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ISABC Pro-D Day 2014, St George’s School

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Friday, February 7
 

10:30am

Arts in Action: Community art as catalysts for social change through children’s creative collaborative song writing
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop will look at a project at Southridge School in which first-year ukulele players collaborated on ideas inspired by art that was part of the Biennale Public Art Exhibition. These grade six students wrote an original song complete with chords and lyrics that examined the ‘big ideas’ of their chosen piece. Students wrote their songs using any process that worked for them, supported by their teacher, a singer-songwriter mentor, and their peers. Students kept ongoing Arts Developmental Workbooks that documented their process and included reflections on their experience. Participants in this workshop will learn about the project (which could be used with any group of students and any instruments), see an example of a student original composition, and receive copies of student handouts. A discussion on transformative arts engagement for educators will then take place in which participants can share examples of what they are doing in their own classrooms to put the arts into action.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Bespflug

Kevin Bespflug

MYP English and Music Teacher, Southridge School
Kevin Bespflug has been a teacher at Southridge School for 15 years. He has taught grade 4 in the Primary Years Programme (PYP), was the school’s Internal Evaluation Coordinator for their accreditation visit by the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS), and is currently... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2014 10:30am - 11:30am
Mainland - St. George's School 4175 West 29th Avenue, Vancouver, BC Canada V6S 1V1

10:30am

Creating Democratic Classrooms Through Drama
Limited Capacity seats available

Interested in nurturing students to become democratic citizens? This workshop will focus on how to use simple dramatic concepts and ideas to help students engage in critical thinking, decision making and co-operative learning.This workshop will provide creative ways to explore a particular topic (love, change, the environment etc.) and can be applied to any subject. The focus will be on how to create easy and low-stress opportunities for students to participate in basic democratic processes through performance. Non-arts teachers are encouraged to participate. Recommended for classroom teachers grades 2-9

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Superstein

Andrea Superstein

Fine Arts Department, St. John's School
Andrea has been a drama educator in BC schools for over 10 years. Prior to that, she worked in youth and community development in Canada, Guyana and Ghana. Andrea's Masters Thesis "Democracy Through Drama" was a groundbreaking project and the first of its' kind in the Faculty of Education... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2014 10:30am - 11:30am
Mainland - St. George's School 4175 West 29th Avenue, Vancouver, BC Canada V6S 1V1

10:30am

Finding your voice by losing it
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will embark on a journey of discovery using neutral masks. Neutral masks are just that; masks without expression which can transform students into anything imaginable. Neutral masks are the great equalizer in the classroom, when voice and facial expression are eliminated. Participants will discover how to communicate and engage with one another, while exploring cross-curricular themes and ideas.

Speakers
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Munira Murphy

St. George's Junior School
Munira Murphy has been teaching drama for 10 year in independent schools. She believes very strongly in empowering boys through the arts and allowing them to define their voices through performance.


Friday February 7, 2014 10:30am - 11:30am
Mainland - St. George's School 4175 West 29th Avenue, Vancouver, BC Canada V6S 1V1

10:30am

FULL - only 30 can be accommodated please choose again: Promoting a Mindful Primary Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Do you have an energetic primary classroom? Can your students sustain their attention? What do you do when you have a wandering brain in your classroom? Well, Jessica and Jill are investigating a few programs this year to combat these issues in an all boys Primary classroom (grades 1,2,3). They hope to see that being mindful, using whole body listening, showing gratitude and practicing classroom yoga will improve self regulation, self esteem, student engagement, and concentration.

This session is an info sharing session of the data Jessica and Jill have collected to date. Jessica and Jill will demonstrate a few techniques (e.g. yoga moves, mindful awareness) used in their classrooms. Participants are invited to share strategies of mindfulness used in their own classrooms and discuss how they can integrate some of the new techniques with their students.

Speakers
avatar for Jill Delancey

Jill Delancey

grade 2 homeroom teacher
I have worked at St. George's for the past three years in Resource and in grade 2. In collaborating with Jesse we have found some great mindful programs that we are trying out this year. We look forward to sharing them with you and learning about what you have tried as well. Bring... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2014 10:30am - 11:30am
Mainland - St. George's School 4175 West 29th Avenue, Vancouver, BC Canada V6S 1V1

10:30am

Creative Writing
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will provide methods of engaging students from grades 1-12 with non-intimidating, fun creative writing activities. All of these activities have been used in the classroom by classroom teachers and tutors, and they have yielded great results (increased detail and description in writing and an increased interest in the creative writing process).

