Practicing Life Long Learning

This year I set out on possibly my craziest journey yet- balancing being a full time teacher AND starting a Masters of Education degree! Although it has been a wild balancing act of tying to maintain my sanity, my excitement in the classroom, and an array of assignments- I have absolutely loved every second!

I think the challenge for teachers is always to keep growing and improving themselves when we are tasked with so many different challenges in our professions. I believe that when we take time to fill our own buckets and replenish the knowledge bank in our own hearts and minds then we can arrive so much more ready for our kids. I think especially as teachers, we must push ourselves to keep learning and growing in many elements of ourselves, just as we expect of our students.

Honestly though, I know what you might be thinking; “ya right life long learning, I cant even keep up…”. Don’t worry I get it.

In my first year of teaching, I felt like the life long learning thing was too much. I was sent to so many professional development days, was challenged to read so many books, went back to University in January of my first year… it was a lot. And I can tell you that there definitely is a time and place in our lives where we are prepared to accept new things.

The solution that I have come to learn is that it is not necessarily about a TON  of different things at once that challenge us to grow to keep learning. But at times, is just little things that could be little pushes to grow in our lives. Some examples could be; reading a book over a few months, listening to a podcast once a week, setting daily reflection time. Life long learning is sometimes small meaningful steps not large leaps.

Throughout this first semester of my Masters Degree, it has definitely been one of the large steps for me. This semester has been a ‘TSN turning point’ in my life. Meaning that it has directed some change in me (just as a turning point could in a sports game) to propel an outcome that may have been different if I had not gone down this path. The people that I have met, the questions that have been asked of me, the reflecting I have done, the assignments I have been challenged to complete- have all truly been a game changers.

I know I still have a long journey ahead of me, but for now I am feeling grateful for the gift that this degree have given me (so far). I am eager for the next chapter and I am also motivated to continue smaller life long learning pieces into my life.

I hope you take some time for your own personal growth.

Cheers,

Miss Rylance

Caution… Teacher Burnout Ahead!

In June, being a teacher is hard…

Is it just me or is everyone else feeling like they’re done. These last few weeks for me have been hard.

I have really been struggling this week with finding motivation, positivity, encouragement, happiness in my teaching. When I started out teaching (now 2 years ago WHOOP) lots of people warned me not to take on too much, to slow down, to only take on what I could handle because of the infamous burnout that new teachers experience, or even all teachers.

The last few years I have ignored their advice… and now I’m burnt out. Truly.

I think it took me about a week to really understand what I was going through because it’s so out of character for me. But the exhaustion, lack of motivation, waking up everyday like I just need to get through the day is so draining. And I am definitely experiencing it.

The end of the year comes with so many positive moments, and on days like I had this week when my patients was thin, my students had ‘ one of those days’, when the printer jammed and the staff meeting went over, remembering those positive moments is what’s key.

Being a teacher is so hard.

I’m going to be honest, being a middle school teacher is the best, most rewarding job and I LOVE being these kids teacher. But man, I literally just feel like I am running after kids like a chicken and they are 3 steps ahead of me.

You’re probably reading this thinking
“man this is depressing, I wonder why anyone would want to be a teacher”
and I am kind of thinking the same thing… BUT here are some amazing things that I am going to try and do to turn this burnout into a final push!

  1. Find one positive at the end of every day, or every week!Take a moment, write it down, keep it in a special place for those hard moments.

     

  2. Turn those stressful activities into trophy’s of success!We had our grade 8 farewell celebrations, although it was a ton of work and was a stressful weekend, some amazing moments came out of it!B72C662E-3A99-4814-BFF0-B3732F19221E.JPG
  3. Remember why you started!For me, it started with wanting to make a difference and having a meaningful life with lasting impacts… in those hard moments, I need to remember that.

     

  4. Find some external motivation (TED talks and twitter inspiration are great!)one of my favorites:
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For all of you who are struggling for the final push with me, remember…

“It’s better to burnout than fade out”

Burnout means that you are pushing yourself to be your very best.

Have a great week!

Miss Rylance

Random Acts of Kindness

This week, I was blown away with the amount of kindness, positivity and love my students embodied.

I often talk to my students about the importance of being kind to others in hopes of trying to mold them into good people. I do my best to open their eyes to difference and how to appreciate it in others. I try and build empathy in them to understand that everyone has different struggles and they may not always look the same as yours. BUT most importantly, I try and prove to them that we are all created in the image and likeness of God, and that will look different in everyone.

