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Thursday, February 22
 

08:30

Science - From Concept To Demonstration To Experiment To Understanding
The Physics 30 curriculum mandates several lab exercises for students. One of the more difficult of these labs to get good results with is Coulomb's Law. I will show several ways to do a Coulomb's Law experiment that are inexpensive, quantitative, and understandable to students. The questions that teachers ask of the students doing the lab can foster critical thinking and increase achievement on exams.

Speakers
BE

Barry Edgar

Barry Edgar retired from teaching after forty years (mainly physics, science, and math) with Edmonton Public Schools. His classes always had a strong lab component, which he feels develops critical thinking skills and makes the classes more enjoyable.


Thursday February 22, 2018 08:30 - 11:30
M 1040 Markin Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

NEW SESSION: Builders & Storytellers: Teaching in the 21st Century
Ours is a species of builders. Since our evolutionary ancestors tamed fire and fashioned the first stone tools, humanity has been driven to construct increasingly elaborate and ingenious solutions to meet its needs and address its problems. Simply put, ‘we were made to make’. But we shouldn’t forget that we are also a species of storytellers. If we were to trace any one of our collective accomplishments back to its point of inception, almost immediately we would find a group of individuals gathered around a campfire, a meal, or a drawing on the wall talking. In this presentation, the ATA’s expert on innovative learning spaces will explain how you can tap into your inner builder and storyteller to bring curricula to life in your classrooms. In this time of significant change, meaningful teaching may not require the latest technogadgetry, but may draw instead on our ancestral urges to build stuff out of sticks and talk about it.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Grassick

Dan Grassick

Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, Alberta Teachers' Association
Dan Grassick is an Executive Staff Officer in the Association's Professional Development program area. Among his chief responsibilities are supporting the ATA's teachers' convention associations and working with the Faculty of Education at the University of Lethbridge. Before joining... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
AH 175 Anderson Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

Project Wet - Educating about Alberta's water made easy!
Enjoy fun, hands-on, cooperative learning activities, while experiencing how this high quality instructional resource with 65 complete multi-level lesson plans can help you educate youth in or out of the classroom. Participants will learn how to utilize the resource book while trying activities targeted for each age group. Activities that are showcased during the workshop will be tailored to Alberta's current water issues for place-based education, such as aquatic invasive species . Registration is $44 and includes a 592 page resource book full of great activities for all grades.

Speakers
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Janine

Janine Higgins is a Community Engagement Lead with Alberta Environment and Parks in Calgary. She has experience working in the field of environmental education, community engagement and communications/marketing for provincial governments and academia, both in Alberta and British... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
PE 040 1st Choice Savings Centre for Sport & Wellness (PE Building), University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

A Curriculum for Global Citizenship: Making Connections across Subject Areas
In 2007, Alberta became the first province in Canada to mandate global citizenship in K-12 educational curriculum. Working with youth and educators from around the world, CGCER has created a curriculum which educators can access in order to teach students about global citizenship. The curriculum is framed through the learning objectives for understanding global citizenship, as identified by UNESCO (http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0023/002329/232993e.pdf). Key ideas in the curriculum for exploring global citizenship are: 1. Considering local, national, and global systems and structure 2. Understanding underlying assumptions and power dynamics 3. Difference and respect for diversity 4. Ethically responsible engagement In this workshop, facilitators will walk participants through the curriculum and discuss how all or parts of the curriculum and activities can be utilized in conjunction with ALL programs of studies in order to facilitate teaching and learning of global citizenship.

Speakers
MH

Michelle Hawks

Michelle Hawks is a doctoral student in Educational Policy Studies at the University of Alberta, and the Global Education Team (GET) Coordinator for the Centre for Global Citizenship Education and Research (CGCER).


Thursday February 22, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
M 1030 Markin Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

Uncomplicating Climate Change for your Classroom
Learn the practical and proven approach to climate change education, developed in classrooms in Alberta. Get the science, the tools, and the support you and your students need. Hear from the Alberta teachers who developed PEEL (People for Energy and Environmental Literacy), an inquiry based curriculum that builds the competencies our students need to address the complicated topic of climate change. Learn the science, the social impacts, and the proven approach needed to teach this layered subject successfully as you meet curriculum outcomes. After Convention, be supported as you adapt PEEL resources for your classroom. Empower your students to recognize the impact of their actions now and in the future. www.teachpeel.ca


Thursday February 22, 2018 10:30 - 13:30
M 1060 Markin Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

Black Holes and the Event Horizon Telescope
We will use hands on activities from the Perimeter Institute to explore the Event Horizon Telescope, a new telescope that is aiming to image the event horizon of the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy. We will also share activities that allow students to explore the optics involved with the detection of gravitational waves. These materials can be used in physics 20/30 classes, they could be used (with some adaption they could be used in Science 9 or some math courses).


Thursday February 22, 2018 10:30 - 13:30
TH 277 Turcotte Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

Authoritative Age-Appropriate Content for Division I Students
Let the ORC help take away your concerns about young students using internet resources while enriching your curriculum. Never heard of the ORC? The ORC is a $1.3 million collection of digital resources licensed on behalf of all K-12 students, parents, school staff and pre-service teachers in Alberta. Join this session to learn about the wonderful resources available for young learners through the ORC, and get tips on the logistics of using them with your division I students.


