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Why Dance is Just as Important as Math in School - A DancePl3y Workshop

Come learn about DancePl3y, a resource for teachers to bring the social, cognitive and physical benefits of dance to their students in a fun and inclusive atmosphere. You will discover the power of dance to transform class culture and discover different ways to incorporate it in your classroom, even if you have two left feet! You will also be invited to engage in a mini DancePl3y workshop, designed to give you a better understanding of what DancePl3y is all about, as well as inspire ideas of your own to take into your classroom and out into the world.

Let’s get physical…ly active in the classroom!

Participants can expect to learn new ways to incorporate physical activity with the help of technology into our core subjects in the classroom. Participants should come with a positive attitude and a willingness to play. This presentation will demonstrate that physical activity is possible even with a limited amount of space.

Math in Motion

Kinesthetic, multi-sensory math through physical movement and cooperative learning. Participants will come away with ideas for how to teach math skills and concepts in an engaging, fun and active way including low-tech, math mat, and high-tech math games.

Social Justice for the Intermediate Classroom

This workshop will present participants with a variety of social justice resources to bring into their schools. Participants will also engage in an experiential activity that promotes inclusivity and social justice and will leave the workshop fully prepared to bring the activity to their intermediate students. Experience it so you can teach it! Time will be permitted for discussion and feedback and we will explore a number of alternate social justice activities that connect with curriculum.

Risk it! The benefits of risky play.

Come discover the physical and mental benefits of risky outdoor play! This will be an interactive workshop where participants can experience the six main types of risky play while learning about the mental, emotional and physical benefits these activities provide to children. We will be going outside so please dress appropriately (clothing you don't mind getting a bit dirty, comfortable shoes, and a waterproof jacket).

Getting Fit with Micro:Bit

Getting Fit with Micro:Bit will introduce participants to the Micro:Bit system and the many uses fir the technology. No coding experience is necessary, simply bring a willingness to learn about an exciting new area of technology and its cross-curricular applications!

Yoga for happy kids

What would happen if we were practicing yoga in the classroom? Come and find out! This is a fun intro to kids’ yoga workshop emphasizing the basic postures and breathing and how to incorporate yoga easily in the classroom. Participants will have a chance to experience kids’ yoga practices with a different twist (kindergarten to grade 3 and grade 4 to 7). Participants will leave with a better knowledge and understanding about how to implement yoga in the classroom. Yoga resources will be shared. Handouts and lessons plans will be provided. Please wear comfortable clothing to gently move and bring your yoga mats if you have one.

Gamificiation Principles for Education

Participants can expect to be challenged with regards to what gamification means both in a classroom setting and a general learning sense. The world is changing fast, and the principles of play are central to how learning is happening for millions of youth.

Gamification Principles for Education will present and demonstrate principles of effective game design that will provoke discussion around the fundamentals of what we expect from children. It also provides a pathway to discussing the future of how we teach other subjects such as collaboration, design thinking, and other subjects.

What do you need before you come to my station? An open mind, a willingness to try new things, and a positive attitude!

Google Classroom 101

Are you tired of spending your weekends compiling and filing your students' homework? Do you wish there was a way you could create and assign coursework with the click of a button? If so, our presentation is the one for you! In Google Classroom 101, we will be showing you how to set up your online classroom, create coursework, make announcements and make your life easier! After one hour with us, you'll feel confident and capable with this amazing feature of Google Suite.

Year-Round Learning Opportunities in your School Garden.

We all eat for a living. You are invited to participate in a guided work party in the school garden! Here, we will talk about the importance of -Food Literacy- and the year-round, inter-curricular learning opportunities that school gardens provide. This <hands-on> workshop will leave you feeling empowered and inspired to get your students hands dirty and begin multimodal learning rooted in the garden.

Earth-service activities such as growing food and working the soil are inclusive and essential to our well being. As a professional organic farmer, my aim is to inspire and support teachers and students to use their school gardens as places of authentic learning, skill building and connection. Healthy localized food systems may be our best chance at adapting to the challenges of climate change. Lettuce turnip the beet and sow seeds of learning and sustainability.

This school garden 101 workshop is OUTSIDE and HANDS-ON. "Appropriate clothing," is recommended. I will have gloves and tools and healthy snacks!

Don't get snap-pea with me, ya' dig?

