Relationships Relationships Relationships

August 29, 2012

Relationships Relationships Relationships…

Keeler school is one of the lucky schools in the CBE, as we are on a modified calendar. This means is that Keeler students come back to school three weeks earlier than most of the schools in our board.

As other students are looking to go back to school next week, our students have already been working and learning and getting into routines well ahead of other schools. This allows for a really fun start up and makes us feel like we’re way ahead when everyone else is just beginning in September…

This year, I have been constantly reminded and bombarded with examples of how the development of relationship with students is such a key, important part of our work. This goes for support staff, teachers, office staff, and administrators like myself. Developing connections and expectations for our students is our number one priority right now in these early weeks, and we are seeing the results pay off wonderfully. We are seeing students being much more positive, demonstrating belonging on the playground and in the classroom, working together, and all around just being more calm and ready to work. As a whole, this is allowing us to focus on the students who really need early interventions and supports and allowing us to set them up for success right away in August.

For not even being into September yet, I can honestly say I am so proud of every one of the students and the staff at Keeler School for the amazing August!

Work hard, learn tons!


CILO Time – 2012-13 School Year – August 29, 2012

August 29, 2012

CILO Time – 2012-13 School Year

Welcome to not only a new school year but to the continuation of our work to Creating Innovative Learning Opportunities (CILO) for our students!

Going into the new school year we will be continuing our Creating Innovative Learning Opportunities (CILO)development, and enabling ourselves the gift of time to be able to work on areas that we normally would never have time for… This is work that is beyond just “planning for next week” in the typical sense or doing paperwork such as field trip forms that do not truly affect the enhancement of student learning.

This blog was a tool that I created on our very first CILO time, and I have been blown away by how it has enabled our staff to be able to gain a better understanding of how others are using our CILO time, as well as to be able to connect and collaborate around some of the work that is going on through CILO.

This year I would like to all of us to continue utilizing this tool to enable us to be able to know about the work that others are doing. After our CILO time on every second Wednesday, please add up a short blurb (as a comment) about the work that you engaged in during CILO.

Again, please make sure that this is work that you would not normally be able to do. For example, it could be working on creating engaging inquiry work in areas that you have not had a chance before, such as in math or art. It could be looking at setting up hugely engaging projects for your students that connect to your big picture work. It could be discussing and looking at ways to enhance learning for some of our marginalized students, or even looking at how to integrate things like physical education, art, drama, science or educational technology into the learning of your students.

Please take this gift of time and use it well. I am so impressed with the work that came out of this time last year, and I’m very excited to see where it goes this year.

Work hard, learn tons!

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