Deirdre’s Reflection – Finding Freshgrade: A journey through digital portfolio and online assessment

-by Deirdre Bailey My journey in assessment began in Grade 4 with a strict focus on engaging students in formative feedback in order to work toward involving them more effectively in the learning process. With an emphasis on teaching them … Continue reading Deirdre’s Reflection – Finding Freshgrade: A journey through digital portfolio and online assessment

Kevin’s Reflection – Finding FreshGrade: A journey through digital portfolio and online assessment

-by Kevin Sonico The shift from 9 years of teaching Grades 8 & 9 students to Grade 5 students proved to be an immensely transformative experience.  This change in my teaching assignment demanded my consideration of how to involve my younger students in their learning. There is a wide developmental chasm that exists between Grade 9 and Grade 5, and how to communicate their learning in a meaningful way deserved careful thought.  Further, there was the substantial question of how to engage their parents. I had numerous experiences with various forms of medium and all yielded divergent results when it … Continue reading Kevin’s Reflection – Finding FreshGrade: A journey through digital portfolio and online assessment

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Using Digital Portfolios To Engage Students and Parents To Communicate and Support Learning

-by Deirdre Bailey and Kevin Sonico The School Act states that one of the roles of teachers is to “regularly evaluate students and periodically report the results of the evaluation to the students, the students’ parents and the board” (2000 … Continue reading Using Digital Portfolios To Engage Students and Parents To Communicate and Support Learning

Teachers as Researchers: Theme 3 – Modeling Entrepreneurial Spirit

This is part 3 of a series of blog posts by Kevin Sonico (Grade 9 Math/Science Teacher) on Research Experience and Its Impact on Teaching Practice. Theme 1 on Professional Growth can be read here and Theme 2 on Student Voice can be read here. Teacher-researchers classified the nature of their inquiries as exploratory and investigated different elements of their practice. From teaching a lesson, to reporting student learning, to structuring a class, participants viewed the RI program as an opportunity to chronicle and share new experiences with an audience. Their willingness to experience such a rigorous and public endeavour … Continue reading Teachers as Researchers: Theme 3 – Modeling Entrepreneurial Spirit

Research Experience and Its Impact on Teaching Practice: Four Charter School Teachers’ Perspectives

-by Kevin Sonico, Grade 9 Math/Science Teacher In the Inspiring Action on Education document (Alberta Education, 2010a), the Ministry of Education discussed research’s essential role in contributing to student success by informing policy and pedagogy. Charter schools would play an … Continue reading Research Experience and Its Impact on Teaching Practice: Four Charter School Teachers’ Perspectives

Innovate West – October 24-25, 2014

InnovateWest is a professional development initiative that focuses on bringing educators together to share, build and reflect on exemplary teaching, learning, and leadership practices with the goal of building a network of innovative educators. This annual conference will be held on October 24 and 25, 2014 at Connect Charter School. The conference begins on Friday morning with a student guided tour of Connect Charter School on an instructional school day. Participants will have ample time to observe classrooms and dialogue with students and teachers in a rich inquiry setting. Facilitated discussions will be hosted at the school during the three … Continue reading Innovate West – October 24-25, 2014

Innovate West is moving to October!

We look forward to seeing you at the new Innovate West weekend, October 24-25, 2014. The feedback from the last few years was loud and clear: a fall date makes it much easier for teachers to attend, and will provide the opportunity for relationships and connections to grow all year long (and beyond). Join us on Friday, October 24th for school tours in the morning and the first discussion block in the afternoon for those of you wanting to start the conversations early. Saturday will be similar format (3 discussion blocks) with the reception to occur that evening. Based on … Continue reading Innovate West is moving to October!

Exemplary Teaching and Learning Frameworks

by Dan McWilliam  In 2011 staff at the Connect Charter School, Calgary Science School at the time, were asked “What does exemplary teaching and learning look like?” The process and rationale for the creation of the frameworks is described here.  “In addressing this question, reference was made to the work that has been done on student assessment through our AISI project; the Galileo longitudinal research study of the Calgary Science School one-on-one laptop program and student engagement initiatives; the expectations for exemplary teaching outlined in the Alberta Teaching Quality Standard and a variety of artefacts including school evaluation reports, survey data … Continue reading Exemplary Teaching and Learning Frameworks

Why Innovate West?

-by Erin Piper As a charter school, it is one of our mandates and goals to connect and learn with other teachers and school jurisdictions. Innovate West, most recently held May 23-25, 2014, is one of the ways we facilitate in bringing together a growing community of innovative educators to celebrate the many great things happening in education today. We believe that this event, and the people involved, truly reflects the vision and values of Inspiring Education. This short video depicts how this experience resonated with participants: For more information on the most recent conference, see this blog post. Continue reading Why Innovate West?

Innovate West Wrap Up

by Dan McWilliamOur school is still reverberating from the energy and ideas at Innovate West this past weekend (May 23-25, 2014). This was our third year hosting a connected group of innovative educators from Western Canada and beyond. These educators are the ‘grassroots’ who have developed a social support network online and Innovate West provides the physical meet up of the social network. The Conference celebrates people and provides them the time and space to share, discuss and develop innovative ideas for education. The conference format begins with a tour of Connect Charter School classrooms on an operational school day … Continue reading Innovate West Wrap Up