Why Dance is Just as Important as Math in Education

Currently, dance is a second-class citizen when it comes to arts education and is rarely, if ever included in the classroom. This is a magnificent mistake as the benefits of dance go far beyond the physical and even cognitive benefits you may already be aware of. Not only does dance have the ability to transform students, schools and test results, but it is also capable of achieving every single core competency as outlined by BC’s new curriculum. Visit my station to learn the reasons why dance is as important as math in school and how to bring it into your classroom, even if you were born with two left feet!

Will Power: Deciphering Shakespeare's Text

Few would argue that Shakespeare has an important place in education. What his plays have to teach us about human nature and the power of language is unquestioned. However, his work poses a real challenge to students – and educators – because it is some of the most difficult text they will encounter. Join Karen Lee Pickett, artistic director of the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival, as she brings the words off the page and offers teachers strategies to understand, appreciate, and convey to students the playwright’s language and themes. Participants will connect to these classic works from a modern perspective, and experience the power of Shakespeare through active participation and performance using dynamic, language-based methods that are accessible, enlightening and fun! No previous experience with Shakespeare is necessary!

Brain, Interrupted.

Do your students suffer from the mid-class slump? Curious about using brain breaks as a quick way to bring them back into focus? Come out and learn some amazing activities to re-engage your students in a safe environment. Don't forget to bring your brain, and enthusiasm for fun is a MUST!

Learning with the Free Stop Motion Studio App

Learn how to use the Stop Motion Studio app and gain insight into how this tool can be used to enrich learning in the classroom. Bring your smartphone or iPad with Stop Motion Studio App downloaded. If you don't have one, no worries, we will have some ready.

Building Visual Literacy: Google Draw

In this session, you will learn how to use "Google Drawings" to develop student visual literacy skills, through creating projects that you will be able to use in the classroom. Topics include: creating your own graphic organizers from scratch or through customizing templates; using shared mind maps for classroom brainstorms; and how to combine visual elements to create custom infographics. Before the workshop, make sure you are able to login to your Google Account because that is where the "Google Drawings" program which we will be using during the session, is accessed from.

Skype in the Classroom - Connecting your classroom to the World

This hands-on technology workshop is intended to provide participants with an overview of Skype In The Classroom and three ways educators can connect their classrooms to the world. Participants will follow along on a computer or laptop as we explore the options for Virtual Field Trips, Mystery Skype, and Guest Speakers. There is specific emphasis on the types of sessions available, teacher resources, search filter options, and setting up a session.

Station Topics

You DO NOT sign up for these. Wander and visit stations on topics which interest you in the Gym.

Make Your Space

Come to Make Your Space for an interactive experience with different maker space tools. Participance will be lead through a language arts lesson and will leave with their own monster button creation and links to maker space lesson to take back to their own classroom.

Best Practices in a Digital Classroom

Participants visiting our station will be engaged with in two ways. First a booth will be set up with best practices from the literature available on creating a digital classroom and will include topics such as assessment, consent, and parental communication. Participants will also be able to participate in an interactive digital classroom created exclusively for the EDEXPO.

Twitter Talk

Participants can expect to feel more confident with using Twitter as a source for a teaching tool in the classroom. They will gain knowledge of using Twitter as a social media tool and methods to make it a safe environment for students.

They should sign up for our station because technology is only going to grow more as we move in the future, so we are offering strategies to help include social media in the classroom in a positive way. They don't need anything for our station, just a positive attitude and a willingness to explore a new technology!

We All Belong: Inclusive Tech in The Classroom

This is a hands on experience where participants can expect to learn about inclusive technologies for classroom use. Participants will be asked to step out of their comfort zones to engage in empathy activities that will drive home the importance of implementing inclusive practices and technology in their own classrooms. Participants are encouraged to sign up so that they have the confidence and resources to help include all types of learners. Participants will need to be prepared to be overstimulated and experience how various technologies and strategies can resolve this feeling.

Gifs 'n Vids

Participants will be walked through the short and easy process of making a short video or GIF (they will have the choice which they prefer). We will be showing them a few examples of how they can use the media in their classroom across the curriculum. Ideally, the participant would use their own smartphone in order to create the media but if there were ipads available, that would also be helpful.

Bringing Indigenous Awareness into the Classroom

They can expect resources and lesson plans they can access to increase their confidence and understanding of how to bring Indigenous topics into the classroom.

