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Above & Beyond is a story about what is possible when communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity transform learning opportunities. I still remember the structure and environment of my classroom when I was in Grade 6.  There were about roughly 25 other students in the 
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At the onset of the school year, the Faculty at Richland Academy met to identify an area of research to inform our practice.  Having experienced the impact of students’ exploration with a rich selection of materials, we decided to deepen our understanding and conduct a 
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Patterns in nature are visible regularities of form found in the natural world. These patterns recur in different contexts and can sometimes be modelled mathematically. Natural patterns include  symmetries, trees, spirals, meanders, waves, foams, tessellations, cracks and stripes. “Early Greek philosophers studied pattern, with Plato,  Pythagoras and Empedocles  attempting to explain order in nature. The modern understanding of visible patterns developed 
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When we think of writing poetry, we immediately think of structure, rhyme and the various rules governing this writing genre. We can be wary, hesitant and unconfident in our ability to engage in such a powerful medium of communication. But, what about letting our thoughts and 
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This year, as a whole school, we will be discovering the power of learning collaboratively from many perspectives, through the examination of ‘Materials’. Worksheets and workbooks have been the entrenched and traditional way of learning in most schools: a one dimensional approach, which is often developmentally 
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The most effective type of teaching is when we plan ahead (pre), during and at the end (post). Before we can delve into a new concept, we must scaffold our student’s overall comprehension and critical thinking skills. We do this through front-loading pertinent vocabulary and key concepts. In 
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We often talk about the Kindergarten Curriculum being an Emergent Curriculum.  It does emerge from the children’s interests, but also the teacher’s interests and the success criteria embedded in The Full Day Kindergarten Curriculum.  Research tells us that  the interests of children provide a window for learning.   
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What a meaningful way to introduce and begin our current events than through the discussion of “What is voting?” This week the Grade One students have discussed: Why we vote, who the candidates are, and whether or not children have the right to vote. All Canadians are 
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According to Lilian G. Katz and Sylvia C. Chard, in the article entitled, ‘The Contribution of Documentation to the Quality of Early Childhood Education’, “Documentation in Reggio Emilia focuses more intensively on children’s experience, memories, thoughts, and ideas in the course of their work. Documentation practices 
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In the 21st century, many students are already familiar with tablets and smartphones, as a means of communication and ‘research’. This year, we are bringing the Grade One students back to the basics of learning how to type. We wondered, can the children type or 
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