Journal

We do not learn from experience… we learn from reflecting on experience. 

John Dewey

Philosopher & Educational Reformer

RVS Inspired by Maker Spaces

Big Idea: A makerspace is a place where learners can gather to create, invent, tinker, explore and discover using a variety of tools and materials. Register Here: RVS PL Registry https://register.rockyview.ab.ca/admin/register.cfm?regSesID=2884  Be Fully...

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Micro Society North Tour

" The design of a school is intrinsically linked to learning, and to even go a step further by demonstrating that design directly impacts teaching and learning." ~ The Third Teacher During the tour, the learning design team will visit a variety of...

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Inspired by Learning Commons~ Meadowbrook School

Big Idea: A learning commons is an inclusive, flexible, learner-centered, physical or virtual space for collaboration, inquiry, imagination and play. How and in what ways could learners use the LC to facilitate their learning that would be highly engaging? What tools...

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Being & Becoming

Being and Becoming | 101min | France, 2014 Being and Becoming explores the theme of trusting children and their development, and invites us to question our learning paradigms and options. The filmmaker takes us on a journey of discovery through the US, France, the UK...

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Beyond Measure

Beyond Measure | 80min | USA, 2015   This is a powerful film for educators to experience together, because it provokes such interesting discussion. Rocky View Schools has an Institutional Copy of the DVD of this film, which means that you can borrow it and show it in...

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School Life

School Life | 99min | UK, 2016   In Europe the film is called "In Loco Parentis", with good reason. Teachers at a boarding school are much more than teachers to these kids. So, if you're looking for a story about lives dedicated to Education, then this one, set in old...

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A Model for School Narrative

You may not have heard this yet, but École Airdrie Middle School is founded on the four UNESCO pillars of education, which are: Learning to Know Learning to Do Learning to Be Learning to Live Together In fact, EAMS has earned the recognition of UNESCO as...

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Winter Design Commons

Big Idea: The Rocky View Learning Department supports teachers and leaders who have innovative ideas and provides opportunities for them to collaborate on current initiatives and to inspire new ones. Be Fully Present Bring a Creative Commons...

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Idea Incubator – January 19th, 2018

Be Fully Present Assume a Beginner's Mindset for the work. Park your title, be open-minded, empathetic, and channel both your inner coach and inner coachee. Fierce Collaboration: Lean in, get creative, embrace discomfort and have an awareness of your role...

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Story Studio | Multimedia

Story Studio | Multimedia  The storytelling studio is an environment to create and share stories that matter to you and your audience. Through a thoughtful and creative process, you will compose a short piece about a topic that you need to share for a specific...

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Insights for Learning Design

Ongoing Initiatives Insights Future Directions Design Cohorts Design Incubators & Commons Site Visits Work collaboratively with schools in the development of professional learning opportunities that focus on instructional design and...

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Heloise Lorimer Numeracy Design

We are all required to be numerate to maximise our potential and to make a positive contribution to society. In our exceedingly technical world, numeracy skills, in particular the ability to interpret data, are becoming increasingly more significant and...

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Our School is Physically Lit!

Big Idea: The Rocky View Learning Department supports teachers and leaders who have innovative ideas that re-imagine the possibilities for learning and provides opportunities for them to connect with each other to collaborate on current initiatives and...

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Developing your School Narrative

Big Idea: A school narrative is an important element of the school’s vision that encompasses your program, purpose, pedagogy, community, and more. Who are we? Where are we going? In this session we will identify a few core values in your school and develop a process...

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RVS Maker Cohort

Big Idea: The Rocky View Learning Department supports teachers and leaders who have innovative ideas that re-imagine the possibilities for learning and provides opportunities for them to connect with each other to collaborate on current initiatives and inspire new...

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UofC Maker Cohort

  Big Idea: The Rocky View Learning Department supports teachers and leaders who have innovative ideas that re-imagine the possibilities for learning and provides opportunities for them to connect with each other to collaborate on current initiatives and inspire new...

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Winter Exhibitions in Rocky View Schools

Rocky View Schools Exhibition for Trustees - Wednesday November 16 Student Exhibitions for Trustees and Board Members to see what's rocking in RVS Art Display: WH Croxford Grade 10 Visual Arts Academy - Teacher: Vern Grey Science Demos: Heloise Lorimer Grade 7 STEAM...

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Design Commons

Big Idea: The Rocky View Learning Department supports teachers and leaders who have innovative ideas and provides opportunities for them to collaborate on current initiatives and to inspire new ones. Be Fully Present Bring a Creative Commons Mindset Adopt a beginner’s...

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ALP3 Learning Department Workshop – Tuesday, Nov 21st

School Administration & The RVS Learning Department Big Ideas: The Rocky View Learning Department supports teachers and leaders, providing opportunities for them to connect and collaborate on current initiatives and inspire new ones. Leaders in a school have the...

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Design Incubator – Fall 2017

Be Fully Present Assume a Beginner's Mindset for the work. Park your title, be open-minded, empathetic, and Channel your inner Roy Group coach and coachee. Fierce Collaboration: Lean in, get creative, embrace discomfort and have an awareness of your role in creating...

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RVSO/CLC Design PD

Big Idea: The Rocky View Learning Department supports teachers and leaders who have innovative ideas and provides opportunities for them to collaborate on current initiatives and to inspire new ones. Be Fully Present Bring a Creative Commons Mindset Adopt a beginner’s...

