Joyceville PS Week Ahead

February 22-26

Cultivating Critical Thinking and Creativity in Responsive Learning Environments

Next Monday is a PA Day. Please note that the Ministry has outlined the activities with the morning being designated for professional development in Mathematics and the afternoon being designated for Health and Safety training (this would include e-modules, WHMIS, BMS, anaphylaxis etc.).

For Math, we will take a collaborative approach with opportunities to share what's working, dig deeper into the use strategies of your choosing and do this through the lens of planning upcoming lessons. I will send more details later in the week. I have posted a link to Laural Matthews' most recent blog post: "What Professional Development Works for You?" I encourage you to have a look. Here is a lists of questions she asks us to reflect upon - we will use some of these to guide our thinking and work over the morning.

  • What professional development has been effective for you?
  • What hasn’t been effective?
  • How do you learn best?
  • What do you need to move forward and to push your thinking?
  • What is working in your class for your students? For you?
  • What are your students demonstrating or telling you that could help you determine what you need to do to improve their learning environment?
  • Are you open to learning?
  • What is your next best move as an educator?

This is a reminder that we are going to try to do our February "monthly" staff meeting via Yammer. You should have received an email inviting you to join the Yammer Group. If you have not, please let me know. I posted three discussion questions. Please respond to these questions at a time and location that is convenient for you by the end of the month.

I have included a few more links below to websites that you could review to get some ideas of what we could do for innovation week activities. We can talk about it over the next few weeks.

I have posted a timely article below about introverted students. Many of you have noted in next steps in your reports, that certain students are encouraged to share their ideas more often in class. As well, we have speech presentations coming up this week. This article has some great, practical suggestions to help our quieter students feel more included, valued and comfortable at school.

Finally, Spi and Jill, please know that our thoughts are with you during this difficult time for you both as you mourn the loss of people who were very dear to you. You know we are here for you.


What Professional Development Works for You?

More Innovation Week Inspiration...

This Week

Monday, February 22, Day 5

  • Right to Read postponed to March 2
  • Dawn - Math Workshop (all day)
  • Girls basketball @ Harrowsmith

Tuesday, February 23, Day 1

  • Dawn - ITS steering (am)

Wednesday, February 24, Day 2

  • Heather, Clint, Keith (Workshop in TO) - Spi will be TIC
  • Parent Council Country Fair planning meeting - 6 pm - library
  • Jamie here instead of Friday - pm

Thursday, February 25, Day 3

  • Boys basketball tournament - KCVI (Clint away)
  • Girls basketball tournament - LSS (Keith away)
  • Spi - IPRC workshop (am)
  • Public Speaking
  • Heather away (FOS meeting and classroom visits @ LSS) - am (available by phone)

Friday, February 26, Day 4

Upcoming Dates

February 29 PA Day

March 1 Term 1 Report Cards go home

March 2 Right to Read starts

March 3 Grad and sibling photos

March 4 Grade 6-8 Ski Trip

March 7-11 Innovation and Creativity Week

March 8 Staff Meeting 3:45 or Yammer for March?? (My suggestion is Yammer)

March 11 1:30 LTTC’s play, Chain of Words (with music by our very own Dawn!)