What’s up this week

Oct 3 – 7, 2016 – Week 5

Final week of classes before we change channels and move on to our practicum focus!  Last week was full of activity.  The inquiry cycles moved smoothly, we had an interesting discussion after viewing the film ‘Most Likely to Succeed’, the debrief cafe’s were full of good conversation and questions, and there was a flurry of activity as the PODs worked on their ECAP.  Great job, folks!

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What’s up this week?

Monday:

9:00 – 12:00 – Synthesis Rotations.

1:30 – 4:00 in Room 109

Teacher Regulation Board and Teacher Qualification Services:  this will be a very informative presentation talking about the roles and services of the TRB and TQS.  The talk will include important information about how to apply for certification.  This is a mandatory session.

Tuesday:

8:30 – 12:00: Principles of Teaching in the morning. Riki’s: 111, Paula’s; 209; Teresa; 244img_0756

1:00 – 2:00: Debrief Cafe’s. Meet with the pods who did the same ‘content’ area last week to debrief on your insights and learnings from your inquiry. Ron – 213, Nadine – 215 , Lis – 236

2:00 – 4:00: Synthesis Presentations

Wednesday:

Films and discussion: choose one of the two films presented.  We will watch the film, followed by a discussion.  In preparation for this day, please watch the following:

Location: Room 111

  • 8:30 – 9:30 For Angela (racism) (25 minutes)
  • 10:00 12:00 A Girl Like Her (suicide)  (91 minutes)

6:30 – 9:30 PLP 14 is hosting a film titled Enslaved and Exploited: The story of Sex Trafficking in Canada. The film and discussion will take place in Bldg 200, room 203 form 6:30-9:00. 

Thursday:

9:00 – 12:00: Synthesis Presentations

12:00 – 1:00 – Smart Boards in the Classroom (Julia) in room 209

Friday:

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8:30 – 1:00: ECAP Presentations at the VIU’s Main Theatre.  Arrive at 8:30am for live music, tea/coffee and baked goods; Presentations will begin at 9 am.  Remember to submit your completed ECAP booklet (one per pod) on this day with attached individual and collective reflections.  Also, please remember to return your books to Nadine, Lis or Ron.

Feedback: We value your opinions and your perceptions of this semester – both the good and the bad ones!  On Friday we will be offering you the opportunity to fill out a feedback survey for us.  You can also complete it online, or you can set up an appointment with one of us for a conversation if that is easier.

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Sept 25 – 30, 2016 – Week 4

imageWeek three was full of activity and learning.  We started on Monday with a presentation from Stacey Wakabashi from POPFASD.  The feedback was very positive and thoughtful.  Sounds like it was a session that was valuable to those attending!  Our Debrief Cafe’s were great – we had good conversations, and the start of great questions to continue to consider as we develop as professional teachers.  Thursday was full of Pro-Seminars, more to come this coming week.  Way to go, gang.  We are now more than half way through this part of the semester!  Please make sure to bring your journals to show your mentors, and start thinking about the synthesis presentations which will take place next week.

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What’s up this week?

Monday:

9:00 – 11:30 (as per PLP rotations)

We will have our third PLP rotations. Please note that Ron’s groups (Governance) will be meeting in Room 213. Please bring your books back to your content instructor by 9:00 am so that the next groups can read them.  Those meeting with Nadine go to Room 276, and those meeting with Lis go to Room 221

1:30 – 4:00 in Room 109

We will be viewing a feature film called “Most Likely to Succeed”

imageMost Likely To Succeed is the best film ever done on the topic of school — both its past and its future. The film inspires its audiences with a sense of purpose and possibility, and is bringing school communities together in re-imagining what our students and teachers are capable of doing. Run, don’t walk, to bring this film to your school. After seeing this film, you’ll never look at school the same way again.

Movie Trailer

Tuesday:

8:30 – 12:00: Principles of Teaching in the morning. Riki’s: 111, Paula’s; 209; Teresa; 244

12:00 B.Ed 5 and PB6 (Sec) luncheon

1:00 – 2:00: Debrief Cafe’s. Meet with the pods who did the same ‘content’ area last week to debrief on your insights and learnings from your inquiry. Ron – 213, Nadine – 215 , Lis – 236

Various PLP meetings as arranged with your PLP mentors

Wednesday:

Time for your own inquiry, book club, ECAP.

Thursday:

Pro D – Seminars: Please look at the schedule and sign up for at least one session. If the sessions are full, please start a ‘wait list’ If we have enough people we will look at repeating the session or finding a larger venue for the event.   There is quite a variety of choices this week, and lots of room in our sessions!

Friday:

Third and last Inquiry Cycle presentations. Locations and times as set by individual PODS

Sept 19 – 23, 2016 – Week 3

imageHard to believe that we have now completed two of the five weeks together for this part of the semester.  We started the week with our first inquiry cycles.  The questions were thoughtful and insightful!  Terri Mack gave us her story, and challenged us to find ways to move forward as we learn to incorporate Aboriginal knowledge and understanding into our planning.

The PODS were busy gathering information from their communities, and preparing for the inquiry presentations.  Good work everyone!

What’s up this week?

