Southview Public School

May 9th - May 13th

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What is Innovation?

"Innovation is a way of thinking that creates something NEW and BETTER. Innovation can come from either "invention" (something totally new) or "iteration" (a change of something that already exists)". (-Couros, The Innovator's Mindset, pg. #19)

In his book, The Innovator's Mindset, Couros describes how teachers who think about WHO they are teaching, and HOW they teach, can create better learning opportunities.

"There is no substitute for a teacher who designs authentic, participatory and relevant learning experiences for her unique population of students. The role of the teacher is to inspire learning and develop skills and mindsets of learners. A teacher, as designer and facilitator, should continually evolve with resources, experiences, and the support of a community. It is becoming increasingly clear that we don't necessarily need to transform the role of teachers, rather create a culture that inspires and empowers teachers to innovate in the pursuit of providing optimal learning experiences for their students." (-Couros, The Innovator's Mindset, pg. #20)

A thinking quote to get us started with Innovation:


Lasting thought... "Would I want to be a learner in my own classroom?"

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O2: Be more dog commercial [HD]


Being teachers in the 21st century is changing the way education is being viewed, and how student learning is happening. George Couros' book, "The Innovator's Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity", describes innovation, and how we, as educators, can harness that potential in our students and ourselves. Take a peek at the following information, graphics and links about innovation! What can we do to provide a culture of INNOVATION?
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Upcoming Events

Monday, May 16th- Equity & Inclusion Conference (Tiffany, Christine, Carrie & Terri away)

Tuesday, May 17th- Discover Kindergarten in Limestone, J.G. Simcoe visitors for technology

Wednesday, May 18th- Principal's Meeting, Track and Field

Thursday, May 19th- Paul's Pizza (Salad & Dough Sticks Day)

Friday, May 20th- P.A. Day

Monday, May 23rd- Victoria Day

Tuesday, May 24th-

Wednesday, May 25th- Grade 6 EQAO

Thursday, May 26th- Grade 6 EQAO

Friday, May 27th- CI booked in library (12:30-3:30), Grade 6 EQAO, Paul's Pizzeria, Reid's Dairy Shakes

Monday, May 31st- Explore Workshops in Kindergarten

Tuesday, June 1st- Grade 3 EQAO

Wednesday, June 2nd- Grade 3 EQAO

Thursday, June 3rd- Grade 3 EQAO, Volunteer Breakfast

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Engage versus empower

"As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others."

-Bill Gates

How can we cultivate an environment in our classroom that encourages our students to become leaders that empower others?

SuperSoul Original Short: The Rooster Who Nearly Died and Rose Again Stronger Than Ever | SSS | OWN
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Take a peek at this connected classroom!

Learning Together, Embracing Differences

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Week Ahead

Monday, May 9th- (Day 3)

  • Teacher Candidates begin (until May 27th)
  • Bookfair (all week)

Tuesday, May 10th- (Day 4)

  • Bookfair (all week)
  • Intermediate Reading Group 8:15 am library
  • Health & Safety School Inspection (am)

Wednesday, May 11th- (Day 5)

  • Bookfair (all week)
  • Hawk Run @ NDSS (Jenn & Tracy)

Thursday, May 12th- (Day 1)

  • Intermediate Reading Group 8:15 am library
  • Bookfair (all week)
  • Grade 8 Transition Meetings 12:45 @ NDSS
  • Kindergarten to Gymnastics (pm)
  • Heritage Fair
  • EQAO Meeting @ 8:30

Friday, May 13th (Day 2)

  • Bookfair (all week)

  • Assessment Conference (Brooke & Diana @ Queen's University)

  • Celebration of Dance (1:55)

  • Subway Hot Lunch

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