Thursday February 22, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
TH 241 Turcotte Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

Let's Talk Science: Hands-on Science Activities For Your Middle and/or High School Classroom
Let's Talk Science is a national charitable organization that provides science outreach to classrooms across the country at no charge. We visit classrooms in Lethbridge and Southern Alberta with activities targeted to the Alberta science curriculum. Participants will have the chance to explore lab activities designed with the high school curriculum in mind. The session will also provide a collaborative opportunity for instructors to discuss how to keep students interested in and enthusiastic about science and math.


Thursday February 22, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
C 740

12:30

Connecting Science to the Real World and the Real World to Science
More inexpensive and easy physics demonstrations for junior and senior high school. 
Summary:In this session, I will show several physics demonstrations. I will discuss strengths and weaknesses of the demonstrations as well as strategies for getting students to develop a true understanding of the science that underlies them. Note that these demos are different than the ones I showed last year.

Speakers
BE

Barry Edgar

Barry Edgar retired from teaching after forty years (mainly physics, science, and math) with Edmonton Public Schools. His classes always had a strong lab component, which he feels develops critical thinking skills and makes the classes more enjoyable.


Thursday February 22, 2018 12:30 - 15:30
M 1060 Markin Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

14:30

Reaching Division II Students with Authoritative Resources
If your student’s research process begins and ends with Google and/or Wikipedia you are not alone. You know that students should be accessing information beyond these two sources, but from where? Learn Alberta’s Online Reference Centre (ORC) is a $1.3 million collection of curricular-aligned digital resources licensed on behalf of all K-12 staff, students and parents in Alberta. Join this session to learn about the ORC’s engaging and authoritative resources that directly align with the grades 4-6 Alberta curricula.


Thursday February 22, 2018 14:30 - 16:00
TH 241 Turcotte Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

14:30

Bringing Nature into the Classroom
Learn about ways you can bring Nature into the classroom. Be some of the first to learn about a new Watershed Video Conference Alberta Parks is developing with Oldman Watershed.
Summary:
Through out this session, teachers will have the opportunity to learn about a new program that Alberta Parks has developed, With Oldman Watershed that brings an understanding of Watersheds right into the classroom. This new program creates an awareness to how important a resource water is and shows all the ways we have been using water for thousands of years. Find out how you could get your presentation for free. There will also be the opportunity to learn about activities you can do with your students in your school yard that make curricular connections but are still fun and engaging.

Speakers
SD

Sarah Downey

I am a trained teacher and have been an Environmental Educator with Alberta Parks for the three years, leading and developing Education Programs in the South West. I have been a strong promoter of bringing Nature into the classroom and getting students outside through out all my teaching... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2018 14:30 - 16:00
TH 173 Turcotte Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

14:30

Fun environmental activities in your schoolyard!
Learn by doing - the 'greatest hits' of environmental educators classic learning activities and resources to use in your schoolyard. This session profiles our favourite games and activities that you can do with your students in your schoolyard - a ‘greatest hits’ compendium of experienced environmental educators’ classic learning activities and resources!  In this session, you’ll “learn by doing” as many of these activities as possible, and discuss how to connect student learning with their familiar neighbourhood and community. All participants will receive digital copies of the resources.


Thursday February 22, 2018 14:30 - 16:00
M 1035 Markin Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

14:30

U of L Curriculum Lab: What Sources Do We Recommend?
There are too many quality teaching resources and not enough time to explore them all! Enjoy some time to interact with print and digital sources relevant to your teaching context. The session will start with our new search tool for easily locating books, videos and kits. Featured items: professional support in all subjects and Fountas and Pinnell Leveled Literature Intervention kits. Next, we will explore our new guides at www.uleth.ca/education/curr, which identify resources most useful for each subject/grade. Sources include cross-curricular literature lists, LearnAlberta Resources, Specific databases in LearnAlberta’s Online Reference Centre, new platform on Ninjaplans lesson sharing site, Education for Reconciliation supports, streaming video and more. Participants can then choose to either seek specific instruction in one or more sources, or to explore sources independently. Participants can bring a device (such as a laptop) or can borrow one of the Curriculum Lab Laptops. At the conclusion of the session, participants will identify how at least one source can add to their current teaching practice. Note: U of L Almuni are eligible for a free Library membership. Non-Alumni can purchase a Community card to borrow Curriculum Lab items ($30). To activate any membership bring a U of L ID card (former student card or get a new card at Campus IT, TH 218).

Speakers
BC

Beth Cormier

Beth Cormier is a Curriculum Librarian in the Faculty of Education’s Curriculum Lab. Her primary focus is to connect pre-service teachers with quality materials in support of teaching and learning.


