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Debra Melle - a presentation on writing in ELA and content areas

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    Paradise in the Middle

    Session Descriptions and Locations

Friday, March 13, 10:00-11:00 AM

1. Learning to Remember: Hooks and Things to Hang on Them

    Jock Mackenzie Location: Courtyard Room

    There are a variety of ways to remember the many things that we, as teachers, need to remember. The same methods can be offered to our students to assist them as they attempt to deposit the knowledge that we share into their own memory banks. This session will deal with “learning to remember” by showing a series of “hooks” that we can use. It will also give examples for life inside and outside of school to show what can be hung from these hooks.

2. Literacy For Life: The Importance of Teaching Reading in Content Areas

    Jaime Ziola/ Bill Birns - Location: Manitoba Room

    At Robert Southey School, the high school teachers in all subject areas are working together to promote literacy in our classes. As our school-wide PLC goal, we created a program called “Literacy for Life” which provides students in grades 9-12 with extra literacy instruction in a

    small group setting. Our presentation will look at the development of “Literacy for Life”, discuss and demonstrate some of the reading strategies we have used and found have worked, as well as discuss the importance of reading in the various content areas. Our goal is to help other high school teachers and middle years teachers develop reading strategies and programs that they can use in their various content area classrooms. Two hour

    session

Exploring Constructivism in Mathematics

    Terry Johanson - Location: B.C. Room

    What is constructivism? What is it NOT? This hands-on session will allow you to explore the philosophy of constructivism in middle years mathematics with practical, hands-on activities you can take back to your classroom. Two hour session

Leadership and Teamwork Activities

    Chris Clark and Gillian Strange - Location: Wig and Pen Room

    This session will provide participants with a number of activities designed to develop teamwork and leadership with students. Participants need to be prepared to participate.

Meeting the needs of the Special Education Middle Schooler

    Janet Vernon Location: Sask-BC Room

    There are a variety of ways to address the academic needs of special education students. This session will offer methods of reaching these children and not leaving them behind.

Renewed Middle Years Social Studies Curricula

    Brent Toles Ministry of Education - Location: Canadian Room

    This session will provide an overview of renewed Grades 6-9 social studies curricula scheduled for implementation in the fall of 2009. Participants will learn of the philosophical basis for the renewed Social Studies courses, and have the opportunity to work with the renewed curriculum documents. Resources to support the renewed curricula will also be addressed in this session.

Going Green in Middle Years!

    Melissa Sullivan - Robert Southey School Location: Brass Lantern Room

    Do you want to have a more environmentally friendly classroom but don’t know where to start? If so, check out “Going Green in the Middle Years.” This presentation will focus on the basics of a green classroom and the first steps of: recycling, creating a vermi-composting kit, growing plants indoors as well as be introduced to the Little Green Thumbs Project (from a

    teacher’s perspective). Come on out and help make our environment cleaner and greener, one classroom at a time!

Body Ball A game for all Ages

    Patti Kikcio Location: Saskatchewan A

    Body Ball is a new physical education game that everyone can play. It encourages cooperation, allows for differentiation, develops hand-eye coordination, cardiovascular fitness, agility, is easy to instruct and no one individual can dominate the play. This is an active session that will expose participants to the formal game of Body Ball as well as many additional uses of the specialized Velcro equipment

NXT bringing robotics into curriculum

    Melanie Meade Spectrum - Location: Saskatoon Room

    Just a glimpse is all you need to see the potential for LEGO Robotics in the classroom, hands on building and programming suitable for K-12. The internet is not the only technology available in the classroom

Friday, March 13, 11:10-12:20 AM

    Literacy For Life: The Importance of Teaching Reading in Content Areas

    Jaime Ziola/ Bill Birns - Location: Manitoba Room

    At Robert Southey School, the high school teachers in all subject areas are working together to promote literacy in our classes. As our school-wide PLC goal, we created a program called “Literacy for Life” which provides students in grades 9-12 with extra literacy instruction in a small group setting. Our presentation will look at the development of “Literacy for Life”, discuss and demonstrate some of the reading strategies we have used and found have worked, as well as discuss the importance of reading in the various content areas. Our goal is to help other high school teachers and middle years teachers develop reading strategies and programs that they can use in their various content area classrooms. Two hour

    session part 2

Successful Songwriting In The Classroom: Even You Can Do It!

    Dale Nikkel Location: Sask-BC Room

    The artistic language of today's youth is definitely the song. This session will introduce songwriting as an effective tool to use in the classroom. Dale proves songwriting as a

    practical multidisciplinary art that is accessible to many. Delegates will receive practical tools and will be inspired to give songwriting a try in their own classrooms.

Exploring Constructivism in Mathematics

    Terry Johanson Location: B.C. Room

    What is constructivism? What is it NOT? This hands-on session will allow you to explore the philosophy of constructivism in middle years mathematics with practical, hands-on activities you can take back to your classroom. Two hour session part 2

Classroom Management: No Fears, No Tears

    Jock Mackenzie Location: Courtyard Room

    Part of what we must do is proactive; some has to be reactive. Learn about the strategies, the mindsets, and the intrinsic and extrinsic rewards that help everyone be more successful in your classroom. (Okay, maybe a few fears and tears are inevitable.)