Love Yourself Inside and Out

How negative body image is connected to mental health, and how this can affect long-term learning outcomes and overall health.

Strategies to incorporate positive mental health, body image, healthy eating (building a healthy relationship with food), and physical activity into their classrooms from K-12.

Helping Students Thrive - Navigating Trauma

Participants will be invited to engage in an activity designed to highlight the impact trauma has on the brain. This activity, “building the upstairs and downstairs brain”, can be used to explain trauma to all ages of children, and will include simple strategies students can use to manage their experience and thrive in the classroom. Participants can experience our cozy regulatory zone and further their learning by exploring our take-away website resource.

To ensure our learning intentions are met, we will offer a hands-on activity, and will create a website full of trauma-related resources participants can access after the EDExpo. Consolidating valuable resources onto one site may increase the likelihood of participants exploring the website after the event, furthering their learning.

Breaking Down the Barriers to Outdoor Education

Participants will be exposed to a variety of outdoor activities and lessons that can be easily utilized by all teachers at all grade levels. Additionally, this station will provide visitors with an abundance of resources on how to combat the increasing prevalence of 'Nature Deficit Disorder.' Individuals should visit this station if they desire simple and effective ways to get their students out of the classroom and into the great outdoors. Participants need only bring themselves to enjoy this station.

Food Literacy

At our station participants will learn why bringing food into the classroom is important, easy, and cheap! Resources and sample lessons for every subject will be provided for participants to try out in their own classrooms.

See-Saw-Assessment: Assessing Play the Authentic Way

How to authentically assess core competencies in creative, free, and playful ways. Using play to practice and enhance communication, thinking, and personal and social skills. Gain understanding of the benefits play as assessment for core competencies as well as curriculum.

Be able to match the “I can” statements to different play-based assessment activities for “ongoing communication.”

Have fun participating in the play/examples provided.

How to Process Historical Wrongs

Participants should expect to learn and engage in/go through the motions of practicing 5 ways to process historical wrongs such as talking circles, written reflection/visual art journal, graffiti boards, positive/negative emotional processing boxes and guided meditation. Participants will learn how to use these resources in their classroom to enable them to feel confident about introducing hard historical topics. For each 5 topics there will be a hands-on activity. Participants should come ready with an open mind and readiness to be creative and vulnerable. Everyone should visit our station because they will not only leave with having practiced these 5 ways to process historical wrongs but also with a takeaway-card that provides them with a link to our website.

Growing Together and Branching Out: Teaching Tough Topics

At our station, participants will engage with topics that are tough to teach. They will learn the importance of supporting each other and building community in order to courageously teach sensitive subjects.

ECO-DESIGN - Linking Classrooms with Communities

Participants will leave with classroom ideas of how to help students gain a deeper understanding of Environmental Sustainability and thinking of ways that they can make a change in their classroom(s) and their communities.

Google Slides: A Technical and Hands-on Demonstration of Rules and Tools for Presenting an Engaging Lesson

This station will have participants learning the “Dos and Don’ts” of creating and presenting student centered slideshows as well as a hands-on technical walkthrough of how to create a google slideshow from start to finish. It’s no mystery that in today’s classroom teachers must battle for the attention and engagement of their students and one of the best ways to achieve that is with visual stimuli like google slides. Many educators however lack the technical “Know-how” of how to use this technology and even more lack an understanding of how to create slides targeted specifically for students. With that in mind this station will show you how to build slides using the “3x5 Rule”, “Transitions”, “Embedded Videos”, “Colour Schemes” and so much more. If you feel your lessons could benefit from a visual update then we highly recommend you visit our station. All we ask is you bring an open mind and a smile.

Why Ocean Literate Citizens are Key to Ocean Survival: Infusing Ocean Literacy Principles into Integrated Curricula content.

Participants will be introduced to the Ocean Literacy Network framework for teaching ocean literacy principles. This international project is promoted by scientists, educators and citizens around the world. Participants will learn how ocean literate they are and next steps to develop student achievement as ocean literate citizens. Participants need only bring a pen or sharpee.

Self Care: A Personal Journey

People at our station will embark on a self-care journey through tips, strategies, and resources. Participants will have the opportunity to assess their own mental health and well-being and will gain strategies that they can personalize to their needs. It will be a relaxing atmosphere where participants can reflect and learn about themselves and how to make time for self-care.

