PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT 2015-2016
Claudia A. Klausen
Teacher-Librarian at Emerson & Dr. Hamilton Elementary Schools
September 16, 2015 - Library PD for all Library Staff
September 30, 2015
Oct. 6, 2015 - Be the Change Library PD with Shannon McClintock Miller
I had the opportunity to attend a library PD today. In all my years I have to say this was probably ONE of the best PD sessions I have ever attended. This day made me think back to my days of "working on my Master's Degree." Some of those similar feelings I experienced during that time flooded my mind today. Feelings of bewilderment, excitement, confusion, validation, anxiety, successfulness!
Today's PD focused on the topic "Be the Change You Want to be in Education and the World." Pretty deep topic! Almost like self examining oneself. The presenter was Shannon McClintock Miller who is a teacher librarian-technology integration specialist, author, and a consultant for Mackin Educational Resources and a regular contributor to the journal "Library Journal Mover & Shaker" is based in Colorado. However, her real days of working in school libraries began in a small town of Van Meter, Iowa. I have followed Shannon's blog, wiki, Facebook, Twitter for quite a while but have never had the opportunity to hear her speak or should I say "educate." For this day of learning she shared a site where the entire presentation is found and available for use by anyone in attendance. It is bit.ly/dayinwinnipeg
She has created something called a Symbaloo which is like a game board for her presentations and applications that she uses throughout the day. I had been introduced to the program Symbaloo by a fellow teacher-librarian and at that time, the significance of it while teaching didn't click. However, Shannon's explanation for it as a "tool" for my own personal organization of my tools, units of study, strategies, differentiated instruction al strategies, end products etc. along with a multitude of digital devices/tools now has new meaning and its relevance to my life as a teacher-librarian and more importantly a TL at two different schools. Her symbaloo can be found at https://sites.google.com/site/daywithwinnipeg/our-symbaloo-for-today I have not yet started my own but now that I have more info about it, it is on my to-do list.
The morning began with her sharing some personal experiences of her teaching life in small town Van Meter, Iowa. She spoke of moving into the library field after years of classroom work sharing some of the similar feelings that I felt today as I sat and listened. We began working in groups on a team building activity about building a structure with very limited supplies. Some people in the group were known to me and others, not at all.
Her session entitled "Bringing A New Voice To Libraries, Students & Education Through Makerspaces" intrigued me. I have witnessed personally the change in libraries throughout my 22 year career in the field, but as you know and I know, libraries are changing and will continue to change. So I wondered, what was a makerspace? I learned that a makerspace is an area of our libraries where people can work, design, create and where thinking, play and exploration are critical pieces of that space. The foundation of makerspace is one of constructivism where creation, crafting, design and hands-on experiences are an integral part of the learning.
Shannon spoke of an autistic boy at about age 13 with no language came to life when he was introduced to the libraries' makerspace. The introduction of a 3D printer into that space brought him to life. His speech and speaking skills became very evident and it was a space where through his cartooning and the printer, he was able to be a part of his peer group.
After a PD and back at school, I think of how this would look in our libraries. I guess in some way, every time we do a research project, there is some element of a makerspace in the student's end product, however, this isn't the right connection in my mind. So when time prevails, Trish and I will sit to see how we can incorporate makerspaces into our libraries.
Shannon introduced us to many valuable sites to help us seek out information when planning units of study. Here was one valuable site:
Oct. 13, 2015 - Sitting to plan for Gr. 2/3 Inquiry on Communities
Today I sat down with Kayla (Gr. 2/3 - Emerson) to finalize some ideas for her unit of inquiry that we will begin on Thursday. This is our second meeting. The first meeting was a few weeks ago and it was then we looked at the curriculum for SS at her grade levels and determined we would look at Communities at both the grade 2 and 3 level. We are coming at it from the viewpoint - "If I were to visit this place, what could I expect to find and learn about." The grade 2's are going to focus on their own community of North Kildonan with Kayla modelling the community of Transcona and the grade 3's are going to zero in on a world community. It is our hope to look at generalizations for all communities to begin with and then branch to separate areas. Some parts of this inquiry will include group work, group discussion and individuals work. Our final project is to complete a book that could be housed in our library.
We began our unit by watching some videos and having conversations about what they observed. This was our activating activity. Great conversations between the students and evidence of their listening skills was found during discussions.
