Student Teaching: Mentorship and Collaboration – A Video Reflection

Jenna Callaghan and Deirdre Bailey Deirdre  Working with a student teacher these past few months has been an exciting and rewarding experience. From our first meeting, it was evident that Jenna and I shared a similar pedagogical philosophy; with a strong focus on reflection and discipline-based inquiry. Jenna’s early ideas and questions were guided by an honest vulnerability that allowed for a number of frank conversations around assessment, engagement and lesson design in an inquiry based classroom. My understanding of collaboration – developed and deepened through a powerful team-teaching relationship with Amy Park – had led to a familiarity with … Continue reading Student Teaching: Mentorship and Collaboration – A Video Reflection

Grade 5 Wild Weather Inquiry

Erin Couillard- Grade 5 Math/Science  Big Question:  Are we seeing a dangerous shift in climate? Or just a natural stretch of bad luck? This question was inspired through question brainstorming with students at the beginning of the Grade 5 weather unit as well as a National Geographic article I read in the fall. Supporting Questions (student generated) A. Has your “event” gotten worse over the years?B. Why does this “event” happen? (Consider the weather science)C. Where does this “event” happen? Only in one place in the world or in multiple places?D. What time of year does your event usually happen? … Continue reading Grade 5 Wild Weather Inquiry

Pi Discoveries with Grade 4

Heather Melville ~Grade 4 Math/Science What is Pi? Why are we celebrating Pi Day? Didn’t you spell Pi wrong Mrs. Melville? March 14th turned into deep mathematical discussions for the 4.3 and 4.4 students. Rather than thinking the concept of Pi was too difficult for the students to comprehend, we explored what knowledge we already had and applied it to a new idea. Our math class began with a read aloud book titled; “Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi” by Cindy Neuschwander. We discussed the character names and what they were mathematically (radius, diameter, circumference, geometry and symmetry). The … Continue reading Pi Discoveries with Grade 4

Crowd Sourcing Fourth Graders

by Deirdre Bailey Cross-posted on Savouring the Ish I’ve got a novel on iPads in the grade four classroom waiting to be written. Lots of discoveries, ideas, struggles and triumphs. I just need to find the time to document it all properly. This brief gem, however, is too awesome not to share. Earlier this year, our teaching team’s excited discovery of the Edmodo app as an excellent resource for collecting and organizing student work digitally and providing an avenue for ongoing feedback was stinted by the limitation of only being able to upload images or links from the iPads. Our optimism was recently renewed … Continue reading Crowd Sourcing Fourth Graders