Join in the conversation as we explore how the components of Balanced Literacy serve to support comprehensive literacy programming in the 1-4 classroom. We will dive deep into identifying resources and promising practice for each component of Balanced Literacy (Read/Write Aloud, Shared Reading/Writing, Guided Reading/Writing, Independent Reading/Writing and Word Study) and how these can be incorporated into your existing Literacy structures (Daily 5, Literacy Centres, etc.). We will also look at structures for formative, ongoing assessment and how the data collected can support teachers in targeting the next steps for instruction.
How do we design learning experiences that allow students to make meaningful connections to the curriculum and their lives through the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math? Would you like to utilize makerspaces in your classroom and school?
If you are interested in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math), Makerspaces and coding/programming join the STEAM Makers Community of Practice.
We have invited the STEM Learning Lab (http://stemlearninglab.com/) to work with a cohort of 20 teachers from Rocky View Schools. STEM Learning Lab will provide professional development in STEAM from concept to design to implementation and will include opportunities for teachers to collaborate, imagine, create and mentor. We will investigate the integration of Technology and Curriculum and a Girls in Tech initiative to encourage girls to become more involved in technology, math and science.
We ask that if you are considering this Community, you are prepared to commit to both C of P days, plus at least one, but preferably both, of the self-directed days. You will also receive release time for 4 more days during the year for a total of 8 PL days. There is a possibility of extending this initiative for up to 2 more years.
Supporting experts include mathematicians, engineers, artists, musicians and scientists, and programmers. Global connections will be made.
The Units of Study in Opinion/Argument, Information, and Narrative Writing in French Immersion classes
As a group, we are going to explore and discuss implementation of the Writing Units of Study in French Immersion (FI) classes. We are going to look at some common French language to use during units such as teaching points, mini lessons and conferences.
We will look at existing material such as “If...Then...Curriculum”, Performance Assessments and learning progressions to see what needs to be adapted for FI. In addition, we will identify French mentor texts that can be used.
This is a continuation of a COP from last year. Please look at the link in the title to see if this is right for you. Whole brain teaching is an instructional system that includes; lesson planning and delivery (direct instruction and collaborative learning), ways to work with challenging students, and character education.
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