Speakers
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Megan Hatch

Fraser Academy
Megan Hatch has been teaching and tutoring at Fraser Academy for three years now. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Psychology, a Bachelor of Education and is a certified Orton Gillingham tutor.
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Jenna Korunsky

Teacher, Fraser Academy
Jenna Korsunsky is the Grade 2/3 teacher at Fraser Academy. In the past, she has taught Grade 4 and worked as a 1:1 OG tutor. Last year, Jenna attended the Google Apps for Education Summit, which sparked her interest to further the integration of technology in elementary classrooms... Read More →
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Jo Ann Whitham

English Department Head, Fraser Academy
Jo Ann Whitham is a senior English teacher, Head of English and IEP and Adjudications Coordinator at Fraser Academy.  She completed her undergraduate degree in English Literature and her teacher certification at UBC.  She is currently pursuing a Masters program in Special Education... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2014 10:30am - 11:30am
Mainland - St. George's School 4175 West 29th Avenue, Vancouver, BC Canada V6S 1V1

10:30am

FSL teachers: Should we collaborate more?
Limited Capacity seats available

There is currently no structure in place to facilitate collaboration between ISABC FSL teachers. This round table is an opportunity to share about the need and the modality of increased collaboration. Between yearly pro-Ds, what would be the best way to connect to improve our daily practice, to quickly address some needs or to find the best person to answer specific questions? 

Speakers
avatar for Magali Forte

Magali Forte

Modern Languages Department Head, York House School
Magali Forte graduated as a teacher in the South of France. After getting her Bachelor in Spanish Literature and Civilizations and her Masters in English Literature, Linguistics and Civilization, she started teaching English as a Second Language in secondary schools in France. She... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2014 10:30am - 11:30am
Mainland - St. George's School 4175 West 29th Avenue, Vancouver, BC Canada V6S 1V1

10:30am

FULL - NO FURTHER SPACE - limited to 34: Simulation Math Game: A Creative way to Teach Number Sense
Limited Capacity seats available

PLEASE NOTE THE MAXIMUM IS 34 - PLEASE CHOOSE AGAIN IF YOU'RE ON THE WAITLIST

Does 'math make sense' not always make sense to your students? Want to try something fresh in mathematics? This summer, I set out to change my first math unit ('Number Sense') to create a more student-centered, interactive approach. I developed a simulation math game that has students practicing all of my target concepts in an engaging, team game setting. It invovles trading and gathering resources, purchasing items, and balancing your budget. We had such a great week and a half playing the game that I'd like to take the opportunity to share it with anyone who may find it useful for their own classrooms. We will quickly discuss the mathematical concepts it teaches/assesses and end with a reflection on what may work for our own students, but most of the workshop will be spent playing the game. Come play with us!

Speakers
avatar for Chelsea Todd

Chelsea Todd

Grade 4 Teacher, Stratford Hall
I am a grade four educator at Stratford Hall. As a school, we have been continuing to look for ways to authentically acknolwedge indigenous knowledge into our curriculum and generally, who we are as a school. I have completed a Masters of Education degree in Curricular Design from... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2014 10:30am - 11:30am
Mainland - St. George's School 4175 West 29th Avenue, Vancouver, BC Canada V6S 1V1

10:30am

FULL: NO MORE SPOTS Phonological training in the primary years
Limited Capacity seats available

Colleagues will have the opportunity to participate in a lesson that targets the following processes required for reading, writing and spelling acquisition: orthographic, phonological and fluency. Participants will take away several strategies and resources that may assist in meeting the specific needs of their students.

Speakers
avatar for Ruth Hughes

Ruth Hughes

Primary Grades Coordinator, St. George's School
Ruth is the Primary Grades Coordinator (G1-3) at St. George's Junior School.


Friday February 7, 2014 10:30am - 11:30am
Mainland - St. George's School 4175 West 29th Avenue, Vancouver, BC Canada V6S 1V1

10:30am

Grade 3 Roundtable Discussion: Examining the new curriculum
Limited Capacity seats available

This will be an opportunity for Grade 3 teachers to gather together to discuss how the new curriculum may impact teaching and learning at our grade level. We can spend time discussing the core competencies, assessment, and key concepts. We can share ideas about new units of study and begin to critically examine how these relate to the big ideas.

