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A Professional Learning JournalCome join us on our new journey. The Connect Blog is the professional learning journal of the Calgary Science School.
As we start up this new initiative, the Connect blog will serve a number of purposes:
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The following Galileo Educational Network guiding principles focus the selection of and work within the educational community.
Principle 1: Stewarding the intellect through inquiry-based learningWe promote inquiry as the stance that is foundational for all aspects of life of a school community. It is based on the belief that understanding is constructed in the process of people working together to solve the problems that arise in the course of shared activity. Organization of time, classroom resources, resolution of interpersonal disputes, planning of field trips, as well as curriculum-based activity, are all approached in the same open-ended and exploratory way in an inquiry-oriented classroom. A learning community dedicated to robust inquiry strives to foster intellectual habits of thought, meaning-making and discourse in all students, rich and poor, gifted and severely ordinary. These communities are about developing teachers’ and students’ talents and gifts.
Principle 3: Providing high-quality assessmentThe primary purpose of assessment is to improve student learning. As such, it must be tied to meaningful, authentic tasks and activities. The intent of high-quality assessment is to improve, not just audit, student performances of learning and understanding; therefore, a range of authentic formative practices, as well as summative assessment, are needed to develop a personalized learning picture for each student. Structures need to be in place to draw students into the question of what high standards, engaged learning and quality performance entail. Within high quality assessment:
Observe and interact with others with relevant expertise and experience in their inquiry.
Collaborate with one another on the design and assessment of inquiry work.
Acquire and use competencies expected in high performance work organizations (eg. Team work, problem posing, problem solving, communications, decision making, project management).
Principle 5: Fostering scholarship of teachingGalileo Schools are committed to developing and maintaining high quality ongoing professional learning as an aspect of the school culture. Teachers are immersed in job-embedded learning experiences that:
Principle 6: Providing practical thought-provoking preparation for pre-service teachersGalileo schools are elementary, middle, or high schools that work in partnership with a university to develop ways to bring pre-service teachers into the teaching profession through an inquiry stance. Significant numbers of teachers participate in pre-service teachers’ preparation by serving as mentors, co-teachers, and colleagues in study groups, seminars, committees, and other professional, collegial activities.
University faculty share their expertise, skills, and knowledge to support school improvement through direct and active participation in the school. Galileo mentors, university faculty, teachers, and pre-service teachers work as a team to support the learning of K–12 students.
What works best
This site is mainly about your own individual practice as a teacher, and as such it tries to take into account your particular circumstances, such as the students you teach (assumed largely to be over school-age), your subject, your setting (school, college, university, work-based or informal adult education).
Read more: What works best http://www.learningandteaching.info/teaching/what_works.htm#ixzz2jjdkgrMn
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Engaging the Digital Learner
Here you will find information about the speakers & resources used or referred to during each evening.