News from Boissevain School

May 10, 2011


Filed under: Students — Mr. White @ 2:48 am

Tuesday, May 10 saw Absolute visit our school.  The message behind their workshop was Responsibility, Giving and Hope!  Please reflect by answering the following questions.

  1. What Issues are being addressed?
  2. What did you like/dislike about the presentation?
  3. How can you apply the experiences described in the presentation?
  4. What would you like to learn more about, related to this presentation?

March 13, 2011

What do you Think?

Filed under: Students — Mr. White @ 6:35 pm

What do you think we need at Boissevain School?  An Electronic Sign has been discussed. Additional Programming (calculus, etc.) requires more staffing.  Improving the furniture has been mentioned.  Refinish the gymnasium floor.  What else?

February 8, 2011

The 21st Century Learner

Filed under: Students — Mr. White @ 12:34 am

On Feb. 7th School Staff gathered to discuss the priorities for Boissevain School.  The focus was on Strategies to Improve Student Achievement, new assessment strategies and what a 21st Century Classroom should look like.  We viewed a video by “Ian Jukes” who talked about the 21st Century Learner.  His message included:

1. Digital learners prefer receiving information quickly from multiple multimedia sources.

2. Digital learners prefer parallel processing and multitasking.

3. Digital learners prefer processing pictures, sounds, color, and video before text.

4. Digital learners prefer random access to hyperlinked multimedia information.

5. Digital learners prefer to network simultaneously with many others.

6. Digital learners prefer learning “just in time.”   Many educators prefer teaching “just in case.”

7. Digital learners prefer instant gratification with immediate and deferred rewards.

8. Digital learners prefer learning that is relevant, active, instantly useful, and fun.

What are some examples of the above Learning Styles that show you are a 21st Century Learner?

January 17, 2011

Student Led Conferences

Filed under: Students — Mr. White @ 2:04 am

We just completed a K to 12 evening of Student Led Conferences on Jan. 12.  The purpose of the conference is:

Student-led conferences are designed to:

  1. give the student the opportunity to showcase skills
  2. give students the opportunity reflect upon work with a view to seeking self improvement
  3. promoting parent involvement
  4. foster a student – teacher dialogue focussed on learning

How did you feel that you met the above goals?  How did you do?  What changes would you like to see?


January 5, 2011

January Exams

Filed under: Students — Mr. White @ 2:31 am

As we begin school  in January students have two very important tasks to consider and be responsible for.  1.  Exams and 2. Student Led Conferences.  The Grade 12 English Exam starts on Monday, Jan. 10, Student Led Conferences are on Wednesday, Jan. 12 and School Exams start on Monday, Jan. 31.

What responsibilities do you have for your exams and student led conferences?  How do you prepare?

December 15, 2010

What Do You Think?

Filed under: Students — Mr. White @ 2:23 am

These next couple of weeks make me wonder about a few things:

1.  What were your memories when you participated in the Christmas Concert?

2.  How prepared are you for your Student Led Conferencing on January 12?

3.  What are you looking forward to during the holidays?

December 8, 2010

Student Led Conferences

Filed under: Students — Mr. White @ 12:02 pm

K to 12 students are hosting their Student Led Conferences with their parents on Wednesday, January 12.  The evening involves sharing student work with their parents through master portfolios, class portfolios and other means prepared in younger classes.   How do you go about doing your conference? What is the value for students in doing the student led conferences? Do you have other ideas for the conference between parents and children?


December 2, 2010

Cell Phones

Filed under: Students — Mr. White @ 2:11 am

We had a great discussion in Advisory today about the use of cell phones in school.  Input ranged from Gr. 9 to Gr. 12 students.  The two main topics were: 1. The ethical use of phones and 2. Student Responsibilities towards using phones.  How do you see yourself with respect to each topic?

November 26, 2010

Drama Production

Filed under: Students — Mr. White @ 11:13 pm

This years Drama Production just ended last night with 3 straight performances for the public and additional performances for the school on Wednesday.  Congratulations to all the cast members, behind the scene people and the staff, parent volunteers.  Students should be congratulated on the dedication to the amount of time and effort put into such a production.  WELL DONE!

November 16, 2010

Social Media

Filed under: Students — Mr. White @ 2:14 am

I have been following a blog quite regularly but most recently picked up a few more to view every couple of days.  The most recent entry showed a number of educational video sites and the one I looked at talked about students and social media.  The video had an interview on NBC of a school principal talking about asking parents to ban students from using facebook.  The video had text showing the opposite opinion of what the principal was saying.  What are your thoughts about both sides?  Should facebook be banned from student use at home and school?  Should the responsibility of students and parents be to use social media properly?  What are the ways you use Social Media in a responsible way?

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