March 23, 2015
21st Century Literacies
Visual literacy has been defined as the “ability to understand, interpret and evaluate visual messages” (Bristor & Drake, 1994). According to Wikipedia (2011), “Visual literacy is based on the idea that pictures can be ‘read’ and that meaning can be communicated through a process of reading.”
This is certainly supported by Alberta's ELA Program of Studies which requires students to understand how to communicate with and interpret "oral, print, and other media texts". Other media texts include art, photographs, web pages, posters, and films.
"We are a visually illiterate society. … Three R’s are no longer enough. Our world is changing fast—faster than we can keep up with our historical modes of thinking and communicating. Visual literacy—the ability to both read and write visual information; the ability to learn visually; to think and solve problems in the visual domain—will, as the information revolution evolves, become a requirement for success in business and in life." —Dave Gray, founder of visual thinking company XPLANE
CARP: A Tool for teaching visual design
Margaret Goode is planning to request another LOA for next year. She is enjoying her grandson and all kinds of travel and good works. Hopefully she will continue to drop by the school between trips. :)
Megan Drolet is currently on a short LOA. We have started interviewing for a replacement teacher, but in the interim, we are likely to do some internal covering.
A comprehensive, but user friendly,
Tuesday's Staff Meeting
First Aid Training
ATA Induction! More members of this exciting and rewarding profession!
The Date: April 15, 2015
The Venue: Lacombe Golf and Country Club
The Time: 5:00 cocktails, 6:00 supper, induction ceremony to follow
The Inductees: Vanessa Labrausseur, Tanya Greck, Cherise Martens, Ashley Burns, Lindsay Mackay, Alandra Dufresne
Fountas and Pinnell Training
The September 2015 Tech Symposium is now taking registrations...
Unfortunately, at this time of year, there are many staff members who are not guaranteed a position for next year (as always), so anyone in that position will have to wait to register.
A Word on Contracts, Evaluations, and Staffing for 2015-16...
Teachers who have had temporary or interim contracts are not precluded from getting contracts for next year, but they will likely be temporary or probationary contracts, as you can't go from temporary to continuing. Of course, these contracts also depend on positions being available.
As for staffing positions, there can be no looking at next year until the government's budget is announced on March 26th and the school division makes decisions as a result of the budget news. There is an administrators' meeting on April 8th; after that, we should have a better idea of what government cuts will mean for JSM. In the meantime, Larry is telling us to prepare for some significant changes in Wolf Creek. For example, he is considering taking over the schools' funding and apportioning staff rather than letting school-based administrators make the main budget decisions. Chinook's Edge (under Kurt Sacher) moved to this strategy a few years ago, but I don't know exactly what it would look like in WC. It's just one possible idea at this point. Larry wants us to be open to new strategies that will cost less but still allow us to provide excellent learning environments for all students.
Change is not to be feared in itself; we have a strong, collaborative staff, and we need to keep our energies on how we will work together to stay focused on being goal-driven. It's what we've been doing, and we will continue to support each other in meeting the needs of our students.