Learning Design Notebook

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

John Dewey

Philosopher & Educational Reformer

Welcome to the Learning Design Notebook

These agendas, articles, lessons, stories and posts chronicle the evolution of Learning Design in Rocky View Schools, Alberta, Canada. Check in on the Learning Design Notebook to stay up to date with the Professional Learning opportunities from the RVS Learning Design Team in #rvsed. 

Online Idea Incubator

Online Idea Incubator

Big Idea Learning online is still learning. We need to design learning so that every student is engaged and every student can be successful. When you move the learning online, new barriers and opportunities emerge. What we can’t lose sight of is the student. Our...

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Create & Curate Your Channel

Create & Curate Your Channel

Launch Your Channel! Since schools closed, many teachers want to connect with their students in a personal way, and a short video recording is a great way to share a personal message that they can enjoy any time. This challenge begins by recording yourself on your...

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Herons Crossing: GIANTS are…

Herons Crossing: GIANTS are…

Big Idea Identity is important.  Our students and staff will be connected with Herons Crossing and it will be a part of their identity, we have an obligation to help craft that in a positive way.  Driving Questions What do we mean by School Identity and why is it...

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Langdon PL Day March 16

Langdon PL Day March 16

Big Ideas: Introduction to the Learning Design Process Deliverable:  Reflect on a lesson/project Visual Reflection of our Learning Journey      March 16, 2020 Intro to Design Team www.makinglearningvisible.com Virtual Learning Walk Phenomenological Improv...

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Designing Powerful Learning in your Classroom

Designing Powerful Learning in your Classroom

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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Manachaban: Hitting the ground running in April.

Manachaban: Hitting the ground running in April.

Big Idea Instructional design requires attention in 4 areas: Know your Content, Know your Students, Design Powerful Learning, Communication of Student Learning.  Literacy and Numeracy are present in all disciplines, and all teachers are Literacy and Numeracy...

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Innovators are….REdesigners of learning spaces Day 2

Innovators are….REdesigners of learning spaces Day 2

Big Idea: How might we Redesign space to Redesign teaching and learning? Be Fully Present Bring a Creative Commons Mindset Adopt a beginner’s mindset W.A.I.T. Why am I talking? Take Risks and Fail Forward Make Learning Visible How might we create learning spaces that...

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Designing Powerful PL: February 27, 2020

Designing Powerful PL: February 27, 2020

Norms These are our ground rules for collaboration. Big Idea In Rocky View Schools, we believe that professional learning should model engaging classroom learning that follows the Rocky View Design Process. This session will take participants through the Learning...

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Cooper’s Crossing- February 14

Cooper’s Crossing- February 14

Norms These are our ground rules for collaboration. Big Idea Staff at Cooper's Crossing are creative and innovative with valuable ideas to contribute and action. The design of learning requires an intentional process or journey in order to find creative solutions to...

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Learning Specialist Meeting

Learning Specialist Meeting

Find the joy Be fully present and engaged Honour the collective expertise Recognize that we all contribute in a different manner Set an agenda with clear goals Agenda 12:00 Welcome (Dave)   Inclusion Practice Guide (Sherri)   iOS13 Challenge (Scott) ...

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Innovators are…REdesigners of learning spaces

Innovators are…REdesigners of learning spaces

Big Idea: How might we Redesign space to Redesign teaching and learning? Be Fully Present Bring a Creative Commons Mindset Adopt a beginner’s mindset W.A.I.T. Why am I talking? Take Risks and Fail Forward Make Learning Visible How might we create learning spaces that...

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We Well Being

We Well Being

Agenda 8:30 Introductions, Agenda and Review 9:00 Empathy Interview: How have you been putting We Well Being into action in your classroom or school? What has worked well? What has been tricky? What are your goals for today? 9:30 Learner Insights Tool: Ensuring...

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NormsThese are our ground rules for collaboration.Big IdeaThe work of the Learning Department is varied and diverse, yet we all strive to improving learning for our students and teachers.Goals Developing a greater understanding of inclusion in action.January 17, 2019...

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Innovators are Hackers

Innovators are Hackers

Be Fully PresentBring a Creative Commons MindsetAdopt a beginner’s mindsetW.A.I.T. Why am I talking?Take Risks and Fail ForwardMake Learning Visible  Agenda   January 20   9:30 Rosso Coffee Roasters (connected to Studio Bell) Introductions & Agenda for the...

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AE Bowers Designing Spaces for our Learners

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. These are our ground rules for collaboration.   How might we better...

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Learning Specialist December 13

Learning Specialist December 13

Goal   Celebration and wellness Gather Reflections on Prototypes Review recent PL around Inclusion   Agenda   12:00pm  Share the "One Thing" on your walk. (Dress for a walk outside)   12:30pm  Pizza Lunch & Playbook    1:00pm Inclusion & Review...

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Indus School- December 2.

Indus School- December 2.

