by Deirdre Bailey and Kevin Sonico Theme 1: Emphasizing student autonomy The cultivation of student autonomy in an inquiry-driven space suggests that students should both understand their learning goals and be able to assess what they need to do to reach them (Chappuis, 2009, Black & Wiliam, 2004).
Our Grade 7’s have been working on a project we call the iHistory project, in which they choose, research, and communicate the most remarkable aspects of a historical story involving their own family. We are nearing completion of 100 projects and are making plans for sharing them with the world. Here’s a 3-minute video that… Continue reading Grade 7 iHistory Projects – The Most Remarkable
by Rick Fawcett – Grade 7 Humanities The Grade 7 Humanities teachers are supporting students in the creation of powerful documentaries that communicate an important aspect of their family’s history. Using the iMovie program, students have included personal interviews and a variety of media and images to create visually compelling videos that honour the historical… Continue reading Grade 7 iHistory Projects – Trailer #1
-by Greg Neil, Grade 7 Math/Science Teacher In the Spring of 2014, I was looking for an engaging question that would connect to the Grade 7 Science Unit Ecosystems and Interactions. At the time, I was hearing a lot in the news about the Northern Gateway Pipeline and I had just secured a grant from… Continue reading An Inquiry into the Northern Gateway Pipeline
A Path to Digitial Student Learner Profiles: Student Voices by Tanya Stogre and Abby Saadeh At approximately the midway point of the Student Learner Profile Pilot using Pathbrite, we wanted to ensure we were hearing what students had to say about their experiences. We endeavoured to include a range of student voices. In an informal… Continue reading Student Learner Profiles: Student Voices
Our Science Communication Club are looking for opportunities to share their knowledge and demonstrations this spring. We would like to support their hard work in helping to find schools, centres, malls or other venues where they can safely demonstrate some of what they have been working on this year. If you are interested in hosting… Continue reading Science Communication Opportunity
The Quest for the “Perfect” Platform at Connect by Tanya Stogre and Abby Saadeh Through formal and informal conversations with colleagues, students, parents, and administrators over the past two years we have determined the characteristics necessary in a platform for our student learning plans (SLP’s). Although recognizing some classes at Connect house their SLP’s in… Continue reading Student Learning Plans: Choosing a Platform
This term we offered students in grade 6 and 7 an Underwater ROV elective. In this elective students design, build and test an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle, or ROV. ROVs are used for a variety of reasons, including marine biology research, military applications, underwater archeological exploration and more. Students used PVC pipe, wires, 12 volt… Continue reading Underwater ROV Elective
Tanya Stogre and Abby Saadeh Students and teachers at Connect Charter School have focused on creating Student Learner Profiles (SLP) for the past few years. More recently, at Connect, these SLP’s have become a more significant focus. In the spirit of Personalized Learning from the Inspiring Action on Education, SLP’s are gaining momentum in Alberta.… Continue reading Profiling SLP’s – Student Learner Profiles at Connect!
Heather Melville- Grade 4 Math and Science In July 2013, I had the privilege to work with students, teachers, Galileo Network experts and researchers at the University of Calgary. (Brent Davis – Professor and chair of mathematics education, Krista Francis Poscente – IOSTEM Director). We met in May to discuss the research portion of the… Continue reading Spatial Reasoning