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Author Archives: J. Schmidt

Getting on with “it”

Tweet Let’s Get On With It! Dallas Elementary school is a small school to the east of Kamloops.  The school was established in the 1960’s and has seen many additions in its fifty plus years of existence.  This year is my first year at the school and it has been a journey in discovering the … Continue reading »

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Professional Learning

Tweet The Spiral of Inquiry (http://noii.ca/spiral-of-inquiry/) has been the centre of our professional discussions this school year.  We are using the spiral model to look into our school community and find a focus that will drive positive change.  In September we began by looking into what attributes we wish to see in our students, the … Continue reading »

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Growth Mindset

Tweet The article “Mind over Matter” by Louis Reynolds and Jonathon Birdwell resonates well with my current school environment.  This is my first year in the school and lately the conversation has shifted to the perceived effort of the students and their lack of perseverance.  This is not isolated to my school culture but many … Continue reading »

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Sandhu’s List of apps and ideas

Tweet Top Apps and Tech Ideas The following lists were compiled by Jason Sandhu Grade 5/6 Teacher at Pacific Way Elementary School iPad Apps Book Creator (digital books with video, audio, pictures, and lots of custom features) Explain Everything (screencasting whiteboard app that allows for sharing ideas a videos) Comic Life – make comics that … Continue reading »

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Deeper Learning with TRU Students

Tweet Yesterday Jason and I met with the first year education students at TRU.  Our topic was the use of technology in schools and we highlighted some of the tools we use at the school and provided some ideas and activities for them to use during their practicums. here is a link to the keynote … Continue reading »

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Remembrance Day 2015

Tweet “On November 11, especially, but also throughout the year, we have the opportunity to remember the efforts of these special Canadians.  In remembering, we pay honour to those who responded to their country’s needs.”   This was one of the quotes read by grade 7 students at the assembly for Remembrance Day.  They are … Continue reading »

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Numeracy Pro D day

Tweet The focus of the November Professional Development day was on numeracy.  Specifically, the goal was to meet with two other schools and review the numeracy projects that would be going on in those schools and then get a chance to share and create resources. To begin the day the teachers were given an icebreaker … Continue reading »

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Remembrance Day

Tweet The school remembrance day was special this year.  Due to a number of reasons the Remembrance Day assembly and related activities occurred four days prior to November 11, this at first seemed to diminish the importance of the day.  However as the day went on that quickly changed. Prior to recess the photos on … Continue reading »

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School Pro D Days

Tweet As a school we have identified numeracy as a area of growth.  For the October Pro D day the staff worked on developing skills and working with the digital tools available in the school.  The use of video was highlighted (Khan academy, Brain Pop) and a number of iPad apps (explain everything, keynote) One … Continue reading »

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Professional Growth Visual

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