Teacher Engagement Student Engagement. Sherry Elwood, Superintendent of Schools, SD 71 Sheila Shanahan, Assistant Superintendent. Promising Practices in Engaging Teachers. Leading Change - The Challenge Lead Teachers / Diversity Support Teachers Professional Partnerships
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Sherry Elwood, Superintendent of Schools, SD 71
Sheila Shanahan, Assistant Superintendent
This past year, school leaders were challenged to move their schools in some capacity towards embracing 21st Century Learning.
Formal leadership in schools: sharing the knowledge
“Teams of practitioners working together with a focus on student achievement and instructional practices have the power to transform cultures and communities.”
Teams display their projects in a large gymnasium and those presenting and many others visit them at their projects on a rotational basis.
How can Art teachers effectively utilize technology in the Art classroom to enhance teacher instruction and student learning?
How can a team of Secondary English teachers, willing to try using online social learning communities and inquiry – based digital projects in their classes, increase opportunities for all levels of students to showcase their best writing and increase teacher awareness and use of 21st century learning approaches?
How will a concentration on team building within our behavior programs affect student retention, successful transitions and re-engagement?
Through formative assessment can students effectively identify their areas of strength and weakness and establish a plan for improvement?
Will Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles combined with computers and digital media have a positive impact on student learning, specifically tasks like analysis, problem solving and synthesis of ideas?
Identify a team of mentors across grades and schools
Let them work with another teacher on a project of the teacher’s choosing
Share with others via the website and more
Martin Hartig, teacher, has been working to integrate 21st century skills with his grade five-six class by having them use Audacity, a free audio recording and mixing tool, to create audio projects. (e.g. public service announcements)Although Mr. Hartig is hooking the students with technology tools, he is also weaving powerful 21st century learning skills into the project. Students are developing deep, critical questions about the environment, and are engaged in social learning techniques that have them not only cooperating, but collaborating to “figure things out” together.
What happened next? A neighbouring teacher became interested and the students in one class mentored their peers in another.
Julia McCoid is a learning assistance teacher and Al Johnson, vice principal and teacher, share the teaching of a very dynamic and energetic grade 5 class and the team uses the power of social learning to engage all students and deepen learning experiences.
This teaching team chose to use the school district’s Google Apps service to help students work collaboratively and create learning scenarios that provide more relevance to real-world skills. In attempting to generate more interest in a subject matter that can be quite dry, such as the reasons for the formation of British Columbia, Mrs. McCoid chose to have students collaborate on their research, using shared online documents, where students add to each other’s knowledge in an organic and dynamic manner. The students would publish to an online wiki.
Her attendance at a teacher led workshop
inspired her to ask for more in class mentorship in having students use Google docs successfully in her classroom.
She was very pleased with the results.
Several of our teacher mentors in different schools have led the way in modeling the use of blogging as an effective way for students to become competent as collaborators, thinkers, writers and publishers.
“Grow what you know.”
Two teachers collaborated and developed an interdisciplinary studies approach to Physics 11 and an Engineering 11 class offered in concurrent blocks of the timetable.
The two mesh theory with practical study to enhance relevance and deepen understanding in both disciplines.
Nurturing the ideas
Island events this year
Contact us: Sherry.Elwood@sd71.bc.ca