Peer Tutoring at CSS

Marla Paxton ~ Student Services and Counselling “Peer tutoring is partnering a younger student who may be struggling in one or more subjects with an older student who is willing to take on a leadership opportunity, be a greater part of our school community and may have a strength in a certain subject area. Parents, teachers or students themselves can fill out a Peer Tutor form and Ms. Paxton, the head of the program will match a struggling student with a tutor. This program has allowed me to connect with other students in different grades and review past subjects. The … Continue reading Peer Tutoring at CSS

Team Teaching: Student Survey Results & Analysis Pt. 2 – Triumphs!

Jaime Groeller & Ivy Waite~ Grade 8 Humanities This post is part of a series. Read the previous posts here, here, and here. As discussed in a previous post, on April 30 we conducted a formal survey of our students regarding the team teaching approach we have taken up over the last 9 months. We had conducted informal surveys twice before, and tried to take into account the concerns and suggestions provided to make the experience more positive for the majority of the students. Here is part 2 of an anecdotal analysis of the formal survey. (Part 1 can be … Continue reading Team Teaching: Student Survey Results & Analysis Pt. 2 – Triumphs!

Inquiry in Math: Order of Operations

Candice Shaw~ Grade 7 Math/Science After reviewing integer addition and subtraction, and order of operations, I gave my Grade 7 students a challenge. This became a competition between many students and myself. The problem is as follows: Given the following expression, What is the greatest solution you can create? What is the least solution you can create? Rules:You can only manipulate sets of brackets – the order of the numbers and symbols cannot change.You can use as many sets of brackets as you wish. Upon beginning this problem, students were very engaged to come up with the best answer. We … Continue reading Inquiry in Math: Order of Operations

Team Teaching: Student Survey Results & Analysis Pt. 1 – Challenges

Jaime Groeller & Ivy Waite This post is part of a series. Read the previous posts here and here. On April 30 we conducted a formal survey of our students regarding the team teaching approach we have taken up over the last 9 months. We had conducted informal surveys twice before, and tried to take into account the concerns and suggestions provided to make the experience more positive for the students. Here is part one of an anecdotal analysis of the formal survey. (Part 2 can be found here.) As is human nature, the less supportive comments often overshadow the … Continue reading Team Teaching: Student Survey Results & Analysis Pt. 1 – Challenges

Using the SmartBoard to Teach Algebra

Kevin Sonico~ Grade 9 Math and Science Some have referred to them as glorified whiteboards.  SmartBoards have had the unfortunate reputation of digitizing technology that was already in its own way a useful tool.  Some teachers may have even requested for the removal of SmartBoards for the use of that valuable real estate behind it. The challenge is the to rethink of how we can use them differently in our classrooms. So instead of thinking of them as expensive blackboards or overhead screens where we only project content, let us make them more dynamic and interactive.  Perhaps we can start … Continue reading Using the SmartBoard to Teach Algebra

Community Building in the Middle School

Erin Couillard~ Grade 5 Math/Science, Learning Coach I have been thinking a lot about community building in the middle school.  I began my teaching career in a very small K-8 school in a rural Alberta town where one didn’t give much thought to community building, as the school WAS the community.  Parents were in the school regularly, siblings saw each other in the hallway all the time and families gathered at community events, soccer practices, swimming pool, skating rink.  In a large middle school (600 students, grades 4-9) which draws its population from all four quarters of a large city, … Continue reading Community Building in the Middle School

Grade 6 Wind Tunnel: Air and Aerodynamics

John Cadman & Greg Neil~ Grade 6 Math/ Science Teachers Calgary Science School This is a design for an open ended wind tunnel. This means the fan pushes air into the tunnel instead of pulling it out the end. Assembled it is 4ft long, 2 feet wide, and 2 feet high. Our hope in building this tunnel as we did was that in future it would require no tools to re-assemble. This design is a larger version of a tunnel original built by Louis Cheng at CSS using an old computer fan. How it works in the classroom: The challenge to … Continue reading Grade 6 Wind Tunnel: Air and Aerodynamics

Team Teaching: The Reality

Ivy Waite & Jaime Groeller This post is part of a series. Read the previous post here. SPACE Jaime’s “Work Room” (Left) & Ivy’s “Collaborative” Room (Right) When we set up our classrooms in early August 2012, we were both so excited to begin this adventure. We spent time thinking about how we could provide the best physical learning environments, and even searched the internet for affordable options for students who like working while sitting on the floor. (We eventually settled on those foam-like floor tiles from Canadian tire.) Because of the lack of “alternative” seating for the “tabletop-free room”, … Continue reading Team Teaching: The Reality

ConnectED Canada 2013

The Calgary Science School is pleased to be hosting the ConnectED Canada Conference for a second time. This is a unique education conference where the first day of the event is held at our school during an operational school day with students. Student tour guides will host groups of educators as they visit classrooms, view student work and speak with the teachers and students. This conference is the physical meeting of a digital community that meets throughout the year online through hashtags, hangouts, blog posts, MOOCs, and more. Emphasis is given to discussions and meeting time throughout the 3-days at … Continue reading ConnectED Canada 2013