Speakers
avatar for Shauna Ullman

Shauna Ullman

K-3 Vice Principal and Grade 3 Teacher, Mulgrave School
IBPYP Grade 3 Teacher and K-3 Vice Principal.


Friday February 7, 2014 10:30am - 11:30am
Mainland - St. George's School 4175 West 29th Avenue, Vancouver, BC Canada V6S 1V1

10:30am

How can we do more tinkering in our classrooms?
Limited Capacity seats available

Tinkering and making are ways of learning through doing. Student's acquire knowledge 'just in time' as opposed to the usual classroom default of 'just in case'. Tinkering has been described as an essential 21st century skill. In this roundtable we will do some tinkering (using Scratch 2.0), learn about the maker movement and what it has to offer schools, and discuss ways more tinkering could be incorporated into our classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Phil Macoun

Phil Macoun

Technology Coordinator, Aspengrove School
Technology Coordinator and MYP Coordinator at Aspengrove School. Also teach MYP Design Technology.


Friday February 7, 2014 10:30am - 11:30am
Mainland - St. George's School 4175 West 29th Avenue, Vancouver, BC Canada V6S 1V1

10:30am

Independent School Parent Relationships
Limited Capacity seats available

Inspired by Greta Bartsch's talk at the Newly Qualified Teacher's Conference last year, I will be speaking about the partnership between teachers and Independent School parents. The 5%, the 4 D's (discover, dream, design, deliver), and the sunlight at the end of the dark forest are a few insights and strategies that I have learned and used in my teaching. I hope that by sharing them it will help to make, sometimes a tricky relationship, more manageable.

Speakers
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Andrea Wilk

West Point Grey Academy
Originally from Burlington, Ontario, Ms. Wilk landed in Vancouver in August 2011. She began her teaching at Crofton House School for the inaugural year of the Early Childhood Education Centre in Senior Kindergarten. Ms. Wilk then obtained a grade 1 teaching position at West Point... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2014 10:30am - 11:30am
Mainland - St. George's School 4175 West 29th Avenue, Vancouver, BC Canada V6S 1V1

10:30am

Meeting the needs of all learners through UDL, RTI and Differentiation
Limited Capacity seats available

The BC Ministry of Education endorses and promotes the use of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Differentiation, and Response to Invention (RTI) as preferred initiatives to ensure the needs of all learners are met.
In this workshop participants will:
• Get an overview of the BC MOE initiatives to integrate general and special education;
• Learn about the basic principles of UDL, differentiation, and RTI;
• Have the opportunity to plan a lesson using UDL and/or differentiation strategies.

Speakers

Friday February 7, 2014 10:30am - 11:30am
Mainland - St. George's School 4175 West 29th Avenue, Vancouver, BC Canada V6S 1V1

10:30am

5-2-1-0: Steps to Healthy Living with Action Schools! BC
Limited Capacity seats available

A cross-curricular collaboration workshop featuring Action Schools! BC Healthy Eating and Physical Activity, Screen Smart and Sip Smart! BCtm resources that support the school health promotion messages of 4 steps to creating healthy habits:
• 5 or more servings of vegetables and fruit;
• 2 hours of recreational screen time or less;
• 1 hour or more of physical activity;
• 0 sugary drinks per day
Resources will be provided and upon participating in a workshop, teachers will qualify their schools for complimentary Action Schools! BC Physical Activity Action Bins and Healthy Eating Action Packs filled with resources and equipment to support implementation.


Friday February 7, 2014 10:30am - 12:40pm
Mainland - St. George's School 4175 West 29th Avenue, Vancouver, BC Canada V6S 1V1

10:30am

Doctopus and Goobric - taking control of your students' Google documents and giving feedback online
Limited Capacity seats available

Many schools are now using G.A.F.E. (Google Apps for Education) to support their students' computer access and management issues. As a result, teachers are faced with the problem of how to manage the plethora of shared and emailed documents. Andrew Stillman wrote a script to help teachers effectively manage and control access to their students' documents called Doctopus as well as a script for attaching a rubric to the students' document, called Goobric. Participants will learn how to use Doctopus and Goobric, as well as how to unleash the power of the sophisticated sharing technology that GAFE offers while the teacher still maintains control over the documents sent out. Participants will also witness how the quality of their feedback will improve by using Goobric which allows teachers to seamlessly keep track of all their feedback, from numerical to text comments, as it is automatically copied into the "control centre" spreadsheet for the assignment. Once mastered, Doctopus will also enable teachers to easily and subtly differentiate as well as assign shared group work that fosters cooperative learning.