Video Viewing for Information
Oct. 13, 2015 - Teacher Website PD Plan
Worked on a plan for Teacher Website PD so that all teachers will update their new teacher webpage. Schedule to follow. This is another hat I wear as TL! ICT Coordinator. I enjoy this position as there always seems to be a direct link to my role as TL and my role with technology.
Here are the 2 documents that I will use for reference when working with teachers!
Oct. 14, 2015 - Gr. 1 DH - Seasons Inquiry
Oct. 15 & 16 - Both Schools - Teacher in Charge
Oct. 16 - DH - Gallery Walk for Gr. 4 & 5 - First Peoples Connection
I decided to have a hands-on learning afternoon that connected to the units of study for the Gr. 4 & 5's at DH. We began our research on Canada's First Peoples and Manitoba's History. I ordered 3 different kits relating to this unit from the ERC and this afternoon we had a gallery walk during their IBL time. The kids loved this hands-on learning and were thrilled with the artifacts. We talked about authenticity, connectedness and importance of these artifacts to the Aboriginal culture.
While moving through the centres (4 of them) students worked on a sheet where they had to write down Interesting Facts, Items of Interest, Sketch and label and artifcact of their choice and any questions they had while rotating through the centres. Very positive comments received from students and staff!
October 20, 2015 - Assessment - EM - Gr. 5 Jot Notes and Sources
October 21, 2015 - DH - PLC #1 with Ruth
Next Ruth gave us a piece of writing from one of the students hoping it was not one of their own. We looked at strengths at the pieces of writing done by students in grades 3-5. Ruth gave us a handout taken from the Writing Essentials book that spoke to looking for strengths in writing! After finding the strengths, we put the pieces together with others of the same grade and looked at it in that light. At that point, I left for Emerson school. Will meet with Ruth on October 30 re: Word Walls!
October 23, 2015 SAGE - Green Screening in the Elementary Classroom
I love when I go to a session and come away with something I can use immediately once I am back at school. I have the basics down pat, so I will try it at home before trying it at school. The presenters talked about the importance of getting a good green screen (piece of cloth) in order to have a video that turns out well.
Friday morning, Trish and I created a video! When I find out how to embed it here, I will do it. We also purchased a green screen for DH that afternoon off Amazon for a very good price. Got a 9" X 15" green screen or green piece of cloth. Looking forward to making videos.
October 25, 2015 - Jody Van de Vijsel's book launch
Jody's Book Launch
Jody is a fellow teacher at Emerson whose li dream was to write a children's book. Her dream and hard work paid off in her first published "Jonathan's Talent."
Book Launch Sunday, October 25th at McNally Robinson's!
Talking about her interest in writing a book!
October 25, 2015 - DH - Assessment of Jot Notes - Same rubric as above
October 27, 2015 - AAA Workshop - Best Practices for Aboriginal Students and EAL Considerations
Gr. 5 Evaluation of their Games Connected to First Peoples of Canada
TYSL - Interesting Article about Transformation
I am always happy when I find something new to follow like this new website created by Mackin Resources! Speaks to the need for transformation of school libraries to meet the needs of the 21st century learner. I follow a few different websites, blogs, wikis and I find it interesting how they many times speak to the exact issues facing school libraries today. However, they continually to push for advocacy which allows and perpetuates movement in a positive direction with regards to making our learning spaces exciting yet meeting the needs of all learners, not just the chosen few. How libraries have changed since I was a kid!
This becomes especially important when choosing resources for the library including both fiction and non-fiction materials. The whole notion of learning spaces and maker spaces has become synonymous with school libraries which is a complete about turn to how libraries used to function. Positive direction for all of us - both educators and learners.
Website to check out! Blog I follow!
Think I want to check out this site as I am working with the grade 3's on world communities and this may be something I could integrate into our unit of study.
As Trish, Erin C. (Grade 1 teacher) and I work to develop an makerspace in the library, I feel reviewing other's spaces will help to connect and reinforce these spaces which is necessary so when creating ours it reflects doing a thorough search of what is out there! I am so looking forward to the creation of this at DH library as it will serve as a hands-on space for children to come together at specific times and allow creativity, communication and collaboration to be seen and heard. There are so many different websites to offer suggestions about creation of this space so it takes a lot of time to digest what we want and need for our space. We are planning to start small and move forward as we see the fruits of our efforts and the positive results within children.
