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The 2015-2018 Capital Plan

Posted by admin March - 25 - 2014 1 Comment

Guest Blog: John Wheatley, Director of Facility Planning – Spring is sprung, the grass is ris. I wonder where the birdies is!  Okay… so far no spring, but there is a rite of passage that marks this season for school authorities. There are only three opportunities to actually address shortcomings in our learning environments. The annual Infrastructure Maintenance and Renewal (IMR) funding is intended to provide safe and healthy learning environments. School  [ Read More ]


RVS Guest Blog: Family School Liaison John Laing –  On Nov. 12, 2012, I posted a blog with a similar title. That blog was intended to open up a discussion about one of the most important underlying factors to the successful implementation of inclusion. Toward that end, I discussed the importance of self-reflection regarding our own beliefs about disability, as well as our role in taking responsibility for meeting the  [ Read More ]

Lazy or Just Unengaged? An interview with Marcia Tate

Posted by Angela Spanier April - 30 - 2013 4 Comments

RVS Guest Author: Cameron May, Substitute Teacher  – “My son is certainly capable…” she paused for a moment, considering what she was about to say next, “he’s just lazy!” When my friend said that to me, I was immediately transported back to my childhood. For I too, struggled in school, and I remember how my mom would say the same thing about me, that I was lazy. It took me  [ Read More ]

ULE’s and ABC’s

Posted by admin March - 22 - 2013 3 Comments

RVS Guest Author: Craig Schwesinger, Principal, Rocky View Community Learning Centre – Recently, one of the great teachers at the Rocky View Community Learning Centre shared a professional reflection with me, by stating that what she does as a teacher is “sell hope”. She had recently reviewed Daniel H. Pink’s “To Sell is Human – The Surprising Truth About Moving Others”, and provided me with a link to information about  [ Read More ]

Teaching and Learning with Show Me

Posted by admin March - 12 - 2013 0 Comment

RVS Guest Author: Tracey Sweetapple, Guidance Counsellor, Bert Church High School – Some while ago, during the Professional Learning (PL) portion of our Bert Church High School staff meeting, Bobby Mathew, Learning Lead for the science department, gave a short presentation on the app Show Me. I had heard of Show Me and had previously downloaded and looked at some presentations, but hadn’t understood how versatile it could be and  [ Read More ]


RVS Guest Author – Melanie Yanofsky, Literacy Learning Specialist – Many teachers use ‘Literature Circles’, or a form of them in their classes. I attended a literacy conference in February and went to a session by Elizabeth Coelha on English Language Learning. She suggested various strategies on how to turn the Literature Circle into Multicultural Literature Circles. She suggested that teachers choose books on critical themes that are also based  [ 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 ]

My First Semester

Posted by admin February - 12 - 2013 1 Comment

RVS Guest Author: Greg Roberts, Director of Learning, Learning Supports – Last weekend I had some downtime and decided to watch From the Sky Down, a movie that profiled the band U2 as it revisited music it had written 20 years ago. At one point in the movie, lead singer Bono narrated how the “new” album needed to take the band in a fresh direction. He reflected, “You have to  [ Read More ]

Planning for All Learners

Posted by admin January - 25 - 2013 1 Comment

RVS Guest Author: Mary-Ann Mitchell-Pellett, Assistant Principal, Meadowbrook Middle School – Planning for all learners is no easy task, and can often seem overwhelming. Many educators have the assumption that planning for all learners means that an individual learning plan needs to be created for each student. If this were the case, this would indeed be an overwhelming task. And although as educators we so utilize individual learner profiles to  [ Read More ]

Our Wiki – Information, Inspiration

Posted by admin December - 13 - 2012 8 Comments

Guest Authors: Ava & Mackenzie, Gr. 4 students – In our classroom, we use a website called a wiki. Everyone in our class can access this website easily. Our teacher will put stories, chapters and information for us to use on it. We use the information to help us with our learning. For example, we can access different versions of chapters from books we read in class. We use this  [ Read More ]

Equity in Education Equals Success for All

Posted by admin December - 12 - 2012 0 Comment

Guest Author: Ragan Johnson, Assistant Principal, Chestermere Lake Middle School – Over the past few months, I have spent countless hours reflecting on how leaders working within a culturally diverse school can ensure equity and education for all. Initially, this thought process focused on how to create an environment where students and staff felt safe and valued, where all stakeholders were engaged in meaningful ways, and where everyone’s voice was  [ Read More ]

