Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and is ready to bring on a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. My holidays were great and filled with lots of lazy days. Hence the reason I am posting about my trip to SCDSB today and not earlier! Before the holidays, I visited Simcoe County DSB and spent a full day with their Learning Connections team consisting of grade 7 and 8 teachers from 6 different schools.
This year, the SCDSB LC Project is focussed on inquiry and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics). As an introduction to the day, the teachers were asked to participate in a STEAM activity with a design challenge. They were given a bag of random goodies and asked to create THREE devices that could solve three different problems. The teams got busy to complete their designs in the 5 minute limit. They were then asked to present their solutions, but not to the problems they decided upon, they were given three random problems that they had to make their devices solve. The group was engaged and used skills from all areas of STEAM to design,
create, solve and present their problems. They discussed how challenges such as this are tied to the curriculum and how they could use this with their students. The lesson plan and resources for this activity can be found here.
The group then reviewed the goals of Learning Connections and the focus of their project. The inquiry question for their LC project is:
If we, as a community of learners have authentic and relevant learning opportunities to solve problems that integrate math, science, technology and the arts, then we will deepen our understanding of concepts in multiple subject areas and demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and conceptual understanding in learning and life.
I am excited to see how these projects unfold and look forward to learning with the group.
I didn’t forget and got my fun pic of the visit. Check out the reading circle they have in the common area of the board office.