News from Boissevain School

April 28, 2013

Update – April 28 – 2013

Filed under: Education — Mr. White @ 4:12 pm

 

What’s Up at Boissevain School

 

Upcoming Dates:

May 17 & 18 – Bronco Girls Fastball Tournament

May 20 – Victoria Day – No Classes

May 28 – Middle School Track Meet

May 29 – Spring Band Concert

May 30 – Student Led Conferences

June 4 – MS TMSD Track Meet

June 4 – Cafeteria Closes

June 5 – AAA Spirit Day

June 7 – 4 – H Rally Day

June 11 – CTS Luncheon – North Gym

June 24 – Boissevain School Graduation

 

Reminders:  Please mark on your calendars!

Staff Mtgs:

Primary – May 14  – 3:30    MS – May 15  – 8 am    HS  – May 13 – 3:30

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

 

 

√ wouldn’t hurt to remind your class or advisory group of the bike helmet law starting on Wednesday – May 1

Here are the details – Please share:

Cyclists under 18 will have to wear a bicycle helmet as of May 1 in Manitoba

The province says each year in Manitoba about 160 cyclists end up in hospital from cycling-related injuries and several collisions result in serious injury or death. About 40 per cent of cycling injuries involve children. Wearing a helmet while cycling can reduce the chance of serious head and brain injury by more than 85 per cent in the event of a crash.

√ High School – Advisory

May 1 – No Advisory

May 8 – Advisory

May 15 – No Advisory

May 22 – Advisory

May 29 – Advisory

 

Covering Curriculum

 

“The greatest enemy of understanding is coverage.”

 

-Howard Gardner

Here’s a story I share to describe my take on the folly of covering curriculum:

 

Pretend you are a bus driver and have been asked to make a dozen stops where children will be waiting to be  picked up so you can take them to school. Before you can leave the bus compound, your supervisor reminds you to arrive on time, and if you are late, you will be held accountable.

 

You pull out of the compound and make your way to the first stop. Upon arriving you notice no one is there, but you stop anyways and open the door. Just over the horizon, you see three kids running as fast as they can, so you wait. Winded and short of breath, the boys get on the bus, thanking you for waiting. While you pull away for your next stop, you tell them it was no problem. After all, you’re just glad they are going to make it to school.

 

At the next three stops, you find yourself again waiting for kids that need more time to get on board. You paid no special attention to these events during the first couple stops, but now, after making the first half dozen stops, you start to look at your watch.

 

You’re getting short on time.

 

You plod on to the next stop, but you are immediately disheartened to see the kids are not sitting on the bench waiting for the bus. Instead, they are off in the distance, still making their way to where they are suppose to be.

 

You stop the bus, but instead of opening the door, you look at your watch. You’re not late yet, but you have no time to spare…

 

… you look up to see the kids are still a good distance away…

 

… you look at your watch…

 

… you look at the kids, but they are no closer…

 

… you look at your watch…

 

… you grimace and bite your upper lip…

 

… and then you do it – you shut the door and step on the accelerator – leaving the kids behind.

 

As you accelerate, you look at your watch, seeing time tick by. While thinking of your supervisors departing words “you will be held accountable”, you surpass the legal speed limit.

 

You approach the second last stop. There’s no one on the bench. You have an idea where the kids are, but you can’t bring yourself to look. The bench is empty, so you drive on by.

 

You’re not particularly proud of what you just did, but you calm you conscience by looking at your watch – you’ve got time to be on time.

 

Then you get stuck at a red light. Suddenly you don’t have the little time you thought you had left. The next stop is straight ahead, and the kids are even sitting there waiting. Hope encourages a smile.

 

Both your smile and hope evaporates as the red ember from the light etches itself into your optical nerve. The incessant ticktocking from your watch has you convinced Captain Hook had every right to be disturbed.

 

The light turns green and you’re off like a shot. One more stop, but you have no time.

 

While the kids stand up in anticipation of your arrival, you blow right past them. They may be stunned, but you arrive on time.

 

You pull up to the school and open the door. As the lucky few disembark, you can’t seem to tame that raw feeling of disappointment. At first, you want to ask yourself “what the hell did I accomplish?” but you realize the real question is “what the hell did I not accomplish?”

 

 

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April 21, 2013

Update – April 21 – 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mr. White @ 5:13 pm

 What’s Up at Boissevain School

Upcoming Dates:

April 25 – Val Caldwell – Social Media – Gr. 11 & 12 – 12:30 pm – North Gym

April 25 – Social Media – Val Caldwell – Parent Session – North – Band Room – 7 pm

May 28 – Middle School Track Meet

June 4 – MS TMSD Track Meet

June 4 – Cafeteria Closes

June 5 – AAA Spirit Day

 

Reminders:  Please mark on your calendars!

