The Understanding Map

How do we nurture critical thinking and creativity? “Children grow into the intellectual life of those around them.” – Vygotsky. In order for us to nurture to critical thinking and creativity, we must first unpack what it means to understand. Learning is a product of THINKING… In Ron Ritchhart’s book, “Creating Cultures of Thinking”, he explains…

The Scientific Method in Action!

We are Scientists! All good scientists use what they know about the scientific method to plan, make observations and connections, build explanations and support their thinking using evidence from the experiment, as well as from other resources. Key Vocabulary Be sure to review our key vocabulary in preparation for our science experiment, The Leakproof Bag (Steve…

Bridging our Thinking

“Bullying is like a bird in a cage because there is nothing the bird can really do to free itself, except wait until the cage is opened to fly out.” – Olivia, Grade 6  Exploring the topic of bullying challenges my Grade 6 Health class to reflect on past, or present, experiences that affect their…

A Journey Through Change, Compassion and Thinking

“Our lives are indeed a series of stories. Some that stretch out from the beginning to the end and others that end before they really begin.” – Laura Manni, Mukwashi Trust School, Zambia Innovator, compassionate, visionary and humble…these are just few of the words I would use to describe my friend and former colleague, Laura Manni. Laura…

Grade 8 Chalk Talks about Volleyball

“I used to think volleyball was just a sport I really connected with, and I didn’t think of the skills in depth. However, I look at volleyball with a totally different perspective…”  Grade 8 student, Tatiana, continues to describe her growth as a PE learner through her experiences in our volleyball unit. She goes on…