This week, it was even more important to point those things out to my students.

As random acts of kindness week was among them, I challenged them to reconnect with empathy towards others, acceptance, and how they showed leadership and kindness to one another. There were so many school wide initiatives that my students participated in that promoted kindness and anti- bullying.

These included:

  1. Pink Shirt Day: a nation wide initiative that stands up to bullies and get students to wear pink in solidarity with those trying to combat bullies.

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  2. A pledge kindness wall: our school’s foyer was decorated with paper that required students to pledge kindness by signing their name along with a hand print and give someone an awesome shout out.

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  3. Kindness Family Feud: the student council as our school put on a school wide family feud where questions regarding how someone could show kindness were incorporated.

    This included: how can you be kind to others, how can you show kindness to yourself, how can you show kindness in your community (just to name a few). There was a students team and a teachers team and this friendly competition really got all the students engaged and thinking about how they could show kindness.

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Some of my favorite things that happened this week were in the walls of my classroom.

At the beginning of the week I challenged my students to do 2 things that would promote kindness, love and positivity. They did not have to do either activity, they could do one, or both but I encouraged them to at least try one.

The two they could choose from was either to:

a) They had to take a sticky note and write one thing that they were going to do this week for kindness. This was a pledge to themselves that they could keep safe on the back of their phones, in their binders, in their lockers or any place that would remind them. AND I did not have to see it, so it was only a pledge to themselves. 

b) Write a card to a teacher, or person in their life that has made an impactful difference and write them a heart felt message. 

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I was so blown away with what my students came up with and how EVERYONE at least chose one of the two options to do. It made my heart sing with joy that they wanted to embody the ‘kindness’ spirit.

Throughout the week, I was even more honored that many students in my class and in other classes chose to write heartfelt messages to me. I felt so blessed and honored that they felt the desire to let me know that they appreciated me and it truly filled my bucket with joy.

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My random act of kindness was to give back to my students.

I don’t think often enough that they are thanked and told how wonderful they all are and how much I appreciate every one of them. I decided to take my own advice and write each of them a personal heart felt message of why I thought they were so wonderful. Along with the little note was a ring pop, because they truly are my little gems (corny but awesome… I think;)

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This act reminded me how important it is to create those extra little experiences for our students and how those small gestures go a long way. I think that it proved to my students how much I really care, and although I hope that how much I value them is in the level of lessons I plan and deliver to them, it is the extra little bit that truly makes is special.

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If you have not done a little something for your students lately, I challenge you to do something this week. It doesn’t have to be large, but reminding them how special they are is truly important in the process of relationship building.

I hope you received a random act of awesome this week.

Mental health is such an important element of what happens everyday, and although we embed it in everything we do, having a week dedicated to its importance is crucial.

Cheers,

Miss Rylance 

 

Creating a Cultural Centre

In a changing world, society is shifting from a place of borders, religion, race and gender to a place of higher acceptance and unity. Although our world is slowly getting there, there is still a constant struggle to strive for that acceptance and as we fight to help usher in an understanding, in classrooms the struggle is even more real. In a world of divide, we as teachers, are very strongly faced with the reality of having to address in inequality while creating a place of acceptance in the walls of our classrooms. As youth face their own demons of coming of age, media, societal pressures, and academic pressures, they are also faced with the larger hurdles of personal difference. The question when dealing with youth is not if they will face those hurdles but when and how they will work to overcome them.

As teachers, speaking the truth, giving students multiple perspectives and opening well rounded conversations are some of the weapons we equip ourselves with to begin the battle. But, I felt that a larger space for inclusion was required.

In Canada, we pride ourselves on promoting multiculturalism and openly supporting newcomers to Canada; however, when reflecting on the practices that the schools have in upholding that pride we were falling short. To some degree, assimilation is required in order for families and students to find success in society: knowing and understanding English, having access to education, career options, and support from friends and a community are all a part of the antidote for success. However, are all those elements truly available for newcomers or are the struggles being ignored or assumed fixed? AND do newcomers feel that the culture, language or religion that they came here with is admired and celebrated or do they feel pressure to leave behind an identity that they once new?

