News from Boissevain School

March 17, 2013

Update – March 17 – 2013

Filed under: Education — Mr. White @ 8:37 pm

 

What’s Up at Boissevain School

 

Upcoming Dates:

 

March 18 – High School Information Night – 7 pm in Band Room

March 19 – Band Concert – North Gym – 7:30pm

March 19  – Blood Donor Clinic – South Gym

April 3  – Live Differently – Gr. 7 to 12 – 2 pm

April 5 – MADD – Gr. 9 to 12 – 9 am

April 14 – 18 – Cantando Band Trip – Edmonton

April 16 – HS reports go home

April 18 – HS Interviews

April 25 – Val Caldwell – Social Media Presentation – Gr. 11 & 12 – pm – North Gym

June 4 – Cafeteria Closes

June 5 – AAA Spirit Day

 

Reminders:  Please mark on your calendars!

Staff Mtgs:  I think we can move through March without a regular staff meeting

Primary – April 10  – 3:30    MS – April 15  – 8 am    HS  – April 8 – 3:30

(as always, submit items on the staff wiki or let me know – Meetings are in Meeting Room)

 

√ The recycling program is as strong as ever with the added containers and support of students and staff – one problem has popped up as all garbage is being placed in the the pop bottle container in the MS hallway – we could get rid of the containers but this is more about respect for the recycling program – no one should have to pick garbage out of the blue containers – Could Gr. 5 to 8 teachers please address this with your classrooms.

I know that it is not just Gr. 5 to 8 but it’s a start. The Pop bottle container in the HS is pretty good.

Thanks for your help.

√ We will have a Lockdown Practice on Thursday morning – please refresh the proper details with your class and remind yourself of your responsibilities – locking doors, etc.

√ Mike N. is completing his interviews with some staff Monday and Tuesday – the schedule was sent out last week

√ I have completed the 1st Course Selections for next year with Gr. 8 & 9 – I will be around to go over the selections with Gr. 11 & 12 this week.

√ The HS staff meeting was scheduled for Monday, April 8 but there is a TMTA meeting in Killarney at 4:30 that day – I have rescheduled the HS meeting for Monday, April 15

 

√ High School – Advisory

March 20 Seminar Day

12 – Career Cruising

11 – Resume Prep

10 – Study Skills

9 – What are my Values?

Spring Break

 

April 3 No Advisory – Live Differently Presentation – Gr. 7 to 12

 

April 10 Regular Advisory

 

***Please see Corey if you would like to have a subscription to the Advisory/Arts & Culture calendar***

 

√√√√ Please be prepared to report on PD that you have attended since the last staff meeting – use the 3 – 2 – 1 process:

3 Highlights – 2 Questions you have – 1 item you implement in the school.

 

 

√√√√ This weeks thoughts from Damian Cooper’s Book called Redefining Fair

Chapter 4 asked the question: HOW SHOULD I ASSESS STUDENTS’ NEEDS IN THE MIXED – ABILITY CLASS?

It Says:

–        when curriculum and instruction are not tailored to the needs of students, some find learning too challenging, while others find it boring.

–        In either case, the consequences are often similar: disengagement, truancy, failure to complete assigned work and inappropriate behavior

–        Cooper wrote about his observations in a Gr. 2 class – all students were enthusiastically engaged in their learning – students were well behaved and respectful to each other – students were resourceful, relying upon each other for support – the teacher moved easily and efficiently throughout the room – different materials used at different stations reflected thorough planning and preparation

–        He also writes about his experience in Gr. 9 English – he collected evidence on their writing by getting responses to a newspaper article, a video, a creative writing prompt, a response to a personal letter  – by examining their writing in all of these modes (descriptive, expository, creative and personal), he was able to build a student profile and adjust the learning from that evidence.

 

 

√√√√  I have not seen one of these for a while – the music is the same but the

clips are a little different – 4 minutes

https://sites.google.com/site/ictatbu/digital-leaners—video

 

 

 

March 11, 2013

Update – March 10 – 2013

Filed under: Education — Mr. White @ 2:32 pm

What’s Up at Boissevain School

Upcoming Dates:

March 12 – K – 8 Reports go home

March 14 – K to 8 Interviews

March 18 – High School Information Night

March 19 – Band Concert – North Gym – 7:30pm

March 19  – Blood Donor Clinic – South Gym

April 3  – Live Differently – Gr. 7 to 12 – 2 pm

April 5 – MADD – Gr. 9 to 12 – 9 am

April 14 – 18 – Cantando Band Trip – Edmonton

April 16 – HS reports go home

April 18 – HS Interviews

Reminders:  Please mark on your calendars!

