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Spark is a Flash of Inspiration

Posted by Joshua Hill February - 11 - 2014 1 Comment
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Guest Author – Josh Hill, 21st C Learning Specialist – Spark is a flash of inspiration -an unexpected revelation that makes the mind spin and the imagination soar – an ‘a-ha!’ moment. The atmosphere was electric, the energy and anticipation in the 10,000 square-foot atrium at Telus Spark Science Centre was palpable. Four hundred students buzzed about putting the final touches on their exhibits in preparation for the doors to  [ Read More ]

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We’re an IB World School!

Posted by Jen Friske January - 28 - 2014 1 Comment
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Guest Author: Jennifer Friske, Prairie Waters School teacher – Prairie Waters School recently received some very exciting news! Officially, we are now an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, offering the Primary Years Programme! The International Baccaluareate was founded in 1968 in Geneva, Switzerland, and its main focus is on developing Internationally-Minded students who are action-oriented and deep critical thinkers. We started investigating becoming an IB World School four years ago,  [ Read More ]

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Inspired Collaboration

RVS Guest Author: Josh Hill, Learning Specialist – It is really exciting to be an Albertan right now, as we collaboratively embark on a transformational vision outlined in Inspiring Education. In many ways in Rocky View Schools, we are on the leading edge of this wave, and it is gratifying to know that other teachers, schools, and school authorities are learning from our experience. The alignment of our transformational agenda  [ Read More ]

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Creating a Connected Classroom

Posted by Jen Friske May - 10 - 2013 0 Comment
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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 ]

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One Step at a Time

Posted by wonyeewong March - 27 - 2013 5 Comments
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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 ]

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What is Inquiry and Why Bother?

Posted by Barry Allen March - 4 - 2013 0 Comment
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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 ]

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RVS Celebration of Learning – Inquiry

Posted by Richard Gaudio February - 26 - 2013 3 Comments
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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 ]

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What Job Shadowing Taught Me

Posted by rockyviewstudent February - 8 - 2013 1 Comment
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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 ]

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RVS Celebration of Learning

Posted by Richard Gaudio January - 29 - 2013 0 Comment
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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 ]

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Just Wondering

Posted by patworthington January - 7 - 2013 1 Comment
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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 ]

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We’re Bringing Nature Back

Posted by Jen Friske November - 14 - 2012 0 Comment
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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 ]

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Catching Curiosity in the Kindergarten Classroom

Posted by Jen Friske October - 11 - 2012 3 Comments
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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 ]

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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 ]

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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.

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A Teacher’s Journey in Inquiry

Posted by Barry Allen March - 9 - 2012 2 Comments
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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.

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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 ]

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History is a Guide to Navigation in Dynamic Times

Posted by Joshua Hill March - 5 - 2012 0 Comment
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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 ]

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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 ]

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Does Bigfoot Exist?

Posted by Joshua Hill March - 2 - 2012 0 Comment
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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.

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Basic Skills and Inquiry

Posted by Keith Hadden February - 27 - 2011 0 Comment
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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 ]

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Parents Need To Engage In Inquiry

Posted by Keith Hadden February - 14 - 2011 1 Comment
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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 ]

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What Is Inquiry?

Posted by Keith Hadden February - 14 - 2011 0 Comment
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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 ]

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Why Is This Important To Me?

Posted by simonpols February - 7 - 2011 1 Comment
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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 ]

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Inquiry Served By Technology

Posted by Keith Hadden February - 6 - 2011 1 Comment
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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 ]

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Rocky View Schools have engaging classrooms!

Posted by admin February - 4 - 2011 1 Comment
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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 ]

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