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New Addition to Our School

I am pleased to announce that I attended a press conference earlier today along with Sheida Shakib-Zadeh and Sara Pickering our PAC President and  Vice President.  At the press conference Christy Clark, Premier and Kevin Falcon, MLA and Minister of Finance announced spending of over $350 million dollars for schools in BC.  I am very […]

Fraser Heights Model United Nations Club

On Oct. 21 our school hosted a Model UN Lite Conference which was designed to introduce students to MUN.  Over 100 students from 9 schools in Surrey and West Vancouver attended. The conference was created to introduce students new to Model United Nations (MUN) and to give students an opportunity to gain experience before attending larger conferences later this year.  Most students brought along laptop computers so that they could check sites like BBC News or Al Jezeera as they needed to do quick research so that they could present the point of view of the country they were representing on committee topics and refer to  position papers or draft working papers,  or resolutions. The students were so very focused, engaged,  and enjoying the presentations and debate.  What a great learning experience for everyone involved.

Model United Nations Conferences (simulations of United Nations conferences) have become an increasingly popular high school level activity. They occur on a worldwide basis and were, until several years ago, associated with university level students. At the present time, conferences occur at the local level (both individual high schools and regional conferences), at the national level and at the international level. The High School and Regional Conferences attract students from throughout the Lower Mainland and neighbouring Provinces and States. They provide an opportunity for students to learn more about international politics and the critical, real-world issues that people must face today and that the United Nations tries to resolve. Students gain an understanding of the United Nations, the world’s largest and most critical world body and the problems that member states of the UN face in trying to resolve the same issues with which students wrestle in a MUN Conference. Students engage in and develop their skills in research, writing, public-speaking, discussion, debate, negotiation, co-operation, diplomacy and networking. They also have a lot of fun.Model United Nations activities are supported at Fraser Heights Secondary School through the Fraser Heights Model United Nations Club. More information about the Club can be found at or by speaking to any of the Club members – often found in Room 214 at lunch times.

Dedicated teacher Chris Pocock gets the students and student leaders Amar, Hwan, Robin, Eric, Matthew, Chihoon, and Shervin all organized for the event.

Clubs Day

On Oct. 19th at lunch we held Clubs Day in our school cafeteria. We had at least 15 clubs represented who are looking for new members. Some of our clubs like Debate Club with 85 members are so large that they cannot accomodate more students. Other clubs are new like: Volunteer, Collecting, Planning, Law Society, HawkWord Newspaper, Firehawks Against Pollution, Psychology, Music Innovation, Yoga, and FH International Outreach Team would welcome new members. Our Model UN club had an engaging display as well.  It was great to see the enthusiasm and diversity of interests in the many clubs represented.

KnitterChat from Engaging Digital Learners Dinner Series

Knitter Chat is a new tool for me that was demonstrated at our dinner series on Engaging the Digital Learner.  It combines tweets that were sent during the presentation and the speakers comments were added later.  Very cool!  Hope you enjoy this conversation.



Engaging Digital Learners Dinner Series

Here is the transcript of your backchannel conversation for the Engaging Digital Learner Series, October 19, 2011. This is a wiki page. As such, you can edit this page and insert text into the transcript, contining the conversation, as I have done. To edit, click the EDIT link at the top of the page. The password is teacher.

You can indent your comments by inserting –> at the beginning text. Many HTML codes can also be inserted. Other formatting features can also be found at the bottom of the edit page.

amboe_k (amboe_k) Looking forward to @dwarlick dinner session starting in 30 minutes. Should be lots of traffic on #:sd36learn and #: bced tonight 19 Oct 2011 – 22:06:51

Hope I didn’t disappoint! – dfw

Disappoint? Absolutely not! Thanks for the inspiration!

Kowalyshyn (Orwell Kowalyshyn) Looking forward to @dwarlick and his presentation tonight #:sd36learn 19 Oct 2011 – 22:03:22

RonJstn (Ron Johnstone) RT @amboe_k: New 3Rs- 4Es – Expose the Truth, Employ the Info, Expressing Ideas Compellingly, Ethical Use @dwarlick #:bced #:sd36learn 19 Oct 2011 – 21:36:39

This was part of the afternoon conversation, where I respelled the three Rs, to the four Es. Literacy today expands from Reasing to the ability to Expose what’s true, aRithmetic expands into the ability to work number to Employ information, and Ricing expands into skills involved in Expressing ideas compellingly. And then there’s the Ethical use of information – dfw

