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What is a webExperience?

An engaging new approach to professional development. Live and interactive online sessions designed and delivered by teachers for teachers – offering fun and innovative ideas and activities to support your curriculum delivery.

Open to all Kindergarten to Grade 12 Catholic teachers, WebEXPERIENCE offers bite-sized professional development accessible from anywhere you are (with an internet connection).

Upcoming Experiences

An Introduction to Indigenous Worldview and History
Monday September 16, 2019 from 4:30pm-6:00pm.

This introductory session will provide an overview of Indigenous (First Nation) knowledge and worldview. Major colonial events in Canada, including the Indian Act and Indian Residential Schools, and the impact it has had and continues to have on Indigenous peoples will be explored.

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Archived Experiences

Kindergarten
Inquiry Stance

Instructor: Jennifer Bos

Children are naturally curious and love to explore, create, build and wonder. Through play, children engage in making meaning of their world and are able to work through their ideas and deepen their understanding. Inquiry fostered through play is an integral part of the kindergarten classroom. This session will examine what an "inquiry stance" looks like and will show how this stance is not limited to one of the four frames or a particular time of day. Join us in exploring how to shift our mindset and take on an "inquiry stance."

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Building Relationships in the Kindergarten Classroom

Instructor: Cheryl Cameron

We all know that relationships shape our lives. It is just as important to model positive relationships within the classroom as it is to teach them. This workshop touches on the importance of Belonging and Contributing in the Kindergarten classroom. This occurs not only between the children in the room but the teams of adults as well. As our world becomes increasingly digital, the skills of relationship building need to be taught more than ever. As our classes grow with increasing needs and numbers relationships between the adults in the room need to be fostered. Tips for classroom relationships will be explored and discussion about positive relationship building with students and adults will be welcomed. We ALL need to feel like we Belong and Contribute!

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The Learning Environment & Self Regulation

Instructor: Ashley Fung Fook

This session will explore how the classroom environment, indoor and outdoor, can support the frame of “Self-Regulation and Well-Being.” We will explore resources and strategies, including pedagogical documentation that can create an effective third teacher.

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Play Based Learning in Kindergarten

Instructor: Jill Staples

This session will help Kindergarten teachers to develop a better understand of how to meet the Kindergarten Program expectations in a play- and inquiry-based program. Experiences and practical strategies will be shared and discussed to enable teachers to develop a deeper understanding of play and inquiry.  At the end of the session, teachers will have ideas that they can use in their classroom to more fully embrace a play- and inquiry-based program.

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Moving Forward: Documenting Learning with Technology

Instructor: Katie Smyth

This session will be an introduction to documentation using various Google apps, including Google Slides and Google Keep. Educators will gain an understanding of how organizing the documentation collected can allow us to reflect, respond, extend, and share this documentation more easily with the children, other educators, administration, and parents. Through this process of reflection, we move from simply documenting to making the documentation pedagogical. When the documentation is easily available to be reflected upon by the students, they become co-creators of their own next steps and in turn, co-creators of their own environment.

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Lifting our Learning as we Notice and Name What Counts

Instructor: Mary Day Mauro

We will take time to use the mathematical principles of counting as we consider various math provocations in the Kindergarten learning environment. What do you see? What do you wonder as your students engage with materials to count and quantify? We will explore resources to support teaching decisions to build-on efficiencies in young children's counting progression. Please be prepared to share your ideas to provoke counting and quantifying and take away contributions of others!

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Communication of Learning: Linking Documentation and Comment Writing

Instructor: Jill Staples

This session will offer practical strategies for gathering and organizing pedagogical documentation and using it to write the Communication of Learning. Teachers new to the Communication of Learning will develop a deeper understanding of what is meant by key learning, growth in learning and next steps in learning and develop strategies for how to dig deeper in order to notice and name the learning across the four frames. Using developmental continua to support this process will be addressed.

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Communication of Learning: Linking Documentation and Comment Writing

Instructor: Jill Staples

This session will offer practical strategies for gathering and organizing pedagogical documentation and using it to write the Communication of Learning. Teachers new to the Communication of Learning will develop a deeper understanding of what is meant by key learning, growth in learning and next steps in learning and develop strategies for how to dig deeper in order to notice and name the learning across the four frames. Using developmental continua to support this process will be addressed.

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Inquiry Based Learning in Kindergarten

Instructor: Debbie Watters

At the heart of all inquiry based learning is a culture of curiosity and wonder. How do we nurture wonder in our learners and our in Kindergarten classrooms? This session will explore what inquiry looks, sounds and feels like in Kindergarten. Topics will include the role of the teacher in inquiry, co –creating an inquiry environment, how inquiry fits into the flow of the day and types of provocations. There will be a focus on connecting and aligning the expectations in the four frames with inquiry and how teachers can “uncover” expectations through inquiry.

