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February 13, 2018 – 8:05 pm | Comments Off on STEAMing up Learning: Robotics heats up at Laval Senior229 views

This is a guest post by SWLSB Science and Technology consultant Samuel Altarac.
How many times do we hear that math and science are boring and not creative? After witnessing the energy and imagination present at …

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Gaspé Makes: STEAM challenges at Eastern Shores School Board

May 3, 2017 – 11:57 am | One Comment | 827 views

In early April, a LEARN team composed of Chris Colley and Christine Truesdale visited three schools in the Gaspé to work with students and teachers on the Makerspace idea with our Open Creative Space model. …

Young Makers: STEAM Challenges in Grade One

April 26, 2017 – 12:33 pm | One Comment | 1,128 views

A few weeks ago, Chris Colley and I were at Edgewater Elementary School (LBPSB) to try our hand at Making with our youngest group ever – Grade One. Since the last school year, we have …

Singing the Grade School Blues

April 19, 2017 – 9:33 am | 2 Comments | 677 views

When I was about twelve years old I was flipping through my parent’s record collection and came across B.B. King ‎– Live In Cook County Jail, an album cover faded and textured like prison denim.
From …

Getting Started with Makerspaces: LEARN’s STEAM challenges

April 5, 2017 – 2:33 pm | 4 Comments | 1,019 views

At LEARN we’ve been reflecting on how best to increase student engagement in school, as it has been closely linked with academic achievement and students’ perceptions of their ability to succeed. One of our initiatives …

Feedback Fridays with LEARN Tutoring

March 23, 2017 – 10:56 am | Comments Off on Feedback Fridays with LEARN Tutoring840 views
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LEARN Tutoring has gone through a major transformation in the last year and a half.  Several substantial changes were made, all with the goals of improving, and having more students/families take advantage of, our service – …

The Power of Words: Dismantling the fixed mindset

February 22, 2017 – 10:34 am | One Comment | 1,253 views

If you believe, “It’s hard for me to learn new things,” “I’m not good with science,” “I’m not a natural dancer,” “I’m not creative,” “I’m a pessimist,” you’re probably living with a fixed mindset. Such a mindset locks your abilities in place, …

Myth busting – Teaching to discriminate fake science from real science

February 16, 2017 – 10:08 am | 13 Comments | 1,134 views

When I was a teenager I remember my mother, herself a research scientist at the time, advising me that it was not how much science you knew that was important. Rather it was how to …

Teacher Appreciation – Always! Every! Totally! Extraordinary!

February 10, 2017 – 8:29 am | Comments Off on Teacher Appreciation – Always! Every! Totally! Extraordinary!1,326 views

When reading report cards or rubrics, we have learned to look for the qualifiers that come before a description of the child’s work.  We know that if we see OCCASIONALLY instead of ALWAYS, the teacher …

Teacher Appreciation – Connections That Count

February 8, 2017 – 2:30 pm | Comments Off on Teacher Appreciation – Connections That Count1,205 views

The teachers highlighted here, in the second of three Teacher and School Staff Appreciation posts this February, have clearly connected with their students, the families, their colleagues and the school communities. The importance of building …

Teacher Appreciation – GO TEAM!!!

February 7, 2017 – 12:31 pm | Comments Off on Teacher Appreciation – GO TEAM!!!1,269 views

Happy Teacher Appreciation Time 2017!
Depending on your school or school board, Quebec Teacher and School Staff Appreciation week is celebrated the week of either February 5 or February 12 – or even better, both! …