News from Boissevain School

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?



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: and the Manitoba Education site:


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


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


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,, 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


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