I believe that there are many complexities to the questions I felt compelled to ask surrounding this subject and as a new teacher, I felt even more helpless knowing that policy and order above me speak larger hurdles to overcome. But, I knew that there was something within the realm I had control over and that was to begin acting as the bridge between new families, the school, the community and what I could offer as a friendly face.

My solution: create a Cultural Centre within my school.

The vision I had was to create a place where culture could be celebrated, accepted and practiced and where my students would have a safe haven to be entirely who there were without pressures of assimilation. I also wanted it to be a place of global awareness where others could learn about each other, root for each others success, and grow by knowing and loving their differences. I also wanted it to be a place where my students could learn and practice English and where it was ok to fail and try again with guidance. I also wanted a place where families could come to seek community support and know where to find it so that they entirely felt safe within their new community. All of these things were the seeds of where I saw my centre moving.

To my surprise, as I started researching how this was going to happen, many centres like this had not existed… or at least in the cyber world. I knew at that moment my vision had to be mine entirely. After a few months of planning and envisioning and researching my visions became a reality.

On January 11, 2018… my centre was complete. On January 12, 2018 I had a room full of students eager to start using the space- my vision has come true and its healing powers had started.

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In the first day of its use, I had a grade 5 student read to me a book in her first language- Tagalog. It was the first time in my time as a teacher that I opened up the idea to my students. I told her, today you have two options; you can either read in English or Tagalog. She looked at me in disbelief that I was giving her that option knowing that as she read to me I would not understand one word and she without hesitation said- Tagalog.

As we were reading, she lit up with enthusiasm and explained to me throughout the process what was happening in the story. After reading the story in her language, we read the same story in English and she explained to me the differences between the two stories and read the story in English with little problems. Without the student knowing, I had challenged her giving her a book 2 reading levels higher than where she was reading at in her class- and she crushed it! As a teacher I was glowing knowing that she felt excited sharing with me her culture and language, but also I was thrilled knowing she was learning.

The best part was after we read it she opened up to me about how she was waiting for a space where she could read the long words in a language she knew because when she reads the long words in English they are hard. She also told me that it reminded her of her home country and how the kids she knows living there would love this book because their first goal is having a good future. At lunch, the same little girl brought 2 English speaking students to the centre where she read to them in a language they did not understand because she was so excited to prove to them her individual greatness.

Although it was a lot of work, and the goals of the Cultural Centre are growing and moving it is officially happening. My hope is that this frame work can be used in other schools with similar goals.

If you have questions or want to personally check it out- let me know!

Cheers,
Miss Rylance

In a divided world, how do we teach inclusively?

The headlines in our world are more controversial then ever and every time I open my web browser I cringe with the opinions that are filling my Facebook wall and breaking news headlines that are so constant. Immigration bans, hate crimes based on difference, political divide, racism, religious oppression, sexism, ageism, misogyny… how do I promote a positive classroom of inclusive principles when these are the headlines filling my students’ lives?

Especially as a Social Studies teacher this has been something I have been battling for the last few months, but more recently this is a daily reality in my classroom.

As a teacher, how to I objectively teach my students the “right thing”, is there even a “right thing” and how do I help them formulate their own opinions when the radicality of our world is so polarized.

My solution is to tackle it day to day, situation by situation. The strategy accompanied with this idea is to give my students the information for multiple perspectives. Tell them everything I know, research everything I don’t, and separate opinion as much as possible until the students are capable to choose their own side. Now, I am not saying this is easy especially when student’s start to form opinions different then mine… but I know they have the right to their own judgement.

Another issue I am having is one of how can I have a classroom of equals when hate and inequality are becoming norms of influential and important leaders in our world. Each classroom has a mosaic of difference and the beauty that difference brings, whether that be gender, sexual orientation, race, or ethnicity each person contributes differently to my classroom wholeness.

It’s hard. 

Especially for those students already dealing with the struggles of fitting in a being in middle school. My solution… make my classroom a safe haven of equality, love, and support. So far, it’s working. As I work every day to shatter the hate filling the young minds of my students… I wish one thing, that they grow into people understanding difference and appreciating it.

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Share with me your strategies… what are you doing to combat the crazy?

Cheers,

Miss Rylance

Extracurricular: Is It Worth It?