Speakers
avatar for Alexandra Lesk

Alexandra Lesk

English, Social Studies and Latin, West Point Grey Academy
Grade 7 English, Social Studies and Homeroom Teacher


Friday February 7, 2014 10:30am - 12:40pm
Mainland - St. George's School 4175 West 29th Avenue, Vancouver, BC Canada V6S 1V1

10:30am

Flexible Learning Spaces
Limited Capacity seats available

No individual student desks? Students choosing their own learning spaces? This session will explore alternate classroom set-ups to maximize flexible learning spaces, encourage self-regulation and independence for all learners, as well as create more freedom and instructional options for teachers. The session will explore different classroom designs from a variety of schools and collaboratively investigate practical ways to implement and manage these types of learning environments.

Speakers
avatar for James Willms

James Willms

Gr. 3 Teacher, meadowridge
Flexible Learning Spaces


Friday February 7, 2014 10:30am - 12:40pm
Mainland - St. George's School 4175 West 29th Avenue, Vancouver, BC Canada V6S 1V1

11:40am

Beginning guitar in the elementary and middle school classroom.
Limited Capacity seats available

This session is intended for classroom teachers who are already running a guitar program at their school, or who may be interested in starting one. In this one-hour session I will address the following aspects of teaching guitar to students in elementary and middle school:

• How to introduce young students to playing the guitar
• Technical and warm-up exercises for plucking and fretting
• Use of technical exercises to help students calm down, focus and work as a team
• Easing into difficult parts gradually and “chunking” parts
• Learning simple, monophonic riffs
• Layering of levels of difficulty to accommodate students with different technical abilities
• Learning partial chords as preparation for learning full open chords
• Use of note labels on neck of guitar
• Use of visual aids (Smartboard, tablature, lightboard)
• Use of iPad apps (Garage Band, Guitar Toolkit, Chord Bank, Songster)

10 unamplified electric guitars will be provided for participants to join in and play. Participants are welcome to bring a guitar of their own.

Speakers
avatar for Bill Hemy

Bill Hemy

Music Teacher, Fraser Academy
I have been teaching a rock music program to grades 5 - 12 at Fraser Academy since 1995. I have extensive experience performing and recording rock music with various bands, including Vancouver punk/pop band, Pointed Sticks.


Friday February 7, 2014 11:40am - 12:40pm
Mainland - St. George's School 4175 West 29th Avenue, Vancouver, BC Canada V6S 1V1

11:40am

From Library to Elementary Learning Commons
THIS IS A 7 minute ED TALK.    Please sign up for 'ED TALKS'  http://isabcpd2014stgeorges.sched.org/event/03c9e1ab9b7e37b043fb1cf8401190ae#.UquERxZ97Hg. This is one of 6 presentations in an hour and provides the overview of 1 of the 6 presentations.

How does an elementary library begin to evolve from a room full of books to an engaging, FUN learning space? Learn about some simple ideas that have made the St. George's Junior Library THE place to be!

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Walker

Elizabeth Walker

Teacher Librarian, St. George's School
Elizabeth is the Teacher Librarian at St. George\'s Junior School.


Friday February 7, 2014 11:40am - 12:40pm
Mainland - St. George's School 4175 West 29th Avenue, Vancouver, BC Canada V6S 1V1

11:40am

Found Poetry: Creative writing strategies for the reluctant poet
Limited Capacity seats available

Writing poetry can be an intimidating and frustrating prospect for students of all ages. This session will explore ways students can incorporate found text in new contexts to create meaningful and beautiful poems.

Speakers
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J.O. Eriksson

MYP, DP Language and Literature, TOK, Action Coo, Aspengrove School
I teach MYP and DP Language and Literature, TOK and coordinate our Action program. I love photography, film, and the great outdoors!


