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

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Friday, February 7
 

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

FULL - NO FURTHER SPACE Excel For Beginners
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop will introduce participants to Excel, allowing them to use it for simple chart-making or for more advanced spreadsheet functions.

Speakers
AB

Amanda Breslin

Math & Science Teacher, Community Service Sponsor


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

10:30am

Getting started with Vernier Data-Logging
Limited Capacity seats available

By the end of this session participants will be confident in the use of Vernier probes to collect data. By using practical examples and plenty of opportunity for 'trial and error', we will explore the setup and analysis of data from temperature, light, conductivity, rotation, motion and pH sensors. We will also have a look at using light gates.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Moore

Michael Moore

Director 21st Century Skills Development, Mulgrave School
In a career spanning three continents and all levels of school leadership, Michael feels he has the ‘dream job’, working with colleagues to use curricular content to develop skills students will need to be happy and successful in their lives beyond school. As an IB world School... 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

Can you DBQ? Teaching document-based lessons in Social Studies
Limited Capacity seats available

Whether or not you've ever taught students how to approach primary documents, you will learn strategies for teaching students how to understand, interpret, and analyse primary documents for middle and senior Social Studies courses. Through a variety of hands-on activities, document sets, and recommended resources, by the end of the session you will be better equipped to teach this valuable skill in your Socials classrooms. You will also be encouraged to share collections of primary documents with other participants.

Speakers
JH

Jennifer Hobson

Collingwood
Jennifer Hobson currently teaches AP Human Geography and Social Studies 8. In an academic discipline often thick with content and thin on skills, she is always looking for ways to combine both, not only for the sake of efficiency but also because it’s challenging and it’s fun... 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

Gifted Education in the Independent School
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop will explore secondary (middle and high school) options for Gifted Learners within Independent Schools. AP and IB are often used as vehicles to meet the needs so the workshop will touch on the research surrounding the effectiveness of these programs as well as other models. We will also discuss the issues of identification, needs and alternatives appropriate for this challenging population. Format will be involve case study, discussion, sharing and presentation.

Speakers
PF

Pegi Furanna

Head of Upper School Individualized Support, Mulgrave


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
AW

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

Integrating Service Learning in the Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will highlight the benefits of integrating Service Learning into their classroom as well as give participants ideas for setting up Service Learning projects.

Speakers
HM

Heather Morris

St. George's School
Head of Service Learning


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

10:30am

Sketchnoting: Doodling with a Purpose
Sketchnoting is a visual form of note-taking, drawn in real time, using an organic mix of text, graphic elements and illustrations. Its non-linear, highly personalized format allows sketch-noters to arrange ideas on a page in ways that make sense to them.

Sketchnoting requires only basic drawing skills--it is fundamentally about processing information. Typically, notetaking is a passive activity with students merely recording what is presented to them. Afterwards, and only if they are diligent, they will review and process their notes. Sketchnoting inverts this process. All the high level thinking--conceptualizing, analysing, and synthesizing--happens before anything goes down on paper. This creates a much higher level of student engagement.

In this hands on workshop, participants will learn the essentials of sketchnoting--page layout and how to draw the basic elements of text, graphics and illustrations--using simple techniques that will get you capturing data visually, whatever your artistic talents. You will also learn how to build sketchnoting into the everyday practice of you and your students.

Speakers
avatar for Brad Ovenell-Carter

Brad Ovenell-Carter

Director of Educational Technology, Mulgrave School
Brad is the Director of Educational Technology at Mulgrave School, an independent, coed pre-K12 International Baccalaureate School in Vancouver, BC. He has spent more than a decade working with educational technologies and his adventures include leading an international student body... Read More →


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

Improving Student Writing With Turnitin
Limited Capacity seats available

Today teachers will have a whirlwind tour of turnitin, including logging in setting up classes and assignments and an marking papers using Grademark. Most of the session will focus on setting up a peer edit and walking through the process from a student's perspective. No need to already have an account as you can sign in as a Collingwood student for the day.

Speakers
JD

Jennifer Dousett

Collingwood 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

An Introduction To Flipping Your Classroom
This session explores the Flipped Classroom learning model. Rather than teachers lecturing during class time and students completing assignments at home, the Flipped Classroom learning model flips the traditional method around. Class time becomes an opportunity for students to do more learning activities and practice more skills while teachers guide student work. Attendants of this session will leave with an understanding of the Flipped Classroom learning model and the knowledge to begin integrating a ‘flip’ into their own lessons.

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Murray

Andrew Murray

EdTech Coordinator / ADST Teacher, St. George's School
Supports the use of technology to foster innovative and meaningful learning environments for students and teachers.


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

11:40am

YouTube in the Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

In this workshop participants will explore YouTube and its potential as a teaching tool within their classrooms. Participants will set up a YouTube channel and start sorting classroom-worthy videos and clips into playlists. Secondly, participants will learn how to screencast or film their lessons, upload the videos, and edit them as necessary. Just because a student misses class, doesn't mean they should miss the lesson! This workshop is for all levels, and participants will leave with applications that can be implemented immediately.

Speakers
KP

Kyle Prior

Mathematics Teacher, DP Mathematics Curriculum Coordinator and IB Mathematics teacher
I am a Math and Physics teacher in my 12th year of teaching. I have worked in International schools in Mexico and China, and presently teach IB Diploma Math at Mulgrave School in West Vancouver.


