Huband Park Elementary PLCs

Click on the Inquiry Question links below to see the full survey response and learn what each PLC group is exploring.

2015-2016

  1.  How can we address an eight grade span in math achievement in our Elementary school?

2014-2015

  1. How can we get a deeper understanding of number sense?  How can we make children more successful?  How do we meet the different developmental stages of children?
  2. We had two mini groups: One focused on “Do you know what you are eating and what it is doing to you?” and the upper intermediate question focused on: “How does poverty affect people?”
  3. How can we encourage more teachers to be involved in education outside the classroom?
    Click here to see the website this group created about Outdoor Education
  4. How do we reduce anxiety in our students, how do we improve social awareness?

2013-2014

I Am and I Can Projects

At Huband, we value community participation and individual participation. As part of our
curriculum, to involve our students in positive change, and to make a difference in our
community, this year a group of intermediate and primary teachers are facilitating “I can”
community service projects with our students. Our goal is to make kids part of the solution, to teach empathy, leadership and communication skills. All projects will see students in action, not fundraising, and they will be local: within our school (such as mentoring and outside projects), and within our immediate community. Similar past projects have been volunteering at the foodbank, writing a book about MAARS, helping out with therapeutic riding, the caravan, litter removal, etc. We started with “I am” project, self exploration, and then moved into a local action project….. we also plan to work with our senior partners.
We created a binder with resources and instructions on how to set up these projects for
teachers, a ‘How to’ book for I Am and I Can projects. We have shared our work with a teacher from Vanier, as they are interested in getting involved. Students are at the stage where they are involving the community members in a real project to make a difference.

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Digital Assessment and Reporting

Can a student’s ability to self assess and write about their learning be improved by capturing and documenting learning, from non traditional (outdoor/experiential activities) and traditional environments, when given the opportunity to view and reflect on images of their work?
This was a question that enabled this group to get the technology grant and purchase 6 mini ipads to use in their assessing. We discussed possible new formats for reporting and how to shift from reporting to communicating learning on an ongoing basis. Using our new hardware (iPad) and software, 3DTimeline App, an interactive timeline of our PLC journey has been created. With iPads and cameras to capture images/videos of learning we having been using the images to reflect on learning as well as to create bulletin board displays of learning processes. Examples include students engaged in bike safety scenarios, fit camp, Where is the Math activities, and Read to Self criteria building. Students have been using these images to debrief their experiences, set goals, and plan next steps. Sending photos home to families, via email and blog posts has been another way PLC members have encouraged reflective conversations about learning and to prompt questions about learning processes.

Describe in relation to the work of the PLC teams in your building, how this work is having a real life impact on student achievement.

We discussed possible new formats for reporting and how to shift from reporting to
communicating learning on an ongoing basis. Using our new hardware (iPad) and software,
3DTimeline App, an interactive timeline of our PLC journey has been created. With iPads and cameras to capture images/videos of learning we having been using the images to reflect on learning as well as to create bulletin board displays of learning processes. Examples include students engaged in bike safety scenarios, fit camp, Where is the Math activities, and Read to Self criteria building. Students have been using these images to debrief their experiences, set goals, and plan next steps. Sending photos home to families, via email and blog posts has been another way PLC members have encouraged reflective conversations about learning and to prompt questions about learning processes.

Using technology to improve student learning

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