Staying on top of things.

This blog is created as a way to stay on top of the learning throughout the year and as a way to discuss various topics that will arise as you learn. I hope that you find this blog useful as a way of checking in on what you have missed while you were away and double-checking on the information that we will cover in the class.

An important note: It is YOUR responsibility to catch up on missed work and assignments through this blog. Therefore, I will expect that you will be prepared and ready for all activities and the work assigned will be completed on time. It is really important to stay on top of your work so we can be motivated, responsible members of the class.

Also, feel free to offer up your comments on lessons, activities, etc. as you like. It is important that you can comfortably offer up any feedback that will help create memorable learning experiences. Your voice is important.

Success does not come before effort in the dictionary!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

D - SS 10 > Letter to editor on Lord Durham

the hour was dedicated to writing your response to the Durham report and Act of Union from the point of view as either a French Canadian from Lower Canada or British aristocrat from Upper Canada. Not everyone finished so we will  have half of Monday's class to finish it. Please link me to your Google doc if you have not done it.

A & G - Integrated studies 8> final prep for profiles

Everyone was briefed on the final details for the interviews next week:
- 5 minutes max
- bring USB with saved presentation/product with you
- bring your own computer/tablet to show the presentation
- send final copy to Ms. Googs :

The rest of the class was work time and presentation practice time.

Monday, September 26, 2016

D - SS 10> Durham report

We reviewed an old rebel song to get in tuned with feelings coming from the rebels involved in the 1837-38 rebellions then moved on to the Durham report. Next day, everyone will write a letter commenting on his report and Act of Union.  durham report - letter writing

Come to class with an outline of your key aspects to address in your letter so you have an organized response. 

A & G - Integrated studies - Learning to Present

The class spent the time reviewing key aspects of a good, organized presentation through video analysis and getting to construct their own speeches.  presentation points

Next class, everyone will get to practice their speech in front of a partner to get feedback.  Profile interviews will start on October 2nd so you must be ready to go that day.

Here is the rubric for the profile presentation. Learner profile assessment

Thursday, September 22, 2016

D - SS 10 > Causes of the Rebellions of 1837-1838

The class spent most of the lesson focused on discussions surrounding the causes and solutions to the Rebellions of 1837-1838 using Padlet  ttycgi2rmv7w.

To complete for Monday:  Read textbook reading on Lord Durham's report .  Give brief background on him. (new text 76-80, old text 44-48).

A & D - Integrated Studies 8 > Learner Profile work

The block was used for everyone to work individually on their Learner Profiles.  We discussed different ways to organize the final product, looking over an example sheet. Learner profile example
In the meantime, continue to work on the Profiles. The learner profile check in sheet will be connected next week. 

Monday, September 19, 2016

D - Rebellions - what are they?

The discussion focused on the definition of rebellion and in comparison to revolution: rebellion is more of a resistance of authority versus on overthrow of authority (revolution). These are the definitions that were finalized:

Following the discussion, we worked through a quick scenario ("No Fun Zone") and analyzed whether those situations were grounds for rebellion.

Due to lack of time, there is a lot of work to complete for next class:

 Reporting on the causes of the rebellion of 1837-1838 and 2 solutions. You will need to read pages 33 -43 (old textbook), p.65-76 (new textbook)
 report on rebellions of Upper and Lower Canada, 1837-38