Grade 7 Canadian History: Post 2

Jody Pereverzoff and Chris Dittman – Grade 7 Humanities In our last blog post, we described the genesis of our Grade 7 Humanities project focusing on early Canadian (pre-confederation) history. We left off with students having just determined the most historically significant event in their debate group, each of which consisted of 4-5 students, each seeking to prove the historical significance of their specific event.  We were left around 5 events in each of the 4 classes. Our focus now was to return to our original inquiry question; Why do so many Canadians know and care so little about our … Continue reading Grade 7 Canadian History: Post 2

Grade 7 Canadian History

Jody Pereverzoff and Chris Dittmann- Grade 7 Humanities We invited David Scott, a former CSS teacher, to collaborate on a unit to engage students in early Canadian history and provide students an opportunity to wrestle with why we learn history and whether history is important to understand. We asked ourselves what most Canadians think of history in general, and Canadian history specifically. We came upon the government’s Heritage Minister lamenting the fact that Canadians do not know our own history. He went so far as to call this current situation a future threat to Canada as a country. We read … Continue reading Grade 7 Canadian History

Making Sustainable Food Choices

Originally Posted February 6, 2011 Our grade 9 team recently completed a cross-disciplinary ‘challenge-based learning’ project as part of an Apple/New Media Consortium international research study. Challenge Based Learning is an approach to designing classroom work with many similarities to inquiry-based learning. CBL involves students engaging in real-world issues, conducting data-collection and analysis, and then designing and implementing a solution to an issue. You can access more information on Challenge Based Learning here on the Apple site. For our part of the research project, our grade 9s examined a number of issues related to sustainable and ethical food choices. The … Continue reading Making Sustainable Food Choices

Aligning the Flipped Classroom Approach With Inquiry-Based Learning

A Collaborative Action Research ProjectDave Scott & Jason Publack~ Grade 9 Humanities Over the past year, Jason and I have been looking at the potential of the flipped classroom to enhance first installment we explored the nature of the flipped classroom and outlined, with example videos, how we were trying to integrate this approach into our Humanities program. In our second and third posts, through surveys and focus group interviews with our students, we examined both the strengths and weaknesses of using the flipped classroom model. the learning environment of our grade 9 Humanities students. In our last three blog … Continue reading Aligning the Flipped Classroom Approach With Inquiry-Based Learning

Writers’ Guild

Aimee Trudel~ Grade 5 Humanities CSS’s Writers’ Guild talking to author Dwayne Hauck about self publishing on line. Writers’ Guild; an opportunity for students of all ages to get together and share their passion for writing! In response to a student’s request to have more time to write about ‘anything I want’, she and I spearheaded the Writers’ Guild. So, for the past few months, a handful of students from grades five to nine have gathered together on a weekly basis to share their passion for writing. The Writers’ Guild has since created an Edmodo group to share ideas, resources and … Continue reading Writers’ Guild

Team Teaching: Our Adventures & Advice to Future Collaborators

Ivy Waite and Jaime Groeller~ Grade 8 Humanities This post is part of a series. Read the previous posts here, here, here, and here. After 10 months of experimentation, the question remains: will we continue to approach teaching in such a manner? Have the benefits to all stakeholders outweighed the challenges? We believe the answer is yes! As mentioned in previous posts, team teaching in this manner does not “fix” all problems: in fact, it comes with its own set of challenges, but we truly believe that with a few small changes, many of which we have already instituted, our … Continue reading Team Teaching: Our Adventures & Advice to Future Collaborators

The Potential of the Flipped Classroom: Post Number 3

A Collaborative Action Research ProjectDave Scott & Jason Publack Grade 9 Humanities As outlined in our last post found here, we have been looking at the potential of the flipped classroom within the context of a grade 9 Humanities class. In case you haven’t encountered this model of learning, within the flipped classroom students watch classroom instruction for homework as part of a video or ‘vodcast’. Class time is then spent on inquiry-based learning where students apply what they learned at home and are also given the chance to ask questions and receive feedback. Whereas last time we had students … Continue reading The Potential of the Flipped Classroom: Post Number 3

Grade 6 Government Novel Study

Jody Pereverzoff~ Grade 6 HumanitiesOne of the most meaningful experiences I had this year was when a student came up to me to discuss a quote he found in his novel, The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis. He was curious to find out more about the Burqa and whether or not wearing it took away ones equality and freedom of choice. He took it upon himself to dig further and seek multiple perspectives on this topic so that he could communicate these perspectives on his blog. Seeing this level of engagement and curiosity in my students made me excited to share … Continue reading Grade 6 Government Novel Study

My Flip Classroom

A Collaborative Action Research ProjectJason Publack & Dave Scott Grade 9 Humanities The flip classroom is a fascinating addition to a teacher’s tool box. But it is not a final answer, or a complete one. Below are my thoughts on some of the strengths and weaknesses of the flip classroom as I’ve experienced it this year in my grade 9 Humanities classroom. To see an example of one of our videos click here.   “A lecture is an occasion when you numb one end to benefit the other.”  John Gould “It’s about changing instructional models so the students can receive more … Continue reading My Flip Classroom