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Friday, April 26
 

TBA

Building Empathy One Connection at a time: Part 2
(Attending part 1 strongly encouraged)
While connections are key to learning at all ages, relationships with middle years students are particularly vital and sometimes the trickiest to navigate. The Connection Curators offer a two-part workshop, Building Empathy One Connection at a Time. Leaders will take you through a series of experiences designed to answer our essential question: How might we bring empathy to our learning and leading experiences.

In part two, participants use their learning about group norms and play and engage in a design process to build empathy and explore the role of loving kindness in our relationships with ourselves and one another. Finally, participants will complete an event map that serves to solidify learning by making connections to our learning and leading experiences with students and colleagues.

You will leave this workshop inspired, rejuvenated, and grounded in connections.

Speakers

Friday April 26, 2019 TBA

7:00am

Breakfast
Friday April 26, 2019 7:00am - 8:15am
Glacier Salon

8:30am

Keynote
Friday April 26, 2019 8:30am - 10:30am
Summit 222 Lynx St.

10:30am

Break
Friday April 26, 2019 10:30am - 10:45am
Alpine Meadows

10:45am

Reading Comprehension Success!
As teachers we ask, “How can I improve my students’ achievement in reading comprehension?” Students ask, “How can I get better at reading comprehension?” This session describes how to categorize reading comprehension questions into 5 reading skill categories allowing teachers and students to determine which skills require improvement and how to unpack each skill and determine the alignment to curriculum outcomes.

Speakers
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Edu-Best Educational Resources

We provide print resources for teachers and students in the area of English Language Arts for grades 3 to 12. All resources are aligned to the Alberta Program of Studies and created by Alberta Teachers. The resources focus on individualized reading and instruction in the areas of... Read More →


Friday April 26, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm

10:45am

Bringing Writing Alive With Author Paul Hankins
Using an adventure story to inspire discussion and creative writing.



Friday April 26, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm

10:45am

The Revised TQS: What does this mean for us?
Come and learn new strategies that support the implementation of the revised TEACHING QUALITY STANDARD and the new competencies that specifically outline First Nations, Métis, and Inuit education. We will also discuss how we can frame school planning and deciding “next steps” as a school community that support these new expectations for all teachers.



Friday April 26, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm

10:45am

Teaching the Holocaust
Having taught the Holocaust to grades 7-9 and traveled to Israel with the Canadian Society for Yad Vashem to study, the session will examine resources available to safely enter students into a study and bring them out. Teachers will walk away with resources to help them navigate teaching the Holocaust in a number of subject areas.

Speakers

Friday April 26, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm

10:45am

Building Empathy One Connection at a Time: Part 1
While connections are key to learning at all ages, relationships with middle years students are particularly vital and sometimes the trickiest to navigate.  The Connection Curators offer a two-part workshop: Building Empathy One Connection at a Time.  Leaders will take you through a series of experiences designed to answer our essential question:  How might we bring empathy to our learning and leading experiences.

In part one, participants experience a variety of exercises designed to lay a foundation for empathy and connections in our classrooms and schools. We will practice strategies for establishing and attending to group norms, incorporating play and improvisation as a way to build connections, using reflection as a tool to connect to self and others.

You will leave this workshop inspired, rejuvenated, and grounded in connections, but we strongly encourage you to stay for part two!

Speakers

Friday April 26, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm

10:45am

Together Everyone Achieves More
Various team building activities will be shared which can be used for any grade as well as any subject area.


Speakers

Friday April 26, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm

10:45am

Using Google tools for Formative and Summative Assessments
Come see and build some interesting and engaging formative and summative assessments using a variety of Google tools! Please bring a device as in addition to discussing the various benefits of different Google tools for assessment purposes, attendees will have time to test and build assessments of their own!

Speakers

Friday April 26, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm

12:00pm

Lunch
Friday April 26, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Glacier Salon

2:15pm

Break
Friday April 26, 2019 2:15pm - 2:30pm
Alpine Meadows

2:30pm

How we took writing out of our Grade 4 classrooms!
Come and learn how we took writing instruction out of our Grade 4 classrooms and moved it into responsive tiered instruction groups. We will discuss why we took the risk to make this change, share all the details of how we made it possible, the challenges we faced and the outcomes.

Join us for a discussion, Q&A and collaboration to brainstorm best practices in early middle years writing instruction. 


Friday April 26, 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm

2:30pm

Sex Ed: How to Answer Student Questions
Why is one breast bigger than the other?  How do I know if I am gay? Teacher, when did you start having sex? Students have lots of questions about sex and sexual health. Come to this interactive session and learn how to use the question box effectively, the different types of questions students ask, how to address slang, and how to deal with those embarrassing personal questions. Learn about the resources at Teachingsexualhealth.ca, including the FAQs and Submit a Question feature for expert advice. 