RobynThiessen (Robyn Thiessen) Need ideas to access $ for my school to increase st. access to tech #:sd36learn #:edchat #:edtechbc

  1. :elemchat

19 Oct 2011 – 20:53:07

It’s a big question. But it frustrates me when people say, look for grants, because we are institutionalizing our begging for money. Funding to prepare a society’s children for their future should not have to be begged for, even in the worst of times.. – dfw

amboe_k (amboe_k) New 3Rs- 4Es – Expose the Truth, Employ the Info, Expressing Ideas Compellingly, Ethical Use @dwarlick #:bced #:sd36learn 19 Oct 2011 – 20:47:18

amboe_k (amboe_k) “Rigor is not how much more you are learning – it is how much more you can do with what you are learning.” @dwarlick #:bced #:sd36learn 19 Oct 2011 – 20:37:57

That’s my definition of “rigor” — one that works for me. – dfw

amboe_k (amboe_k) Resonating with @dwarlick. Teachers with computers and projectors have to work the information and change teaching #:bced #:sd36learn 19 Oct 2011 – 20:36:43

Yes, they’re learning to do digital information, but it’s not fully transforming classroom learning — and doing so is not an intuitive leap. – dfw

amboe_k (amboe_k) What if the goal was for students to build something useful? w teachers helping make decisions along the way @dwarlick #:bced #:sd36learn 19 Oct 2011 – 20:35:03

It’s how my vocational ed classes were taught when I was in high school. In the industrial age, industrial arts skills were taught by helping us make something. In the information age, information arts skills should be taught the same way, and for the same reasons. – dfw

shelagh09 (Shelagh Lim) @dwarlick Rethink what it means to be an educator in times of change. 21st cent teacher must be a master learner #:sd36learn #:dlc_ubc 19 Oct 2011 – 23:14:31

Heidi Hayes Jacobs has called it “public learning.” I like that. – dfw

lslutsken (Lisa Slutsken) The 21st century teacher must be a Master Learner #:sd36learn 19 Oct 2011 – 23:14:12

MrMoBayridge (David Morrison)

  1. :sd36learn hi from table 14

19 Oct 2011 – 23:11:51

henriksent (Tia Henriksen) Excited to hear @dwarlick tonight in #:sd36. #:sd36learn #:bced 19 Oct 2011 – 23:10:26

SurreyConnectVP (James Hogan) John maschuk: former teacher from Delta now with apple. Wonderful presenter! #:sd36learn 19 Oct 2011 – 23:08:56

GloriaSarmento (Gloria Sarmento) 200 educators from SD36 here at Eaglequest…wow! Thx to helping teachers for organizing! #:sd36learn 19 Oct 2011 – 23:08:24

librarymall (lisa domeier) 200 people together learning together with @dwarlick #:sd36learn So amazing! 19 Oct 2011 – 23:08:08

Yes, I was amazed. The food was great, but still… – dfw

SD34DavidEnnis KnitterChat – interesting 19 Oct 2011 – 19:17:17

It’s an ongoing experiment. I only recently added the Twitter capture function. Twitter didn’t make that easy for me. Then again, I’m a self-trained programmer — learning it as I go along. – dfw

MoFunkDesigns (Mo)

  1. :sd36learn link to knitterchat needs www.

19 Oct 2011 – 23:17:45

sheilamoris (Sheila Morissette) Master lrnrs do not have all the answers @davidwarlock. #:sd36learn 19 Oct 2011 – 23:17:27

Master Learners pay more attention to the questions. In a technology-rich, information driven world, it’s the quality of the question that determines the quality of the answers. That’s a good line. I’ll have to remember that one 😉 – dfw

celinedympna Great start! 19 Oct 2011 – 19:18:33

painchaud_n (Nicole) Knitter chats – #:sd36learn 19 Oct 2011 – 23:19:25

Carol Absolutely amazing 19 Oct 2011 – 19:19:42

Johanna Aleksis We are now information ‘spoiled’ 19 Oct 2011 – 19:19:45

Hmmm! It’s fuel that helps us accomplish goals. But you make a good point. I would suggest that we are media spoiled. I heard a woman, in a TED talk a while back say something to the effect that, “It is during those times that we are alone with our own thoughts that we are becoming ourselves.” I think there’s a lot of truth to this, and I for one, spend to little time not plugged in. – dfw

SD34DavidEnnis what methods work in an information rich environment? 19 Oct 2011 – 19:20:05

