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Archive: Edvance Back to School Bootcamp 2020

August 17th, 2020

Pedagogy and Instruction Sessions

Common Lesson Planning Structures for Blended and Hybrid Learning 

We often rely on common lesson plan design elements to aid in our planning efficiency. Emergency remote learning clearly disrupted our favourite types of designs! How can we imagine blended learning lessons that empower students as partners in the learning process for both in class and at home learning? This session will introduce some design structures and actual templates that will free you up to guide students in flexible environments—at school or at home. 

Presented by: Justin Cook, Director of Learning, Edvance 

Audience: Grade 4-12 educators  


How to Use and Integrate Flipgrid in Any Classroom 

This session will help you learn the basics of how to use Flipgrid as well as ways that the tool can be integrated into your classes. Are you looking for tools to increase student engagement in online teaching, flipped classrooms, or an in-person setting? Flipgrid is an engaging tool that can be useful in any classroom setting and in any subject area. It allows students to have their own voice and to learn how to communicate their understanding to their peers. I will give specific examples of how I have used Flipgrid in both my Science and English classes, and how I plan to continue using it in the context of my Flipped Classes in the fall. You will also learn the practical basics on how to get started with Flipgrid in your own classes, and have a chance to try Flipgrid out during the session. 

Presented by: Jessie Rath, high school Math, Chemistry, Physics and English teacher at North Toronto Christian School in North York, ON 

Audience: grade 7-12 educators  


Lessons from 10 years in a Flipped Classroom 

How can we run our classrooms in such a way that they could move from in-person to a hybrid model to fully online and back again? The flipped classroom holds some solutions to this challenge. I flipped my math class a decade ago and have now moved to a fully blended classroom where digital and face-to-face are integrated. When the pandemic hit, it was relatively simple to move my classroom online. Although simple does not mean easy! Join me as we try to get ready for whatever September brings. 

Presented by: Alex van Donkersgoed, Grade 7 & 8 teacher at Halton Hills Christian School in Georgetown, ON, and Executive Director and Principal at Nimbus Christian Education 

Audience: Grade 5-8 educators  


Pedagogy Meets Technology in Math Instruction 

Topics covered in this session will include leveraging technologies like Geogebra and Desmos to engage students in learning, using technologies for formative assessment, and using technology to create digital content. This session will focus on concrete high school examples from TDChristian and Smithville Christian High School from both in-class and remote learning contexts. 

Presented by: Mark Fluit, Mathematics at Smithville Christian High School in Smithville, ON, and John Templeton, Mathematics at TDChristian in Woodbridge, ON 

Audience: Grade 9-12 educators  


Using Outdoor Education within a Traditional Curriculum Context 

One way to facilitate physical distancing is to take your classroom outside. What lessons can we learn from “Forest Schools” as we begin to consider the opportunities of outdoor education? We’ll explore examples for both elementary and secondary schools, with connections to curriculum and considerations for assessment. 

Presented by: Nicole Brouwer, Principal at North Toronto Christian School in North York, ON 

Audience: Grade 3-10 educators  


Edpuzzle: Embedding Your Own Lesson in Online Video Content 

Edpuzzle is an easy-to-use platform that allows you to create a video lesson by embedding questions into any video you have (whether created by you or someone else). In this session, I’ll share how I use this tool in my Bible classes, and will show you how you can apply it to any subject or lesson. 

Presented by: David Grills, Bible and Social Sciences teacher at Hamilton District Christian High School in Ancaster, ON 

Audience: Grade 6-12 educators  


Two Ready-to-Teach Financial Literacy PBLs 

Do you love project-based learning, but don’t have time to create a great project right now? Last year, a team of Christian school teachers worked together to create two financial literacy PBLs that we would love to share with you! The projects have been adapted for teaching through the pandemic, whether we are physically distancing in person or teaching remotely. You’ll leave this workshop with all of the resources and rubrics you need to teach either or both of these financial literacy PBLs, suitable for the new math curriculum in Grade 7 and 8 or Grade 10 Careers. 

