RVS Guest Blog, Jen Friske, Teacher Prairie Waters – Part of my professional growth plan for this school year was to transform my kindergarten classroom into a connected classroom. Part of this task involved my own playtime in getting familiar with Twitter, Skype and Blogging. While I’ve had a personal blog for a few years now, I was curious how to best use a blog format within my classroom to [ Read More ]
RVS Guest Author: Wonyee Wong, Learning Specialist – The juxtaposition of conviction and opportunity compelled me to hit the submit button. The deed is done and there is no turning back. On the first day of spring, I stretched out my abbreviated neck hibernating all winter to welcome the early signs of spring. There is agility in my gait though accompanied with the aches and pains of the weekend warrior. [ Read More ]
RVS Guest Author: Barry Allen, Learning Specialist - “Inquiry is a dynamic process of being open to wonder and puzzlement and coming to know and understand the world. Inquiry is based on the belief that understanding is constructed in the process of people working and conversing together as they pose and solve the problems. It involves serious engagement and investigation and the active creation and testing of new knowledge.” Galileo Educational [ Read More ]
RVS Guest Author: Richard Gaudio, Learning Specialist In Rocky View, we are continuing to foster a culture of sharing best practices in teaching and learning through our Celebration of Learning events. This February, RVS hosted its second Celebration of Learning on the theme of Inquiry, featuring engaging and inspiring talks from RVS Learning Specialist Josh Hill, Muriel Clayton’s Mark Turner, Banded Peak’s Craig Churchill and Carmen Harford, and Bow Valley High’s [ Read More ]
RVS Guest Author: By Kaitlyn S., Grade 12 Student - For the past couple years I have been interested in the ultrasound and radiology programs offered at a few different universities. Each program is very competitive, so I wanted to do some research to find out what area I might want to focus on and also to show my interest in the program when it comes time to apply to the [ Read More ]
RVS Guest Author – Richard Gaudio, Learning Specialist – One of the ways that we are building a culture of sharing in Rocky View this year is through four Celebration of Learning events. The goal of these Celebrations is to share the best practices of educators in Rocky View for a live audience and then showcase the videos on the RVS YouTube Channel. Our next RVS Celebration of Learning will [ Read More ]
RVS Guest Author: Pat Worthington, Director of Human Resources – Telltale tracks expose activity from last evening. At Ningloo Reef, Western Australia, marine turtles continue their life cycle. Through spring and into the early summer, female turtles emerge from the sea to nest. Their journey to arrive at this place is astonishing; the chance of survival of their offspring is remote. Their soft-shelled eggs face numerous challenges on the beach [ Read More ]
Guest Author: Jen Friske, Teacher, Prairie Waters Elementary – From Nov. 5 – 8, 2012, a team of three of my colleagues and myself were fortunate enough to attend the Cenovus Energy Environmental Education Leadership Clinic, hosted and facilitated by the Alberta Council for Environmental Education. Before I can share with you what we came out of the Leadership Clinic with, I need to give you a little back story [ Read More ]
Guest Author: Jen Friske, Teacher, Prairie Waters Elementary – Kindergarten and Inquiry. Two words that in the past were viewed as oil and water, now are viewed by many as being synonymous. What better place for students to develop their natural, innate curiosity than during their time in kindergarten. Who better to facilitate an environment of exploration and discovery than the kindergarten teacher. These were just a couple of the [ Read More ]
Glenbow School has fostered a culture where global and environmental stewardship are foundational habits of mind that are embedded in everything they do. School initiatives such as a community garden, annual tree planting, upkeep of the local watershed, a natural grasslands area, and an all-inclusive recycling program not only foster responsible global citizens but also provide a spark for classroom based inquiry work which in turn accelerates the students and [ Read More ]
The grade three teachers at Prairie Waters Elementary embarked on a pursuit of “inquiry” in their classrooms. In this video is a sharing of their observations where they discuss engagement, collaboration and true learning.
Denise Weaver of Prairie Waters Elementary has been on a journey exploring inquiry for a number of years. The video in this post shares the story of her passion, the changes in her classroom, teaching stye and the resulting changes in student engagement and learning.
A key element of inquiry based learning is authenticity; learning needs to be situated in the real world context in which it lives. To contextualize learning and enhance authenticity we need to go beyond the walls of our classrooms and schools and engage with the real issues, living disciplines, and experts in our communities. Schools are looking for ways to create partnerships with other organizations and develop relationships with local [ Read More ]
Throughout a year long inquiry, Grade 7 students worked to develop an understanding of “best practices” in cultural contact. Students explored the opportunities and challenges that were presented by cultural contact in Canadian History. The students learned that Canadian History is, in many ways, a story of cultural contact rife with successes and challenges created by the interactions of First Nations people, French, British and other European immigrants. The students [ Read More ]
This post showcases a robotics inquiry project embarked upon by grade 8 students at Langdon School. The striking part about this project is the level of engagement facilitated by the instructional design. In this project students were challenged to work collaboratively to build a robot that could move a load through a “simple machine” obstacle course. Students worked collaboratively with a group of peers in their class and uniquely they [ Read More ]
Grade 2 students at Ecole Elbow Valley Elementary investigate the bigfoot phenomenon and in the process grapple with what constitutes scientific truth, explore the interconnection of fact and fiction, learn to judge the reliability of sources, and ultimately engage their curiosity and wonder about the mysteries of the world.
Guest Author, Keith Hadden – I’m always concerned when I hear that a particular student who may have cognitive difficulties will learn, but only at the bottom levels of the taxonomy. I’m quite sure Bloom never intended the top levels of his taxonomy to be sacred ground, accessible only to those a standard deviation or two above normal. All students, for example, regardless of IQ, regularly make evaluations about their [ Read More ]
Guest Author: Keith Hadden – As our classrooms become more authentic learning environments, and as our 21st century learners pose new problems and prepare to solve problems that don’t yet exist, what is the role of the parent? Much like 21st century teachers, 21st century parents need to learn to give up control. Parents can no longer be looking for the answer sheets so they can help their child get [ Read More ]
Guest Author: Keith Hadden – I wonder if, in mid-century, our current 21st century learners will echo Paul Simon’s 1973 lament: “When I think back on all the crap I learned in high school, it’s a wonder I can think at all.” I also wonder if our elementary and middle school students might make similar protestations. I’m hopeful that we’re making progress in making schooling relevant, some 80 years after [ Read More ]
Guest Author, Simon Pols – The ability to unearth, assess, and manipulate information is paramount to student achievement in the 21st Century. Students require the requisite skills to be able to seek out information, understand what they have discovered, and think critically about its content. It is for this reason that the acquisition of such skills is so important; why is it then that we are missing the mark? I [ Read More ]
Guest Author, Keith Hadden – As a 21st century educator, I feel a compelling challenge to respond to the current and future needs of our students and there is no doubt that their needs are much different than mine were or are. There are several dimensions in need of examination. Technology is often the first consideration in looking for ways to respond. And justifiably so. Many of us have witnessed [ Read More ]
Guest Author, Dave Morris – Rocky View Schools (RVS) has been focused on this question since the inception of our first three – year plan. To answer this question we must first ask who are our learners and what will they need to be successful in their future? Next year half of the students in RVS will have been born in the 21st century. These students are digitally aware, media [ Read More ]