MoFunkDesigns (Mo)

  1. :sd36learn we have to learn to evaluate information in the information abundance

19 Oct 2011 – 23:20:22

Yes! We as educators need to do it — and we need to do it infront of our learners. It’s why I advocate teachers managing their own digital textbooks. When they/we find and select material for our students, we are practicing contemporary literacy, and we’re modeling it in front of class. – dfw

Patti Lacis Fun at the sd36 digital learning 19 Oct 2011 – 19:21:05

henriksent (Tia Henriksen) ?21st century learning must be defined by the lack of its limits.? @dWarlick #:sd36learn #:bced #:edchat 19 Oct 2011 – 23:21:27

Full quote: “20th century education was defined by its limits. 21st century literacy needs to be defined by its lack of limits.” – dfw

amboe_k (amboe_k) What are the methods that work with information abundance instead of information scarcity? #:bced #:sd36learn 19 Oct 2011 – 23:21:11

Juts212 wow – no celing learning…. a novel idea! It was all about limits for my education 19 Oct 2011 – 19:21:36

painchaud_n (Nicole) Web site of David Warlick & his presentation #:sd36learn 19 Oct 2011 – 23:21:47

Carol How do I get on sd36 learn if I don’t have a twitter account? 19 Oct 2011 – 19:22:32

MoFunkDesigns (Mo)

  1. :sd36learn you need to be hungry for the information

19 Oct 2011 – 23:24:26

SD34DavidEnnis that interactive book is too cool #:sd36learn 19 Oct 2011 – 19:24:57

painchaud_n (Nicole) In this information environment we need 2 B OK w/ students passing us in learning but wht abt those w/out the technology? #:sd36learn 19 Oct 2011 – 23:24:53

It’s a good question and a huge problem. One point I may have made is that some countries have decided that it was in their national interest for every citizen to have access to today’s prevailing information environment. Finland, South Korea, and Mecadonia to mention only a few. The problem is a national one, not a classroom problem. – dfw

librarymall (lisa domeier) With @dwarlick We have info abundance now The library needs to become a working commons to teach info literacy to students #:sd36learn #:bctla 19 Oct 2011 – 23:25:24

Yes! I would put it like this though (and it’s a personal preference): “”The library needs to become a working commons where student naturally develop responsible literacy skills. – dfw

markrenneson (Mark Renneson) @sd36learn please define “native information” 19 Oct 2011 – 23:25:37

The actual term is “native” information experience. My information experience was paper based, encyclopedias, textbooks, baseball cards, and magazines. The “native” is based on networked, digital, and abundant information that is highly interactive and malleable. It’s a raw material.

The term native is based on Marc Prensky’s 2001 article that describes digital natives and digital immigrants. – dfw

LirenmanLearns ( K. Lirenman) scratch – tool to do programming for children #:sd36learn 19 Oct 2011 – 23:26:50

classofyourown (Alison Watson) RT @henriksent: ?21st century learning must be defined by the lack of its limits.? @dWarlick #:sd36learn #:bced #:edchat 19 Oct 2011 – 23:26:47

painchaud_n (Nicole) Grade 8/9 students at Sullivan Heights learn this program that is free from MIT in Boston. The District has an AI 4 this program. #:sd36learn 19 Oct 2011 – 23:27:21

I think that programming is the best way to learn math. Programming involves using math to work numbers, rather than just doing math. – dfw

GloriaSarmento (Gloria Sarmento) When learners have control over what they are learning,they develop a relationship with the content…powerful for learning! #:sd36learn 19 Oct 2011 – 23:27:46

I think that’s true. But I don’t know of any research that shows this. – dfw

painchaud_n (Nicole) One of our students work with MIT – which you upload to an account you create on MIT – 3 level maze. #:sd36learn 19 Oct 2011 – 23:28:34

lslutsken (Lisa Slutsken) I grew up using Math Blaster! It helped to change my learning #:sd36learn 19 Oct 2011 – 23:30:11

librarymall (lisa domeier) Kids use to make their own video games #:sd36learn 19 Oct 2011 – 23:31:10

jennifer_spain (Jennifer Spain)

  1. :sd36learn@SraSpanglish Thx – hoping to find something kids can collaborate with online & input own data… fingers crossed!