Project Based Learning

    Chris Clark and Gillian Strange - Location: Wig and Pen Room

    Project based learning is identified in the research as being effective to engaging students in their learning. We will go through sample projects and how to set them up and use them in the classroom.

Parks Canada Resources for Middle Years Teachers Social Studies & Science

    Lise Boiteau - Location: Canadian Room

    This session, presented by the Parks Canada Education Specialist, will showcase the wide range of education resources available to teachers on the Parks Canada website, featuring the Teachers’ Resource Centre. Participants will have an opportunity to have a virtual guided

    visit of our website with a focus on how they can use this material to support achievement of social studies and science learning objectives. Not only will they leave with an excellent understanding of these web resources, they will also take away FREE maps, DVD’s, posters

    and pamphlets for use in the classroom.

    **Material will also be available in French for French Immersion teachers

Heart Disease and Stroke is stalking our children

    Stephanie Cool - Health Promotion Manager Location: Brass Lantern Room

    Think heart disease and stroke are diseases of older adults? Think again: unhealthy trends among today’s children mean they will begin to experience heart disease and stroke to decades earlier than baby boomers. They may be the first generation in history whose life expectancy will be shorter than their parents. The Heart and Stroke Foundation is playing a role in an aggressive plan that sets out achievable targets for healthier children by the year 2010 and 2020. Canada can set a stellar example as a country dedicated to improving children’s health in our Olympic year and ensure that more of the next generation of Canadian children live at a healthy weight. This session will explain how the Foundation is working to build healthier environments and healthier kids and how you can be part of

    building a healthier generation.

Practical Visual Arts lessons

    Val Lees Arcola School - Location: Wig and Pen

    Interesting ways to engage Middle Years students and teach curricular objectives with drawing, each practical lesson will help your students learn to draw.

    Rock Band in the Classroom

    Mike Spicer Location: Saskatchewan A

    It seems that it is getting harder to compete with today’s technology to get student’s attention. In this session, participants will explore the use of Rock Band and Guitar Hero (video games) to engage the student in Data Collection, research, writing, poetry analysis and visual and performing arts as they simulate becoming a rock star.

Friday, March 13, 1:40-2:40 PM

    "Reading the World: Reading Strategies that work with students."

    Robert LeBlanc - Humboldt Collegiate Institute - Location: Manitoba Room It is an interactive presentation which engages educators and encourages them to consider their own reading instruction. Teachers leave with an armload of ready-to-implement strategies and a host of ideas to put into place the first day back at school, suitable for grade 8-9 teachers.

Holocaust Book Club

    Tamzyn Kulyk - Location: B.C. Room

    This session will guide you through how to work collaboratively with your teacher librarian to design and implement a multi-genre book club with a focus on the Holocaust.

Driving the Bus

    Janet Vernon Middle Level Administrators Location: Sask-BC Room

    True instructional leadership begins with middle level leaders equipped to move the school forward. The success of students depends heavily on leaders who can drive students and staff members in the right direction and assist them in focusing on the importance of targeted and prescriptive teaching and learning. Administrators attending this session will leave with ideas to take back to their buildings and implement in the fall.

Making it Work in The Middle

    Jeremy Spink/ Lorrie Morales -Alberta Middle Years Location: Canadian Room

    This session will be based around the basic characteristics of young adolescents and will provide all participants with Monday-ready activities and ideas to use with your students. The emphasis will be to share strategies that work and help build positive relationships with middle years students.

Blasting Through Stereotypes

    Trina Cobbledick Location: Saskatchewan A

    This session will examine the concept of “White Privilege” and look at how teachers can be more effective in teaching anti-racism and cross-cultural content through their daily lessons. It will also provide teachers with practical online resources and familiarize them with the

“Blasting Through Stereotype” anti-racism and youth empowerment project that won this

    year’s Harold Schultz Middle Years Development Fund. Two hour session

Social Awareness in the Middle Year’s Classroom

    Janelle Baade/Jared Coffin Location: Wig and Pen Room

    We are a group of post-interns from the University of Regina. Our middle years program has a strong social justice theme, which has taught us to make students more socially aware of their communities, country, and world. Our goal is to share what we have learned and accomplished within classrooms and the community.

Potash Experiments for the New Grade 7 Science Curriculum

    Sara Shymko and Larry Bogdan - Location: Saskatoon Room

    Agriculture in the Classroom and the Saskatchewan Mining Association are collaborating to produce a potash learning kit for grade 7 science teachers. This learning kit will contain a powerpoint presentation on potash and the role it plays in agriculture production, lesson plans and experiment guidelines, as well as materials to complete the experiment. The kit is in the development stage and we will be seeking teachers who are willing to pilot the kit this year.

Making science real is the goal.

    Ryan Gallagher Location: Courtyard Room

    This session will present teachers with unit ideas for science and PAA where students follow a

    series of steps and apply scientific principles to construct a vehicle. Three units will be shared where students construct a CO2 powered dragster, a solid fuel rocket and a rubber band glider.