Presented by: Anneke Gretton, Physics and Chemistry teacher at King’s Christian Collegiate in Oakville, ON 

Audience: Grade 7 & 8 educators and Grade 10 Careers teachers  


Exploring Online Resources for Guided Reading 

Guided reading is important for developing literacy in the primary grades—but how can you do this effectively if your students are learning from home? In this session, I’ll share how I used guided reading small groups online this past spring and saw significant growth in my students’ reading capabilities while also developing closer relationships with my students. We’ll explore online resources such as Raz-Kids and Epic, which can help you facilitate this for your class. 

Presented by: Valerie Barnes, Grade 1 teacher at Willowdale Christian School in North York, ON 

Audience: JK-3 educators  


Flipped Classroom: Research-Based Strategies & Practical Resources 

Did you think “flipped classroom” just means videos at home and textbook questions in class? Think again! In this workshop, we’ll be discussing specific practices for a dynamic and engaging flipped classroom that have been found to more than double student learning! We’ll find ways to adapt these research-based techniques for successful learning through the pandemic, whether we are physically distanced in person or teaching remotely. This workshop is relevant for teaching any academic subject from Grade 6 to 12, but as a bonus, I’ll also be sharing some ready-to-teach materials specific to mathematics and financial literacy. 

Presented by: Anneke Gretton, Physics and Chemistry teacher at King’s Christian Collegiate in Oakville, ON 

Audience: Grade 6-12 educators  


Desmos in Secondary Math 

Desmos is a free suite of digital math activities and tools which can be used alongside existing curriculum to increase student engagement and assist with assessment of learning. This session will provide an overview of Desmos and explore how you might integrate it into your lesson plans this fall. 

Presented by: Heidi Young-Thompson, Director of Learning at Pacific Christian School in Victoria, BC 

Audience: Grade 9-12 educators 

Secondary Literature Circles 

One of the joys of high school English classes is the intersection of literature, contemporary issues, and student discussion. Does our experience from March signal the end of this engagement in our English classes? The beauty of literature circles is the flexibility to be used both in class and online. This session will explore how to structure them in both contexts. 

Presented by: Kristi Cooper, Director of Teaching & Learning, Kelowna Christian School in Kelowna, BC 

Audience: Grade 9-12 educators  


PBL in a Hybrid Learning Environment 

Project-based learning (PBL) allows students to explore knowledge in deep and meaningful ways, and with its focus on engagement and student voice and choice, is a natural pedagogy to use in hybrid learning. Come to this session to see some examples of projects that use technology to provide continuity with students who are at home or at school. 

Presented by: Harry Blyleven, Vice-Principal at Hamilton District Christian High in Ancaster, ON, and Executive Director at The Christian Teacher Academy 

Audience: Grade 6-12 educators  

Differentiation and the COVID Gap 

It is increasingly clear that numerous factors have led to a “COVID gap” and learning loss for students from last spring. In addition, numerous factors will continue to impact individual student’s ability to learn. Differentiated instruction provides a path forward to personalize learning based on student interests and ability. Come to this session to explore differentiation strategies to support all students in a way that is manageable for us as teachers. 

Presented by: Edith van der Boom, Assistant Professor of Philosophy of Education and Practice of Pedagogy, and Director of the MA (Philosophy) in Educational Leadership program (MA-EL) at the Institute for Christian Studies. 

Audience: ALL  


Teaching the Harmony Between Biblical Faith and Science 

Now more than ever, Christian educators need support to help students unify faith and science in their lives. BioLogos is a Christian organization that invites the church and the world to see the harmony between modern science and biblical faith. BioLogos provides hundreds of resources to support Christian educators including their INTEGRATE series for secondary school instructors who might need to flip their lessons. In this session, participants will (a) discuss the rationale for integrating science and faith, (b) work through an INTEGRATE activity that exemplifies best practices for science/faith integration, and (c) strategize how to successfully teach integration in multiple modalities. Both Bible and Science teachers in Grades 6–12 will benefit from the practical support this session will provide. 

Presented by: April Cordero and Sarah Bodbyl Roels from BioLogos 

Audience: Grade 6-12 educators