Student Learning Profiles (SLP’s) Part 4

By Tanya Stogre and Abby Saadeh Continuing the Journey with Pathbrite, we took up the challenge of finding See our second blog the most meaningful platform. After exploring a variety of platforms, Pathbrite emerged as one that could work best for all individuals and groups at our school. With this information, we launched into a pilot study with all 100 Grade 7 students, their parents, and teachers to track their experiences with this new platform. Initial survey results from all groups indicated a frustration with different platforms being used across and within grades and a lack of cohesion with requirements of the … Continue reading Student Learning Profiles (SLP’s) Part 4

Connecting with the Performing Arts

“I on the Sky” Brittany Babott ~ Grade 4-9 Fine Arts Pre-service teacherWerklund School of Education https://youtube.googleapis.com/v/BddBZYCetv4&source=udsA reoccurring theme in my drama classes the past term has been the exploration of what a ‘punctum’ is and how it relates to theatre. The word punctum is a Latin word:punc·tumˈpəNGktəm/nountechnicalnoun: punctum; plural noun: puncta1. 
a small, distinct point. I had first been introduced to this seemingly strange word a few years back when I attended a Ghost River Theatre workshop on devising theatre. Co-Artistic director David Van Belle had asked us to participate in an exercise where we would listen to a … Continue reading Connecting with the Performing Arts

Grade 7 Recycling Centre Geometry

How to build a recycling centre? Our grade 7 students were tasked with designing a recycling centre for each of the 4 homerooms in Geometer’s Sketchpad. The result was a net that they printed onto a regular sheet of paper. Students then recreated the boxes from the printout to become scaled versions of the original.their hallway. To begin the process they deconstructed a box and plotted the lengths, angles and shapes into The second step was to design a recycling centre that could house paper, plastic and drink containers for refund. Working in groups, they developed their centres and created … Continue reading Grade 7 Recycling Centre Geometry

Student Learning Plans: Choosing a Platform

The Quest for the “Perfect” Platform at Connect by Tanya Stogre and Abby Saadeh Through formal and informal conversations with colleagues, students, parents, and administrators over the past two years we have determined the characteristics necessary in a platform for our student learning plans (SLP’s). Although recognizing some classes at Connect house their SLP’s in binders and duotangs (as a paper format), we realized early on in our process that a digital platform was critical in ensuring information is easily transferable between and amongst all stakeholders. Asking questions such as: What are the different platforms available? And, what are the … Continue reading Student Learning Plans: Choosing a Platform

Energy Diet- A student post

Our grade 4 and 7 classes are collaborating this year in the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge. The students have been assembled into small combined teams where each takes up the different challenges. Our grade 7 students have taken up these leadership roles, and below is a blog post written by a grade 4 and 7 pair. They could earn up to 15 points for their team! Energy Diet (Letter to the editor)By: T and P What are different types of energy sources? And which one is best for our environment? Sun Solar panels generate electricity from the sun. The old solar panels were made of … Continue reading Energy Diet- A student post

Inquiry and Assessment in Inquiry: Views from an Internationally Trained Teacher

By Joanne Eloho~ Werklund School of Education Bridge to Teaching Program It was quite the experience partnering with Ms. Pereverzoff at the Connect Charter School, (formerly Calgary Charter School) to teach her seventh grade class in my first practicum as a Bridge to Teaching student from the Werklund School of Education. As an internationally trained teacher, I expected to find significant differences in Alberta classrooms and there was no surprise there, however, I have found that learning through inquiry is such an extreme deviation from my more traditional practice of teaching. For the first time in my practice, I was … Continue reading Inquiry and Assessment in Inquiry: Views from an Internationally Trained Teacher