Avon Maitland District School Board was invited to participate as a participant of the Canadian Cluster of the global partnership, New Pedagogies for Deep Learning.
Our learning focused on four dimensions that are intended to design teaching and learning that result in more successful lives for students.
- Expand learning partnerships
- Expand learning environments
- Increase pedagogical practices
- Leverage digital to enhance learning
Participants were asked to develop, implement and reflect on “deep learning tasks” with students that considered and incorporated the four dimensions.
Linked to the Grade 3 Science strand, Strong and Stable Structures, Kim Strome and her grade 3 class at North Woods Elementary School developed inquiry skills by investigating the design and materials that make structures strong and stable.
In Laurie Hayden’s semester 2, English 2D class at Goderich District Collegiate Institute, each student created his or her own version of a photoblog, inspired by Brandon Stanton’s “Humans of New York” photoblog. Students designed and created their photoblog, based on themes that resonated with them, collected relevant stores and shared via social media of their choice. Students reflected in the process, developing and refining metacognitive skills.
Students in Nathan Good’s Grade 11 Environmental Science class at St. Marys District Collegiate Vocational Institute were challenged to apply what they had learned to actually “do something” about a current environmental issue as their culminating activity for the course.
Grade 1 students at Ecole Anne Hathaway investigated mapping skills in their local community as part of their social studies inquiry in the People and Environments: The Local Community strand.