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Literacy & Faith

Instructor: Ashley Fung-Fook

Please note that this session is in preparation for Term 1 Kindergarten Communication of Learning

This session will explore literacy through the lens of our faith. As Catholic educators how can we provide the youngest learners in our schools, with relevant and engaging faith experiences and explorations in a play based and inquiry environment.

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Effective Ways to Share Evidence of Growth and Learning: Assessment and Evaluation in Kindergarten

Instructor: Debbie Watters

Please note that this session is in preparation for Term 1 Kindergarten Communication of Learning

What are the most effective ways to share evidence of growth and learning in Kindergarten? This session will explore the Growing Success Kindergarten Addendum and how to make the link between documentation and evaluation. We will uncover the three kinds of assessment and how teachers can ensure that they are collecting observations, conversations and products for all 3 types. There will also be a focus on reporting on growth rather than achievement in the four frames and how the Communication of Learning templates can be used to do this.

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Noticing & Naming Math Learning (Kindergarten)

Young children may not know it, but they already know how to think and reason mathematically. It is up to us, as teachers, to capture and share their thinking and learning along the way.

We will explore using “Loose Parts” to notice and name the math learning in Kindergarten. “Loose Parts” are materials that can be moved, carried, combined, redesigned, lined up, and taken apart and put back together in multiple ways. This session will discover the many ways to think about and assess “Loose Parts” tasks to support all areas of the Kindergarten math curriculum.

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Mathematics & Technology 2016-2018
Let's Code! - 2018

Instructor: Jennifer Torrance

Grade Focus: 1-3

Are you interested in bringing coding to your students but you don’t know where to start? Start here! Join us as we explore online resources, free apps and new ideas for how to incorporate coding into your math lessons.

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Being Present in their Learning - 2018

Instructor: Peter Cameron

Grade Focus: 4-8

Understand the importance of being fully present in your math classroom and create activities that allow you to learn along side your students. Create lessons that are engaging and fun that will get your students talking and sharing. Learn how to become totally present in your students’ learning, allowing you to provide “just in time feedback” and assess “in the moment”. Math portfolios and Google forms for effective assessment will also be shared and discussed.

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One Shape, Two Shapes, Red Shape, Blue Shapes - 2018

Instructor: Cathy Chaput

Grade Focus: K-3

Ever wish for some great ideas to enrich spatial thinking in your classroom? Visualization and spatial sense activities are motivating and engaging. Primary teachers are invited to enjoy an action-packed hour of hands-on experiences which are rich enough to stretch your thinking and easy enough to use tomorrow! Participants will need one set of tangrams, and a handful of colour tiles. Join in to shape up your math program!

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Hip to be Square - 2018

Instructor: Cathy Chaput

Grade Focus: 4-6

Huey Lewis had it right when he said it was hip to be square …but it’s equally hip to explore other shapes as well! Junior teachers are invited to enjoy ideas that will stretch your spatial thinking and support visualization. These ideas will be challenging enough to engage students, but easy enough to use tomorrow! Participants will need a handful of colour tiles, a handful of linking cubes, and a set of tangrams.

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We're not just playing games, We're Learning! - 2018

Instructor: Peter Cameron

Grade Focus: 4-6

Learn quick and easy games and strategies that can be used throughout the course of the school day that will help your students learn, reinforce and master their multiplication facts while building their number sense and numeration awareness. Help kids see the fun in learning math and understand that it’s literally all around them!

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Inquiry in the Applied Math Classroom - 2018

Jennifer Torrance

Grade Focus: 9-12

Inquiry based learning allows students to problem solve in new ways. Developing inquiry skills enables students to foster better problem solving abilities. Integrating inquiry into the classroom helps us better answer the familiar question: “Where am I ever going to use this?”-- Inquiry in Math is about more than numbers, it is about improving the ability to think deeply. This webinar will discuss practical strategies to incorporate Inquiry learning into the Applied Math classroom, while maintaining the integrity of basic number sense for these students. Examples and resources will be shared.

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Engaging and Innovative Math Instruction/Technology Tools - 2018

Instructor: Peter Cameron

Grade Focus: 4-6

Let’s begin thinking beyond the textbook and notice that opportunities for making math learning REAL are all around. Participants will learn how they can leverage a wide variety of technologies and everyday items in their own classrooms to make math learning and teaching fun, exciting and relevant while effectively and efficiently covering the junior level Ontario Math curriculum. This workshop will offer many tech (Google, Flipgrid and Twitter) and “no tech” tips, tricks and resources that can be adapted across the elementary grades.