Libraries and Makerspaces
November 17, 2015 - AAA PD - Smudge and Tipi
November 2015 - Coding in the Elementary School Setting
So, knowing I had a small clue as to what it was about, I decided to embark on a few teachers that I thought might be interested. Erin Clarke, Jenn Mehyden and Kerry Ann Muzyk! When I want to try something new, I tend to look and seek out teachers who I almost for certain know will respond positively. Of course, these three did and the experience for students and teachers at both schools was and continues to be very positive.
Erin and I met and decided how it would look for her classroom. She enrolled her classroom of kids and we set aside 2 periods for every day that I was at Dr. Hamilton. We began by talking about coding and what it is in kid language. We said that right now it might not be something they are even interested in, but it may be something they do once they are done school for a living. Hard for a 6 year old to imagine 14 years from now or so. But ... we entered this mine field slowly and the kids and we were thrilled.
Through Erin's connections, we were able to have a representative of Microsoft come out to work with us on our Day of Code. The kids listened intently as she talked about devices and how she uses them in her daily job. Probably the most exciting time for the kids was when we introduced coding through the computer game Minecraft. They were on a high and truly we had all (and I mean everyone) engaged. This was a wonderful first experience with coding for me and children of the elementary school age.
I also set time aside for Jenn Mehyden's class of kids to do coding with me. Her kids were also privy to the presentation by the lady from Microsoft and then they too, began their coding experience with the Minecraft coding project. I enrolled her kids and gave them all individual passwords as did Erin with her kids. This way we can track their individual progress.
Gr. 4 Mehyden's class
This is a photo of 2 girls from Jenn's class who decided to work together to further themselves with the coding activity as they individually couldn't figure it out. One student is strong academically and the other is weaker in academics. Interestingly though, the weaker of the two, was the one who figured it out. It was an esteem booster for her as I asked her to show the other kids and they were coming up to her for help.
Gr. 1 Clark's class
These two boys were working together (one the driver or the person to perform the movements on the computer) and the other the passenger (one who helps navigate without touching the screen.) They worked together very well complimenting each other's strengths and weaknesses. The conversations between the students was amazing.
Microsoft employee visits our Coding Classrooms
This employee from Microsoft came on our Day of Code and worked with the students in both the Grade 1 and Grade 4 students. She gave a presentation about her job and how it involves coding to create new programs.
Gr. 4 Mehyden's class
Gr. 1 Clark's class
Week of November 30 - December 4, 2015 - PD for Staff at both schools on Scholantis or Teacher Websites
December 8, 2015 - Planning the next IBL units for after Christmas break
At Emerson, I feel under the gun to get working on the school outcome related to our AAA initiatives. Our outcome is to work with all classes to create a game component connected to our Aboriginal outcomes for Social Studies. So far, I have Corinna's kids done. Krystal's students are slowly moving in that direction but that is not a lot done for it being January. I find the teachers very laid back about this outcome so I will push a little more. After Christmas at Emerson, I am working with Tracy (Gr. 2/3) and Kayla (Gr. 3's as she is working with her grade 2's). Melissa and I spoke before Christmas and she would like me to work with her using the computers to enhance both ELA and Math.
December 18, 2015 - Meeting with Ruth re: Residency and upcoming PLCs
Sherri S. and I and our Literacy Team had met earlier to plan out our Assembly for January 13 pm in which Jody VandeVijsel, a teacher from Emerson who wrote her own book, will come and present to the kids at Dr. Hamilton. Looking forward to that afternoon. Our next Literacy Committee meeting will be January 5 right after break to ensure we have everything planned for that afternoon.
January 11, 2016 - Meeting with Erin and Jenn about Coding Club - DH
January 11, 2016 - Letter home re: Coding Club
Dear Grade 4 & 5 Students and Families,
This winter we are offering Grade 4 & 5 students an opportunity to be a part of our Kids Can Code club at Dr. Hamilton School!
In December Ms. Clarke’s Grade 1s and Ms. Meheyden’s Grade 4s, along with Mrs. Klausen, joined in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week. More than 100 million students worldwide took part in this event! The kids in our classes learned how to write code for Minecraft. They LOVED their Hour of Code and so did we!