Friday February 7, 2014 11:40am - 12:40pm
Mainland - St. George's School 4175 West 29th Avenue, Vancouver, BC Canada V6S 1V1

11:40am

Portfolios in the second-language classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will be about the use of portfolios in the second-language classroom. I am conducting a research at the moment about this theme and would love to present the different steps leading to implementing portfolios in the classroom, what your students can do with it and how it brings invaluable information to the teacher and to the students about their progress and perception of a second language. I would also be happy to dedicate some time to a discussion amongst the participants to hear about what interests them in portfolios .

Speakers
avatar for Magali Forte

Magali Forte

Modern Languages Department Head, York House School
Magali Forte graduated as a teacher in the South of France. After getting her Bachelor in Spanish Literature and Civilizations and her Masters in English Literature, Linguistics and Civilization, she started teaching English as a Second Language in secondary schools in France. She... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2014 11:40am - 12:40pm
Mainland - St. George's School 4175 West 29th Avenue, Vancouver, BC Canada V6S 1V1

11:40am

Learning Science Through Inquiry
Limited Capacity seats available

Develop curriculum that makes connections between inquiry-based learning and the BC Ministry curriculum in your science classroom. This workshop will focus on classroom tested inquiry based activities that will engage students in learning science, through design and construction to solve a given problem. Participants should be prepared to be engaged!

Speakers
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Tracy Wallis

St George's School


Friday February 7, 2014 11:40am - 12:40pm
Mainland - St. George's School 4175 West 29th Avenue, Vancouver, BC Canada V6S 1V1

11:40am

How to make a film in class
Limited Capacity seats available

Want to have students make a film in your class? Some basic steps and information to ensure that it is a success.

Speakers
avatar for Lian Anson

Lian Anson

DP Film Teacher, Mulgrave School
Lian Anson has been teaching film to students and adults for over 20 years. She brings a wealth of practical knowledge in the filmmaking process and has guided people in a variety of skills and assessments. She has experience with both IB and Ministry learning outcomes and looks forward... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2014 11:40am - 12:40pm
Mainland - St. George's School 4175 West 29th Avenue, Vancouver, BC Canada V6S 1V1

11:40am

Pilots in your classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Find out how airplanes in the classroom can make math, science, leadership & career education more fun and relevant while meeting Ministry-prescribed outcomes. These programs also qualify students for silver & bronze Duke of Edinburgh awards.

Speakers
avatar for Janine Cross

Janine Cross

Air Time Canada
Janine Cross is an internationally acclaimed author, pilot, and experienced leadership facilitator.


Friday February 7, 2014 11:40am - 12:40pm
Mainland - St. George's School 4175 West 29th Avenue, Vancouver, BC Canada V6S 1V1

11:40am

FULL: SEL (Social and Emotional Learning): Tools and Tips
Limited Capacity seats available

An introduction and exploration into social and emotional learning at the primary level. Presenters will provide tools and tips to promote social and emotional development. This will include overviews of programs and strategies such as: restitution, Kelso's Choices, MindUp (mindfulness), non-verbal cues, teacher/student attachment and classroom culture. Presenters will share their experiences and participants will take part in hands-on activities as well as share their own practices. Resources will be provided.

Speakers
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Tricia Grzybowski

Stratford Hall
My name is Tricia Grzybowski. I grew up on a farm near Borden, Saskatchewan where I learned the value of hard work and to love and appreciate the beauty of nature. I attended the University of Saskatchewan, where I completed my B.ED in elementary education. I have taught Preschool-Grade... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Ottahal

Nicole Ottahal

Grade 1 Classroom teacher, Stratford Hall
I have taught K/1 for 15 years, 13 at Stratford Hall IB World School. I am always looking for new ideas and new ways of thinking that can challenge my practice and further support my diverse group of learners. I really look forward to hearing about what you do in your schools, the... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2014 11:40am - 2:30pm
Mainland - St. George's School 4175 West 29th Avenue, Vancouver, BC Canada V6S 1V1

11:40am

'Teaching Programming and Problem Solving to Grade 8 and 9'
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants should gain an understanding of how to use the drag and drop programming IDEs to teach programming and problem-solving at the grade 8 and 9 level (and maybe grade 10). This session will use the GameMaker IDE but participants will be encouraged to look at other IDEs such as Scratch or Alice. Session materials will be available to participants.

