Welcome 2015 Students and Parents!

08 Sep

There's something really special about new beginnings. The first day of school is an opportunity to start fresh and to embrace all of the exciting learning opportunities to come. I met some of my classes today and I look forward to meeting more tomorrow. We will be getting to know each other this week, a process that will continue throughout the year. I look forward to hearing about your learning goals, but for now, I thought I'd share some of mine.

  1. Social Justice: In previous years, students have really loved units that had connections to issues and struggles that they see in the news and in our community. This year, I'd like to pursue learning opportunities that allow students to explore social justice and to have a voice in their community.
  2. Going Paperless (or as close as possible): Let's be honest, English teachers are well-known tree killers. I'd like to change that, at least a little. On the first day of school (due to Ministry regulations), I'm required to do a large paper distribution of course outlines (though they're all available on this website), forms and more forms. Once those are complete, my students and I will use Google Classroom (available through the school, in the TDSB network through AW). This is the first year that I have used this tool and I look forward to seeing its potential. Among other things, students will have 24/7 access to their assignments (both assigned and marked), they will be able to see upcoming due dates (as well as past due assignments), and best of all, they will be able to get feedback before they turn in an assignment as it gives teachers the ability to comment on student work as it is being done! It all sounds very exciting and I hope that we will be able to learn together how best to use it.
  3. Blogging: The year goes by so quickly and I'd like to try to document it at regular intervals. I'd like to publish my own reflections as a teacher, as well as to showcase student work (with their permission, of course). I hope this year to "learn out loud" and in so doing, strengthen my practice and reflect on the learning (successes and failures) in my professional practice.

Lofty goals, I know. The beginning of the year is really about reaching for the stars and dreaming big. Hopefully, by the end of the year, we will look back with pride at all we have accomplished. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

Parents, I look forward to meeting you at Meet the Teacher night (Sept 17).

Best wishes for a wonderful year!

Ms. Solomon