PE Past & Present

Look at what the PE curriculum was and what it is now. Difference in curriculum and how to implement changes in PE classes.

Creating a Learning Environment that Supports Self Regulation

We will be providing educators with information and potential benefits of creating a classroom that supports learners in discovering what self-regulation strategies work best for them. Teachers will be able to choose what specific strategies interest them, and how to successfully implement them into their learning environment.

Putting The Nurture Into Nature

They will understand the importance of nature and the development of the three developmental domains (cognitive, affective and psychomotor). Our station will incorporate engaging activities to inspire you to incorporate more nature into the classroom and why it is so beneficial to healthy child development.

Planting seeds of UDL

They can expect to learn about what universal design for learning is and some tips for how to use UDL to help students with diverse needs. Participants will receive a brochure discussing practical applications of UDL and it's links to reaching all learners. Our station will be visually appealing, very informative and engaging. Participants do not need any prior knowledge.

The Effects of Technology Addiction on Students

The purpose of my station is to educate the participants on the effects of technology addiction on the development and learning of their students. I hope that they will come away with more knowledge of the scientific effects, and how that translates into their classroom and the ways that they teach. I believe that this is very useful information to have since more and more students are connected to their devices (such as smartphones). Just bring to my station your experiences, stories, and strategies to share.

Teaching All Learners to be Confident Readers

We will be presenting a variety research backed strategies that help to differentiate the teaching of reading development skills for all students in fun and engaging ways. Learning to read should be fun and exciting, allowing students to enjoy reading and be confident in their reading skills.

Teacher Advisor: Self-Regulation Programs

Participants will get the latest scoop on current, unbiased reviews and ratings (sort of like Trip Advisor) of popular self-regulation programs available to educators, along with a short survey and a cool take-away. This will help in their search for the "right fit" for their classroom. They will not require anything in order to participate.

The Wheel of Student SASS

They can expect a game style learning. This will be fun and informative. They will learning about self assessments: the benefits, the challenges, the different types, etc. They should visit our station because it will be fun, interactive and full of information. They will need a smile and positive attitude.

The World Visits the Classroom

At my station I plan on having lesson plans and other resources available to show educators the importance of bringing international issues into the classroom. I will have my laptop open to certain websites that have made international news for children. I will also have ideas printed that can show how to decorate ones classroom with international issues in mind. I will find studies that help show the importance of bringing international issues. I also want to bring forward the levels of diasporas that classrooms have now and how they can play an important role on having students help each other learn about international issues. I look forward to creating this station.

Who let the dogs in?

The participants can expect to find resources of different programs that use dogs in the classroom or for therapeutic uses (stress or anxiety). There will be a therapy dog present. A video will be playing giving more information on Animal assisted therapy. Information on apps that help teach dog safety to children.

Sex Ed & Self Love

Interactive activities and games that get participants thinking about their own sexual health knowledge, while providing ideas for activities that can be used in the classroom. They will receive a variety of tools and activities in which they can bring into their classroom to teach their students in a fun atmosphere to reduce anxiety around sex ed. They will leave our booth feeling more confident about teaching sex ed and self love. They do not need to bring anything just an open mind.

Taking Tech Outside

Think tech makes us lazy? Think again! In this day and age everyone wants technology ideas for the classroom. They also don’t want to be using screens too much. Come visit us at our station. Find fun creative ways to take tech outdoors and link it to the classroom. We’d like to introduce you to a wonderful website, Journey North, the teacher resources you can find and ways to connect your students to classrooms and projects around the world.

BRAIN BUILDING: Learning with LEGO

Our station will be a hands on learning experience! We will have many LEGO activities that our participants can engage with. Participants will learn how fun and easy it is to incorporate LEGO into all curricular areas. We will also be demonstrating the LEGO BOOST coding robot.

Indigenous Perspectives as a starting point!

Other ways to tackle indigenous integration in the classroom and selection of valuable resources

GeocachED

Participants will be able to participate in a curriculum based treasure hunt. Come learn about geocaching and how it can be incorporated into (and outside of) the classroom. Nothing is required, but curiosity and a sense of adventure will be an asset!

A Taste of China and Her Art

1.My participants will expect to see some easy-to-make Chinese art crafts and the step by step instruction along with it. They also will see me as a presenter wearing Chinese traditional dress "Qipao".