Speakers
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Ron Ouwerkerk

Computer Science Teacher, St. George's School
I have been teaching Computer Science from grade 8 to the Advanced Placement Course for 17 years at St. Georges. My focus on teaching programming has moved from teaching a language to teaching algorithmic thinking.


Friday February 7, 2014 11:40am - 2:30pm
Mainland - St. George's School 4175 West 29th Avenue, Vancouver, BC Canada V6S 1V1

11:40am

Planning, Executing and Assessing Student Designed Labs
Limited Capacity seats available

Would you like your science classes to be more student centered?Would you like to have your students use those 21 century skills to design their own labs? Wondering how to assess student designed labs? Let's get together and plan a unit.

Speakers
avatar for Carol Beaulieu

Carol Beaulieu

Southridge Junior School
I have been teaching grades five through seven science for thirteen years.


Friday February 7, 2014 11:40am - 2:30pm
Mainland - St. George's School 4175 West 29th Avenue, Vancouver, BC Canada V6S 1V1

11:40am

How to Incorporate Archaeology and Artifacts into the Middle School Social Studies Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

How can you bring history alive for your social studies students? Hands-on, student-centred, inquiry-based activities help engage learners and make learning about the past meaningful. You will leave this workshop with a minimum of four different activities that you can utilize with your class featuring the use of archaeological simulations and primary sources such as artifacts. Examples will be shared for teachers working with limited, medium, or generous budgets. All examples shared will be based on current grade 7 curriculum but are easily modified to fit other middle school grade levels.

Speakers
avatar for Susan McNeil

Susan McNeil

MYP Division Leader; MYP English and Humanities Teacher, Southridge School
Sue McNeil has taught English and history for over 25 years and has been a grade 7 teacher of these subjects at Southridge School for the past 16 years. She also serves as the school’s leader for the intermediate division. She is an avid reader of both fiction and nonfiction; with... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2014 11:40am - 2:30pm
Mainland - St. George's School 4175 West 29th Avenue, Vancouver, BC Canada V6S 1V1

1:30pm

Bringing Puppets Into the Classroom!
Limited Capacity seats available

During this hands on (no pun intended) session, teachers will:

- be exposed to the many benefits of introducing puppets within the classroom
- see real examples and lesson plans of when puppeteering can be used effectively in the classroom
- learn the basics of puppeteering
- be given the opportunity to practice using a series of puppets
- know how and where to purchase puppets
- and much more...

Speakers
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Peter Skipper

Stratford Hall
Hello! My name is Skipper. I am a teacher who has taught throughout Vancouver and London, UK. I have always been interested in edutainment (education through entertainment) with a focus on using puppeteering within the classroom.


Friday February 7, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Mainland - St. George's School 4175 West 29th Avenue, Vancouver, BC Canada V6S 1V1

1:30pm

Meaningful Music Education for Middle Years Students: The Musical Futures Project in action at Southridge School
This workshop will share the process that Southridge School undertook to initiate an innovative initiative from the UK called “Musical Futures” with the grade 7 beginning band classes. In phase one, the students formed friendship groups and worked collaboratively to learn to play a song of their choice by “ear” without the use of notation or direct instruction. The objective was to have the students emulate the real-life practices of many beginning popular musicians. In phase two, the students took part in a group inquiry project that engaged them in thinking about their experience working with their band, and how this learning compared with other ways they learn music. The objective of phase two was to allow students to explore issues such as authenticity, repetition, dedication and future musical opportunities. Participants in this workshop will learn more about this initiative at Southridge, will watch a video clip of the unit in action, will receive copies of student handouts, and will have the chance to ask questions and share related ideas.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Bespflug

Kevin Bespflug

MYP English and Music Teacher, Southridge School
Kevin Bespflug has been a teacher at Southridge School for 15 years. He has taught grade 4 in the Primary Years Programme (PYP), was the school’s Internal Evaluation Coordinator for their accreditation visit by the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS), and is currently... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Mainland - St. George's School 4175 West 29th Avenue, Vancouver, BC Canada V6S 1V1

1:30pm

Enriching the AIM program - Sharing session
Limited Capacity seats available

As teachers who use AIM to teach FSL everyday here at York House, we are thrilled to have an opportunity to connect with other FSL teachers using AIM as well in Vancouver independent schools.