As a new teacher, I find that I have the hardest time figuring out how to leave the walls of my school. The amazing lesson plans, project based learning assessments, differentiation, class bulletin boards, meetings… the list truly goes on and on. But at what point do you move beyond your classroom and become apart of the larger school community?

I think it goes without saying that the first few years of teaching are an uphill battle of curriculum learning, self discovery and figuring out how to really be a teacher but when it comes down to it being a teacher is about 60% teaching… and about 40% everything else. Now, I am about to geek out pretty hard and reveal that I love 100% of whatever being a teacher encompasses, but I assure you that it easily takes over everything.

I am still figuring out what it takes to establish that beautiful balance, but I have found that being apart of the school community is essential to encompassing fully your duty as a teacher in your students’ lives. In my opinion, if you are only there for the 60% teaching, you are missing out on being the 100% kind of teacher that you want to be. Now, is this attainable in the long term teaching plans of my career- I am yet to find out- but here is what I know so far.

The tips that I have in how to pick the ‘right’ amount to be involved in beyond your classroom activities are what I have put into this post. Although I am still figuring it out,  I do know that extracurricular is definitely worth it and those long hours pay off in the long run. You want to make yourself a valuable contributor to your school community and your students will appreciate you so much more if they know you are invested in their success- or that’s how my students are at least.

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The tips of Extracurricular: 

1.Be simple but effective:
-I suggest picking 2 things that will limit your choices on how to not become engulfed in everything extra curricular. Be careful because as soon as people figure out you’re willing to help out, you will be roped into everything! This is good, because it proves you are reliable and willing to become involved. But be careful as it may easily take over.

2.Follow through with everything you agree to:
-The hardest part of saying yes to the extra curricular endeavors is to make sure you are capable of following through of everything you say ‘yes’ to. Even though you may say ye to these things, not being able to commit to your commitment is a <no go zone>

3. Do your job well:
-Make sure that you get involved in things that you are passionate about, or that you are capable to go above and beyond with. Try different ideas, do things a little different, get other teachers or groups from your school involved. Little things can go a long way and your students will acknowledge the time you put in to make it awesome.

Now, I warn you. So far I have not followed my own advice. I am involved in 4 extra curricular and am working out the constant schedule of balance. But I am learning from everything I am doing so if anything, please learn from me. Things that I am loving doing this year- Student Council! Performing Arts Musical! Basket Ball Team Teacher Rep! Literacy Conference Teacher Lead!… the list goes on unfortunately.

I am still trying to figure out if this method is sustainable in the ‘teacher-life’ I am leading. But so far its working. If you have any suggestions on how to make this method work long-term let me know!

Cheers,

Miss Rylance 

 

 

Balance in Teaching: Is it really a thing?

I think through my experience so far teaching, the hardest thing to establish as a new teacher is balance. The demands of lesson planning and keeping up with marking, while doing the extra deaeb2afd77cae907ed21e9262ed75f9c3mands of teaching like late night staff events, extra curricular basketball practices and seating plan arrangements is a lot to combat while still hoping to maintain an portion of a social life.

Now, I can’t say I have master
ed the system, as I am not sure masters to this problem exist (or I am yet to come across any or these gifted beings); however, here is a compilation of advice I have been given, trial and error experiences, and a guide to how I am floating by now…. so listen up;)

  1. Set yourself some clear boundaries. 

    I am the WORST for going over the boundaries I set for myself and I tend to have a problem saying no when asked to do things, but it is one of the pieces of advice that is working. In my first week of teaching, my principal said “If you don’t set yourself some kind of boundaries this job is going to take over” and I promise you that fact is truer then true.

    Some ways you can set some easy boundaries for yourself: 
    -Set a time you will absolutely leave school. A crazy concept I know, but even on the days that the marking piles are never ending you have to force yourself to leave. If you follow this rule, you will save yourself from the ‘B’ word… BURNOUT! 

    -Find an extracurricular organization to be apart of that has nothing to do with your school. For me, this is dance practice 2 times a week. For others it could be a fitness class, sports team, art class… etc. But set aside this organized time for yourself to be able to take a brain break. 

    -Don’t agree to do too many things… also something that isn’t working out so hot for me. Although getting involved is good. Maybe limit it to 2 or 3 things throughout the year that are small but effective. Trust me, once every component of school starts taking over, you will encounter the ‘B’ word.