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

11:40am

Expecting the Unexpected: Preparing for the Social Studies 11 Essays
Limited Capacity seats available

Two 30 minute discussions on teacher Best Practice for exam preparation. Topic 1: Components of the History essay. Topic 2: Strategies for the Human Geography essay.

Speakers

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

11:40am

Historical Thinking in Action
Limited Capacity seats available

This session is intended to introduce teachers to the various ways the six Historical Thinking Concepts can be used in the classroom. Teachers should come away with resources & lesson ideas for integrating the HTC into their everyday Social Studies/History practice.

Speakers
avatar for Alexandra McIntyre

Alexandra McIntyre

Extended Essay Coordinator, Mulgrave School
IB History & Humanities teacher & museum junkie.


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

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
TG

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

1:30pm

Teaching English in the 21st century - inquiry and engagement
Limited Capacity seats available

English language skills are changing! Memorization, reading for understanding and written analysis are traditional measures of concepts in the English classroom. While these skills are still important, they have become less relevant with the internet and our students' abilities to access information at their fingertips. How do we engage our students in meaningful discussions, activities and writing exercises in the 21st century?

This workshop will introduce key concepts around using inquiry in the English classroom, provide specific strategies and lesson ideas, and examine student samples and reflections. Main focus areas include: higher-level Bloom's taxonomy (synthesis and evaluation) and representing understanding in a variety of ways (creativity, multiple literacies and giving students choice).

Speakers
avatar for Sandra Gin

Sandra Gin

English Teacher, St. George's School
Sandra Gin has been teaching English for the past ten years in both the public and private sectors. She is passionate about finding ways to engage her students in meaningful lessons, often with creativity, critical thinking, personalized learning and technology. Her great literary... 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

Augmented Reality
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will offer an overview of Augmented Reality, mainly using the Aurasma app, and will explore opportunities for education, including interactive bulletin boards. The Aurasma app is a free download for Android and ios. Other AR applications and uses will be discussed.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Klintworth

Paul Klintworth

Technology Integration (Elementary), Elementary Ed Tech Teacher
Paul has taught Primary classes in the UK and in BC, and was also an Advisory Teacher for IT in Bristol, UK for one year. He can thoroughly recommend the MEdTech at UBC! Currently he is the Technology Integration teacher for the Wentworth Campus at Collingwood School.


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

1:30pm

Google Chrome Ninja Tips
"If you are interested in learning how our Google Chrome can be used as a ""learning ecosystem"" rather than striclty a browser, this session is for you!
Participants will learn Ninja tricks that will increase productivity and maximize your classroom teaching. We will look at how to set-up and use tabs, bookmarks, google apps, extensions, and advanced search methods. Although some familiarity with the chrome browser is an asset, it is not essential."

This session will explore the many powerful and easy to use functions of Google Chrome (Google's web browser). Such functions include signing into Chrome, ninja search tips, using tabs and bookmarks and finally web apps and extensions.

Participants will come away with a better understanding of how to effectively and efficiently navigate and use Google Chrome. The skills learned apply to improving teacher productivity, but will also be extremely valuable for students in becoming more digitally literate.

Speakers
avatar for Martin Jones

Martin Jones

Assistant Head of School, Mulgrave
We are divisional Principals at a PreK-12 IB continuum school. As part of our current strategic plan we are looking at ways in which we can leverage best practices related to student feedback in order to improve the quality of teaching and learning at our school.
avatar for Gareth Ronald-Jones

Gareth Ronald-Jones

Gr. 6 Math and & Science Teacher, Mulgrave School
I teach math and science at the grade 6 level. I am also the Jr. School Coordinator of Educational Technology. I'm interested in finding meaningful ways to effectively integrate technology to improve teaching and learning.


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
CS

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

Creating authentic MYP Science Knowledge and Understanding of science (criterion C) assessments
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop will explore how to assess the Knowledge and Understanding criterion. I will present the unit tests that I use for Science 10 that I use to generate a level. I will also present an excel spreadsheet that I have used to help recording levels. I will focus on Level 5/6 questions. Hopefully, participants will be able to share their ideas and maybe even design some questions to use.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Ohly

Robert Ohly

DP coordinator, Aspengrove School
DP rep for BCAIBWS, IB DP coordinator, Chemistry HL teacher.


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

1:30pm

Film Roundtable
Limited Capacity seats available

Roundtable discussion for teachers in the area of Film, Video or Media Studies. Some possible topics include: Editing platforms, scope and sequence of a course, festival involvement, locally developed curriculum, IB DP Film

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

1:30pm

Writing Effective Subject and Counsellor Reference Letters
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop is meant to be interactive with information coming from the presenter and the audience. The goal is to provide information about how to write an effective subject teacher reference and a counsellor reference which will best support the student's university application.

Speakers
RB

Robin Barton

University Counsellor, St John's School, St John's School
I am the University Counsellor at St John's School.


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

1:30pm

Google Apps Scripts For Beginners: Improve Your Classroom Efficiency
Limited Capacity seats available

In this 1 hour session we will introduce what Google Apps Scripting. We will then develop a discussion around scripts such as Flubaroo (an automated grading script) and GClassFolders (a file sharing script). Other scripts will be discussed if time allows. It is recommended that attendees have experience with Google Forms and Spreadsheets.

Speakers
avatar for Bryson Norrish

Bryson Norrish

Director of Technology, Fraser Academy
Bryson Norrish is a Director of Technology at Fraser Academy, a co-ed K12 school in Vancouver. He's had an active role in implementing technology at Fraser Academy, specifically as to how it affects teaching and learning.


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