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Early Number Sense - 2018

Instructor: Laura Cronshaw

Grade Focus: K-2

This session will explore the importance of counting, quantity and relationships in the development of early number sense. Learn about how to support a range of learners with practical strategies and ideas that you can use in the classroom, including daily number talks and mini-lessons.

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Jumping into a 21st Century Math Class: Tools, Strategies and More - 2018

Instructor: Jonathon Butler

Grade Focus: 4-8

Engage students in their world while bringing them into the world of tomorrow. This workshop will focus on how to elicit the larger competencies of 21st Century Learning (Critical thinking, Creativity, Communication and Collaboration) and utilize various web tools to like Scratch (basic block coding) and Minecraft to help immerse them in mathematics. Join this session to help students learn in an engaging, creative and meaningful way using 21st Century competencies and tools.

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The First Fifteen Minutes of Math Class - 2018

Instructor: Siobhain Millen

Grade Focus: 1-6

Looking for fresh ideas to engage learners and warm-up their mathematical brains? This WebExperience will explore how to create an impactful warm-up to your 60 minute math class. Join us as we explore games, puzzles and websites that will motivate students, to think, talk and discover the wonder of math. B​e ready to play, explore and collaborate

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Let’s Measure Up in the Primary Grades - 2018

Instructor: Maxine Highet

Grade Focus: K-3

This webinar session will focus on how measurement concepts develop in the Primary grades (K – 3). Participants will have an opportunity to engage in activities that will highlight the big ideas in measurement, and ways to support students learning in this area.

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Math is Everywhere - 2018

Dawn Butson

Grade Focus:4-8

Do your students look at the real world through a math lens? Join us as we explore how to get students engaged and excited about real world events and issues, involving mathematics. Using a math inquiry, the learning process and how to assess using math processes, this session will provide new ideas for making math fun and meaningful.

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Inquiry in the Applied Classroom - 2017

Grade Focus: 9-12
Instructor: Jennifer Torrence

Inquiry based learning allows students to problem solve in new ways. Developing inquiry skills in our Applied level students can enable them to foster better problem solving abilities. Integrating inquiry into the classroom helps us better answer the familiar question: “Where am I ever going to use this?”

Inquiry in Math is about more than numbers, it is about improving the ability to think deeply. This webinar will discuss practical strategies to incorporate Inquiry learning into the Applied Math classroom, while maintaining the integrity of basic number sense for these students. Examples and resources will be included in the session.

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Lets do some Real Math - 2017

Grade Focus: 4-6
Instructor: Peter Cameron

Let’s begin thinking beyond the textbook and notice that opportunities for making math learning REAL are all around. Participants will learn how they can leverage a wide variety of technologies and everyday items in their own classrooms to make math learning and teaching fun, exciting and relevant while effectively and efficiently covering the junior level Ontario Math curriculum. This workshop will offer many tech (Google, Flipgrid and Twitter) and “no tech” tips, tricks and resources that can be adapted across the elementary grades.

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Spiraling in Mathematics - 2017

Grade Focus: 4-8
Instructor: Dawn Butson

Interested in learning more about how to plan for a spiraling math program? Join this session for an introductory to the process of creating a spiral learning cycle, starting from the beginning stages of planning with big ideas, to creating engaging three part lessons.

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Building Thinking Classrooms - 2017

Grade Focus: 7-12
Instructor: Tom Steinke

In this interactive, one-hour web experience, Tom will share what teaching and learning in a defronted classroom looks, sounds, and feels like. Vertical Non-Permanent Surfaces (VNPS) and Visibly Random Groups (VRG), research ideas from Dr. Peter Liljedahl, create an incredibly powerful and connected learning community in the K-12 math classroom. Student thinking is visible and actionable, where teachers can react in real time to help keep individuals and groups in a state of flow. Tom will lead participants through a rich activity that model these ideas, as well as share video of a classroom episode that we will critically unpack and analyze.

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From Patterning to Algebraic Thinking - 2017

Grade Focus: 4-8
Instructors: Liz Mulholland & Cristina Corbett

In this session, participants will explore patterning and how to move students through a continuum of patterning to algebraic equations.  This will lead participants in examining the expectations from grades 4 to 8 and how teachers can build student understanding in patterning.  Connections will also be made to Data Management and how patterns and pattern growth can be represented in graphs.  Participants will also explore different ways students can represent patterns and determine pattern rules and pattern growth.

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Fraction Development - 2017

Grade Focus: 4-6
Instructors: Cristina Corbett and Liz Mullholland

In this session, participants will have the opportunity to explore fraction sense. In early junior, students are asked to read,represent,compare,and order simple fractions while in 5 and 6 proper and improper fractions,and mixed numbers are introduced. Activities to support the development of student understanding of fractions will be investigated.

