Ethel Milliken School http://www.rbe.sk.ca/schools/ethel-milliken-elementary-school
I have had the privilege of working with Ethel Milliken School for the past eight years. During that time, I have witnessed wonderful examples of teaching and learning.
I had the opportunity to visit several classrooms during my visit in September. My first visit was to Ms. Achtemichuk’s classroom where students were busy working on their individualized assignments. I happened to notice the Readiness bulletin board at the back to assist students in making good choices and decisions while at school. It is a great visual for students to regulate their behaviour.
On entering Mr. Jan’s Grades 7/8 classroom, I noticed students actively engaged on their social project. The big question was, “How does my culture shape who I am?” Below is a web of ideas the students came up with.
As students were beginning their work on their coat of arms, I had the opportunity to chat with Mr. Jan. He shared with me a copy of the definition he uses with students on Digital Native.
Mr. Jan does some amazing work in authentically integrating technology into his teaching and student learning.
As I walked into Ms. McFetridge’s Grades 7/8 classroom, the students were busy learning about the food guide. Students were using different resources in small groups. As I walked around the room, I noticed a bulletin board on Definition, Consequence and Action questions to assist students in deeper thinking.
In Ms. Stinson’s Grades 6/7 classroom, students were working on decimals and estimating in math. Ms. Stinson was using the iPad to interact with her students.
As students were working on their individual assignments, I walked around the room and noticed Ms. Stinson’s bulletin board called Wonderwall. Two questions were posed to students: “What would you like from Ms. Stinson this year?” and “What do you wonder about?” Students responded using post its. Ms. Stinson will follow up with their questions throughout the year.
Ms. Jones-Leibel is teaching Kindergarten at Milliken this year. As I walked into her classroom, students were just coming in from recess. Ms. Jones-Leibel was telling me about the upcoming lesson on colours using Literacy Place, which is a resource used for balanced literacy instruction for Kindergarten to Grade 3 teachers. Below is a link about the resource.
Ms. Jones-Leibel was using the picture book, Do you see Colours? to review colours with her students. Students then created a colour poster to assist them with colour identification.
As I walked down the hall, I could hear drumming sounds coming from Ms. Dyck’s classroom. Ms. Dyck is the Arts Education teacher at Milliken and has a full set of drums for students to use. It was amazing to see how adept students are at picking up the drums and working together to make beautiful sounds. It was truly mesmerizing!
I had the opportunity to visit Ms. Giblet’s Grade 5 classroom where students were reading a story called Island by Gordon Korman.
After reading an excerpt, students responded in their journals with a focus on making predictions. Below is an example of a student’s journal entry.
I also took the opportunity to take pictures of Ms. Giblett’s bulletin boards on Essential Questions, “Bump it Up” and examples of thick and thin questions for responses.
What a great example of engaging students and helping them think deeper about their learning.
Ms. Skogberg’s Grade 4 class was working on a social studies lesson from the resource, Early Canada. Students were reviewing the Mikmag culture, which are a First Nations people, indigenous to Canada’s Maritime Provinces and the Gaspé Peninsula of Quebec. Students were making predictions in pairs before they read the resource and found the cultural information.
As I often do in classrooms I visit, I noticed the bulletin board display on the Circle of Courage that included the essential question, as well as activity cards based on the Circle of Courage values. Students created a collage on the value of belonging.
Ms. Collier’s Grades 2/3 classroom was my final visit for the day. Her students were working on their art with a focus on two lines. Ms. Collier shared the example below for students to use as a guide as they completed their art project.
Special thanks to Principal Miezianko and staff for your work with Ethel Milliken students!