  2. Find your people…mine rock.
    The people and support system you have in your life are going to be life changing to the success you have in the first few years of your teaching. Having family to come home to and talk about your day to, or great friends to go for pizza with a few times a month make all the worlds difference. Find your allies quick and make sure you have them on your side.

    Word of caution… they are going to need you there as a person too. Don’t geek out into teacher brain and become that lame friend that only talks about work. Remember they are supporting you because they love YOU!

    Also, finding great people on your staff is lifesaving as well. As you already know, my staff rocks beyond words, but even having one person that is new with you, or also teaches the same subjects could be awesome for those days you need a life saver.

  3. Know when to take breaks.
    For me, this break time includes everything from going to coffee shops for Pinterest sessions and my favorite cup of tea to traveling every chance I get to where ever I can. Regardless, I am {still} learning to be able to monitor myself when it is time for that mental time with myself.

    We recently had a November week break and I decided to go to Nevada to enjoy the Vegas lights and the Grand Canyon sightings. People told me I was nuts for leaving at a time when quite down time was so essential. I agree, having a week to mark and catch up on life would have definitely benefited, but the wanderlust bones in my body knew it was time for one of those breaks. Although I am playing catch up now, and a few long-er days at school are needed for that story marking… it was worth it and I would recommend this mental breaks when you need them.

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Balance… is it a myth? Is it attainable? I am still figuring it out… if you have any tips and tricks let me know about them!

Cheers,

Miss Rylance 

 

 

 

 

My ‘I SURVIVED Parent-Teacher Interviews’ game face!

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With the first assessment term coming to a close end, it is now time to face the Parent-Teacher conference that gives everyone’s stomach a turn in every direction. For me, this nervousness mostly came from the unknown and a lack of experience in how to deal with the good, bad, fabulous and ugly-ness of those conversations.

Now, although I don’t have all the answers, I sought out a lot of help from colleagues and I definitely have some advice for how to get through yours!

Tips:

  1. Come up with a ‘go to’ formula that works:This formula is the magic compilation for how your interview is structured. The formula will save you from the awkward small talk, the interviews that never end, and a lack of direction that could turn overwhelming. My formula may or may not work for you but here is what I did to survive:1. Ask the child first how they think they are doing in your class, put the ball in their court. Ask what they like about your class, if they are happy with their grades, if they are understanding things. If you open the floor to the student then it reflects the pressure off yourself. If the student is not here, ask the parents the same questions, they may have something to the point that they want to address right away, make sure you give them the chance to do this.
    2. Bring out a grade book or breakdown of their grades and discuss their assignments and tests that they have performed in your class. This gives more points to talk about and can give parents a good idea of where their child is sitting in the class.
    3. Once you have shown some pieces of work, it is always good to talk about the break down of the year and discuss what they will be learning about in your classes. This not only invests the parents more in what the child is learning but also makes them aware of what to expect in the future.
    4. Talk about areas of improvement. Now I like to call this the sandwich of love. Start with something the child is doing well in your class, fill the middle with some things they need to improve on, and always end on a good note. That way the student, you and the parents will feel positive about the whole experience.
  2. Make sure you have printed documents to talk about. Have a clear schedule of the interview times, a clear printed breakdown of grades and marks, and some pieces of student work to discuss. If you are not prepared with these things, you will find yourself scrambling during the interview.
  3. Bring the support in that you need. Asking people like councilors, inclusion coordinators, teaching assistants or administration to come in and sit on interviews is a great idea. Having the extra support you need could go a long way. Just make sure you tell them ahead of time!
  4. Coffee (or TEA for me;). Bring your favorite beverage into the meeting. If things go good or bad, its always a warm comfort to ease the situation.

If you have any other tips and tricks let me know… I am always open for more support!

Cheers,

Miss Rylance 

PS. When you are a first year teacher planning an amazing race around the school the day of your first set of interviews isn’t the best idea, even if it is one of the best days ever. 15 hour days are hard no matter how great.

Authentic Learning

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Authentic learning is an instructional approach that allows students to explore, discuss, and meaningfully construct concepts and relationships in contexts that involve real-world problems and projects that are relevant to the learner.”

Great… so what does this mean and how can I make this work as a first year teacher figuring out how to survive? Well I have a few things that I have done in the last few months that have helped gain this authenticity in my classroom.

Is it easy, yes.

Is is time consuming, yes.

