Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Collaboration Time Proposal For Next Year

On Monday, May 4th a proposal was presented to staff and to the Parent Advisory Committee to change collaboration block for next year.  Currently, teachers collaborate on Wednesdays from 2:15 to 3:00PM. Students have early dismissal, but three computer labs are supervised in order to give students in grade 10 an opportunity to work on their Online Planning 10 course. Next year, the proposal is to move to a weekly model following the same schedule for Wednesday, with a few significant changes for students. The proposal is in draft stages, and some features have to still be worked out, but broad features of the proposal include the following:

Instructional Round - Higher Order Thinking

On April 16th, NorKam was visited by an external team of administrators and teachers from other schools in the district.  They were at NorKam to observe students learning in the classroom and to gather data about what these students were doing. The purpose of this visit was to gather data regarding our problem of practice. "To what extent are students given tasks that require them to think at levels above recall and understanding?"