PLCs

Date Title Presenter Brief description Key take-away(s)
February 13, 2020 Workshop MakerSpace VR and Lasercutting Workshops Learned about some VR applications for the classroom and how to create an image for laser cutting. Learned to check if my School is a RAISE school to qualify for a reduced price.
January 28, 2020 Workshop Kyla Crocker BOKS Workshop BOKS is a free physical activity program. The workshop introduced us to program and showed how the structure of the program can be adapted to gym class or DPA period. It has programming that is designed for elementary, and middle school kids. The middle school lessons are designed to hide the functional fitness activities within games. Schools need to enroll in the program to access the resources. https://bokskids.ca/
September 27, 2019 PLC   Teaching math to ELL English language learners in a very challenging environment as they struggle to get up to speed in English but they are capable of learning mathematical concepts even with limited language. Lessons rely heavily on visuals and need to leverage the langauge capabilities of others in the class.
Nov 16, 2018 PLC Jason Johnston Managing Challenging Behaviours in Classrooms This was also a very good PLC. It emphasized the importance of establishing a healthy relationship with each of the students. It also reinforced my belief that good classroom management shares a lot with good parenting. It starts with meeting and greeting the kids at the door each day.
Nov 15, 2018 PLC Donna Bennett & Michael Eveleigh Introduction to Tribes This was not a  very productive workshop. They barely were able to introduce the concept of Tribes and the presentation was so weak that I can’t imagine paying money to attend their workshop without seeing something more compelling. Take-aways were that Tribes is a process of classroom management and that some teachers aren’t very good teachers. 
Nov 15, 2018 PLC Bruce Hoey Promoting Positive Behaviour in schools This was the most effective PLC I’ve attended so far. Lots of take-aways from it. Keep in mind that the ratio of positive to negative feedback should be 6:1. Call parents to say anything positive early in the year so that you can start the relationship on a positive note.
Oct 5, 2018 PLC Stephanie Arnott Every Teacher is a Language Teacher Key take-away was in understanding different levels of language functionality for ELL and how tiered questioning can be used to evaluate student understanding of the materials.
Oct 5, 2018 PLC Carol Bliese Population Education Population Education (https://populationeducation.org/)  is a program with a strong emphasis on curriculum resources and professional development for K-12 educators that focuses on human population issues. They offer curriculum resources and lesson plans connected with population.
Oct 4, 2018 OCT Nicole VanWoudenberg Introduction to the Ontario College of Teachers The OCT was formed in 1997 and is comprised of elected and gov’t appointed members. Their role is: to investigate complaints against teachers, operate in the public’s interest, license and certify teachers, acredit teacher education programs/schools
Establish the standards of practice.
Sept.13, 2018 Federation Day     Teaching is collaborative. There are many on-line resources for lesson planning such as surviveandthrive.on.ca and teacherspeced.ca. 
Never Touch A Child! 
Teachers are always teachers even when they’re on their own time. 
September 7, 2018   Andrew Macdonald Computational Thinking and Introduction to Programming in Scratch 1 hour course introduced the concept of what computational thinking is and how it is present in everyone's lives. The workshop then introduced Scratch and how to create simple programs in it.
September 7, 2018 Technology PLC Jessica Coleman Digital Hub 101 Introduction to creating your digital hub, a Web site that collects all of your teaching related personal data such as workshops attended, certifications gained, projects completed by me or by students and photos from in-class times. Use a CMS like Wordpress or Wix to create a site with categories like: Contact, Teaching Experience, Workshops and Certifications, Volunteer Activities and a Blog. 

Digital Hub 101

Date: September 7, 2018

Introduction to creating your digital hub, a Web site that collects all of your teaching related personal data such as workshops attended, certifications gained, projects completed by me or by students and photos from in-class times. Use a CMS like Wordpress or Wix to create a site with categories like: Contact, Teaching Experience, Workshops and Certifications, Volunteer Activities and a Blog.

Computational Thinking and Introduction to Programming in Scratch

Date: September 5, 2018

1 hour course taught by Andrew Macdonald introduced the concept of what computational thinking is and how it is present in everyone's lives. The workshop then introduced Scratch and how to create simple programs in it.

 

Scratch Overview from ScratchEd on Vimeo.