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Week 6

Summary of last week

 

Wow!  We are at the end of this part of the journey!  It’s hard to believe that five weeks have gone by already and that we only have one more week on campus before we all head out to our practicum sites.  Last week was again full of learning.  We had the TRB presentations, POTL, Cafe Debriefs, and a whole selection of seminars, followed by our inquiry presentations and visits to our practicum sites.  Way to go PB6s!  You have worked hard, you have learned lots, and you are filled with questions that you will continue to search as you move on to your practicum part of this semester.

What’s up this coming week?

Monday:  Thanksgiving.  Take time to enjoy your loved ones. No, we are not on campus today 🙂

Tuesday: Start your day with your cohorts, meet with your PODS, and then join us for our fourth Debrief Cafe.  Check the calendar to figure out when you are meeting.  Following the Debrief Cafe’s, we’ll have the first round of Synthesis Presentations.  

Wednesday: We will start our day with our Synthesis Presentations.  Please note that we are starting at 8:30 am in order to make time for everyone.  In the afternoon, we will enjoy the StartUP! Your Gr. 4-7 Class Successfully with Ray Myrtle workshop in room 111.  Thank you, Katie, for organizing this event for our class.

Thursday: Use this day to visit schools, work on your inquiry, spend some time reading your content books, do some reflecting on your journals, and use this time to connect with your practicum sponsor teacher.

Friday: CAP presentations and our final day together.  We’ll start in room 355/211, and move on to the theatre across the hall for the presentations.  Way to go, PB6s!

What is Due this Week?

Journals:  Journals are due on Monday by 2:00 pm.  Please remember to include a summary at the end highlighting your big ‘aha’s and ‘questions’ from the week.  Criteria for the journals can be found in our Personal Journals page

  • PODS 6 – 10 please submit your journals to Lis through D2L  (email journals are not accepted)
  • PODS 11 – 14: submit journals to Peter (paper copy or via Peter.Skipper@viu.ca)
  • PODS 1 – 5: submit journals to Nadine (paper copy or via Nadine.Cruickshanks@viu.ca)

Synthesis Presentations:   Please review the Synthesis Presentations page to make sure that you are covering all the areas, and enjoy sharing your story with your POD and one of the instructors.

CAP Presentations: Come and celebrate the end of the six weeks of Breaking Barriers by sharing your CAP project with the whole class.  Make sure to hand in your collective and individual reflective feedback with your booklets to any of your instructors.

Content Books:  Please make sure to return the content books to your instructors.

Also, if you’d like to share your inquiry findings with your colleagues, we have created a google sheet to add your information.  At the end of the semester, everyone will have access to the information that we have all gathered.  Please put your inquiry summary (or handout) on a google sheet or in your e-portfolio and provide your link.  Here is where you can upload the information.


Week 5

Summary of last week

Week four was full of energy and learning for our group.  After meeting to set up our inquiry questions on Monday, we had a powerful presentation by the panel from the districts.  It was really neat to hear about the various perspectives of the roles in our system!  PODs are busy finalizing CAP projects, inquiry projects are developing and informing our practice, and the seminars on Wednesdays have been informative and useful as we all continue to develop as emerging educators.  Two weeks to go and we are off to our practicum part of our development!  Keep focused, there is still lots to do on campus before we all move on to our school settings.

What’s up this coming week?

Monday:  We will start our first rotations in the morning to prepare for our content inquiries.  Please do check the calendar for the rotation information.

At 12:00 pm we will meet in room 111 for a quick update of our final weeks. Attendance is mandatory. Then at 12:30 pm we will start the TRB/TQS presentation.  This is an informative session about the roles and responsibilities of the TRB/TQS as well as an orientation on how to apply for certification. EVERYONE is expected to attend this session.

Tuesday: Start your day with your cohorts, meet with your PODS, and then join us for our third Debrief Cafe.  Check the calendar to figure out when you are meeting.  Attendance is mandatory.

Wednesday: Another day full of seminars for you.  Please make sure to check the schedule and sign up for one or more of these sessions.  Please note that there is a wide variety of sessions with great speakers, so please so sign up.  Participation in ProD activity is expected every week.  This needs to be relevant to your development as an educator, and you need to talk about it in your journal and with your POD. No Livestream will be available for this day.

