KSA #03 Program of Studies · KSA #04 Subject Knowledge · KSA #06 Planning · KSA #07 Student Needs · KSA #09 Instructional Strategies · KSA #11 Assessment · KSA #16 Vision of Teaching

The Leaving Footprints Project

In grade 8, students study the Renaissance in Humanities and Mechanical Systems in Science. To bring these two ideas together, we decided to teach these units of study at the same time. Yesterday students began their inquiry into a chosen inventor from the Renaissance and the invention they created. Students will be tracing their invention… Continue reading The Leaving Footprints Project

KSA #04 Subject Knowledge · KSA #07 Student Needs · KSA #09 Instructional Strategies

Design Thinking – Chair Build

In design thinking students were tasked with two different chair building projects. The first asked students to build a chair using only newspaper and masking tape that could support the weight of each of the members of their team. Each group had to complete the following: Complete and submit a blueprint for the chair Build… Continue reading Design Thinking – Chair Build

KSA #08 Relationships · KSA #09 Instructional Strategies · KSA #10 Technology

CHINDOGU: It’s useful and useless

In Design Thinking students embarked on a bit of an obscure journey when they returned from Spring Break. Students were asked to create a useful, useless project, referred to as CHINDOGU. Students were hooked into the project using the following video: From here, students were tasked with designing their own CHINDOGU project. Each student had… Continue reading CHINDOGU: It’s useful and useless

KSA #03 Program of Studies · KSA #04 Subject Knowledge · KSA #09 Instructional Strategies

The Meaning of Area

To begin our unit on Surface Area and to review the concept of area, students were given a bag of irregular shaped objects, string and 1-centimeter square grid paper. With these materials students were asked to determine, as accurately as possible, the area of each of the irregular shaped objects. Students were challenged to figure… Continue reading The Meaning of Area

KSA #07 Student Needs · KSA #15 Professional Learning

Spatial Relationships and Learning

Without a doubt most teachers, parents and students would agree that the physical space makes a difference to learning. Yet many classrooms lack windows and proper lighting and are painted in dreary colours that are uninviting. The spaces many of us are expected to teach in are not conducive to learning. This fall I took a… Continue reading Spatial Relationships and Learning

KSA #06 Planning · KSA #09 Instructional Strategies · KSA #15 Professional Learning · KSA #16 Vision of Teaching

Maker vs. Design Thinking

Are “maker” and “Design Thinking” the same? Can we use these terms synonymously? In many conversations with teachers I hear these terms being used interchangeably. If students are making, they are design thinking, or if they are design thinking, they have to be making. However, this is not the case. Maker is merely one component of Design… Continue reading Maker vs. Design Thinking

KSA #01 Contextual Variables · KSA #06 Planning · KSA #13 Community Involvement

Community Partners Benefit Learning Opportunities for Students

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

KSA #06 Planning · KSA #07 Student Needs · KSA #15 Professional Learning · KSA #16 Vision of Teaching

Partner Teaching: Worthwhile Work

This year is my first year in a true partner teaching role. In the past I have team taught – working with another colleague in the classroom in a specialized setting – but this is my first year having another math/science expert to plan similar learning experiences with. For me, partner teaching consists of my… Continue reading Partner Teaching: Worthwhile Work