Building a PAA Program (Home Economics)

    Amy Chambers Location: Brass Lantern Room

    Based on my experience teaching middle years Home Economics, I will walk through the development of my program from curriculum development, to establishing routines and procedures, an outcome based assessment. I will demonstrate how to select relevant learning objectives that follow my scope and sequence from 7 to 9, but also in transition to the high school programs. The information that I will provide regarding outcomes based assessment stems from our school wide initiative for quality and authentic assessments based on curricular objectives. The use of formative and summative assessments within PAA provides ample opportunity for students to meet and exceed expectations. I will have all my units available for teachers to peruse at the conference and will be more than happy to make copies of my resources.

Friday, March 13, 2:50-3:50 PM

    Creating Sizzling Writing in the Middle Years

    Debra Melle NMSA Trustee - Location: Manitoba Room

    Looking for great strategies to spark enthusiasm for writing with your middle level students? Learnt he latest techniques for guiding your students to become insightful writer with unique voices with all genre writing. Session includes an extensive handout. Spend an hour

    exploring the many ways you can guide your students to create writing that sizzles in all subject areas.

Touching Spirit Bear

    Tina Blake and Heather Melnyk Location: Canadian Room

     If you came aboard the Titanic, and "Survived" the middle, then you will love Touching Spirit Bear. This session will provide you with an integrated unit, focusing on the reading strategies, and based on the novel Touching Spirit Bear. Participants will leave with a

    complete unit.

Making It Work In the Middle

    Lori Daelick and Stacey Gherasim - Location: Brass Lantern Room

    This workshop will provide many practical strategies to allow you to connect with Middle Years kids and in turn will improve your student’s learning outcomes. By applying simple strategies you will spend little to no time dealing with discipline issues and will be able to enjoy getting to the heart of teaching and learning. This workshop is not about theory, rather it will provide practical strategies to use immediately in your room.

    Highlights include: T.E.A.M. Building, WFF, Let’s Discuss It, Restitution, Daily Quotes, My

    Amazing Child and always a class favourite…Magic Spot.

Blasting Through Stereotypes

    Trina Cobbledick Location: Saskatchewan A

    This session will examine the concept of “White Privilege” and look at how teachers can be more effective in teaching anti-racism and cross-cultural content through their daily lessons. It will also provide teachers with practical online resources and familiarize them with the “Blasting Through Stereotype” anti-racism and youth empowerment project that won this

    year’s Harold Schultz Middle Years Development Fund. Two hour session part two

ScienceTrek Program

    Susana Chan, Kent Gray - Montgomery School Location: Courtyard Room

    Offered at Montgomery School, Science Trek is a field-based science program created to inspire Grade eight students to grow academically, socially, personally and culturally. Science Trek is highlighted by “hands on” out of school experiences intended to fuel a passion for science and learning. Science Trek promotes lifelong outdoor pursuits such as hiking, biking, swimming, skiing, camping and canoeing. The program helps to foster an understanding of the diversity of science and the impact of science on human culture and the environment.

Taking Care of Yourself: Candid Discussion Of Teaching and Wellness

    Dale Nikkel Location: Sask/BC Room

    This session provides a forum for teachers to discuss the stresses they have in their teaching world and in their own lives. This session provides a safe environment for candid talk, brainstorming and goal setting towards a healthier well being for any teacher. Cell Phone 411 and other Middle Years Resources for PLEA

    Jonas Kiedrowski- PLEA - Location: Saskatoon Room

    PLEA, the Public Legal Education Association of Saskatchewan. Provides law-related teaching resources specifically geared towards Saskatchewan schools and curricula. All of PLEA’s resources are available at no charge. This presentation will profile several of PLEA’s teaching

    resources, then focus on using PLEA’s Cell Phone 411 – a resource for teaching students

    about responsible cellular phone use both inside and outside the classroom.

     steJournalism - 21 Century Learning in Action

    Kelly Ireland Location: Wig and Pen Room

    How do we engage students that have always known the internet and 500 channel TV universe, not to mention cell phones, instant messaging, blogging, etc.? Many teachers would argue that creating authentic learning experiences is one of the best ways to grab our students’ attention. eJournalism strives to be that authentic learning experience. The

    combination of technical and journalism skills required appeals to students with diverse interests and multiple intelligences. Throw in the opportunity to attend events, often in stdifferent cities and even provinces, and you have a great “carrot” for 21 Century Learners!

    This session will describe the process of putting together an eJournalism project as well as the presenters’ experience with eJournalism. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions of the presenter and students practicing their eJournalism skills in preparation for covering the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE) Conference in Ottawa this May. Keep an eye out for our newsletters and please stop by our work room any time!

Conseils de Cooperation/Cooperating Circles:

    Gisele Poirier - Location: B.C. Room

    This session can be offered in both English and in French. It is a great opportunity for students to learn how to state their opinions and their concerns in a constructive way. This session will show you how Cooperating Circles allow students to applaud someone in their class, critic someone in their class and talk about issues that concern them in a constructive way.

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