Staff Mtgs: 

Primary – May 14  – 3:30    MS – May 15  – 8 am    HS  – May 13 – 3:30

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

 

√ High School – Advisory

April 14 Regular  Advisory

May 1 – No Advisory

 

√√ Corey had read through this article/link –  it’s from the techie world and Couros.

 

http://people-equation.com/5-ways-to-overcome-resistance-to-change/

 

5 Ways to Overcome Resistance to Change

 

Guest Post by Phil Buckley

Most people would agree that change isn’t easy. Many people, however, seem surprised when people don’t embrace it. We are creatures of habit, so it seems natural that most people will have difficulty giving up things they are comfortable with for the unknown.

A leader once told me that he had let his team know that resistance to a new structure would not be tolerated. After speaking with his team members, I confirmed that he had successfully driven challenges underground along with advice on how to make the change more successful. Unfortunately, he had also lost the trust, support and engagement of the people who were tasked with making the change. It didn’t go well.

When people question a change, they are demonstrating an interest in the business and their role in it. They may not understand the reason for the change and the benefits it will provide, or may have a different perspective based on facts and experiences that are unknown to the leader. Either way, resistance is the beginning of a conversation about what is best for the business. It also is an opportunity to energize people about a new and exciting future.

Here are five ways to overcome resistance to change:

  • Ban “resistance” from your vocabulary. Language is a powerful tool that can bias your thoughts and behaviors. It is your role to help people “climb the rope” to the future versus pulling it in the wrong direction. Using positive language is an important starting point. Phrases such as “addressing concerns” and “discussing changes to routines” help position discussions in a positive light that will reduce tensions people may be experiencing.
  • Ask for concerns when describing the vision behind the change. It is better to know what the areas of concern are versus making assumptions about what they may be. People know best what is on their minds and demonstrating that you value their views is the first step to influencing them.
  • Identify “early adopters” who support the change. These people are advocates for the new ways of working. They are also peers who speak the same language as their team mates. Ensure they participate in forums about the change so their voices can be heard.
  • Build in as much certainty as you can—what is going to happen and when, what aspects will change and what will stay the same? People are more likely to feel stressed when they don’t feel in control of their environment. When people don’t know the details they often assume the worst possible outcome. You can reduce stress levels and fear by reducing the unknown. Share details freely and ask for input on the ones that aren’t yet defined.
  • Share how you will prepare people to take on new ways of working. People usually react positively to a well thought out plan to transition to new routines. They also react negatively to little or no support. Make sure there is sufficient help available, that managers have all the tools they need to assist their team members and people know the investment being made to help them.

Socrates said that “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” The leader’s role is to help people take on new ways of working that will create a better future.  When people’s concerns are positively addressed, most will do their part in making it come to life.

About the Author:  Phil Buckley

 

With 20-plus years of experience developing and executing change strategies for global businesses, Phil Buckley has managed 28 large-scale change projects — including the $19.6 billion Kraft Foods acquisition of Cadbury. Having the confidence to tackle any change project is a quality every leader should possess. In his new book, Change with Confidence: Answers to the 50 Biggest Questions that Keep Change Leaders Up at Night (Jossey-Bass), Phil Buckley — senior change management professional — highlights the 50 most pressing questions that keep leaders up at night.

 

 

 

 

April 14, 2013

Update – April 14 – 2013

Filed under: Education — Mr. White @ 7:32 pm

 

What’s Up at Boissevain School

 

Upcoming Dates:

April 14 – 18 – Cantando Band Trip – Edmonton

April 16 – HS reports go home

April 17 – HS Staff Meeting (Note Change)

April 18 – HS Interviews

April 18 – Preschool Wellness Day

April 25 – Val Caldwell – Social Media – Gr. 11 & 12 – 12:30 pm – North Gym

April 25 – Social Media – Val Caldwell – Parent Session – North – Band Room – 7 pm

May 28 – Middle School Track Meet

June 4 – MS TMSD Track Meet

June 4 – Cafeteria Closes

June 5 – AAA Spirit Day

 

Reminders:  Please mark on your calendars!

Staff Mtgs:

Primary – May 14  – 3:30    MS – May 15  – 8 am    HS  – April 17 – 3:30 then May 13

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

√ teaching staff – please remember to complete the survey I emailed to you with regards to Al and Myself by April 26th – thank you.

