Grade 5 Fort Steele Camp – A Parent’s Perspective

We have been asked to share our experience with you, so you may have a sense of what we thought about the Grade 5 Fort Steele camp. Wow! That’s a big task! Our kids experienced so many different things in their 4 days out there, it is hard to sum up. First of all – what a gorgeous setting – this authentic village steeped in history surrounded by rolling hills with mountains in the distance…… truly feels like you have stepped back to a simpler time. Staying right in Fort Steele really helps you to take it all in and … Continue reading Grade 5 Fort Steele Camp – A Parent’s Perspective

Inquiry Lives Here – A Video Series

Over the course of this school year, my role as Curriculum Portfolio Leader has allowed me to witness a wide array of strong Inquiry-based instruction happening here at Connect Charter School. I have been fortunate that our teachers have shared the accomplishments of our students with me and I have enjoyed translating this success into a series of videos that brings focus to the work we do here. The videos are available on the school’s YouTube Channel, but here is a convenient list of the videos that are currently available for viewing. I look forward to continuing this series over … Continue reading Inquiry Lives Here – A Video Series

Inquiry Lives Here

As Curriculum Portfolio Leader, I have the pleasure of working with our teaching staff to support the design, implementation, and assessment of various learning activities.  I derive pleasure from helping teachers tell the story of their work through the production of videos that showcase the elements of their work that help to deepen the understanding of their students. To this end, I have created a series of videos centered around the theme that “Inquiry Lives Here”.  The staff at Connect strongly believes there is incredible value and benefit in sharing what we do with the world outside our walls.  Please view … Continue reading Inquiry Lives Here

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

Film Screening: The Happy Movie (Tuesday, Dec. 16)

Connect Charter School is thrilled to be hosting a screening of “The Happy Movie” as part of our annual Peace Festival. This screening is open to members of the general public and is free (please consider bringing a donation to the Calgary Food Bank). In conjunction with the film, there will also be an artisan craft market open before and after. See attached poster for more information regarding the artisans. Doors open at 6pm for the craft market and the movie will begin at 7pm. Hope to see you there!     Continue reading Film Screening: The Happy Movie (Tuesday, Dec. 16)

Teachers as Researchers: Theme 2 – Student Voice and Focus

This is part 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. By virtue of being the subjects of research studies, students participated in the designed learning activities. Naturally, teachers used a variety of student artifacts and behaviours as evidence for their research. More interesting, however, was the role of student voice in the evaluation of their research efforts. Participants did not only welcome but also solicited student feedback. “It was really a partnership with the kids in … Continue reading Teachers as Researchers: Theme 2 – Student Voice and Focus

Teachers as Researchers: Theme 1 – Professional Growth

-by Kevin Sonico, Grade 9 Math/Science Teacher This blog post is part 2 of a series of blogs Kevin wrote summarizing his Research and Innovation Project on Research Experience and Its Impact on Teaching Practice. Theme 1: Professional Growth Teachers undertook an initiative considered to be beyond the responsibilities of a typical classroom teacher. Whether their research experiences were positive or negative, it was assumed that lessons were learned from their experiences. As such, teacher growth was interpreted as part of the research experience and a consequence of the teacher-researcher phenomenon. As researchers, participants became more reflective in their practice. … Continue reading Teachers as Researchers: Theme 1 – Professional Growth