Speakers

Friday April 26, 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm

2:30pm

Playwriting: Tips, Tricks and Tall Tales
This session will look at tips and trick to get your middle school students writing plays. Teachers will be participating in group writing exercises, games and challenges to tackle the wonderful world of drama as if they were the students themselves. This session is great for teachers looking to do something a little different in their ELA or Humanities classes to really get student excited and engaged. It will be an action packed session where teachers will be actively learning and sharing with each other.


Speakers

Friday April 26, 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm

2:30pm

Finding Student Voice Using Talking Circles
We will be working at incorporating Restorative Justice as a model for communication, discipline and conflict resolution.  Establishing a classroom culture using the Talking Circle and the Talking Stick.  Incorporating restorative practices through an Indegenious lens to implement within your classroom.  


Friday April 26, 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm

2:30pm

Drum and Dance - First Steps
"First Steps" will take you through an introduction and  practice of basic Pow-wow rhythms on the hand drum and an intertribal dance step. Round dance rhythms and  will also be a part of this hands and "feet-on " session!


Speakers

Friday April 26, 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm

2:30pm

Admin Round Table
Friday April 26, 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm

2:30pm

Fake News & Conspiracy Theories: Countering Ignorance with Critical Thinking Skills & Classroom Activities
Disinformation, conspiracy theories, and fake news have found fertile breeding ground on the Internet and social media. Our job as educators is to help students develop skills and techniques to critically analyze these stories, and to separate fact from fiction. Join veteran teacher Douglas Lamb as he shows how fake news and conspiracy theories have been around for ages, how they're getting worse, and how 'hate-clicks' are driving their growth. Most importantly, this session will also allow teachers to develop some in-class techniques and activities that will allow your students to critically and intelligently address these issues.  Appropriate for all grades and subjects.

Speakers

Friday April 26, 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm

2:30pm

This is Your Brain on Mental Math
We’ve all seen bright students failing at math because they don’t have the mental math skills to solve problems with confidence. Cognitive studies show that strong mental math ability developed through purposeful instruction in the classroom leads to a much stronger number sense and comfort in working with numbers. Children acquire new languages more readily than adults. Mathematics is itself a kind of language, with its own rules and grammatical structure. Why not let them become fluent in the language of mathematics when they are most ready to learn? Join Gael James, Outreach Manager for the Canadian charity JUMP Math, as she shares how to teach and integrate mental math in a way that engages the students and builds both numeracy and confidence. Participants will leave with daily mental math strategies, games, and resources.


Speakers

Friday April 26, 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm

4:00pm

Middle Years Council General Meeting
Friday April 26, 2019 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Castle

8:00pm

MYC Evening Social
Friday April 26, 2019 8:00pm - Saturday April 27, 2019 1:00am
Summit 222 Lynx St.
 
Saturday, April 27
 

7:30am

Breakfast
Saturday April 27, 2019 7:30am - 8:45am
Glacier Salon

9:00am

How to Make Literacy Cool in Middle School
Come and learn different strategies to teach literacy in all subjects in Middle School. Discover how a range of tools can be used in different disciplines to teach students better reading comprehension skills.



Saturday April 27, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am

9:00am

30 in 60: 30 Ways to Engage Your Reluctant Learners
In this rapid-fire session, we will look at 30 ways teachers can increase engagement with all learners in their classrooms.  These simple ideas will improve student engagement, decrease student anxiety, and provide teachers with a toolbox of ideas to make their class an active, vibrant learning environment. 

Speakers

Saturday April 27, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am

9:00am

Classroom Design: Not Just a Seating Arrangement
Through research, trial, and error the session will explore what student are looking for in a middle years classroom and how to align best practices. Teachers will walk away with ideas they can implement when they get back to classrooms on Monday.

Speakers

Saturday April 27, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am

9:00am

Digital Portfolios: Promoting a Growth Mindset
Digital portfolios continue to grow within the classroom, but how can we use a portfolio to promote a growth mindset with our students? Join this session to learn how your students can document their learning, reflect on their growth and showcase their classroom experiences with a visual and interactive myBlueprint portfolio. Students can easily add journals, photos, videos, files and reflections - from any device. Learn how teachers can monitor student progress, create activities and comment on student artifacts. 

Speakers

Saturday April 27, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am

9:00am

Teachnology
Using Technology to Engage and Differentiate Learning

Speakers
CT

Cheryl Taylor

Teachnology: Deepen your students’ learning while supporting instructional objectives with engaging, differentiated, technology based activities. | Selecting the “best” tech tools, while not losing sight of your goals for student learning can be overwhelming. Even with the... Read More →


Saturday April 27, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am

10:15am

Break
Saturday April 27, 2019 10:15am - 10:30am
Alpine Meadows

10:30am

Keynote
Saturday April 27, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
Summit 222 Lynx St.