As a high school language arts teacher, my goal is to design learning experiences that enable students to develop a deep understanding of themselves and the world around them. In striving to do so, I often turn to the discussion strategy called the Socratic Seminar. 
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As educators, we know the big impact positive relationships between teachers and students have on learning, development and overall achievement.  Research supports the benefits of positive relationships between teachers and students as stated by John Hattie (2011), “The educator-student relationship has been found to be 
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Have you ever wondered how we, as teachers, can meaningfully connect our students with local experts in our community? There are a number of community members who have mastery knowledge in a variety of subjects tied to our curriculum, like museums. Why not take a 
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School-wide Focus This year, to kickstart the school-wide focus on caring for the environment, Westmount Elementary School chose ‘The Lorax’ by Dr. Seuss to share with their students.  The ‘Environmental Team’ of students created monthly challenges for the whole school that connected to environmental stewardship. 
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“Did we get any letters from our friends today?” repeats each student at the beginning of every class.  This excitement is natural when students become part of a year long cross Canada postcard exchange, genuinely connecting students nationally.  How It Started Social Media is a 
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Providing cross-curricular opportunities for students can enrich the learning experience through authenticity and meaningful context.  It also allows for the transfer of concepts across disciplines. Cross-curricular opportunities can be between core classes, core and option classes, or between option classes. Cross-curricular learning highlights and honours 
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The “SPARK” A move towards more authentic, powerful learning often times requires a “spark”, and in the case of the Net-Zero project, the spark for teacher Mark Schweitzer came in 3 parts:  A presentation by Peter Gamwell, where educators were asked to think of their 
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Future challenges and opportunities are difficult to anticipate; however, teachers in Golden Hills are constantly seeking ways to better prepare students for this uncertainty. What’s a solution? The Global Connections Certificate, a program developed by Golden Hills teachers and administrators. The program provides students with: 
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Our classrooms and schools are increasingly diverse and educators are often left wondering how to best accommodate individual student needs. The team at Drumheller Valley Secondary School (DVSS) saw a diverse group of students as an opportunity, and students thrived as a result.  This year, 
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