 

√ High School – Advisory

April 17 Regular  Advisory

 

√√ Committee updates:

School Plan and PBIS – Positive Behaviour Intervention System

Brad, Al, Corey, Roxy, Patty, Shawn, Bob, Sonia H

 

RTI – Response to Intervention – School Team

Brad, Al, Krista, Sonia S., Pam, Bob, Primary –  Roxy , Middle Years – Travis

High School –  Keith  &  Tracey

 

 

√√√√ Redefining Fair – Damian Cooper – I have read through the last chapters of the book Redefining Fair – it focuses on our work we are doing with report cards, assessment and essential outcomes – I am sure the changes we are seeing are the result f Damian Cooper and other’s work

Some final comments by Damian Cooper:

–       as educators we are in the midst of unprecedented change

–       as teachers, we must continue to improve our craft

–       every classroom today needs to be differentiated

–       we must constantly reflect upon our current practices

–       we must examine what is working and what is not

–       we must problem solve to become more effective teachers

 

** I have the book in my office for you to read so please come and get it – there are a number of case studies in the book that are interesting to read and are at all levels from K to 12.

 

√√√√ I attended a mLRC workshop last week – here is one post to share

Four Essential Questions in Unit Planning

  1. What do all students need to know and be able to do?
  2. How do we teach so that all students learn?
  3. How will we know if they have learned it?
  4. What will we do if they don’t know it or if they come to us already knowing?

 

√√√√ Interesting read

http://the21stcenturyprincipal.blogspot.ca/2013/04/blueprint-for-moving-to-21st-century.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+The21stCenturyPrincipal+(The+21st+Century+Principal)

 

 

 

 

 

April 7, 2013

Update – April 7 – 2013

Filed under: Education — Mr. White @ 7:42 pm

What’s Up at Boissevain School

Upcoming Dates:

April 9 – MS Staff Meeting

April 10 – Primary Staff Meeting

April 10 – HS Dance

April 14 – 18 – Cantando Band Trip – Edmonton

April 16 – HS reports go home

April 17 – HS Staff Meeting (Note Change)

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:

Primary – April 10  – 3:30    MS – April 9  – 8 am    HS  – April 17 – 3:30

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

√ √√√√  Announcement:

Keith Forsyth received the MHSAA Coach of the month award for March – Congratulations Keith

Newly Hired Positions for Boissevain School:

:Tracey Fingas  – 1.0 Teacher general position in Boissevain.

:Grant Harrison- 1.0 limited position until the end of June in Boissevain.

√ I received a calendar of mRLC workshops for next year – some of you have been actively involve this year and the cost was looked after by the division – next year will be our responsibility to take care of costs although there may some specific workshops the DBO will be requesting participants. If you are interested in seeing the list/and carrying on with some of the mLRC work, please see Al or myself.

√ The Fastball and Baseball teams helped move the Coop on Saturday Night and Sunday Morning – the new store is sure nice – pretty exciting

(We sure have nice kids in our building to help with things like this)

√ High School – Advisory

April 10 Regular  Advisory

√√√√  I liked reading the following – you see a lot of these in our classrooms:

http://classroom-aid.com/2013/03/19/20-quick-actions-you-can-do-today-to-set-your-classroom-up-for-massive-success/

√√√ this is worth taking a look at:

The 8 Elements Project-Based Learning Must Have

Added by Jeff Dunn on 2013-03-22

If you’re contemplating using Project-Based Learning or are already trying out the latest craze to hit the modern classroom, you should know about this checklist. It details if you’re actually doing it correctly. For example, does your project focus on significant content, develop 21st century skills, and engage students in in-depth inquiry (just to name a few)? If not, you might want to reconsider your PBL approach.

See Also:  What Is Project-Based Learning?

The checklist is by the PBL masters over at BIE and they’ve outlined 8 different ‘essential elements’ that must be present in a project in order for it to be considered PBL. While you may agree, disagree, or think there should be some additional elements, this checklist is phenomenal.

These elements are actually useful for even more than PBL. In fact, I’d say that it’s extremely important to make sure ANY lesson helps develop 21st century skills, organizes tasks around a driving question, and encourages voice and choice. Along with the other handful of key features too.

What do you think about this PBL Checklist? I personally find it broad enough to be useful and precise enough to make sense. Do you think it’s lacking or perfect? Would love to hear your input!

http://edudemic.com/2012/10/what-is-project-based-learning/

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