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The Button Problem (A Glimpse into our Approach to Discipline-Based Inquiry in Math)

Deirdre Bailey with Jocelyn Monteith The Alberta Math Curriculum is extensive, and for the sake of organization and accessibility it is structured in a very linear, segmented format. Considering how we might connect key skills and concepts with the broader discipline of mathematics in ways that engage diverse groups of learners and breathe life into the … Continue reading

Inuit Games in Physical Education

The inclusion of Inuit Games in our Physical Education program began four years ago with the simple idea of introducing students to some less conventional sports and helping them connect physical activity to community and culture. Our goal was to design a unit that would coincide with our school’s Peace Festival; a two week long … Continue reading

Planning for Inquiry-based Physical Education

As a Phys Ed teaching team, we had a unique opportunity at the beginning of last year to reflect on our physical education program as a whole and to ask ourselves whether our approach was providing students with the best ability to develop deep understanding of a variety of curricular outcomes. We wanted to share … Continue reading

Make Math Memorable (A response)

I’ve had the opportunity to engage in further conversation about math education with Dr. Robert Craigen, Assoc. Math Professor and co-founder of WISE Math. My response to Dr. Craigen’s most recent comment wouldn’t fit in comments so I’ve included it, along with the initial response, here. Thanks for your reply, Deirdre; I look forward to … Continue reading

Monkeys or Mathematicians (Math is More Than Memorization)

Pedagogy trumps curriculum every time. Dylan Wiliam The recent push for a “return to basics” shift in math curriculum in Alberta is not unexpected. Our post-industrial society remains regrettably focused on relaying and assessing content over process. The deeply embedded desire to quantify student thinking for the sake of a neat, uni-dimensional continuum that claims … Continue reading

My Story of Change in Education: Student Voice and Physical Space

This story was put together as part of the Canadian Education Association’s “What Standing in the Way of Change in Education” Conference in Calgary, October 21 – 22, 2013. I only remember a few specifics from my first few weeks in the classroom. I had big ideas but the execution was definitely messy. I remember … Continue reading

Re-thinking inquiry-based practice in physical education

While conventional education is often criticized for either segmenting learning into smaller pieces without ever giving kids the whole picture, or for letting kids read all about something without ever having an opportunity to engage in the process or “play the whole game” as Harvard School of Education Professor writes in his book Making Learning Whole, … Continue reading

On Light, Shadows and Experience

Co-authored by Jenna Callaghan Cross-posted on the Calgary Science School’s Connect! We began a recent investigation into Light and Shadows in Grade 4 by posing the question “What is Light?” to our students. Before beginning the conversation, we reminded students that the world is not nearly as concrete or easily-understood as over-simplified statements of “fact” might … Continue reading

Mentorship and Collaboration in Student Teaching: A Video Reflection

Co-authored by Jenna Callaghan  Cross-posted on the Calgary Science School’s Connect! Deirdre  Working with a student teacher these past few months has been an exciting and rewarding experience. From our first meeting, it was evident that Jenna and I shared a similar pedagogical philosophy; with a strong focus on reflection and discipline-based inquiry. Jenna’s early ideas and … Continue reading

Outside the Lines: Student Perspectives on Inquiry Learning

Sometimes it gets to me that my classroom is noisier and that my students’ work is messier. Why am I in constant negotiation with nine and ten year olds over quality, clarity, detail, what’s worth the effort and when it’s reasonable to expect to move on? Wednesday morning as I sat at my desk feeling uncertain … Continue reading

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