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KinderExperience

Join us Tuesday and Thursday nights at 8:00p.m. for new, innovative and practical ideas for your Kindergarten class!

These sessions are tailored to meet curricular expectations that support best practices. Facilitated by teacher leaders from across the province, these live, interactive sessions will provide ideas and activities you can use in your classroom to support the implementation of an engaging and balanced kindergarten program.

Experiences are limited to 25 people and are filled on a first come basis – there is no pre-registration. Check back within 24 hours of the start of the session for the live link. Review the technical stuff for more details on logging into the sessions.

Experience one, or try them all!

Inquiry Stance

Instructor: Jennifer Bos

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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."

Building Relationships in the Kindergarten Classroom

Instructor: Cheryl Cameron

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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!

The Learning Environment & Self Regulation

Instructor: Ashley Fung Fook

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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

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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

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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.

Lifting our Learning as we Notice and Name What Counts

Instructor: Mary Day Mauro

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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!

Communication of Learning: Linking Documentation and Comment Writing - November 23, 2017

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 - November 30, 2017

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 - December 5, 2017

Instructor: Ashley Fung-Fook

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 - January 18, 2017 (New Time)

Instructor: Debbie Watters

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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