Thursday: Use this day to visit schools, work on your inquiry, spend some time reading your content books, do some reflecting on your journals, and use this time to connect with your practicum sponsor teacher.

Friday: We’ll have our third and final  ‘content’ inquiry presentation.  Please remember that you are the person sharing this information with your POD.  Make it interesting and accessible, and enjoy learning from each other. Presentations should be about 30 minutes long each, and they should be informative and relevant to your colleagues.

What is Due this Week?

Journals:  Journals are due on Monday by 2:00 pm.  Please remember to include a summary at the end highlighting your big ‘aha’s and ‘questions’ from the week.  Criteria for the journals can be found in our Personal Journals page

  • PODS 11 – 14 please submit your journals to Lis through D2L  (email journals are not accepted)
  • PODS 1 – 5: submit journals to Peter (paper copy or via Peter.Skipper@viu.ca)
  • PODS 6 – 10: submit journals to Nadine (paper copy or via Nadine.Cruickshanks@viu.ca)

Video Viewing:  In preparation for our final week, please view Schooling the World, and make sure to write about it in your journal.

Also, if you’d like to share your inquiry findings with your colleagues, we have created a google sheet to add your information.  At the end of the semester, everyone will have access to the information that we have all gathered.  Please put your inquiry summary (or handout) on a google sheet or in your e-portfolio and provide your link.  Here is where you can upload the information.


Week 4

Summary of last week

Wow, we are already in week four!  This past week was again full of new information and lots of learning.  We started our week defining our first inquiry questions, followed by  Stacey Wakabayashi’s fabulous presentation on supporting kids with FASD.  The halls were buzzing with activity as our PLPs met to talk about the books and continue to plan the CAP projects, and Wednesday was full of interesting ProD sessions.  I was again particularly grateful for the generosity of the students and their willingness to put themselves out there to share their expertise with others!  Onward!

What’s up this coming week?

Monday:  We will start our first rotations in the morning to prepare for our content inquiries.  Please do check the calendar for the rotation information.  At 1:30 pm we will all gather in Room 109 to witness  a panel of presenters who represent the various ‘faces’ of the system.  Please remember that attendance is compulsory.

Tuesday: Start your day with your cohorts, meet with your PODS, and then join us for our first Debrief Cafe.  Check the calendar to figure out when you are meeting.

Wednesday: Another day full of seminars for you.  Please make sure to check the schedule and sign up for one or more of these sessions.

Thursday: Use this day to visit schools, work on your inquiry, spend some time reading your content books, do some reflecting on your journals, and start thinking about your practicum.

Friday: We’ll have our second ‘content’ inquiry presentation.  Please remember that you are the person sharing this information with your POD.  Make it interesting and accessible, and enjoy learning from each other.

What is Due this Week?

Journals:  Journals are due on Monday by 2:00 pm.  Please remember to include a summary at the end highlighting your big ‘aha’s and ‘questions’ from the week.

  • PODS 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 please submit your journals to Lis through D2L  (please don’t email the journal)
  • PODS 6-10: submit journals to Peter (paper copy or via email)
  • PODS 11-14: submit journals to Nadine (paper copy or via email)

Also, if you’d like to share your inquiry findings with your colleagues, we have created a google sheet to add your information.  At the end of the semester, everyone will have access to the information that we have all gathered.  Please put your inquiry summary (or handout) on a google sheet or in your e-portfolio and provide your link.  Here is where you can upload the information.


Week 3

Summary of last week

What a great we had together this past week.  Starting with amazing sessions on Monday that invited us to think outside of our classrooms and towards the land, followed by some time with our cohorts on Tuesday and some thought provoking sessions on Wednesday.  Hopefully you found your time to explore your area in regards to resources on Thursday, and trust that your first inquiry presentations with your PODS were thought provoking.  As I reflect on this week, my favourite story is having one of our own students jumping in and doing a session with us when we realized that our presenters had not made it!  What a great opportunity for us to be reminded that we are so rich within our group already.  Thanks to all of you who are willing to take risks and share your knowledge and questions with each other!

What’s up this coming week?

Monday:  We will start our first rotations in the morning to prepare for our content inquiries.  Please do check the calendar for the rotation information.  At 1:30 pm we will all gather in Room 109 to witness the presentation from Stacey Wakabashi who comes to us from POPFASD.    You will find his presentation tremendously useful as you think about making sense of kids who learn differently.

