8 Major Accomplishments for Learning in 2012-13…

The end of the school year of 2012-13 affords us opportunity to look back and reflect on what we have achieved. I cannot BELIEVE that it has only been a year in some of the work we have undertaken. Everything below speaks to the amazing and wonderful staff of Keeler School, and how they have pulled together to achieve some astounding and remarkable work! I have only one word for it all… Holy Smoley! 🙂

  1. Our Focus on Students’ Learning Rather Than Just Behaviors – From my observations, student engagement and behavior issues have an absolute indirect correlation. We went from 80 fighting incidents down to 12 in 2012-13. We went from 26 suspensions down to 10. My perception is that this is mostly due to greater student engagement and relationship building in the classroom. After all, kids will do well if they can… (Thanks Ross W. Greene!)
  2. Standing Up to Bullying – Our students identify that they are feeling much safer and happier at school, and that teachers really care for our students. We have worked hard to help students know how to deal with bullying behaviours when they do happen. Students know they are welcome to join in other activities during lunch, as many classrooms and the Learning Commons are open for students to work or participate in other activities. They are too much to list, but having staff run 39 different clubs and extracurricular opportunities was a big part of this!
  3. Resource Program – The work that is happening is effectively supporting all of our students, our parents and our teachers to support successful student learning. Thanks to all of our teachers, but especially to Ms. Bartel and Ms. Alexander for all you bring every day to support special needs!
  4. Learning Commons – has only been going for not even one year! What a transformation to the space itself and to teaching and learning at Keeler School! It has truly become the extremely busy “Hub” of Keeler! http://keelercommons.weebly.com
  5. Arts and Student Legacy Projects – They may not all be installed yet, but the work the students have created is truly wonderful. The Kindergarten silhouettes, the grade 1 clay self-portrait mosaic, the grade 2 stepping stones, the grade 3 murals, the grade 4 mixed-media canvases, the grade 5 stairwell, and the grade 6 mural based on the quote “Use what talents you possess: The woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.” http://schools.cbe.ab.ca/b318/showcase.htm
  6. Changes in Student Assessment – Formative assessment and rubrics have been truly integrated into student work. Assessment is no longer something that only happens when a student turns in a finished project, but something that happens from the beginning to the end of the work.
  7. Learning Through Educational Technology – Through a number of grants we worked very hard to get, Educational Technology has been completely revamped and updated at Keeler! Brand new iPods, iPads, Laptops, and even a brand new Server. Thanks to our School Council for all of their support! Students are using the new tools to truly become “Creators!”
  8. CILO Time and PLCsCreating Innovative Learning Opportunities (CILO) Time and Professional Learning Communities have allowed our teams time to work collaboratively to enhance learning. Changes in our schedule have allow for more large blocks of team planning by having Music and Learning Commons blocks together for grade communities. Best thing is we have been able to tinker to allow for even more time for teams in the schedule for next year!

What are our next right steps…?

  1. Student Engagement – Continued development in student engagement around Mathematics and Science…
  2. CBE Expertise & Knowledge – Draw on our own Keeler & CBE expertise, and on the learning and the work Keeler students are doing… Let’s make our student learning public and let the community see and celebrate and build upon the work and the learning!
  3. A Keeler YouTube Channel – We need to share our work out there in the big wide world! We need to look into possibilities and FOIP, but to be able to video teacher practice and lead educational innovation, but also for our own reflection on our professional learning. Stay “tuned!” 🙂
  4. Focus on a Disciplined Inquiry Model and the Teacher Effectiveness Framework and Rubric (TEFR) – Continuing to take ownership of enhancing our practice, greater professional collaboration, “you can do that at Keeler” model of student learning, designers of learning sharing proactively early or in the middle of the work (rather than at the end), and celebrating “getting in the mud” for both students and teachers. http://www.cea-ace.ca/publication/what-did-you-do-school-today-teaching-effectiveness-framework-and-rubric

Again, what a year! I hope you have enjoyed the journey as much as we have, and that each one of our students has grown as much as Keeler School has as a whole. I truly cannot wait for 2013-14!

As always, work hard, learn tons!
D

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9 Responses to 8 Major Accomplishments for Learning in 2012-13…

  1. Lisa T. says:

    Bartel and I met to discuss the transition needs of some of our new students attending PLP next year.
    Betty and I met to discuss some project ideas for our students next year.

  2. Sonya Bradley says:

    Grade 6 spent some time reviewing the highlights of the year and figuring out how to improve upon some of our major projects to create even more successful learning opportunities for the students next year. In particular, we examined how to make our Common Craft/RSA Animate project more user friendly for the students and how it can be adapted to other areas of the curriculum next year.

  3. Harjyote, Brandy, Cheryl and Krystle says:

    During yesterdays CILO time we worked as a team of current grade 3, future grade 3 and current grade 2 (who know the students best) looked at how we would organize our days to support our learners and get them ready for being a part of a larger group. We looked at beginning each day with a group meeting, to promote belonging.

    We also looked at different ways in which to meet the diverse needs of these learners through various leveled centers in reading, writing and math.

    We also worked with one another to look at how best to organize our classroom furniture as the “third teacher” (some of our PLC work) so that it would show the students how we will be expecting them to work together.

  4. Jen and Lien says:

    I spent the first part of my CILO time with Mike creating my first blog around the Inuit Arctic games.

    For the second half, Lien and I met to discuss some possible student groupings and what team teaching will look like for us. Lien also asked reflective questions about my team teaching experience this year. We are looking forward to next year and are starting to think how best we can use our division one support so students can get the most out of small groupings and extra support.

  5. Lisa & Emily says:

    We spent some time with our Grade 4s, reflecting on the year, more specifically, Term 3. We talked about some of our favourite activities, and together, created a newsletter to share with parents. This afternoon, we put the final touches into the letter, and added some meaningful photos from lessons, activities and field trips. We also got a few things organized to add to our timeline of events from Alberta’s history, including important people or Mavericks that helped shape our province, to help students visualize the changes that have taken place over time. We also had a discussion about how to finish-up some of our projects and activities, and keep the kids engaged.

  6. Claire Matheson says:

    I looked through my students work from the beginning of the year until now and reflected on the amazing growth they have all made. I am looking forward for students to recognize their fabulous growth as well. I scheduled time to have a show case of learning next week so each student can present their favorite/most important piece of work to their peers, and demonstrate how far they have come since the beginning of the year. I am so excited for them to personally recognize their outstanding accomplishments!

  7. Tammy says:

    Kathy, Tammy and Katrina worked on plans for the students to budget their time in order to complete their specific projects for year end. We created a visual schedule/rubric that they will customize to their personal work load. We also scheduled in a time of celebration to allow the students to presents their projects and display their hard work. Full speed ahead until the end of the year Cougars:)

  8. Bent says:

    I met with Jarema and we discussed music for next year. I then met with the Activity Day organizers and we worked on hammering out some details for next week.

  9. Kindergarten says:

    During CILO today, Heather and I took the opportunity and inspiration after our Kindergarten Celebration to take pause and look at the things that went really well this year. We also thought about the things we’d rather not repeat, as well as how to move forward and what kinds of things we’d like to try or finish up for next year. Kind of like brain spring cleaning, it’s time to tidy up and organize things! We do love our lists…. 🙂

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