Staff Mtgs:  I think we can move through March without a regular staff meeting

Primary – April 10  – 3:30    MS – April 9  – 8 am    HS  – April 8 – 3:30

(as always, submit items on the staff wiki or let me know – Meetings are in Meeting Room)

√ Farm Focus has come and gone – Lawrence, Doug, Donald and Pam do a fantastic job helping  with Farm Focus in so many ways – thanks you four – it looks like everything was cleaned up very, very well but there is no guarantee that everything is in the same place as where you left it on Friday

√  the PTE presented Magical Mystery Munsch last Wednesday – it was great and they left two new books –  Look at Me and Smelly Socks – courtesy of PTE, MB Hydro and MPIC – I have left the books with Carole in the Library

√ K TO 8 Report Reminder: Interview Names in office by March 4 –  Comments completed by March 6 – Reports completed by March 8 for printing – Reports to parents on March 12 – Parent/Teacher Interviews on March 14

√ High School – Advisory

March 13 Regular Day

March 20 Seminar Day – last seminar

12 – Career Crusing

11 – Resume Prep

10 – Study Skills

9 – What are my Values?

 

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Consider this your invitation to a

High School Information Night!

Sponsored by your local PAC

Monday, March 18, 2013 at 7 pm in the Lecture Theatre (Band Room)

For Parents of Students entering or already in High School.

Information on the High School Experience, supports and resources available, the credit system and courses available in Boissevain School.

 If you cannot attend, you can set up an appointment to learn more or visit the school web site: http://boissevainschool.ca and the Manitoba Education site: http://www.edu.gov.mb.ca/k12/cur/english_pr.html

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√√√√ This weeks thoughts from Damian Cooper’s Book called Redefining Fair

Chapter 3 asked the question: HOW SHOULD CURRICULUM AND ASSESSMENT CONNECT IN THE MIXED – ABILITY CLASS?

It Says:

–        teachers need to be coaches of essential skills rather than the providers of content

–        proficiency in skills requires excellent coaching and constant practice

–        a backward design (UBD) approach to curriculum is not merely desirable, it is essential – it addresses the question: What must students understand and be able to do as a result of my teaching?

–        Backward design focuses teachers’ and students’ attention on essential learning – curriculum that is meaningful, relevant and coherent.

–        Teachers need to use the essential learning outcomes to meet the diverse needs of the students – this is challenging but rewarding work because it leads students to success

√√√√ This is an article to remind us of self reflection:

three simple words

POSTED BY MATTYWPEARCE ⋅ MARCH 6, 2013 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

I may be alone in my thoughts but I think that being a teacher is becoming more complex each year. I have spoken to a number of teachers about how they are travelling and their united response is “very busy”. Tackling a full timetable, meetings,prep.work, marking , PD plans etc. is a tough gig and I have the utmost respect and admiration for the teachers who are at the grass-roots of teaching. Last night during my reflection time (a short 5km run) I was thinking of what is pivotal in a teacher and their practice. I have narrowed it down to three words – Think , Reflect and Tell.

Think – what am I trying to achieve in my lesson/s today? Have I set up the structure so that students learn best. Do I know my students and the way they learn? Am I ready ? Am I passionate?

Reflect – How did my lesson go? Did I achieve what I wanted Yes or No? Do I need to change anything? If I was a student in my class, would I have achieved the goal of the lesson?

Tell– share your thoughts with someone. Am I accountable to another teacher? Am I mentoring someone?Do I share my practice, so that others are encouraged?

If we as educators aren’t thinking about what we are teaching then how can we be sure that the students are engaged? If we aren’t reflecting on how the lesson went then how do we know the outcomes we wanted  have been achieved? If we aren’t sharing our practice then how can we encourage others in theirs or discover new ideas that may enhance our teaching?

I believe that if you are thinking through and acting on these three simple words regularly then you will be fruitful in your teaching. There is no need for long essays in response to these questions or more meetings to discuss your thoughts, just simple short conversations in the staff room or prep areas with your colleagues. My greatest reflections of the day happen when I run ( or jog these days!), I find the solitude of this pursuit refreshing for my mind and body. The last thing on my mind is to add more to the “things to do ” list , if it is like mine it will never be done. The whole idea is to provide a workable solution to a pivotal part of our teaching practice.

