Year 1 January 24th & 25th Session

For our third session with our Beginning Teachers we focused on building relationships amongst our students and our colleagues. In our planning for this day, we used the feedback from the Mentees and the Mentors to shape the ideas and activities of our day.

Our Primary Teachers met on January 24th and our Intermediate & Secondary Teachers met on January 25th for a full-day session.

Our session began with brief presentations from the varying District support people whose work is connected to our District's Developmental and Learning Goals. We learned about our District's Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement (AEEA), Sustainability, the Area Counsellor Team, and the District Resource Centre. This was followed up with a more in depth session exploring the EA/Teacher Relationship. This was led by members of our District Resource Team.

The afternoon portion of our day was shaped around ideas taken from Tribes written by Jeanne Gibb. In particular, we focused on how we can teach the varying age groups how to listen and we used the Bumper Sticker strategy to explore the ideas in Chapter 7 of the first Tribes book.

Under the Powerpoint section of this blog, you will find all of the handouts used as well as the overarching powerpoint presentation, the AEEA and the Sustainability powerpoint presentations.

Overall, the feedback we received from both groups was that they found this session informative and useful.

We look forward to seeing our Mentors on January 30th, 2012.


Blog List

On the side of our blog, you will find a list of other blogs we find interesting and useful.

One that may be of particular help to our elementary teachers is Carole Fullerton's blog on Mathematical Thinking. Carole, who is Richmond's Math Curriculum Coordinator, a private educational consultant and a published educational author, shares some creative and thought-provoking ideas on how to effectively teach Math to our students.

Please share any blogs/resources you think might be of interest or use to the group.

Enjoy, Diane