We would like to share ideas, questions and have an opportunity to expand our network of AIM French teachers and enrich our French programs. This type of roundtable session could be a starting point for collaborative projects and much more.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Speakers
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Paula Fukamati

York House School
Paula and Céline teach Core French using the AIM (Accelerative Integrated Method) at York House School where AIM was first born! They are excited to reunite with the other Core French teachers in the ISA to share ideas, resources and questions.


Friday February 7, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Mainland - St. George's School 4175 West 29th Avenue, Vancouver, BC Canada V6S 1V1

1:30pm

Using HSK/YCT Online Practice Test System to Enhance Chinese Teaching and Assessment
Limited Capacity seats available

The new YCT is an international standardized test of Chinese language proficiency for elementary students and HSK is a standarded test for young people and adults. The HSK/YCT Online Practice Test System provides many free practice tests at each level (Level 1: 150 words; Level 2: 300 words; Level 3: 600 words; Level 4: 1,200 words; Level 5: 2,500 words; Level 6: 5,000 words).
This workshop will demonstrates how to use this valuable system to enhance teaching and assessment for Mandarin Chinese students in elementary and secondary schools.

Speakers
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Larry Lei

Teacher, West Point Grey Academy
I teach Mandarin 8-12 and AP Chinese. I am interested in using modern technology to teach and teaching Chinese characters.


Friday February 7, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Mainland - St. George's School 4175 West 29th Avenue, Vancouver, BC Canada V6S 1V1

1:30pm

Deconstructing Word Problems
Limited Capacity seats available

The objective of this hour is work as a team of educators and use Google Docs to create something we can all use in our classrooms moving forward. Initially, I will share how I write word problems, followed by an example of a word problem and its solution using the bar problem solving method. Following this, we will work collaboratively to create and solve a small bank of word problems. If possible, please bring technology capable of viewing and working on Google Docs. We will be focusing on the math curriculum for grades 2-7, but all teachers are welcome.

Speakers
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Chris Stroud

Junior Math Teacher, West Point Grey Academy
Math Teacher at West Point Grey Academy


Friday February 7, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Mainland - St. George's School 4175 West 29th Avenue, Vancouver, BC Canada V6S 1V1

1:30pm

Math Pickle for the Middle Years
Limited Capacity seats available

 Gordon Hamilton will be coming from Calgary to present at the ISABC Conference.   He presented 2 years ago at Mulgrave and participants acclaimed his input as both inspirational - and transformational for their teaching.  

Work selfishly alone or together with your neighbour discovering curricular puzzles, games and unsolved problems that deserve their day in front of every student.  This class will include the following highlights:
Integral Fission - There are multiple prime factorization trees possible for decomposing a composite number into its prime factors.  Here, we introduce additional rules so that only one of these prime factorization trees become acceptable.  This allows us to explore and create many fun puzzles.

Collatz Conjecture (Lothar Collatz, 1937) - There is no excuse for students learning multiplication not to be exposed to this unsolved problem.  It belongs in all curricular worldwide.

Fractured Fraction - This puzzle inspires students with equivalent fractions.  It is one of the most aesthetically pleasing of MathPickle puzzles and that's important because probably 10-15% of students can be pulled into math through beauty.

Perudo or Liars Dice - At 500 years old, it is the most underestimated of the historic games.  It can unapologetically be mentioned in the same breath as go, backgammon or chess.   

 



Speakers
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Gordon Hamilton

MathPickle.com
http://www.mathpickle.com/K-12/me.html


Friday February 7, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Mainland - St. George's School 4175 West 29th Avenue, Vancouver, BC Canada V6S 1V1

1:30pm

Not Just for PE Teachers! Circuits and Stations with Action Schools! BC
Limited Capacity seats available

This session elaborates on indoor and outdoor circuit activities from the Action Schools! BC Physical Activity Action Resource. A variety of circuits will be shared, such as indoor, outdoor, sport, Kids Into Action, and Get Strong 101, integrating activities like skipping, dance, juggling, strength and conditioning, stretching, and sport-specific skills. Activities reinforce fundamental movement skill development and contribute to physical literacy. Participants will leave with several new circuit ideas and the know-how to create many more. Resources will be provided and upon participating in a workshop, teachers will qualify their schools for complimentary Action Schools! BC Physical Activity Action Bins filled with resources and equipment to support implementation.

