"I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn"
Developing a safe and caring environment ...
Dapp School has developed a program in which all students are assigned a "school family". Family events take place throughout the year with the intent of developing "helping" relationships among family members. Recently family groups met to build "bird houses". The priority was for older students to help the younger students finish their bird houses first! In all approximately 150 "bluebird houses" were built.
Developing activities that suit student
needs and interests ...
Staff at the Hillman Hutterite Colony School have been striving to provide experiences that suit the needs of their students in a variety of ways. Brett Seatter and members of the AISI team developed "Fraction Stations" including daily cooking or construction problem solving activities, two real life fraction experiences for Hutterite children. Using measurement and fraction skills, students are currently building a new "store" for the colony. In addition, students measured and pre-cut all of the pieces for the "bird house" building activity at Dapp School. Make sure to stop by the "store" sometime this spring or summer to admire the student's carpentry skills. Along with produce, you may be able to buy some mittens sewn with care by the young ladies of the colony!
Exploring new technology to see if it
suits our purpose ...
The Tech Department recently purchased an Epson Projector. The projector projects an interactive image onto a wall or table much like the projector we currently use with our SMART Boards with the bonus feature of not needing the SMART Board surface. We see potential for this technology as it will free up precious whiteboard space when the projector is turned off and could be a fun tool for students, particularly younger children who have difficulty reaching a traditional SMART Board. The projector is currently at BES and is scheduled to move to WES next week. If your staff is interested in "playing" with this new tool, please contact the Dave or Alex in the tech department to get in the "queue".
This blog and resources website has been developed through the work of various AISI coaches in PHRD. The lead collaborative teachers for the 2015/2016 school year, Cheryl Frose, Christine Quong and Tammy Tkachuk will continue to update this site. If you have resources you would like to share or would like to contribute to the blog, please contact us.
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