Tuesday: Start your day with your cohorts, meet with your PODS, and then join us for our first Debrief Cafe.  Check the calendar to figure out when you are meeting.

Wednesday: Another day full of seminars for you.  Please make sure to check the schedule and sign up for one or more of these sessions.

Thursday: Use this day to visit schools, work on your inquiry, spend some time reading your content books, do some reflecting on your journals, and start thinking about your practicum.

Friday: We’ll have our first ‘content’ inquiries.  Please remember that you are the person sharing this information with your POD.  Make it interesting and accessible, and enjoy learning from each other.

What is Due this Week?

Journals:  Journals are due on Monday by 2:00 pm.  Please remember to include a summary at the end highlighting your big ‘aha’s and ‘questions’ from the week.

  • PODS 1, 2, 3, & 4, please submit your journals to Lis through D2L
  • PODS 5 – 9: submit journals to Nadine (paper copy or via email)
  • PODS 10 – 14: submit journals to Peter (paper copy or via email)

 


Week 2

We’re on to the second week of our journey together, and excited about our theme.  Our focus this week will be on Land based indigenous ways of learning.  Here is our questions for your inquiry – we will all be working on the same question:

How will Indigenous stories and Place Names that connect you to the land of your local community help to inform your teaching?

Please check the calendar to see what will be happening each day.

Things to remember:

  1. You will be receiving an email with the two articles that we’d like you to read this week
  2. Please make sure to be working on your journals.   Journals will be due to us on September the 18th.
  3. Please make sure to sign up for a workshop for the Pro D on Wednesday.  If you are attending something different , make sure to indicate in your journal what you did this week.
  4. Meeting with mentors:  you should hear from your mentors some time this weekend.  If you haven’t heard from them by Monday, please contact them yourselves to arrange for a time to meet.
  5. We have posted the recordings of Monday’s presentations.  The sound is not the best (good thing we are testing the system) so hopefully you’ll still be able to make sense of the talks if you want to review them.  Links to these are found in the calendar under the event.

Week 1

Thursday Agenda

We will start the day at 8:30 in room 355/211.

Please plan on being with us until 4:30 pm.

Please note the updated PODS PB6s.  There will be no more changes on this list.

 

  1. Refer to the ‘Six Weeks at a Glance” – Calendar page to see a detailed overview of the 6 weeks.
  2. As noted in the Calendar,
    1. you will begin your 6-weeks of classes on Tuesday morning (Sept. 5th) with your Principles of Teaching instructor(s).
    2. You will then meet – as a large group – from 11:30am to 12:30pm in Room 109 for a Breaking Barriers program orientation (to discuss Thetis Island and other topics that may come up).
    3. You will proceed to meet with Mary O’Neill in the afternoon on this first Tuesday. Check the calendar for details.
  3. On the Breaking Barriers site (and here) take a look at the Community Action Project (CAP) information along with all past CAP initiatives. Also refer to the Earth Charter and the 17 Development Goals which can be found on the Breaking Barriers site.
  4. VIU Study Day Note: Due to the short time that we have together, please be advised that Tuesday, October 10th WILL NOT BE a VIU STUDY DAY (as indicated on the VIU calendar).  Regular classes will be held as outlined in the Breaking Barriers Program.
  5. An integral part of this program involves Reflective Journaling. Please bring a Journal of your choice (i.e. electronic, paper, etc.) to Thetis Island where you will begin this process.
  6. Pre-Readings/Video. In preparation for our time together next week, please preview the following articles:  Critical reflection & Privilege – Kimmel Ferber eds and Danger of the sing;e story .  We will make reference to these on Thetis Island.
  7. Professional Learning Pods: We are finalizing these groups this week, and you will be introduced to these groups next week at Thetis.

Thank you for your preparation and open-mindedness for the term ahead.  We look very forward to meeting and working with you.

 

Tuesday: Start your day with your PoTL instructors in your cohorts gettin

g reacquainted, and getting ready for a great semester together.  In the afternoon, you will

meet with Mary O’Neill to get started thinking about your e-portfolio.  Check calendar for times for each cohort.

Thursday: All day sessions at VIU.  Start in Room 355/211 at 8:30 am.  Day ends at 4:30 pm.  Attendance is compulsory.

Friday:  There will be no class of Friday.  Use it to rest, or to get started with your reading!