We would like to give more children at our school the opportunity to learn a little bit about computer science and some of the programmable technology available to us. We will use the computer lab, iPads and iPods, a Sphero, and whatever else we can get our hands on to learn and play with. In our club kids will develop their own apps and create games by writing code!
The club will meet twice per week on Tuesday and Wednesday for the whole lunch hour (12:15-1:10). Kids will eat their lunches in the library and spend the rest of the time learning to code.
If your child would like to participate in our Kids Can Code Club, please sign the attached permission form and return it to school by Friday, January 15, 2016. Our club will meet for the first time on Tuesday, January 19, 2016.
Mrs. KlausenMs. Mehyden
January 12, 2016 - Teacher-Librarian PD
After these presentations, the afternoon continued with a presentation by Kent Brewer about STEAM Resources. Kent showed us a reason for seeking out members of our staffs to work with regarding this. The significance of educating students and engaging students is critical for them in today's society where the jobs they will be seeking out aren't even know right now. He brought many different gadgets "educational tools" with him for us to explore. I will be emailing Kent after speaking with Erin tomorrow about him coming out to DH to show us some of these gadgets. He also mentioned that he would be able to support us with some of these.
I presented Coding with Kids and what I was doing at both schools. DH is further ahead in their pursuit than Emerson but I also have the support of fellow teachers at DH and the support at Emerson is not quite there. We spoke of gathering support from teaching staff when venturing into new fields and the need to gravitate towards certain individuals if we want to get things off the ground. I have to say, I choose wisely when thinking about something that I know I need help with and my own confidence in it, isn't that great.
I loved today's PD and I can't say I have said those words often. Because much of today's PD was very relevant in content, the curiosity was great. When I leave a PD session and know I can take things away to use again, it leaves me feeling a sense of accomplishment.
January 19, 2016 - Coding Club at Dr. Hamilton
Began by inputting their names into Code.org and created user accounts for every student who returned their permission form. Started off this first session with a very poignant video about "What Most Schools Don't Teach?" Next we covered some ground rules including expectations! Then we moved into the computer lab and the kids paired off and we spoke of one being the driver today and one being the navigator and the kids began the coding program with Course 2. Course 1 we said they could do at home. Lots of enthusiasm, great conversations among kids and a very positive experience.
1st Day of Code Club
Watching a video about why students should learn to code!
Erin explaining what a Sphero is and what it can be used for!
Coding Class Begins
Students paired in the lab and working on Course 2. Little explanation given! Interesting observations!
January 19, 2016 - Grade 2/3 Dr. Hamilton IBL - Canadian Provinces/Capital Cities and Mexico
Grade 3 student working on his jot notes using book resources.
Sample of jot notes (1st try) from a Grade 3 student. Template created by me after working on Big Ideas as a class!
January 28, 2016 - Gr. 4 Emerson - Initial Phase of Canada's North
February 2, 10, 17, 2016 - Coding Club - Dr. Hamilton
Attempting to program the robot (Sphero) to maneuver around a series of chairs.
February 5, 2016 - Coordinated Day visit to the Human Rights Museum
Some of the collections at the museum definitely lend themselves to different aspects of the Social Studies curriculum but more importantly, curriculum throughout all grades and throughout all subject areas. I look forward to taking some further visits to decide how I can include information learned into an inquiry unit with fellow staff.
In conversation with fellow teacher librarians, it was decided we would sit together sometime this year to see what we could gleam for ourselves into inquiries at different grade levels. Looking forward to this afternoon with them in April.
February 8, 2016 -DH - Meeting
The afternoon began with some conversation about how to incorporate new ideas like Makerspaces and Coding into IBL units of inquiry. Kent brought a complete "Tickle Trunk" of goodies that we could incorporate into Coding activities within the Math and Science curriculum. Much conversation circled around STEAM and the incorporation of these subject areas into inquiry. Jenn P. and I have come up with some interesting ideas for structures in Grade 3 and Materials and Objects in Grade 1 so far.
It was a wonderful opportunity to meet with teachers who are interested in the same approaches that I am. Looking forward to our next steps as we move forward at DH with our unit on Materials and Objects with the connection to Coding.