19 Oct 2011 – 23:32:41

SD34DavidEnnis key point for learning – a responsive experience #:sd36learn 19 Oct 2011 – 19:33:56

Jan gladish Wondering about the use of Scratch in classrooms as a Legitimate learning activity…listening to David Warlick 19 Oct 2011 – 19:34:09

It’s similar to how Logo is used, and there’s a ton of research that support it. – dfw

LirenmanLearns ( K. Lirenman) Blogging is a responsive experience and is so motivating for students. #:sd36learn 19 Oct 2011 – 23:34:49

I just tweeted, Is motivation a means to learning, or should it be part of our goal? If so, then what are the means to motivated learning”? – dfw

amboe_k (amboe_k) When an writing responds to a student it sticks. They post online and get peer feedback. It becomes a communication experience #:sd36learn 19 Oct 2011 – 23:34:46

librarymall (lisa domeier) Build a culture of ethical use of information not a punitive culture #:sd36learn #:bctla 19 Oct 2011 – 23:36:05

Excellent point. Look at the book, Drive, by Dan Pink (author of “A Whole New Mind.”) – dfw

ECSD36 (Elisa Carlson) RT @LirenmanLearns: Blogging is a responsive experience and is so motivating for students. #:sd36learn Karen knows: her gr. 1 students do it! 19 Oct 2011 – 23:36:04

jennifer_spain (Jennifer Spain)

  1. :sd36learn For my generation text= central, electronics=peripheral. FOr kids, electronics=central, text=peripheral

19 Oct 2011 – 23:36:21

amboe_k (amboe_k) Scratch is available for Surrey Schools to engage students with programming, prob solve and critical thinking. #:bced #:sd36learn 19 Oct 2011 – 23:37:08

MoFunkDesigns (Mo) content is conversation #:sd36learn 19 Oct 2011 – 23:38:08

Interesting statement. Certainly content comes from conversation, and it’s use involves conversation. – dfw

painchaud_n (Nicole) Is there not no such thing as a stupid question? #:sd36learn 19 Oct 2011 – 23:39:14

Hmmm! I would say that any question that is not an honest question (with intent in mind), is a stupid question 😉 – dfw

MoFunkDesigns (Mo) @amboe_k #:sd36learn can we email you for more info? Would love to work with this… 19 Oct 2011 – 23:40:06

SurreyConnectVP (James Hogan)

  1. :sd36learn #:singularity – 10 ~ 20 years

19 Oct 2011 – 23:40:18

Jan gladish We are a question asking cultures. Are we asking questions that answer yes or no or are we asking others that require critical thinking? 19 Oct 2011 – 19:40:29

librarymall (lisa domeier) Encourage conversations in our classrooms around learning. We are participants in info creation. #:sd36learn 19 Oct 2011 – 23:42:56

amboe_k (amboe_k) Gary Hayes social media counts. Amazing what is happening world wide in a few seconds. #:bced #:sd36learn 19 Oct 2011 – 23:43:45

Lots of examples. – dfw

markrenneson (Mark Renneson) @sd36learn. Is this different from, or an extension of, problem-based learning? 19 Oct 2011 – 23:44:14

Well yes. But the question asking that I’m thinking of is smaller than the project problem or essential question. It’s the questions that occur in the process of getting there. Those questions fuel/empower learning. – dfw

painchaud_n (Nicole) As stated, lets not forget that technology does not drive learning, it enhances learning. #:sd36learn 19 Oct 2011 – 23:44:13

I like to say that it empowers the learner. – dfw

LirenmanLearns ( K. Lirenman) Start small and expect them to question and converse themselves into the learning. #:sd36learn 19 Oct 2011 – 23:45:30

jennifer_spain (Jennifer Spain)

  1. :sd36learn start with simple questions to invite students to converse themselves into the learning

19 Oct 2011 – 23:45:57

henriksent (Tia Henriksen) RT @LirenmanLearns: Start small and expect them to question and converse themselves into the learning. #:sd36learn I was going to say that:) 19 Oct 2011 – 23:45:56

jennifer_spain (Jennifer Spain)

  1. :sd36learn Teaching = giving kids tools that add value to their ideas

19 Oct 2011 – 23:47:50

I’d love to be able to say that anything and everything that students learn in your classroom must be something that they can use right now. That’s probably reaching, but it’s how and why we learn in the real world. Because we can use it. – dfw

painchaud_n (Nicole) Blogging is best for teaching grammar so that they may express themselves clearly. #:sd36learn 19 Oct 2011 – 23:47:47

Jan gladish Grammar is a tool that adds value to ideas! I like this! 19 Oct 2011 – 19:48:07