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Bringing Wonder into Math Class Through Inquiry based Learning - 2017

Grade Focus: 1-6
Instructor: Jonathon Butler

Math needs to be tangible and real; students need to see the math and see their world reflected in the math they are doing. Effective math instruction engages students and allows them to see math as meaningful in the context of their lives. Learn to create provocations and guide students through the inquiry based learning process. Have students engage and explore mathematics through rich inquiry based tasks. Take away the fear and bring wonder and curiosity into the math class.

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Coding - Unplugged - 2017

Grade Focus: 1-6
Instructor: Michele Mellow

Coding doesn’t always need a computer. If you are new to programming, why not start with some "unplugged" activities? In this session you will learn the basics of programming. Beginning with terminology and exploring activities that will preapre your students to code with a variety of applications such as Kodable, Scratch and Lego Robotics.

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Get Your Game On! Multiplication and Division Games to Support Fluency (K-12) - 2016

Do you long for the days when students were confident with math facts? This session will explore how to bring back fact fluency without sacrificing understanding, using engaging and instructive math games. These can be used in math class, for practice in centers, and as a home connection! You will learn a variety of low-prep games, easy to teach and implement, that your students will love to play!

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Throw Out the Tests and Quizzes (9-10 Applied) - 2016

Can you assess your students without tests and quizzes? Would you like to assess on a daily basis? How does a student know what level they are at? This session will share a teacher’s experience moving from test/quiz based assessment of learning to using other simple assessment tools in the classroom.

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Mental Math Strategies Number Talks (Junior) - 2016

Participants will explore a variety of Mental Math strategies for multiplication and division. The focus of this session will be to further deepen your understanding of various multiplication and division strategies, as well as explore ways to have students uncover various strategies through Number Talks. We will investigate ways to have students develop and use a variety of mental math strategies more effectively when problem solving in math class.

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Number Talks for Intermediate Learners - 2016

This session will explore how to effectively engage students in a number talk that reveals their thinking as it relates to computations, and fluency, with whole numbers, decimals and fractions. The session will also examine ways to encourage students to develop number sense, use numbers flexibly and communicate strategies effectively. The work of Sherry Parish, Jo Boaler and Cathy Fosnot will be highlighted.

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Exploring Math Through a Social Justice Lens (Junior/Intermediate) - 2016

In this session, we will review the Catholic Graduate Expectations and the Virtues with the mathematics learner in mind. A variety of social justice issues will be shared that can be explored within the junior/intermediate classroom. This session will provide a powerful mathematical context for students and allows them to see themselves as agents of change. Participants will leave the session with useful resources that can be implemented in the mathematics classroom.

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Exploring Math Through a Social Justice Lens (Junior/Intermediate) - 2016

In this session, we will review the Catholic Graduate Expectations and the Virtues with the mathematics learner in mind. A variety of social justice issues will be shared that can be explored within the junior/intermediate classroom. This session will provide a powerful mathematical context for students and allows them to see themselves as agents of change. Participants will leave the session with useful resources that can be implemented in the mathematics classroom.

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Mindset and Mathematics (K-12) - 2016

This session will explore how one’s mindset can impact learning and will provide practical ways that we can foster a productive disposition towards mathematics and a growth mindset. The work of Dr. Carol Dweck examines our self-perceptions and beliefs about our own abilities, and distinguishes between a growth and fixed mindset.

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Play Based Learning in the Math Classroom and Beyond (Junior/ Intermediate) - 2016

Games are a great way to bring mathematical concepts to life and help students form real connections to difficult concepts. Learn to facilitate and generate great reflective practices through game-based learning. In this session, teachers will be introduced to activities and strategies that help create a stress-free environment. When mathphobia is taken out of the equation, and students are able to immerse in risk free play, the result is fantastic!

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Curriculum Mapping (Grades 3, 6, 9) - 2016

“The development of mathematical knowledge is a gradual process.” This session aims to build understanding of the continuum of learning in the Ontario Mathematics Curriculum. By mapping EQAO questions through specific and overall expectations, participants will construct knowledge of the continuum of learning from Kindergarten to Grade 9.

Participants will explore the practice of determining potential learning, achievement, and understanding gaps. And will plan forward to develop strategies that build on strengths. Specific attention to instructional continuity will be a focus for this session.

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Number Talks (Primary)

This session will focus on how to use number talks in the primary classroom to make math thinking visible and support student learning. The session will provide opportunities for participants to explore what number talks are, why they are important, and how to implement them in the classroom to develop student flexibility and fluency with numbers.

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From the Big picture to the Little Things (Grades 9-12) - 2016

Ever start your students with the big picture first and work backwards? By using technology to engage students along the way, students discover the techniques needed for the concept at hand through an inquiry based approach. Use the student’s own language to expand the concept at hand. Let the math be fun.

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