This month Laura Olson, Design Engineer at Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd., came in to work with our grade 8 students. Our students were working on their Rube Goldberg machines as their unit end project for Mechanical Systems. One of the aspects of the design process we emphasized in this project was how the students communicated their… Continue reading Community Partners Benefit Learning Opportunities for Students
I’ve been given the opportunity this year to attend workshops hosted by Galileo Educational Network. Once a month I meet with other new teachers and we discuss what we are seeing in our class, project design, assessment, etc. It’s been an extremely interesting experience to have the opportunity to learn and collaborate with others on… Continue reading The Journey of Learning
Over the past couple weeks we have been discussing the various rock types, identification tests, the rock cycle and plate tectonics. We began the unit by looking at 5 million year old fossils from the Burgees Shale. This immediately captivated students, but boggled their minds. How can we know that the fossils are that old? How… Continue reading Snack Tectonics
Learning is not segmented, so why do we teach it as if it is? What I mean to say is, why do we teach concepts in compartmentalized “units” when this gives students a narrow understanding of these concepts. It inadvertently provides the illusion that concepts are independent of those covered previously or later in the… Continue reading Why is our teaching segmented, if learning is not?
Over the past week, students have been familiarizing themselves with Lewis theory, structural diagrams and areas of electron density to lead them to where we are today. As students have worked through concepts, and become masters, each concept crucial to the understanding of the next one, they have unknowingly been preparing for VSEPR Yoga! The… Continue reading VSEPR Yoga!
As part of my internship, we are to complete a professional development project. For my University Consultant, he has asked us to take this project one step further and perform a research project, of sorts. My original plan for this project was to engage both my SCI 10 and CHEM 20 classes in blogging. The… Continue reading Learning through Inquiry
How we communicate with anyone is extremely important. The way we communicate with students, parents, administrators and colleagues directly impacts the learning that occurs in our classroom. This module on communication demonstrated various ways to use the Internet to interact with students, parents and administrators. I think back to my PSII experience in a large… Continue reading The Art of Communication
In this module we discussed the different facets of research and it’s importance in education. Many students leave High School with a primitive understanding of the logistics of research. We need to make it a focus as educators to model more effective research practices for our students, so that they leave our classrooms prepared for… Continue reading Research: It Has It’s Place In K-12 Education
My Teaching Philosophy has always been a working document, and it certainly still is. This morning, I sat down and really reflected on what teaching and learning meant to me and gave my Philosophy a complete facelift. Before the words were there but did not accurately depict my beliefs because it felt so rigid. My… Continue reading My Teaching Philosophy: A True Reflection
What do you do when a student get’s a lower grade on their Performance Task, than they are capable? They’ve demonstrated enough competency to earn an “EM – Emergent” on their report card, but you know they are capable of more. Do you force them to keep that grade, offer them the opportunity to increase… Continue reading Authentic Assessment: A Building Block For Learning