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Pilot Projects in British Columbia
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We have had series of Pilot Projects in BC. You can see some of the work on our provincial website:  …Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Don Glass Jan 19, 2012.

 

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Teaching from Under the Floorboards

Teaching from under the floorboards!Kerry ArmstrongDecember 2, 2013This year, I am teaching in Coquitlam. It is a big move to the big city. Instead of easing into retirement, my husband and I have moved to the big city. A retired Professional Forester, he commutes to the city centre to work on the 19th floor with a Natural Gas company. It is a huge project that is not yet part of anything that Canada has done before. His job is to develop relationships in communities so that everyone can work…See More
Dec 2, 2013
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Nov 11, 2013
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A chart to show how I design UDL Project Based Learning

I found a chart on Teach thought www.teachthought.com and it helped me format a chart that might help to describe the process in an UDL class. Often Inquiry and Project Based classes are for students who have figured out the learning and the behaviour. In a diverse class where the learning community honours and includes each and every learner, what can it look like? The following chart tries to show a model we use to make sure that…See More
Nov 11, 2013
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"8 Posters with orginal art by Bill Helin to support self regulation and literacy - hot off the press!! http://goo.gl/R6fXVA"
Aug 22, 2013
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It's June already!

“I used to think that it was the teacher’s job to figure out what I knew. Now I care about my learning because we have been given choices about what and how to learn. I like this class because we work together and I can show my learning in a visual way.”"The year went so fast Mrs. Armstrong!" These first 2 student quotes were music…See More
Jun 27, 2013
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Grade 10 Mindmapping

The Grade 10's in another class shared their mindmaps with our Grade 9 class. Their central image was meant to be a picture that answered the question around Canadian Identity. After a semester of looking at the 18th and 19th century Canadian history, they were to answer that question by creating a central image. They had to zero in their learning after synthesizing so much information and create a picture. I like the mindmap with a Canadian flag and in the centre the words "Conquering…See More
Jun 19, 2013
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Numeracy Circles - one way to try it

Suggested Steps to StartSkills required for student successAssign 5-7 QuestionsQuadrant notesConcrete, Pictorial, Symbolic skillsCreate learning partnersSee Maria Nichols “Comprehension through conversation” Students start sentences with “I can explain and/or I can summarize”Assign ‘experts’ a questionIe: give partners one question that they must be able to explain to othersWork in partners to be able to explain multiple ways to solve the question...make sure to do it concretely, pictorially…See More
May 27, 2013
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1 question each lesson

Each lesson this week started with a question. this helped me focus on exactly what to teach and how to relate it to each student's inquiry skill development. Today's question was how can the skill of compare and contrast help us achieve our goals? (I wanted to focus on thinking and curiosity and Tools and Processes - see the rubric attached …See More
May 24, 2013
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Conversation Learning Theory

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conversation_TheoryConversation Theory is what we experience as instructors when we design classes with A/B partner talk or small groups led by teachers. This is the circle conversation part of the "Propeller Model". Students need to dialogue about what they are learing. Each student needs to have the metalearning vocabulary to dialogue together about learning. I will use this now on The Propeller Model!…See More
May 14, 2013
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"Strong Nations now have more leveled reading books. Check out these Indigenous Resources written by educators! http://ning.it/11X7iUc"
May 10, 2013
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Questioning for Inquiry Based Learning and AFL

Questioning for Inquiry Based Learning and AFLKerry Armstrong May 7, 2013David Rose presented in Vancouver a few years ago and he used the metaphor of a GPS to describe the parts of learning that we need to have built into instruction to guide successful learners. In my Inquiry Based teaching “The Propeller Model”, I use this UDL metaphor in my planning coupled with Dylan Wiliam’s six strategies of Assessment For Learning (AFL): learning outcomescriteriadescriptive feedbackpeer and…See More
May 7, 2013
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"MOOC's we need a UDL MOOC for teachers and students!! Is there one already??"
Apr 14, 2013
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"I'm just not doing enough!" is how a colleague greeted me this morning when I asked how her 'Inquiry' unit was going; and, that was what I was feeling this morning. Ms S is in the middle of her inqu…