Norms These are our ground rules for collaboration. Big Ideas - Instructional practice is the creation of curricular materials, experiences and reflections. - We design learning for meaningful curriculum implementation. - "We do not learn from experience... we learn...

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High School Design Incubator

High School Design Incubator

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. These are our ground rules for collaboration.   How might we develop...

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Instructional Leadership Toolkit

Being a successful instructional Leader, Mentor & Coach..   Sounds like: Loud learningConstructive feedbackOpen to new, and sometimes crazy, ideasUse same languageEncouragingAbility to give feedbackClarifies informationFunnyShares...

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School Playbook Reflection Meetings

Big Idea The playbooks outline a process for school action teams to move forward RVS’ 2019-2023 Four Year Plan, Innovators by Design. As a team, your role will be to lead a design process to Discover insights and user needs; Define opportunities to focus on; Develop...

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RVS Learning Supports Meeting October 28

RVS Learning Supports Meeting October 28

If you only remember a few things… You are a designer. It’s your opportunity, and your responsibility, to have an impact on the lives of your students and be a part of changing and growing the system. Embrace your beginner’s mind. Approach problems as a novice, even...

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School Playbook Workshop October 18

School Playbook Workshop October 18

Norms We will utilize the spring and fall school playbooks to engage our staff, school councils, parents and students in enacting Rocky View Schools’ (RVS’) 2019 – 2023 Four Year Plan, Innovators by Design.  We will demonstrate a commitment towards achieving the plan...

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Learning Department Action Team October 15

Learning Department Action Team October 15

October 15, 2019 Welcome to the Action Team! Why Playbook?Slide 8: Conditions for InnovationSlide 9: Design ProcessSlide 14/20 Deadlines Slide 15: What to RememberSlide 19: Bulletin Board Identifying StakeholdersMapping ActivityEngaging our StakeholdersWhat currently...

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Springbank Middle School- October 11

Springbank Middle School- October 11

Norms These are our ground rules for collaboration. Big Idea The work of the Learning Department is varied and diverse, yet we all strive to improving learning for our students and teachers. Driving Questions What are the intersections for our work in the Learning...

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George McDougall October 11 PL

George McDougall October 11 PL

Be Fully PresentBring a Creative Commons MindsetAdopt a beginner’s mindsetW.A.I.T. Why am I talking?Take Risks and Fail ForwardMake Learning VisibleDefine our HMW Questions for the Spring Playbook. Ideate Develop and Document phases for each HMW  Agenda  8:45...

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Innovators are DESIGNERS

Innovators are DESIGNERS

Norms These are our ground rules for collaboration. Big Idea Our design thinking process features four phases: Discover insights and user needs; Define opportunities to focus on; Develop and test possible solutions; and Document and share stories. Deliverables Project...

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Innovators are ARTISTS

Innovators are ARTISTS

Innovators are ARTISTS  Big Idea: Art is a powerful force.  Driving Questions: How might we use the power of art in our classrooms?  Deliverables: Participants will submit 1-3 photos of their experience of the day, along with a statement answering the following...

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Middle School Incubator

Middle School Incubator

Big Idea: How might we redesign middle school teaching and learning?  Be Fully Present Bring a Creative Commons Mindset Adopt a beginner’s mindset W.A.I.T. Why am I talking? Take Risks and Fail Forward Make Learning Visible How might we encourage cross school...

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Learning Specialists Education Technologies Sept 30th

Big Idea We all have a role in the visioning of our department through collaborative design and reflection. Driving Questions How might we use tools to support instructional design?How might we respond accurately to our users' needs?How might we empower creativity,...

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Grade Team Planning @ Herons Crossing

Grade Team Planning @ Herons Crossing

Norms These are our ground rules for collaboration. Big Idea   Driving Questions Which curricular outcomes will you cover?What issues exist in your classroom? Community? Country? Planet earth?What are you interested in bringing into your classroom or school?What...

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Design Incubator September 18

Design Incubator September 18

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. These are our ground rules for collaboration.   How might we develop...

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Design Accelerator September 19

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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Sarah Thompson – WHY the shift

Big Idea The work of the Learning Department is varied and diverse, yet we all strive to improving learning for our students and teachers. Driving Questions How might we create the conditions for meaningful teaching and learning by collaborative design and reflection?...

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Looking ahead to 2020~ Muriel Clayton- August 29, 2019

Looking ahead to 2020~ Muriel Clayton- August 29, 2019

Norms These are our ground rules for collaboration. Big Idea The work of the Learning Department is varied and diverse, yet we all strive to improving learning for our students and teachers. Driving Questions How might we create the conditions for collaboration,...

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Ecole Manachaban Aug 28th – Showcasing student learning

Ecole Manachaban Aug 28th – Showcasing student learning

Big Idea: Supporting teachers to create learning engagements that make learning visible Driving Questions: What are the upcoming learning engagements that I can redesign to include a collaborative and creative approach to showcasing student learning?How might we...

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Agenda

Be Fully PresentAssume 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 an...

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