JB_Mahli (JB Mahli) create notes, assignments, projects, info for students which leads them to question their learning #:sd36learn 19 Oct 2011 – 23:48:38

..and defend their learning. “Why did you learn that, that way?” “How do you know that is true?” 😉 – dfw

rkillawee (rob killawee) Grammar matters, and the blogosphere is evolving new grammars #:sd36learn 19 Oct 2011 – 23:49:25

Interesting! I would say that today’s dynamic information landscape with both narrow and broad channels have greatly expanded and diversified grammar. Does that make sense? – dfw

CynthiaWeldon (Cynthia Weldon) Grammar is a tool that supports R ideas & students learn ths when they use ths medias b/c its a responsive experience. #:sd36learn 19 Oct 2011 – 23:50:18

amboe_k (amboe_k) RT @rkillawee: Grammar matters, and the blogosphere is evolving new grammars #:sd36learn. Hmmm.. It matters when it is important to them 19 Oct 2011 – 23:51:29

librarymall (lisa domeier) RT @cybraryman1:In 1970 my students could not understand the textbook so i had them write their own Study of the Am Revolution. #:sd36learn 19 Oct 2011 – 23:52:29

Outstanding. There was a study a few years ago, where one history class was taught the American Civil War, and another worked in groups to produce multimedia presentations about the Civil War, which the presented to each other. End of the unit test scores were similar. However, when the students were given the test a year later, those who were taught, scored much much lower than they had. Those who taught themselves and each other, their scores remained hight. – dfw


 Grammar matters because it helps bring clarity

19 Oct 2011 – 19:54:01

And clarity matters, because there’s an audience. – dfw

cybraryman1 (Jerry Blumengarten) @librarymall See: February 16, 1970 excerpt from letter from my principal: #:sd36learn 19 Oct 2011 – 23:54:18

henriksent (Tia Henriksen) ?When there is value in it, they invest themselves in the experience.? @dwarlick #:sd36learn #:bced #:cpchat 19 Oct 2011 – 23:55:08

nilson_uffda (Jonathan Nilson) Language/grammar are products of culture. We accept cultures/languages evolve – re: Shakespeare. Why should that stop now? #:sd36learn 19 Oct 2011 – 23:55:58

Right! – dfw

jennifer_spain (Jennifer Spain)

  1. :sd36learn native information learning environment inspires investment

19 Oct 2011 – 23:56:32

LirenmanLearns ( K. Lirenman) You learn by getting it wrong! #:sd36learn 19 Oct 2011 – 23:57:03

jas347 (Jordan Sharpe) RT @jennifer_spain: #:sd36learn native information learning environment inspires investment 19 Oct 2011 – 23:57:45

JB_Mahli (JB Mahli) Ask your students if failure is okay? Let them make failure a success #:sd36learn 19 Oct 2011 – 23:59:10

In silicon valley, entrepreneurs who have failed before get preference over those who haven’t failed yet by venture capitalists. – dfw

painchaud_n (Nicole) Doodlebuzz – #:sd36learn 20 Oct 2011 – 0:00:05

LirenmanLearns ( K. Lirenman) Cool tool to get key stories, and key words…. Very cool! #:sd36learn 20 Oct 2011 – 0:00:01

Jan gladish Children learn  by getting it wrong. Altering, adjusting is their experience…can we give kids opportunities to be more playful – to get it 19 Oct 2011 – 20:00:28

It’s learning by working the information. It’s learning by students doing the work, not the teacher doing all the work. – dfw

L Nociar Too bad we didn’t think to have a flashmob @ this meeting! 19 Oct 2011 – 20:00:49

GloriaSarmento (Gloria Sarmento) RT @LirenmanLearns: Cool tool to get key stories, and key words…. Very cool! #:sd36learn 20 Oct 2011 – 0:00:52

sheilamoris (Sheila Morissette) What is the purpose of school? Can we be playful enough to give permission to be wrong? Playful lrng #:sd36learn 20 Oct 2011 – 0:01:05

henriksent (Tia Henriksen) You must check out Doodlebuzz! so cool! Be playful. Have fun in school! #:edchat #:sd36learn #:bced 20 Oct 2011 – 0:01:46

amboe_k (amboe_k) RT @painchaud_n: Doodlebuzz – #:sd36learn #:bced. Way too cool. Just to play with searching 20 Oct 2011 – 0:03:39

jennifer_spain (Jennifer Spain)

  1. :sd36learn the native information experience is guided by safely made mistakes.

