

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