Friday February 7, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Mainland - St. George's School 4175 West 29th Avenue, Vancouver, BC Canada V6S 1V1

1:30pm

21st Century Collaboration: a cross-school teaching community
Limited Capacity seats available

As teachers, we often collaborate within grade levels or departments: our own school communities. This workshop will explore technology-based collaboration between individuals in different independent schools. Our goal is to create a community of science teachers across ISABC who feel comfortable collaborating with each other and troubleshooting our teaching & learning needs and methods. We will be describing our experience through middle school science teaching, but we welcome all science teachers.

In a short session we will describe a collaboration between two individual science teachers in separate schools over the past three years. We will tell you our story and suggest ideas to share science lessons between ISA schools that are fun, engaging, and successful. A portion of the workshop will be spent creating this collaboration community and providing you with new resources.

Speakers
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Kate Anthony

Collingwood School & Crofton House School
Kate and Carolynn are graduates of Queen’s University from the faculties of science as well as education. Their paths diverged for several years as Carolynn worked abroad and Kate moved to Vancouver. They now work at Collingwood and Crofton House schools and have been collaborating... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Mainland - St. George's School 4175 West 29th Avenue, Vancouver, BC Canada V6S 1V1

1:30pm

Active use of Technology in the Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop will focus on ways of using Google Apps for Education (GAFE) and mobile devices in the classroom to enhance and support learning, engagement, and collaboration.

Speakers
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Dave Horn

Director of Special Projects, Fraser Academy
I am a learner both in education and leadership and I believe there is no other way to occupy roles in these positions than from this perspective.


Friday February 7, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Mainland - St. George's School 4175 West 29th Avenue, Vancouver, BC Canada V6S 1V1

1:30pm

Students as Creators of Content - Moving Beyond Flipped Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will summarize the findings of a professional inquiry into flipped and blended learning. Presenters will share their insights on the limitations of conventional notions of flipped or blended learning and introduce a taxonomy of content as well as the need for a new grammar of assessment. Central to the presentation will be the notion of using technology to move students along a continuum from traditional consumers of content to creators of content. The benefits to student learning are increased personalisation, activation and higher order processing. The presentation will be followed with a question and answer session and a discussion on how teachers can implement the findings in their classrooms.

Speakers
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Nicola Ferguson

Nicola Ferguson is a Grade 6 Teacher and Director of Summer Programs at Mulgrave School, a Pre-Kindergarten – Grade 12 IB World School in West Vancouver. She currently teaches Grade 6 of the IB PYP and has keen interest in promoting students’ metacognition and development of 21st Century... Read More →
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Gordon MacIntyre

Deputy Head of School
Gordon MacIntyre, Deputy Head of School. Responsible for the alignment of teaching and learning across the continuum of PK3-Grade12. Interested in curriculum progression and mapping, skill mapping, whole school assessment and cross school use of data to support teaching and learn... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Mainland - St. George's School 4175 West 29th Avenue, Vancouver, BC Canada V6S 1V1

1:30pm

The Primitive Project – a discussion on creating memorable cross-curricular experiences
Limited Capacity seats available

Over the past 2 years, I have been bringing a deer hide into the Grade 7 classroom to use with my students as part of a Primitive Project. The goal is to create a cross-curricular, hands-on experience that the students will never forget. The kids end up taking the hide from being the pelt of a deer to becoming material (buckskin) that they can work with in an Art project. With the Primitive Project, the students also learn about food preservation methods by creating venison jerky, and get a chance to work together in groups to create friction fire kits with which they start fires. This project ends up tying Science (ecosystems, chemistry), Social Studies (ancient civilizations), and Art together with the added discussion of where food/leather comes from, thrown in.

In this session, we will talk about attempts to make learning a hands-on experience, and ways in which to build projects that are cross-curricular. We will discuss what is it like to take the risk of starting a project with which you may have little or no experience. Participants will have a chance observe/work with deer hides a multiple stages of completeness (you don't have to get your hands messy - but you can if you want to!). The take away from this session will hopefully involve building excitement about bringing your own hands-on, cross-curricular project into your classroom.

 

Speakers
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Jason Camp

Middle School Teacher, York House School
I have enjoyed implementing cross-curricular, nature-based, hands-on experiential learning opportunities at YHS for the past 11 years.


Friday February 7, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Mainland - St. George's School 4175 West 29th Avenue, Vancouver, BC Canada V6S 1V1