20 Oct 2011 – 0:03:36

dj_turner (Dan Turner) 21st century learning is/sb responsive, inspire conversation, inspire personal investment, be guided by safely made mistakes #:sd36learn 20 Oct 2011 – 0:04:40

librarymall (lisa domeier) With @dwarlick How can we make learning guided by safely made mistakes? #:sd36learn #:bctla #:library 20 Oct 2011 – 0:05:31

painchaud_n (Nicole) Cool search engine for searching for pictures in shape of the world – dare you to try it #:sd36learn @amboe_k 20 Oct 2011 – 0:05:57

Sh_Nelson (Shaun Nelson) Teaching with a Bring Your Own Device policy. #:sd36learn 20 Oct 2011 – 0:05:48

sheilamoris (Sheila Morissette) Bad economic times historically times of great innovation. How exciting!#:sd36learn 20 Oct 2011 – 0:06:21

I read the other day that a technology historian (Canadian) has show that much of the innovation of the post-war (WWII) period was actually based on a backlog innovations that occurred during the latter part of the 1930s. – dfw

Gbraun41 (Gillian Braun) RT @GloriaSarmento: When learners have control over what they are learning,they develop a relationship with the content…powerful for learning! #:sd36learn 20 Oct 2011 – 0:07:38

kjsd36 looking for great ideas…not the right answers 19 Oct 2011 – 20:08:57

amboe_k (amboe_k) What questions do we ask to get… That is correct or.. That is a great idea @dwarlick #:bced sd36learn 20 Oct 2011 – 0:09:43

Yes! What kind of learning experience prompt us to less often say, “That’s the right answer,” and more often have us saying, “That’s a great idea.” – dfw

sd36learn sd36 19 Oct 2011 – 20:09:53

Jan gladish That’s a great idea or that’s the right answer…what are the implications of each when we respond to learners?  19 Oct 2011 – 20:10:00

Ricegirl76 (June Iwagami-Pausche) RT @henriksent: You must check out Doodlebuzz! so cool! Be playful. Have fun in school! #:edchat #:sd36learn #:bced 20 Oct 2011 – 0:10:39

Play is a problematic term. Some people (educators) believe that learning should be about work, not play. But work can be playful. How many of us consider our jobs fun? I do! Do you? – dfw

Colleen sd36learn let students publish – when they realize they need to improve writing skills they are motivated to learn – responsiveness 19 Oct 2011 – 20:13:50

librarymall (lisa domeier) we are inventing the future with our students right now. Go boldly into our classrooms & libraries #:sd36learn #:bctla #:libchat 20 Oct 2011 – 0:14:10

Well said. Resourceful, relentless, and habitual learners result from courageous teachers. – dfw

TLibrn36 (Lesley Johnson) Many interactive multi-player games require sophisticated cooperative planning! #:sd36learn 20 Oct 2011 – 0:15:27

librarymall (lisa domeier) RT @dj_turner: 21st century learning is/sb responsive, inspire conversation, inspire personal investment, be guided by safely made mistakes #:sd36learn 20 Oct 2011 – 0:15:25

Di_Christensen (Diane Christensen) RT @amboe_k: RT @painchaud_n: Doodlebuzz – #:sd36learn #:bced. Way too cool. Just to play with searching 20 Oct 2011 – 0:16:34

SurreyConnectVP (James Hogan) ?@JB_Mahli: Ask your students if failure is okay? Let them make failure a success #:sd36learn? #:Angrybirds! Fail-fail-fail-WIN – do over! 20 Oct 2011 – 0:18:14

Lorfehr (L Fehr) RT @Lorfehr: Thanks to #:sd36learn for sharing your learning through twitter! 20 Oct 2011 – 0:19:15

nilson_uffda (Jonathan Nilson) Are teachers really acknowledging the learning that goes on outside of class? Are we good at recognizing it? Or are we dismissive?#:sd36learn 20 Oct 2011 – 0:20:45

Mary Holmes ‘Please Write in this Book’ Does this work? Does this accomplish our goals? Will our readers want to continue to the next section? 19 Oct 2011 – 20:23:47

MrVickA (Aaron Vick) Hmm?— I am pondering the comment: “It is not what you have been taught, but it is what you can teach yourself.” from #:sd36learn 20 Oct 2011 – 0:24:07