Three simple words that have great potential…..

“Education comes from within; you get it by struggle and effort and  thought.”

Napoleon Hill

March 3, 2013

Update – March 3 – 2013

Filed under: Education — Mr. White @ 7:12 pm

 

What’s Up at Boissevain School

 

Upcoming Dates:

 

March 5 – Gr. 9 Career Day in BU/ACC

March 6 – Magical Mystery Munsch Show – K to Gr. 6  – 9:15 am is seating

March 6 – Gr. 11 Career Day in BU/ACC

March 8 – Admin Day – Farm Focus

March 12 – K – 8 Reports go home

March 14 – K to 8 Interviews

March 19 – Band Concert – North Gym – 7:30pm

March 19  – Blood Donor Clinic – South Gym

April 3  – Live Differently – Gr. 7 to 12 – 2 pm

April 5 – MADD – Gr. 9 to 12 – 9 am

April 14 – 18 – Cantando Band Trip – Edmonton

April 16 – HS reports go home

April 18 – HS Interviews

 

 

 

Reminders:  Please mark on your calendars!

Staff Mtgs:  I think we can move through March without a regular staff meeting

Primary – April 10  – 3:30    MS – April 9  – 8 am    HS  – April 8 – 3:30

(as always, submit items on the staff wiki or let me know – Meetings are in Meeting Room)

 

√ this is a busy week – Career Symposiums for Gr. 9 and 11 in Brandon – Gr. 10’s will go to Winnipeg in May – Munsch Tour on Mar. 6 for K to Gr. 6 on Wednesday – Farm Focus is her Thursday (Set up) and Friday – we have a half day admin that day and reports for K to 8 will start to be printed in the afternoon

 

√ K TO 8 Report Reminder: Interview Names in office by March 4 –  Comments completed by March 6 – Reports completed by March 8 for printing – Reports to parents on March 12 – Parent/Teacher Interviews on March 14

 

√ High School

No Advisory this week

 

√√√√ Please be prepared to report on PD that you have attended since the last staff meeting – use the 3 – 2 – 1 process:

3 Highlights – 2 Questions you have – 1 item you implement in the school.

 

 

√√√√ This weeks thoughts from Damian Cooper’s Book called Redefining Fair

Chapter 1 asked the question: WHY IS DIFFERENTIATION ESSENTIAL TODAY?

It Says:

–        if the mission of schools is proficiency for all students, then differentiation is not merely desirable, it is imperative.

–        Differentiation (or responsive  teaching) is a response that all learners leave school equipped with the knowledge and skills they will need to function in an ever – changing global community.

–        Differentiation is much more complex than simply offering students choices – the most challenging task for teachers in a mixed-ability-class involves determining students current knowledge and skill levels and adjusting accordingly.

Chapter 2 asked the Question: WHAT DOES FAIR MEAN IN THE MIXED-ABILITY CLASS?

This chapter overlaps with the information provided by Rick Wormeli – in fact Cooper quotes Wormeli’s work in the chapter.

It starts with these familiar questions:

–        Is it fair to students who are successful the first time if others get to do assignments and tests over again?

–        If students know they can do rewrites on major assignments, why would they try the first time, knowing they can just do it again?

–        If students get to redo tests, won’t I have to create lots of tests for every unit?

 

I like how Cooper describes what a 21st century model of instruction, assessment and grading look like.  Instead of the Tour de France it needs to resemble a guided bicycle tour.

Here is a description of what this looks like?

–        on a bicycle tour, the guide has the route for the day’s ride and starts out by leading the way.

–        But the riders don’t necessarily stay together, so throughout the ride, the guide doubles back to check on all the riders.

–        She ensures that no one is riding alone, that everyone is cycling at his or her own comfort level, ant that no one gets lost or overwhelmed by the terrain.

–        When the guide discovers that some riders have dismounted from their bikes and are looking skeptically at a particularly steep hill, she says, “You don’t have to climb it. Let me show you an alternative route.”

–        Of course all riders make it to the picturesque country Inn by the end of the day.

–        Some have taken a different route; some have taken longer than others to arrive; but all riders have participated in the ride that is appropriate to their skill and fitness levels.

 

√√√√ Here is a 2 minute video of Sir Ken Robinson about the Art of Teaching – I have not heard him speak before but I know some people who have – he is an expert in his field.

 

http://bluyonder.wordpress.com/2013/03/01/its-about-good-teaching/

 

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