Thursday February 22, 2018 14:30 - 16:00
L 1170B University Library, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

14:30

How to be an Environmental Educator (no matter who or what you teach)
Explore how teachers from any grade or specialty can incorporate Environmental Education into their teaching practice. Includes: local resources, example activities, stats, etc. If you are interested in learning more about how to incorporate Environmental Education into your teaching practice, regardless of the grade/subject you teach, this session will provide you with resources and information you need to get started. This presentation will include local resources, programming examples, tips on transportation, excellent guest speakers, outdoor teaching spaces in our area and many lesson ideas that incorporate new perspectives, physical wellness and inquiry-based learning. Environmental education is wonderful for engaging multiple perspectives, boosting student engagement, layering concepts and content and setting up future generations to better understand complex environmental issues and navigate sustainable solutions.

Speakers
PR

Paige Rosner

Paige Rosner is an Environmental Educator at the Helen Schuler Nature Centre. She coordinates the Natural Leaders Project with grade school classes and professional development groups across the city


Thursday February 22, 2018 14:30 - 16:00
M 1090 Markin Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4
 
Friday, February 23
 

10:30

Indigenous Ways of Knowing
This workshop is designed to be an introduction to some basic First Nations, Métis and Inuit worldviews, cultural beliefs and values. It is neither a comprehensive nor exhaustive exploration of Indigenous ways of knowing, but rather a series of focused conversation starters for groups of educators engaged in reconciliation. The foundational knowledge activities are to support educators through the concepts of reconciliation as part of ongoing professional learning. The intent is to build awareness and curiosity in teachers to explore more on their own. Worldviews and Ways of Knowing are like stones thrown into the water from which other circles grow. Learning about the traditional and contemporary experiences unique to First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples helps to gain understanding and appreciation.

Speakers

Friday February 23, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
L 1170B University Library, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

I Wonder...... Connecting Children’s Literature to Science Inquiry
Research confirms, using literature in science class can improve student achievement. Ideas to try on Monday? You bet. “I wonder” prompts abound in children’s literature! Join me as I jump into some wonderful books, both fiction and non fiction that can become a source of inspiration and engagement for even the most reluctant reader. As we sample from a variety of new and old favourites I will share tips, techniques and tasks that prompt connections to literacy, numeracy and the competencies. Comprehension matters and is best developed through authentic reading, writing and problem solving. I will suggest ways you can use literature prompts to develop science inquiries that weave together foundational skills for language arts and mathematics and align to a range of outcomes across the grades in the Science curriculum. Research confirms, using literature in science class can improve student achievement. Ideas to try on Monday? You bet.

Speakers
GL

Geri Lorway

Known for her passion and energy, Geri ‘s presentations challenge participants to reflect, to question, to argue and reason. But not too serious: Laugh out loud, stomp your feet and clap. There will be joy in teaching! Changing thinking, one mind at a time.


Friday February 23, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
AH 116 Anderson Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

Science 101 for Div I
Hands on science experiments from selected Div I curriculum units for you to complete in a station to station format. This workshop led by the Alberta Science Network will feature science experiments and demonstrations linked to selected Division I Alberta Education Science curriculum topics. You will perform hands-on experiments that in a station to station setting. The workshop provides an introduction to Div I science and is tailored to new teachers or teachers new to a grade level. A concise activity handout will guide you through the tasks that you are to complete and ASN members will be on hand to assist as necessary. A group discussion of observations and outcomes will follow to conclude. Attendance is limited to ensure an effective hands-on experience.

Speakers
EK

Ed Kusmirski

Ed Kusmirski, P.Eng. is the Executive Director of the Alberta Science Network. ASN has been providing teachers and their students with hands on and curriculum linked science since 1991. We began offering science PD workshops in Calgary in 1997 and are now partnering with SAPDC to... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
AH 117 Anderson Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

Science 101 for Div II
This workshop led by the Alberta Science Network will feature science experiments and demonstrations linked to selected Division II Alberta Education Science curriculum topics. You will perform hands-on experiments that in a station to station setting. The workshop provides an introduction to Div II science and is tailored to new teachers or teachers new to a grade level. A concise activity handout will guide you through the tasks that you are to complete and ASN members will be on hand to assist as necessary. A group discussion of observations and outcomes will follow to conclude. Attendance is limited to ensure an effective hands-on experience.

Speakers
EK

Ed Kusmirski

Ed Kusmirski, P.Eng. is the Executive Director of the Alberta Science Network. ASN has been providing teachers and their students with hands on and curriculum linked science since 1991. We began offering science PD workshops in Calgary in 1997 and are now partnering with SAPDC to... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
AH 117 Anderson Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

Connecting Science To The Real World And The Real World To Science
More inexpensive and easy physics demonstrations for junior and senior high school. In this session, I will show several physics demonstrations. I will discuss strengths and weaknesses of the demonstrations as well as strategies for getting students to develop a true understanding of the science that underlies them. Note that these demos are different than the ones I showed last year.

Speakers
BE

Barry Edgar

Barry Edgar retired from teaching after forty years (mainly physics, science, and math) with Edmonton Public Schools. His classes always had a strong lab component, which he feels develops critical thinking skills and makes the classes more enjoyable.


Friday February 23, 2018 12:30 - 15:30
M 1040 Markin Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4