So Here’s to You Mr. Robinson

Posted by Angela Spanier December - 11 - 2012 3 Comments

Guest Author: Andrea Craigie, Assistant Principal, R.J. Hawkey Elementary – My husband doesn’t know this yet but there is another man in my life. I have been a bit of a groupie, following him on his Alberta speaking circuit, stalking him on You Tube and Twitter, pouring over what he publishes and expounding his philosophical virtues to those in both my personal and professional circles. Our next rendezvous will be at  [ Read More ]

How 1:1 Has Impacted Teaching and Learning

Posted by Angela Spanier December - 6 - 2012 1 Comment

Guest Author: Kevin Wttewaall, Director of Technology for Learning – In his final blog in a three-part series, Kevin shares the impact that Rocky View Schools’ (RVS) 1:1 initiative has had on its educators. In the 2008/09 school year, all RVS teachers were provided with laptops, which was critical to enabling them to become skilled with 21st Century learning technologies. Schools and the jurisdiction also provided job-embedded professional learning opportunities along  [ Read More ]

UDL in the Classroom

Posted by admin December - 5 - 2012 3 Comments

Guest Author: Kelsey Astle, Learning Support Teacher, Chestermere Lake Middle School – “If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow.” John Dewey. Since I began my teacher career five years ago, technology has exploded. How I learned as a student is not the way our students are learning. The world our students are preparing for is changing; therefore, I must change how I teach  [ Read More ]

Share and Share Alike

Posted by admin November - 15 - 2012 0 Comment

Guest Author: Rick Gaudio, RVS Learning Specialist – One of the most powerful Educational Technologies we have in Rocky View is Google Drive. Based in the “cloud”, files stored in a user’s Google Drive can be accessed from anywhere at anytime, but even more valuable is the ability to share interactive files with other users. Here are four examples of useful processes in Google Drive, along with “How To” videos so  [ Read More ]

Where Are You on the Continuum?

Posted by admin November - 12 - 2012 3 Comments

Guest Author: John Laing, Family School Liaison – The idea of inclusion is not a new one and has certainly been discussed in Rocky View Schools, as well as in the larger education system for some time. We all have our ideas about what inclusion means and have the ability to espouse a philosophical and/or theoretical definition of inclusive teaching practice. That is fantastic; however the discussion and implementation of  [ Read More ]

Flipped Classrooms – The Future of Education?

Posted by Angela Spanier September - 18 - 2012 1 Comment

Guest Author: Dave Morris, Associate Superintendent of Learning – The concept of Flipped or Inverted classrooms has been around for a number of years. Some universities have provided instruction in this format since 1996. With improvements in technology we have seen a resurgence of this idea dating back to about 2004. It is a relatively new ideology that has a variety of methods to implement it into today’s classrooms. It  [ Read More ]

Transforming the (Digital) Classroom

Posted by Angela Spanier September - 12 - 2012 0 Comment

Guest Author: Andrew Doyle, Teacher at Glenbow School – Transformation of education occurs in many ways, whether at a district level or school level. Perhaps the most important changes that must take place are in the classrooms, between the teacher and students. No longer do we consider the classroom a structured environment in which information is transferred to students and is universally assessed. Classrooms are organized so that they allow  [ 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.

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 ]

Does Bigfoot Exist?

Posted by Angela Spanier March - 2 - 2012 0 Comment

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.

Deconstructing the Transformation

Posted by Angela Spanier February - 27 - 2012 0 Comment

Guest author: Greg Bass, Superintendent of Schools – It is time to tell Rocky View Schools’ story. Many conversations over the last six months with all stakeholders, both internal and external to our system, reveal that some people are struggling existentially with what the transformation is all about. What do 21st C classrooms look like? What are we aspiring to achieve? What is different? In RVS, and specifically in my  [ Read More ]

Teaching and the Classroom in 2050

Posted by Angela Spanier October - 3 - 2011 0 Comment

Guest Author – Don Thomas, Trustee, Ward 3 – As we ponder on the nature of teaching and what the future will be, one of the first questions may be ‘what will the school of 2050 look like?’  More specifically, and question two is ‘what will the structure within which the majority of learning is done look like?’  Will the classroom of today exist as such or will it change  [ Read More ]