February 8, 2016 - Dr. Hamilton - Gr. 1 IBL - Erin Clarke - Objects and Materials
I started a search on Pinterest initially to look for books about inventors, engineering etc. that were fiction though and ones the students could relate to. I wanted to bring in both the materials part of it and the objects. So I searched both school libraries in our division and then online to see what I could find. Erin and I created a Pinterest page so others in our division that we are connected to, might also add to it to aid us in our search. We found many good fiction books such as Iggy Peck, Architect, Rosie Revere, Engineer, What Do You Do With an Idea? along with others.
After having students bring in items of different materials from home, we made a Makerspace cart so when we needed materials, they would be available for use. The first area we worked on was a sheet designed by us about characteristics of materials.
February 19, 2016 - DH Team Meeting
I crafted a sheet with 3 questions for staff to connect with. They included:
1) From what you read or watched, what resonates with you the most about this article?
2) What 2 "sure fire ideas" do you feel and believe you do well?
3) Once you are done reading this article, what is 1 wish you have for yourself?
The second part of the meeting was an introduction by Erin, Jenn and myself about Dr. Hamilton's Coding Club. We talked to the staff explaining why we decided to start it and the benefits from students being introduced to coding at a young age. We mentioned the connection to the website Code.org and how we are hoping to involve more and more students next year with Day of Code. Teachers for the most part, showed quite a bit of interest and we will see if we have any lookers during our lunch hour of code on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
February 24, 2016 - Emerson Staff Meeting - Chair the Staff Meeting
March 9, 2016 - Gr. 1/2 Kim Ingram - Animal Research
I have crafted some information gathering sheets for each grade and when speaking with Kim we have decided that we will split the grades so I can focus on different skills for each particular grade. For grade 1's we will begin by looking at the books in general as I have pulled many different books covering different animals. After selecting an animal for research, we will look at the Table of Contents page and then peruse the books to see if they can find some facts about each of the big ideas. I will give them sticky notes so they can label the pages of the book with an A for appearance etc. This will aide them further down during the research process. As there are only 6 grade 1's with varying needs we will use chart paper and once I highlight each animal that they have chosen, I will subdivide the paper to make jot note making easier for them.
The grade 2's will look deeper into the how to of doing research and they will do much more independent work throughout the process. However as this may be their first attempt at crafting jot notes, we will take some time to do an" I do" to teach this beginning learning. After an I do and then a We do, the students will do a practice sheet prior to beginning their own individual research. They will be choosing their own animal as did the grade 1's. Choice is very important for success!
Thus far, Kim and I haven't talked about a final project, but that will come. Perhaps I would like to use the program Vocaroo which allows them to voice record their research and when done it creates a QR Code with which their parents can use to hear their child's research. Cute new program I found and have used it successfully at Dr. Hamilton! Hope Kim is game for this!
March 15, 2016 - Emerson - Gr. 1 & Gr. 2 Animal Research
We watched a couple of YouTube videos carefully selected by me as when I searched for some, there were a lot that were very inappropriate and that was without typing anything in the search box having to do with life cycle. We will stand clear of that.
Bill Nye the Science Guy has a good video that is age appropriate and they will watch it. I have also found good videos at neok12.com that are age appropriate and provide curricular content.
March 16, 2016 - Dr. Hamilton - Gr. 1 Materials and Objects
Ms. Clarke and I started a unit of inquiry today on Materials and Objects from the Grade 1 Science Curriculum. We decided during our planning time that this would be a Makerspace kind of unit - our first of this kind. This is probably one of the best units for this type of learning. Students brought in many, many, many types of things made of all kinds of materials. We talked about objects and the materials that each are made of. The kids decided they wanted to talk about the 3 R's because lots of materials can be made into something else.
Erin and I began this unit as we had done in the past by showing them videos found on YouTube of "How Things are Made?" The students enjoyed learning how differently things are made compared to how they initially thought they were. Great learning!
After examining lots of materials and objects, we created a bulletin board using all recycled materials through a daily program of Litterless Lunches.
April 12, 2016 - Grade 1 - Dr. Hamilton
April 12, 2016 - Grade 2 - Dr. Hamilton - Canadian Places
April 20, 2016 - Emerson - Gr. 5 Human Body Systems
I began the unit of study by viewing videos of all the different body systems with them. We have a wonderful series of Bill Nye videos on the body systems so we started with this. I then found individual videos about 5 minutes in length that gave many details that at this stage of inquiry, wanted the kids to incorporate into their learning.