Monday:

We will have our second PLP rotations. Please note that Ron’s groups (Governance) will be meeting in room 111. Please bring your books back to your content instructor by 9:00 am so that the next groups can read them.

PODs at work!

PODs at work!

1:30 – 4:00 in Room 109

We are fortunate to have Stacey Wakabashi from the Provincial Outreach Program for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders come and speak to us about supporting students in our classroom.  Here is a POPFASD educator handout 2016 for you to take a look at. (Live stream)

Tuesday:

8:30 – 12:00: Principles of Teaching in the morning. Riki’s: 111, Paula’s; 209; Teresa; 244

1:00 – Debrief Cafe’s.  Meet with the pods who did the same ‘content’ area last week to debrief on your insights and learnings from your inquiry.  Ron – 213, Nadine –  215   , Lis – 236

Various PLP meetings as arranged with your PLP mentors

Wednesday:

Time for your own inquiry, book club, ECAP.

Thursday

Pro D – Seminars:  Please look at the schedule and sign up for at least one session.  If the sessions are full, please start a ‘wait list’  If we have enough people we will look at repeating the session or finding a larger venue for the event.

Friday:

Second Inquiry Cycle presentations.  Locations and times as set by individual PODS

Sept 12 – 16 – Week 2

Wow!  What an amazing week we just had together.  After a busy first day back orienting ourselves to the various parts of this coming semester we set out on a journey to Thetis Island.  Our goal was to build community, to facilitate connections between the three cohorts, and to start thinking about our ECAP project.  It was truly a wonderful time to spend this time together with all of you, what an amazing group of soon to be teachers!

PB6 class at Thetis Island

PB6 class at Thetis Island

Don’t forget to keep your journal going.  The material that you collect in it will be used in your synthesis and in your exit interview.

Also, we have set up a Twitter account for our class.  Follow us at PB6VIU@bkingbarriers.

What’s up this week?

Monday:

We will have our first PLP rotations.  Please note that Ron’s groups (Governance) will be meeting in room 111.

In the afternoon, we will have Terri Mack from Strong Nations come and talk to us about Aboriginal Ways of Learning.  She is a wealth of information and will bring her ideas and resources for us to be able to use when we are planning for our teaching. (Live stream)

After Terri’s presentation, we will be viewing a film.

Here is an interesting clip to get us thinking about this week.

8th Fire

Tuesday:

Principles of Teaching in the morning.  Riki’s: 111, Paula’s; 209; Teresa; 244  (8:30 – 12:00)

1:00 in room 111 – discussion about the synthesis assignment.

Various PLP meetings as arranged with your PLP mentors

Wednesday and Thursday:

Time for your own inquiry, book club, ECAP.

Meetings with Mary (see below) to plan for ePortfolio

Pro D: This week’s focus is on exploring Aboriginal and Cultural Resources in your Community.

Friday:

First Inquiry Presentations (location and time arranged by individual PLPs)

PB6s play and learn

PB6s play and learn

 

A note from Mary:

Dear Year 6 PB Students,

My name is Mary O’Neill and I am delighted to be working with you this semester with the ePortfolio component of EDPB 600. A course outline is attached for this aspect of the course. I have also assembled resources in D2L. Look for EDPB 600 under Fall 2016. The course is now active.

We will be continuing the website build that you stared with Avi in EDPB 530 and 531 and will be adding 2 sections to your current site- A “Breaking Barriers” area where you will be documenting your Year 6 Inquiry-Based Learning experience along with your CAP project and an “My ePortfolio” component where you will be matching the 8 BC TRB Standards with evidence and reflections to demonstrate your learning throughout the Education program.

The expectation is that your ePortfolio will be completed in preparation for your ePortfolio presentations on Tuesday, December 13, 2016. Please mark this date in your calendar. Further details for the day will be forthcoming.

Due to the “open” nature of Year 6 we will not be meeting for timetabled classes, rather, I look forward to sharing details of our continued ePortfolio development via a variety of formats to best suit your schedule and learning style.

Option 1- Meet face-to-face with Mary for guided instruction. Here are the available drop-in dates. Please choose just one date:

Thursday, Sept. 15, 10-12noon, Education Media Lab, 356/223 (we may move to a classroom space if there is a large group.)

Wednesday, Sept, 14, 10-12noon, Education Media Lab, 356/223 (we may move to a classroom space if there is a large group.)

Thursday, Sept. 15, 1-3pm, Education Media Lab, 356/223 (we may move to a classroom space if there is a large group.)

Option 2- Learn online. I will be recording the first of the f-2-f sessions on Wednesday. Sept 14 and the instructional video will be available immediately following the session. It will take you through the ePortfolio build step-by-step so you can complete the project at your own pace. The url for the video link will be shared via email as of Sept 15 and will be available via D2L.

Option 3- Book a small group instructional session with Mary. Form a small group with your colleagues (6-10 students) and book a time with Mary for guided instruction.

Option 4- Go rogue. If you are confident with weebly, please visit the sample site here http://eportfoliosrock.weebly.com/ and simply replicate the pages and content to link from your current website.

I will be connecting with you again through the term, especially regarding the selection of evidence and reflective statements to match with the TRB Standards. For now however, we will concentrate on the site build.

I look forward to working with you and wish you all the best for a productive and rewarding semester.

Cheers,

Mary