2. Participants can learn how to make these art crafts which represent part of the Chinese culture, and be able to incorporate Chinese art elements into their elementary art lessons.

3. To meet the criteria of BC new curriculum "a variety of regional and national works of art and artistic traditions from diverse cultures, communities, times, and places", it is a great chance for the elementary educators to get to know some authentic Chinese art elements and corresponding art activities which have been conducted and proved to be welcomed by elementary students at different ages. In addition, there will be some fresh-made Chinese food for participants to have a taste of China as well. No one would say no to knowledge and food.

4. No, they only need to come with their stomaches and an open heart.

All Day I Dream About S.T.E.A.M.

Is the movement of S.T.E.A.M. new to your teaching practice? Does the thought of introducing S.T.E.A.M. into your everyday class activities seem daunting or expensive to you? Visit our station as we help you Dream about S.T.E.A.M!

At our station participants will be drawn in by their curiosity of the visual and hands on materials available. Through interaction at our station, participants will have the opportunity to engage with our STEAM related activities such as stop motion animation and Rube Goldberg machines to deepen their understanding of how to easily incorporate this approach into their classroom. Further discussion and experimentation at our station will illustrate the great value STEAM has at all grade levels to develop creativity, inquiry and critical thinking. Lastly, the major take-away from our station will be examples of readily available everyday materials that can go into making accessible STEAM kits for individual classrooms and how the activities can be adapted and extended for all grade levels.

Comics in the Classroom!

A variety of graphic novels and comic books will be on hand to demonstrate how they may be incorporated into subjects ranging from Humanities to STEM. Come learn a new (sort of) and fun way to get students engaged and learning in your classroom!

Can you see the forest for the trees? Bringing the outdoor environment into the classroom to support self-regulation

Research has shown that the calming properties of the natural environment will create learning spaces that support self-regulation. Although, educators cannot always access an outdoor learning opportunity, there are many ways in which teachers can bring the outdoors into their classroom in setting up a calm and stimulating environment conducive to student engagement. This presentation will provide practical strategies to help teachers in their work to create a calming yet engaging space for learners, including zen gardens, spark rocks and organic means of displaying student work.

Stimulating Learning by Getting Out of the Classroom

In the previous curriculum, conventional school setting was largely focused on being in the classroom to focus on content. With the new curriculum comes new (but old) opportunities for taking learners out of the classroom to explore helping with stimulating deeper learning. The goal of this station is to provide teachers with lessons and resources that can help breakdown the barrier between the classroom and the outdoors. All you need is the willingness to listen.

LITERACY: Branching out across the curriculum

Our participants can expect to feel confident about their ability to incorporate the six strands of ELA into any subject they are teaching (in preparation for the Literacy Assessments). They should visit our station because every teacher is responsible to prepare their students for the Literacy Assessments and WE have some of the tools that can support their integration of literacy across the curriculum.

Learn Through Play!

Our participants can expect a warm welcome from us along with food and refreshments. Our participants will need to come with an open mind and a positive perspective. Participants can expect to leave our station with a website resource with new games for physical education incorporating Indigenous content. Participants will learn new ways to introduce non-traditional sports and games into their PE curriculum.

Legit-o-Meter: Navigating Online Sources

At this station, participants will learn about ways they can help their students develop the skills needed to critically analyze online resources for legitimacy and bias. Participants will experience two fun and interactive activities (one hands-on, one web-based) that can be used in any subject to teach grade 5-12 students how to discern what online resources are legitimate. Join us at this station to test out the legit-o-meter dart board, try the InsertLearning web plug-in, and enter a draw. Follow the footprints to find us!

Move-Think-Grow

Our focus for EdExpo is to present current research and statistics regarding the benefits of PA on cognitive function, among other things. We hope to increase knowledge and develop a solid understanding for teachers in School Division 69 regarding the importance of incorporating daily physical activity (DPA) in schools and classrooms in order to best support the success of students.

Through research and physical demonstrations, educators will leave with a better understanding, and resources they can use, on how to incorporate DPA in their classrooms and schools. We hope to have a big enough space that we can have participants engaging in some of the movement strategies. We will also provide activities and strategies that are specific to primary students, as well as intermediate students. We want to create some sort of technology based resource (website) so that teachers can access information on how to incorporate DPA into all subjects.