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Spark is a Flash of Inspiration

Posted by admin February - 11 - 2014 1 Comment

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 ]

We’re an IB World School!

Posted by admin January - 28 - 2014 1 Comment

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 ]

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 ]

Creating a Connected Classroom

Posted by admin May - 10 - 2013 0 Comment

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 ]

One Step at a Time

Posted by admin March - 27 - 2013 5 Comments

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 ]

What is Inquiry and Why Bother?

Posted by Angela Spanier March - 4 - 2013 0 Comment

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 Celebration of Learning – Inquiry

Posted by admin February - 26 - 2013 3 Comments

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 ]

What Job Shadowing Taught Me

Posted by admin February - 8 - 2013 1 Comment

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 Celebration of Learning

Posted by admin January - 29 - 2013 0 Comment

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 ]

Just Wondering

Posted by admin January - 7 - 2013 1 Comment

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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