Staying on top of things.

This blog is created as a way to stay on top of what we will be 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!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Block B - SS 10 > Starting on the Digital stories

Two lovely volunteers led the way by presenting their digital essays on the influence of immigration on Canada.  Emily showed the influence of the French and Ryan chose to zero in on Asian immigration (Chinese, Japanese, and Filipinos).

Can't wait to see the rest next class.

Block D - SS 8 > Focusing on Assessment

Students worked on understanding and completing the self assessment of their course outcomes for the term.  The questions and discussions helped everyone to find the evidence to explain their performance to date.

Next day we will carry on with the presentations for the Roman Inquiry.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Block H - SS 9 > Coming up with our own asessments

Plans seemed to change today as we ended up spending the period talking about and reviewing the course assessment.  Discusssions arouse over the various levels (Beginning, Developing, Competent, Proficient) and the type of evidence or examples that we could provide for each of the outcomes covered so far in the course. Hopefully, we all have a better grasp of our strengths and areas of improvement.

Remember to review the PEEL sheet as we will be doing more paragraph writing (look under Links). We will be trying to view all the videos next class.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Block D - SS 8 > Inquiry on Display

Students displayed their understanding from their Rome inquiry work.  A lot of insight on architecture, language, medicine, etc.  The presenters will be show their work next class.  In the meantime, everyone was given a course assessment sheet to fill out for the following class.  This will cover outcomes in the course and showing evidence of completing each one. 

Block B - SS 10 > More Prep for the Digital Essay

Students were given an extra day to refine both the oral and written parts of the assignment.  In addition, students were asked to assess themselves on their performance in the course so far. It may be helpful to refer to the course outline and course objectives sheets to complete the assessment.

first term assessment

Can't wait to see the presentations next class.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Block H - SS 9 > Showing our videos

A few groups were able to show their ads for their regions:  Cordillera, Appalachians and Interior Mountain.  Some interesting facts and findings on each one.  We will watch the rest of them next class if time permits.

Don't forget to fill out your course assessment sheet that will help to aid the reports that will come out in a week.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Block D - SS 8 > Rome Inquiry assignment

Today was the final day to work on the unit inquiry work.  Everyone will "show their learning" next class (Wednesday).  Remember to upload your plan and notes and any other work you have done for this assignment into the entry on FreshGrade.