Teachers as Action Researchers in the Calgary Science School

-by Dr. Garry McKinnon, Superintendent The Calgary Science School Board of Directors in setting the direction for the school for the 2011-2012 school year, adopted a strategic plan with four key strategies, one of which involves fostering research initiatives and building research capacity to inform teaching practices for the benefit of students. This strategic goal is in keeping with the Alberta Education research and innovation mandate for charter schools. To support the achievement of this goal, the board established a Research and Innovation fund which makes provision for teachers to access $2000 to undertake an action research project or to … Continue reading Teachers as Action Researchers in the Calgary Science School

iPads in the History Classroom – A Teacher Reflection

-by Jody Pereverzoff, Grade 7 Humanities This reflection is based on the Pre-Confederation Canadian History Unit, Determining Historical Significance (reference Determining Historical Significance and Determining Historical Significance Part II) This unit required students to work individually, as well as collaboratively, to demonstrate their understanding. The discussions were thoughtful, and rating the events using the historical significance criteria was not an easy task without really discovering why each event occurred, and how each event was connected to another event in time. I had students record their discussions using their iPads, as I could not be with each group for the entire … Continue reading iPads in the History Classroom – A Teacher Reflection

Determining Historical Significance Part II

– by Jody Pereverzoff, Grade 7 Humanities In this unit, students discussed and evaluated events in Canada by rating them using the historical significance criteria found on the website: Historical Benchmark Society. They then created timelines to demonstrate their evaluations and get a better sense, visually, of how each event was connected. This blog focuses on how iPads were used to collect, synthesize, record, and share their understanding of the most historical events in pre-Confederation Canada. It also provides a variety of student reflections on the assignment, as well as outlines the benefits and limitations of using iPads to demonstrate … Continue reading Determining Historical Significance Part II

Steve Jobs, Modern Day Renaissance Man?

-by Margaret Leland, Grade 8 Humanities Teacher I found it curious the day after Steve Jobs died that I overheard some of the students wondering who the image on our Apple start page was and, moreover, that they didn’t take the time to investigate. After all, that’s what we do at CSS. I then thought that I would have my Humanities students link their inquiry into the Renaissance through delving into the life of Steve Jobs. The purpose would be to argue whether or not they considered Steve Jobs to be a modern day ‘Renaissance Man’. What I found during … Continue reading Steve Jobs, Modern Day Renaissance Man?

Why Would Anyone Ever Want to be a School Principal?

-by Garry McKinnon, Superintendent The seven school leadership competencies and accompanying descriptors in the draft Professional Practice Competencies for School Leaders in Alberta document provides a comprehensive overview of the expectations for principals and assistant (vice, associate) principals. Principals are accountable for the demonstration of all of the competencies throughout their careers while assistant, associate, vice principals are accountable for the demonstration of those competencies that are directly related to their assigned role and leadership designation. Unlike the Teaching Quality Standard which makes provision for professional growth in the knowledge, skills and attributes over a period of time through the … Continue reading Why Would Anyone Ever Want to be a School Principal?

ConnectEd Canada May 25-27, 2012

Registration for ConnectED Canada is now open. Registration is being generously handled by the Calgary Regional Consortium. You can register for the event by clicking here. We have set aside 150 spots for Alberta attendees and 150 spots for out of province. If the out-of-province spots are not filled by April 1st – the remaining spots will be made available to Alberta attendees. Information on accommodation for the event can be found here. Sign up quickly before it fills up! Continue reading ConnectEd Canada May 25-27, 2012