Ah, Labour Day Weekend! Grabbing a last few minutes of summer before heading into the next school year.  

Let's make it the best school year ever!

As an educator, how will you take care of your professional learning while working hard to ensure every child in your class, school and district is learning?  

Below are some topics that have surfaced this week in K-12 education communities.  

Got 10 minutes? Click on a link for a quick bit of professional learning.  

And have a fabulous year!
Listen to the Modern Learners Podcast - With Ira Socol and Pam Moran
Timeless Learning

From Will Richardson: "In this interview, I get a chance to talk to Ira and Pam about a number of topics including why this is the right time for progressive education to take root, the challenges of moving centuries old practice in classrooms forward, some of the best ways to make change happen in schools, and what skills, literacies and dispositions do kids need to have to thrive in the modern world. I know you’re going to enjoy the conversation."

A 4-part System

Getting to Know Your Students

Cult of Pedagogy

If you follow me on social media, you know I am a huge fan of Cult of Pedagogy.
This article provides solid supports, including actual classroom activities, to help you build positive relationships with your students from the very first day.

As well, consider how your students will share things with you.  Can they share anonymously?  Do you have a way to provide online messaging so students don't have to approach you in class and be seen when they need you to know something?

There are all kinds of ways to use Google forms, bookmarked by students, to quickly get feedback from students who need you to know things like this is NOT the day to bother them with nagging about their homework.
Read the full article here
Sleep and Adolescents
What the research is telling us

As we transition to later start times in some of our Corner Brook schools, here's one of the articles that demonstrates why teen brains need a later start time.

Why Teen Brains Need a Later School Start Time

Modern Learners

10 Principles for Schools of Modern Learning

The Urgent Case for Reimagining Today's Schools

The Modern Learners White Paper
This article is not new.  It's from 2016, in fact. 

On September 1 I started to feel a bit of anxiety around the fact that we were only 16 months away from 2020!  Back in 2016, ICTC predicted Canada would be short 182,000 workers in ICT industries by 2019.  I was wondering what other ideas we had in 2016, and where they sat now that 2019 is only 4 months away.

There has been quite a lot of interest in the 10 Principles.  You can read the entire document by clicking the button below.

Read the Modern Learners White Paper

Dr. Jean Clinton - Well-being in Education: Overview

From Dr. Jean Clinton 
(click the link above to the video if it is not displayed in your email)

When it comes to well-being, every part of the system has to be engaged and involved.

How children feel affects how they act and how they learn.  

What is our role in children feeling well and doing well, and what are the conditions we need to create to have that happen, whoever we are?

How is the child valued for their own unique voice?
What stories will your students tell their parents after the first day of school?  What narrative will they bring home with them?

Will they be afraid of due dates, mark deductions, and unexcused absences?  Or will YOUR students tell a different story, a story of how excited they are to learn, how supportive the teacher is, how they met two really nice people in their gym class and how they cannot wait to get back to school the next day?

We cannot ignore the human and social element of school.  Without strong positive relationships, learning isn't going to happen, and ALL CHILDREN LEARNING is your vision.

In this article, Jackie provides some great reflective questions and practical plans for starting the year off making sure your little humans know they belong in your class.
Quick bites: Some further learning that might be interesting to you

Once again, as we think about "what school could be" there are examples of what school already is to guide our thinking.  Check out this student-created video about her school in BC.

But when it comes to what we know about brains and learning, did you learn what you needed to when you completed your B.Ed.?  This article suggests you didn't.  What are the 6 key strategies that work for learning?

And it isn't new either that finger differentiation is key to mathematical ability in life.  We need to ensure that teachers and parent encourage the use of fingers as visual aids in numerical understanding.  For more on this, read the 2016 article by Jo Boaler and Lang Chen in the Atlantic (quoted below) or the Mindshift article here.  Download lots of great finger math activities here.

From Jo Boaler and Lang Chen 2016
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