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Ignite & Bite


IGNITE YOUR THINKING AND HAVE A BITE WITH COLLEAGUES. During the 2019-2020 school year, the District Learning Team will be hosting a 4-part dinner series that is open to all members of the SD79 learning community and our community partners. Topics will include Indigenous Understandings, Mental Health, Inclusion, and Curriculum.

Ignite & Bite #1 — Thursday, Oct. 3rd

“Engage in the Mathematics Curricular Competencies” with Rich Ready

Engage in the Math Curricular Competencies with Number Talks and Esti-Mysteries (K – 9).  Number Talks are 5 – 15-minute classroom conversations around math concepts using reasoning and mental math.  Esti-Mysteries use estimation skills to solve visual mysteries. In this session you will explore how these two strategies support the redesigned curriculum and some ways of using assessment for learning methods in the process. You will come away with ideas to use right away in class as well as the opportunity to thinking deeper about math teaching and learning.

Physical Resources:


“The Pro-Social Classroom” with Richard Matthews

Physical Resources

  • The Classroom of Choice:  Giving Students What They Need and Getting What You Want.  Erwin, Jonathan C.  2004. ASCD.
  • The Morning Meeting Book.  Krite, R., and Davis, C.  2016.  Centre for Responsive Schools.
  • Universal Design for Learning in Action.  Rapp, Whitney H.  2014. Brookes Publishing.
  • Transformative Classroom Management.  Shindler, J. 2010. Jossey-Bass.
  • Preventing Bullying & Ensuring Safe and Caring School Communities, Level One. (4th Edition).  Campbell, T. 2015.  Province of British Columbia,  ERASE, Safer Schools Together.

Online Resources

Teacher stress

Teacher Connectedness

Learner Engagement

“Indigenous Pedagogy: Beyond Beads, Buttons, & Bannock” with Rosanna Jackson & Denise Mansueti


“ADST & Wind Turbines” with Ryan Gough

The wind turbine activity is a hands-on activity/lesson that incorporates math, science, careers and applied skills, and technology together.  The wind turbine is a exciting lesson for a large range of grade levels.  Each school in the district will be receiving a wind turbine kit this fall with all the supplies to keep at their schools from the Careers Department.  We hope that these kits expand our students’ participation in hands-on learning but also in our local Skills Canada competitions.

Wind Turbine Scope — Skills Canada

“Connecting & Collaborating with Office 365” with Lisa Read