Is it worth it, YES! 

The lesson to learn out of this post, if your students are engaged and the content is meaningful, ball is in your court for some awesome learning. Here are a few simple things I have started to incorporate to make this authenticity a reality for my students.

  1. Field Trips.

I decided at the beginning of the year I was going to bring as many people in, and take my kids as many places as possible to make their learning a relevant journey and ultimately a reality. My BIGGEST pet peeve is when students ask  “why are we learning this” or “I am never going to need to know this” **insert whiny voice**. At which point I have historically done a few things: wanted to throw something/ rage quit, loose sleep over how I can engage students in their learning, and or cried. All of which options are not good options, but are mostly inevitable in experiencing the joys of junior high students.

A way that I have found works in helping with student engagement and authentic learning is by creating monthly field trips or small excursions that give students something to look forward to and may drive your lesson planning, units or assessments.

I realize this is not always feasible but if you can make it work… DO IT!

I took my students to the public library close to our school and it was an awesome way to incorporate so many outcomes in their English classes and bring the community into their learning. The great things about this type of field trip is that libraries most likely have teen or children programming that love to have classes to work with and its free! This field trip went so well that we are now able to schedule bi-monthly visits where students will be using the library for different tasks… its great!

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Tip: center a research project, or book reading around these trips it gives direction for you and the librarians. 

I also took my students on a ‘Ukrainian Day’ field trip around our city. Now these type of field trips definitely require more work but are still (in my opinion) crucial to authentic learning. Since I teach Ukrainian, the second language engagement in the culture segment of the second language learning fits as a crucial part of the student understanding why we use the language and how to use it. I took advantage of the whole day and went to Ukrainian Holdomor monuments in our down town, a Ukrainian Church, a store that sells Ukrainian goods where they could use the language to interact with the store owners, and an immigration museum exhibit which tied into our unit of study. It was a whirlwind day… but it rocked and students LOVED it.

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Some tips: Pair up with other classes if possible, that way you are splitting the planning work, and you are able to have another teacher there with you. Take the day to do any many things as possible! If we only went to the museum students would not have found it as authentic. Use your devices (phones, iPads, tablets etc.) to take photos or the whole day to be used for projects later on!

        2. Worldwide Learning: Pen Pal Schools

Traveling and experiencing new culture and traditions is something I value as a teacher. Bringing this worldly understanding to my classroom was something I decided in University was a ‘thing’ that was going to happen in my students’ learning.

Once again I was faced with the HOW. In second language learning this seemed easier. You are learning about a different culture and way of life as you are learning the language and how to use this. As an English and Social Studies teacher I knew that it would be easy for my students to learn about the cultures but I wanted them to be able to gain empathy towards it in an authentic way. THEN I found Pen Pal Schools.

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It is an online platform that connects over 100,000 students in 168 countries to learn together. PenPals ages 9 and up collaborate through high-quality online courses to discover other cultures and learn about global challenges while practicing essential reading and writing skills. Weekly lessons are going to be completed at any time from any device the students have. This was life changing for my grade 8 students.

It was easy to set up and made the current events and history classes I was teaching them about so much more of a reality in my classroom. If you are able to implement something like this… do it!

3. Tap into your Community, Parents and other Staff!

I decided that in order for my students to be invested in their learning, they need a support team to not only make their learning authentic but ensure that they know they are not alone in the journey.

Tip: It takes a village. 

In figuring out how that was going to happen I tapped into a school resource we have called the keys program. Keys is To Empowering Youth to Succeed (KEYS) operates with the understanding that Wellness is for everyone and is essentially a mental health project for our district. As an attempt to understand global and societal awareness, I worked with the keys program to create an ‘Amazing Strengths’ challenge around our school (an Amazing Race challenge essentially). This challenge involved different members of the community in the form of police officers, staff around our school, and their parents where they had to complete different challenges in order to complete the race.This could easily be organized with a school councilor or just on your own as well.

The race went great because we had so much support and organization for students to be successful. Students were put into different teams based on their strengths found in the Character Surveys  and were able to shine in different challenges.

Having so many outlets of support makes a HUGE difference and allows for those more authentic activities.

I hope I helped a little, I know its a lot but I feel like I have 50 tabs of information open in my brain…;) Let me know your tips and tricks of authentic learning! Help a sista out!

Cheers,

Miss Rylance