My artifact is an inquiry project for Doing the Right Thing in ELA 9. This artifact focuses on creativity as students are required to complete a project through creative media and work on an individual challenge or issue that is important to them. This project requires students to think critically and innovatively. The project consists of six phases that help break down the task of creating such a product.
Developing Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Computer and Digital Technologies.
During the 2013-2014 school year, teachers in the Sun West School Division accessed
four half days of professional development in their own schools to create awareness of
the 21st century competencies in order to prepare our learners for an ever-changing
In each school, Learning Coaches will facilitate the days, working with teachers to
explore the seven competencies and to assist educators in implementing critical
thinking and collaboration strategies into classrooms.
The days are intended to provide engaging, hands-on, authentic learning experiences
that allow each teacher to “start where they are”. The half day workshops have been
designed to bring teachers together, both face-to-face and virtually, to learn with and
from each other. As a community of educators, we will work collectively to shift
teaching practices to reflect 21st century models of education.
This is not “one-size fits all” professional development. Instead, these days will provide a
flexible learning environment where teachers will be able to explore aspects of critical
thinking and collaboration that has meaning for them and their classrooms.
SMART Goal: By June 2014, Sun West School Division teaching staff will:
1. Demonstrate personal growth in the understanding of critical thinking and collaboration.
2. Apply understandings of the competencies (critical thinking and collaboration) to reflect
21st century models of learning.
3. Use technology tools purposefully for teaching and learning.
4. Demonstrate a positive impact on student learning in the classroom.
5. Share publishable artifact(s).
In a spin-off to studying about angular momentum, students use basic methods of comparative mythology to consider why spinning and weaving are common motifs in creation of myths and folktales. Note: The literacy activities for the Mechanics unit are based on physical themes that have broad application to our experience in the world â concepts of rhythm, balance, spin, gravity, levity, inertia, momentum, friction, stress and tension.
Students learn how scientific terms are formed using Latin and Greek roots, prefixes and suffixes, and on that basis, learn to make an educated guess about the meaning of a word. Students are introduced to the role played by metaphor in language development.