I would go so far as to say that what we learn has become less important that how we learned it. What we learn is going to change 🙂 – dfw

amnewish (Amy Newman) @dwarlick ClayShirky?sTEDTalkonCognitive�Surplus #:sd36learn 20 Oct 2011 – 0:24:52

Mary Holmes Media literacy is paramount. As teachers we need to guide children to evaluate sources of information. 19 Oct 2011 – 20:26:23

OK, you shouldn’t have said that. You’re right, media literacy is paramount. But I think it may be more useful to just talk about one literacy, the skills involved in responsibly using information to accomplish goals. More often, I’m starting to call it learning literacy, the skills involved in using information to learn what you need to know. Media literacy is paramount to this concept. But I think we need one literacy — that includes everything involving information. – dfw

teacherneuf (Ryan Neufeld) RT @painchaud_n: One of our students work with MIT – which you upload to an account you create on MIT – 3 level maze. #:sd36learn 20 Oct 2011 – 0:55:54

SurreyConnectVP (James Hogan) ?@paulhillsdon: Formal schooling: process of knowledge memorization & regurgitation via exams #:bced #:universitylife? not always. #:sd36learn 20 Oct 2011 – 1:01:09

maschak (John Maschak) You are indeed,! RT@librarymall:we are inventing the future with our students right now.Go boldly into our classrooms & libraries #:sd36learn 20 Oct 2011 – 1:19:59

jennifer_spain (Jennifer Spain) (2) What tools do you have now that might enable learning through conversation – exchange of knowledge?#:sd36learn 20 Oct 2011 – 1:43:07

jennifer_spain (Jennifer Spain) (1) What tools do you have now that might make learning more responsive? #:sd36learn 20 Oct 2011 – 1:44:26

jennifer_spain (Jennifer Spain) (3) What tools do you have now that might bring value to student work, inspiring personal investment?

  1. :sd36learn

20 Oct 2011 – 1:45:10

jennifer_spain (Jennifer Spain) (4) What tools/policies do you have that might make the learning (and teaching) environment more playful & more mistake-friendly?#:sd36learn 20 Oct 2011 – 1:46:39

GloriaSarmento (Gloria Sarmento) Answer to all 4 from table 4: imagination & the desire to learn to use tech differently. #:sd36learn 20 Oct 2011 – 1:48:24

JB_Mahli (JB Mahli) Dragon dictation app very cool free app dictates what you say! #:sd36learn 20 Oct 2011 – 1:50:41

MoFunkDesigns (Mo)

  1. :sd36learn

20 Oct 2011 – 1:51:45

rkillawee (rob killawee) Question 3: Student peer innovators, policies that support risk, openness to student knowledge. #:sd36learn 20 Oct 2011 – 1:53:17

rkillawee (rob killawee) Learning happens because vid games accept risk & failure w/out real consequence. School often gives consequences for failure. #:sd36learn 20 Oct 2011 – 1:55:09

TheQRplace (TheQRplace) RT @MoFunkDesigns #:sd36learn 20 Oct 2011 – 1:59:18

amboe_k (amboe_k) Favorite question with @dwarlick what policies do you have that might make learning more playful and mistake friendly #:sd36learn #:bced 20 Oct 2011 – 2:18:27

amboe_k (amboe_k) To inspire student personal investment??? Publish their work… Online, in colour, on projectors, in lobby, at assemblies. #:bced #:sd36learn 20 Oct 2011 – 2:20:59

rwd01 (Robert Dewinetz) RT @amboe_k: Favorite question with @dwarlick what policies do you have that might make learning more playful and mistake friendly #:sd36learn #:bced 20 Oct 2011 – 2:49:10

Lorfehr (L Fehr) RT @amboe_k: Favorite question @dwarlick what policies do you have that make learning more playful and mistake friendly #:sd36learn #:sd8_pln 20 Oct 2011 – 2:38:13

Thanks for a fantastic conversation. I love working in Canada. I just wish crossing the boarder wasn’t so complicated. – dfw
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From Library to Learning Commons

Our school library is the heart and soul  of  an excellent  school.  It is always humming and filled with classes during the day and filled with students studying each lunch hour.  In fact some students say they would like to be there at lunch but they are unable to get in as it is so full.   Our Teacher Librarian Madame Monk  welcomes everyone into the library at all times.   The Library is being transformed into a Learning Commons.  This means basically an open learning area with access to technology and access to wireless internet.  It’s a learning area for everyone including teachers and students. Our Teacher Librarian  collaborates with other teachers to plan lessons and helps teachers to develop  best practices and strategies. She has an open door policy for all students.  Teachers know they can send students any time of the day whether they are working individually, in a group,  or  a whole class could book in.  The Learning Commons is a campus centre piece for research, computing, and presentation.  The Smart Board is a presentation tool that is used  by students, teachers, and guest speakers on a regular basis.  The Learning Commons is a place for  sharing knowledge and learning.  We are trying to provide the technology that students need in order to access, evaluate, and utilize information  in the 21 century.  Some of the learning tools that have been utilized are web 2.0 tools eg.  blogs, twitter, wikis, facebook, glogster, prezi, and poppletes.

