Welcome Back!

01 Sep

This blog post is intended for my students and their parents/guardians.

It's Back To School time again! I'd like to extend a warm welcome to all my new students, parents/guardians and readers.

 I hope you all had a wonderful summer. My summer has been exciting and busy and crazy in the best possible way. 

Here's a sneak peek:

Some of you may remember that my family got a wonderful new addition in April, our new puppy! He fits right in with our family. We have all been having a great time watching him grow and... he has grown quite a bit.

He did not take the summer off, rather he has now graduated from puppy and intermediate training. We're very proud of him.

We spent a good deal of the summer enjoying the outdoors with the kids and the new pup. 

I have also spent a great deal of the summer planning for the new school year. With five different classes to prep, it has been a challenge and I have loved every minute of it. Each class has some special activities planned and I can't wait to tell my students about them. For those of you new to my class, integrating Media Education, as well as computers and technology into the curriculum are two complimentary interests of mine. I got such positive feedback last year, students wanted more integration and interactive activities. I have worked to ensure that this year will hold even more opportunities for student learning and engagement.

I have spent a great deal of time working on broadening the scope of this integration. When my Curriculum Leader asked if I would take on the task of creating, developing and maintaining the English Department's website, my answer was an immediate yes! Please check it out and let me know what you think of the results. It's a work in progress and I hope that it helps parents, students and teachers communicate more effectively. I also hope that the resources are helpful. For our grade 10 students, I have already added a special OSSLT Prep page. This page contains links to a variety of sites that you can use to help prepare for the Literacy Test.

The English department's website is a great general resource. I hope that you will find my website to be a useful companion to our classroom learning. In this space, I blog throughout the year. Sometimes my posts may be related to the classroom, other times it is  a space for my ongoing professional learning and reflection. 

On the right hand side of this page, you will see a navigation menu with course codes, under the heading "Classes". 

Each of these sections of this website contains information for the specific classes that I teach. The information in these sections is NOT a replacement for being in the classroom. It is meant to support and extend our classroom activities. 

(image is from 2012/13 school year)

In these sections you will find:

  • Daily Notes: I try to update the website daily to reflect what we have done in class. These notes are not a replacement for students' note-taking. Instead, they are ment to act as "sign posts". If you don't understand something that is on the website, then please come see me for clarification! These notes are a way to check that you have all of the relevant information needed for the course.
  • Handouts,Assignment Sheets, Rubrics and Marking Schemes: Whenever possible, I post the assignment sheets, rubrics and marking schemes for the course evaluations. If you lose your copy (handed out in class), then you may download a new one directly from the site!
  • Supplemental Resources and Links: There is a lot of information out there. I try, whenever I can, to find the most useful resources for your learning. Some of these resources are ones we have used in the classroom and others are meant to extend the learning beyond the classroom.

In addition to my website, I will be trying out a new tool this year. Students and parents will be able to sign up, through a website, to receive text message reminders from me. The service I intend to use will allow me to text students and parents/guardians (if they wish). For more information, please see the video here. Class codes will be distributed in class.

I look forward to meeting you all! Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. 

Enjoy the long weekend :)