Monthly Archives: June 2014

Coming soon…. (June, a blog post I couldn’t just step away from)

June has been one of those months, when is it not for a teacher? Year-end trips, events, report cards and of course the inevitable look ahead to the summer.  June is certainly not a month to sit back a relax now that the kids in your class have fully-grasped the expectations that you have drilled into them all year.  The fact is it is a month to keep them interested and motivated with their learning, what better time for collaborative inquiry-based learning.  Students love working with their peers and enjoy the opportunity to explore topics freely.  This June has been all about inquiry, collaboration and sharing.  My students just wrapped up an inquiry project on the impacts of a global issue related to the use and/or extraction of natural resources and now are working together as an entire class on a geographic inquiry about a country or region they wanted to know more about.  While it seems chaotic to have 24 Grade 7’s working on one project, it is amazing to see the division of responsibilities, the planning and the following through that is occurring as time ticks.  I have definitely set out my expectations, first to work together to accomplish a goal, two being that they will sharing the findings of their inquiry with my other two classes and a far greater audience using Twitter and other social media like their blogs.  As well, to have them gain a better geographical understanding of a place, make global connections with experts (Hopefully 😉 ) and to enjoy learning.  And to top off the learning, I have surprised my students by stepping in and participating in the inquiry.  What can I say, I love geography and certainly enjoy digging up new information about places I know little about.

On a professional level June has been all about sharing as, Shivonne and I have led a push on Peel’s very own Project184 blog, a place where the Peel District School Board family can share their learning experiences with others within the board and beyond.  Three weeks into the pilot of the #peel21st184 blog we have seen nearly 20 Peel educators share their responses to the question, “What did you learn today?”   The response has been overwhelming, many have expressed their excitement about the project and lots look forward to the 2014-15 edition of the #peel21st184 blog project.  While thinking ahead to next year is probably the last thing of most are doing, we already have put out the Call for Writers (https://peel21st184.wordpress.com/write-for-the-project/) and are looking for contributors whether it be students, teachers, office managers, or superintendents.  The goal is to have as many PDSB’ers share their experiences, to inspire others.

Day 2: Phil Young, Teacher (Treeline Public School)

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“What Did I Learn Today?”

I have learned that I work with many great colleagues both those that I have met face-to-face, those that I have met in the “Digital World” and even some that I have not met before the pilot of Peel’s Project 184.

The idea of this Project 184 stemmed from a presentation by George Couros last summer at the PDSB Teaching and Learning in a Digital World Conference about the “Blog” as a Portfolio.  He shared how his school district, the Parkland School Division has a “Blog” for every student that becomes a portfolio of work from their Kindergarten Years through Grade 12.  I thought, “What a Great Idea!”  He also shared how the Parkland School Division (Students, Teachers, Administrators, and more) shared their learning through their “184 Days of Learning” project.

This was an idea that I brought forth in my own class this…

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Day 1: Shivonne Lewis-Young, Teacher (Massey Street Public School)

Shivonne, thank you for making our first contribution to Peel’s Project184 Pilot.

Peel21st Project 188

What Did I Learn Today?

I have a blog.  My Grade three students blog and when the project 184 for Peel was born I knew writing for the project was something I had to do.  So here I am.  It is my day to blog for the project and I am feeling a tremendous amount of pressure.  What should I write about and share?  Does my submission need to be thought provoking, innovative and profound?  The answer is no.  It can just be me sharing a day in the life of Class 3B.  So here goes nothing.

This afternoon for Social Studies I told my class that they were going to learn about The Three Sisters and how they were important to Aboriginal peoples and how they introduced the Three Sisters to the European Settlers. First, I had my students brainstorm who they thought the Three Sisters were and here’s…

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