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Elbow Valley Elementary School Based PD – Nov 13

Be fully present Assume a Beginner's Mindset. Lean in, get creative, embrace discomfort. Have awareness of your role in creating an engaging atmosphere. Collaborative style analysis helps teams to effectively work together by identifying team members' needs & bringing...

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Learning Design Team Meeting

Big Idea: The Rocky View Learning Department supports teachers and leaders who have innovative ideas that re-imagine the possibilities for learning and provides opportunities for them to connect with each other to collaborate on current initiatives and inspire new...

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Colony School Site Visit

Big Idea: The Rocky View Learning Department supports teachers and leaders who have innovative ideas that re-imagine the possibilities for learning and provides opportunities for them to connect with each other to collaborate on current initiatives and inspire new...

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Prairie Rose PL Day – MFWHSR Design – Oct 27, 2017

Big Idea: Collaborative processes with a bias toward creativity, design, and inquiry offer numerous opportunities for Personalization, Mastery Learning, and Rigorous & Relevant Curriculum. Be Fully Present Assume a Beginner's Mindset for the work. Park your title, be...

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Story Studio | Documentary

Story Studio | Documentary This storytelling studio is a professional learning opportunity designed for teachers to learn multimedia skills by creating stories about what learning looks like in their classrooms. In a studio environment, we scaffold the skills needed...

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Physical Literacy Nov. 3

Big Idea: The Rocky View Learning Department supports teachers and leaders who have innovative ideas that re-imagine the possibilities for learning and provides opportunities for them to connect with each other to collaborate on current initiatives and inspire new...

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Sharing Our School Narrative

Sharing Our School Narrative Administrative Leadership Team  •  Breakout Session  •  Oct 17, 2017 Big Idea & Driving Questions Every school has a narrative to share. Who is our audience and what are their needs? What is our narrative and how might we share it with our...

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Why is Finland #1?

Why is Finland #1? What are they doing differently and how does it work? In this conversation, we will begin to explore phenomenological curriculum reform and instructional design, design of the physical space, and what might we learn and try in RVS? Agenda 09:00...

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MFWHSR Presentation – October 5th, 2017

Big Ideas: Every school has its story. What's yours, and who's telling it? Welcoming, Caring, Respectful & Safe Meaningful Relationships Home & Community Involvement Most of the learning is done by those who do most of the talking. Be fully present Adopt a beginner’s...

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University of Calgary – October 3rd, 2017

Big Idea: The Rocky View Learning Department supports teachers and leaders who have innovative ideas and provides opportunities for them to collaborate on current initiatives and to inspire new ones. Be Fully Present Bring a Creative Commons Mindset Adopt a beginner’s...

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Learning Design 4 Year Plan Update

Big Idea: At Rocky View Schools we engage all learners through meaningful and challenging experiences, preparing them to understand, adapt and successfully contribute to our changing global community. How might we develop engaging and authentic school based...

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Learning Specialist Meeting- September 29, 2017

Be Fully Present: put 100% of your focus on the task at hand (put the device away:) Adopt a beginner’s mindset: “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few.” Suzuki, Shunryu Embrace Radical Collaboration: Lean in, take...

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The University of Calgary- September 19, 2017

Big Idea: The Rocky View Learning Department supports teachers and leaders who have innovative ideas that re-imagine the possibilities for learning and provides opportunities for them to connect with each other to collaborate on current initiatives and inspire new...

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Norms: These are our ground rules for collaboration.

Having a set of norms—or ground rules—that a group follows encourages behaviours that will help a group do its work and discourages behaviours that interfere with a group’s effectiveness. This list is always under revision as we continue to reflect on our experiences...

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Ecole Edwards Site Visit for Inspiration

Big Idea: The Rocky View Learning Department supports teachers and leaders who have innovative ideas that re-imagine the possibilities for learning and provides opportunities for them to connect with each other to collaborate on current initiatives and inspire new...

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Learning Design Agenda – Template

Big Idea: The Rocky View Learning Department supports teachers and leaders who have innovative ideas that re-imagine the possibilities for learning and provides opportunities for them to connect with each other to collaborate on current initiatives and inspire new...

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CHS School Based PL Day – Aug 30 – Making Connections

Be fully present. Fierce Collaboration: Lean in, get creative, embrace discomfort, and have an awareness of your role in creating an engaging atmosphere. Give & receive critique without obligation or judgement. Be mindful of your biases. When you're not in a "Lead...

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Living Local

The RVS Living Local Cohort  |  Spring 2018 Exploring, celebrating and contributing to our local communities. Teachers will design learning that will connect their curricula to their local communities, culminating in a Market Faire to celebrate and exhibit the...

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Maker Challenge

The RVS Maker Challenge Cohort  |  Winter 2018 Finding innovative solutions to interesting challenges. Teachers will design creative challenges for their students that will inspire innovative solutions to be exhibited in March at the Rocky View Education Centre. Our...

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#UXRVS

The #UXRVS User Experience Cohort  |  Fall 2017 Students designing experiences for others to bring the curriculum to life. Teachers will design an opportunity for their students to exhibit curricular outcomes to an authentic audience by producing a hands-on...

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