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Numeracy, Literacy & Science

Teaching Residential Schools Using Literature and Stories in My Classroom

Presenters: Jenny Bone, Keeseekoowenin School and Donna Beyer, MFNERC

Audience: grades 3-6 teachers

In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls To Action, Keeseekoowenin School requested that MFNERC’s First Nations Studies Facilitators compile a Residential Schools reading package for its grade 3-4 classroom.
Jenny Bone will share her approaches and outcomes in teaching Residential Schools using the literature and stories included in the reading package. She will discuss the books shared with students and student responses. Additionally, Jenny will provide an overview of interactive, hands-on learning activities where students were able to creatively express their understanding of Residential Schools.


JUMP Math: An Introduction to Using the JUMP Math Strategies and Resources to Make Math Classes Come Alive

Presenter: Liz Barrett, JUMP Math

Audience: grades 3-6 teachers

In this workshop we will explore the JUMP Math resources you can access to reach and teach your class math. Enjoy hands-on activities with geometry such as building Pyramids and Prisms, and making predictions. We will also explore fascinating patterns in math such as Fibonacci numbers – nature’s numbering system.


Integrating Technology in Teaching Junior High and High School Foundational Math

Presenters: Chun Ong, Dave Thiessen and Michael Li, MFNERC

Audience: middle years and high school teachers

Technology is becoming more and more prominent in today’s classrooms, as students now have access to computers, tablets, and SMART Boards while learning. In mathematics, these tools can be very useful for engaging students with new material, lessons, assignments and exams. This workshop will introduce strategies in choosing technology tools such as apps, and web mathematical tools such as graphing calculators. The strategic use of these tools can support the learning and teaching of mathematical procedures and skills as well as the development of advanced mathematical proficiencies, such as problem solving, reasoning, justifying and making conclusions. This workshop will focus on how to best choose object-oriented applications directed towards specific mathematical topics and outcomes.


Building Confidence in Mathematics: Mental and Emotional Well-being Begins Through Starting Small

Presenter: Peter Andres, JUMP Math

Audience: K-8 teachers

Success starts small. This workshop will focus on the theme of building confidence in students (and teachers) as a necessary part of mental and emotional well-being.
Participants will learn basics in Variation Theory, experience the scaffolding of JUMP math, receive free lesson plans designed for Manitoba Curriculum (games and activities for learning centres and play-based learning), and how to implement carefully scaffolded lessons in order to build confidence and support the well-being of students.


Do You Know Your Stuff? Volume 2

Presenter: Bob Genaille and Peter Bignell, MFNERC

Audience: grades 3, 7, 8 teachers, administrators, educational assistants

Administering the Collection of Assessment Results (CAR) is very necessary, yet completing the aggregate reports can be very tedious. Teachers in Grades 3, 7, and 8 have the added pressure of completing these reports every year. In this session we will share ideas and resources that other teachers have been doing in their classrooms to meet the “demanding” CAR. We will also present hands-on activities to try in your classrooms. We will look at the CAR template and complete aggregate templates. The idea here is to share, discuss, laugh and have fun, knowing all the while that we, as educators, know where we stand in the grand scheme of the assessment world.


Building School Capacity: Using Data to Raise Students’ Reading Achievement

Presenters: Gloria D. Sinclair, Irene Huggins and Sharon Bear, MFNERC

Audience: school leaders

In this session we will explore the effective use of assessment data to improve students’ literacy achievement. Participants will learn how use a Reading Assessment Wall to monitor the progress of students in reading, how to use the data to identify students’ learning needs, and plan effective responses to these needs. We will also include planning effective interventions and professional development for teachers.


Research & Development Projects

Presenters: Violet Okemaw and the Research & Development Team, MFNERC

Audience: classroom teachers, principals, education directors, community members

In this session, we will present a series of poster boards on various curriculum development support projects and resources managed and lead by MFNERC’s Research & Development team. The displays will also include publications and productions completed to date.
Topics will include the Archives initiative, teacher and student resources, and information on land-based education programming.


Moocikun! Hands-on Science Excitement!

Presenter: Wilfred Buck

Audience: educators, educational assistants, administrators

In this workshop, participants will actively engage in five or six hands-on science activities that will not only demonstrate scientific principles, but will also be fun to do! Handouts will be available that show curriculum connections, scientific principles, and list materials needed.