Supporting Innovation in the Classroom
Real Quotes from Secondary Students’ Writer’s Craft Course:
“One day I’m going to walk past a mirror and be scared of the stranger who slipped her way into my home.”
“I hate clingy people, which technically means I hate myself.”
“You can’t escape your thoughts; you can only postpone them.”
“I have my fair share of curiosity and I’ll keep being curious because I like learning. Learning about the hundreds of messiahs. The hundreds of fakes.”
“I loved that someone wanted me so badly. I had no idea it was all just a heist.”
“The branches of trees let go of their leaves after they’ve had their season. Why can’t I? I’m haunted by my past.”
“My anxiety was rolling around in my stomach and whispering in my ear: ‘You don’t want to go today.'”
“I and love and you and all these words get caught in my teeth and lungs and sting with resentment.”
Advancing New Technologies For Learning
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
Using Google Classrooms Across the District
Google Drive for TLDSB staff and students has resulted in:
Take a look at how technology is impacting our board:
A student decided to throw out his traditional paper multiplication flashcards, and code his own digital flashcards.
A teacher at Bracebridge and Muskoka Lakes Secondary School is now using Google Forms to discover what activities the class prefers and for student self-assessment.
A primary teacher uses coding and a ‘Makey Makey’ to show his students that poetry has rhythm with fruit machines.
Advancing Design and Technology Skills Training
Providing Relevant and Timely Learning Opportunities
Revised Health and Physical Education Curriculum
There were 46 participants who reviewed the new curriculum and the sharing of consistent information around the human development and sexual health component. This helped to build understanding about the research supporting the content as well as instructional approaches for effective sexual health education. Implications for health instruction for students with special needs was considered as well as the opportunities for support from community partners.
Over 600 secondary teachers and support staff participated in the Myron Dueck professional learning day “Grading Smarter, not Harder” which addressed the school board’s continuing shift to incorporate observation and conversation along with student product.
Primary Summer Learning Program
There were 146 Summer Learning Program students at over seven locations; 54 grade 1 students, 38 grade 2 students, and 54 grade 3 students.