"I'm just not doing enough!" is how a colleague greeted me this morning when I asked how her 'Inquiry' unit was going; and, that was what I was feeling this morning. Ms S is in the middle of her inquiry unit "What can the experiences of "early Canadians" teach me about what it means to be Canadian? How will learning about their experiences influence my future and transform my ideas of what it means to be a Canadian citizen?" Students must create a passport of a person from the past experiencing…See More
Mar 29, 2013
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What I learned at Professional Development today.

I have neglected the complexities of the UDL principle of multiple means of engagement. When I started with UDL, I believed it was about offering students choice about assignments, adding poetry and art and music, asking for feedback and finding out what students liked best. I worked on creating a community of learners and a place for calm, ordered sharing, discussion, reading, writing and numeracy. And it is all of those things but we know so much more about what children’s brains look like…See More
Feb 26, 2013
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Dec 6, 2012
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November Inquiry Blues Turns to December ENGAGEMENT!

Last week my Humanities 9 students had no idea what I was talking about! A mind map with four sections: Art, Culture, Geography and Sustainability. Learning outcomes around the geographic regions of N. America (Ch 6), Aboriginal Peoples of N. America (Ch 7) and first contact (Ch 8). The Inquiry question: What can the canoe teach us about where we live, who we are, how we express ourselves and what we want to become as Canadians? What aspect of the canoe guides your future? I mean it seems clear…See More
Dec 6, 2012

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Teaching from Under the Floorboards

Teaching from under the floorboards!

Kerry Armstrong

December 2, 2013

This year, I am teaching in Coquitlam. It is a big move to the big city. Instead of easing into retirement, my husband and I have moved to the big city. A retired Professional Forester, he commutes to the city centre to work on the 19th floor with a Natural Gas company. It is a huge project that is not yet part of anything…

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Posted on December 2, 2013 at 1:33pm

A chart to show how I design UDL Project Based Learning

I found a chart on Teach thought www.teachthought.com and it helped me format a chart that might help to describe the process in an UDL class.

 

Often Inquiry and Project Based classes are for students who have figured out the learning and the behaviour. In a diverse class where the learning community honours and includes each and every learner, what can it look like?

 

The following chart tries to…

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Posted on November 11, 2013 at 7:35pm

It's June already!

“I used to think that it was the teacher’s job to figure out what I knew. Now I care about my learning because we have been given choices about what and how to learn. I like this class because we work together and I can show my learning in a visual way.”…

Continue

Posted on June 27, 2013 at 6:30pm

Grade 10 Mindmapping

The Grade 10's in another class shared their mindmaps with our Grade 9 class. Their central image was meant to be a picture that answered the question around Canadian Identity. After a semester of looking at the 18th and 19th century Canadian history, they were to answer that question by creating a central image. They had to zero in their learning after synthesizing so much information and create a picture.

 

I like the mindmap with a Canadian flag and in the centre the words…

Continue

Posted on June 19, 2013 at 4:34pm

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At 11:24am on December 14, 2011, Billie-Jo Grant said…

It is an afternoon position within our school with Greater St. Albert Catholic.  I teach grade four in the morning.  I was lucky enough to be a participant for three years with the provincial technology one-one pilot project.  My background is special education - I love those behaviour challenges!  I just want to make sure this is a position that continues so it is a matter of defining the role and making sure others realize the value of it!  Is anyone else in a position where they go into other classrooms and support teachers at the elbow?

At 7:12am on March 17, 2011, Patti Ganley said…

Hi Kerry,

The link to Mrs Anderson's class wiki doesn't work.

It's funny that you share VoiceThread as an example--we're  posting a VoiceThread for people to comment on Guideleine5 later today.

See you there.

Thanks for your energetic participation in the discussions.

 
 
 

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