A Library Science student project had them record at the  check out desk  all questions asked by students and staff and then they went on to create a Student Supply Centre . The Library Science students  looked at their inquiries and decided  how many of the  questions they get  are about learning, research, accessing, and evaluating.  They  were often asked for example do you have a glue stick, can I borrow scissors or a 3 hole punch?  The students went on to create a Student Supply Centre which is self serve for students to get what they need to complete projects. There are pleanty of  supplies which are  gathered , found or recycled. This way the Teacher Librarian is able to focus on the teaching and learning aspects of the job.   There is ownership of the Learning Commons as  this place belongs to everybody. Students can help themselves , and return the books, resources,  or items for next person.

The Learning Commons features technology that can be accessed  as a tool for the learner and it is  not a barrier.  The open wireless campus that is coming soon to our school  will help us with this.  For example, students will be able to  use their smart phones for research as well as the  32 computers for student and class use.

Step one of the transition to Learning Commons is  completely user centered.  There is flexibility is having various groups all working at same time.  There is an  open door policy.    The Learning Commons belongs to the students and they have a right to be there.  Our Teacher Librarian has joined forces with Mr. Pahal,  our  tech facilitator.  They are  working  together to help provide  inservice to  staff.  Madame Monk is able to  break down the barriers with using the  technology for  research instruction.  She shows them the data bases and teaches students  how to do a bibliography.   She collaborates  with the subject  teacher and does lots of team teaching.   She also teaches  small groups of students specialized skills.    The Teacher Librarian has an important  role in  staff development.  She  provides other teachers  inservice with web 2,0 tools for projects, eg .  museum box.  She will work with teachers to  integrate technology and  integrate Assessment for Learning strategies.  Sometimes the TL and the subject teacher will  create rubrics together.  Teachers appreciate the support they receive from the Teacher Librarian.

Our Learning Commons is a happening place.




Fraser Heights has Spirit!

I was so impressed with the school spirit as expressed during our Welcome Back Week from Sept. 19 – 23.  Each day our Student Council organized special theme days and events which helped to build amazing enthusiasm in our school.  Monday was Multicultural Monday, Texas Tuesday, Workout Wednesday, Twin Thursday, and Flip Friday.  Students had a great time dressing up for each theme day.  I think Texas Tuesday was our most popular day which feature so many students doing square dancing in the garage at lunch.   This was a great introduction to high school for our grade 8’s.  There was lots and lots of involvement.  What great school spirit.

Our Grade 12’s made sure to lead the way and thoroughly enjoyed the day.

New Learning

I am delighted to be beginning another school year at my new school, Fraser Heights Secondary.  I have just arrived after spending seven years as principal at Sullivan Heights Secondary.  In 2003-04 I spent one year at Fraser Heights and that one year never seemed long enough.  I had always hoped that one day I could return as so am delighted to be doing just that.  I hope that this new blog will document my observations as I get to know Fraser Heights Secondary as principal.  I know that the school has an excellent staff and excellent students who are very hard working and high achieving.  The parent community seems to be very supportive.  It is a great place to work and to learn.

This past year I was introduced to twitter and now love it for all the professional learning it provides.  I also began using an ipad this past year and love it too.  Now I cannot imagine being without the ipad, twitter, or my new PLN.   I hope that this blog is just one more step in challenging myself to try new things.  A professional learning community needs to have everyone, the students, staff, parents, and admin all learning together.  I am excited to begin this journey at Fraser Heights.

Later this week, our staff will begin two days of summer pro d.  One day will include team building and paddling long boats.  I am especially looking forward to the day and getting to know staff.  The second day will include workshops, discussions, and a session on twitter.  I hope that some of the staff will grow to enjoy twitter as much as I do.  I think we will be off to a great start as we paddle together and face all the challenges and opportunities ahead.