Yup, it has been awhile. So, I am trying to do the fly by of things that have happened.
I got to learn some basics of coding and teaching coding. It was a great time to see what our province is trying to do to encourage design thinking and problem solving. I am caught hook, line, and sinker in this especially as it can relate to math and give students a context for why they would learn this stuff.
As a way of getting students to partake in a lot of the new ways of learning that the new curriculum offers the flag project (and sewing component) were a great intro to the curricular competencies that we are engaging students in. It will be great to see what their self assessment looks like on the process, but the outcomes of their presentations were incredible!
With that in mind, we were working hard on self assessing so introducing students to the idea of core competencies was great. I love etymology and we discussed the term core coming from the Latin for heart. These are the HEART competencies, the centre of a person (in the medieval sense) the hinge upon all that we do as teacher. It was a fruitful discussion and students were able to partake in a great moment of self reflection that is now hanging on our wall.
I need to get back in my daily routine of writing these. So this is my catch up. Remember I am always "embracing the drawing board." Nothing is perfect and I need to live that out so "BACK OFF!"
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