Special Guest

Author/Illustrator Mike Boldt will be in our building tomorrow and has agreed to sign any of his books that the students bring in (only books, please – no paper). If your child is bringing in a book and would like it personalized by Mr. Boldt, it would help to write the name of the student on a sticky note to ensure accuracy. He will be available in the library at 11:25 to sign. We thank him for taking the time to see us here at Muir Lake School and hope he enjoys our visit with us!

Mustang Ring

Yesterday, Grade 6-9 students wowed us with their innovative designs at our Design Expo.  Today, twelve designs moved on to our Mustang Ring (Dragon’s Den).  With Mrs. Stride Goudie, Mr. McNaughton and Edmonton Eskimo Mr. Grant Shaw as our judges, our designers were able to “pitch” their designs in front of staff and students.  Congratulations to all of our student designers for two amazing days!

Here’s a quick peek at our Expo and Mustang Ring, in case you missed them!

 

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Design Thinking

About five weeks ago, the grade 6-9 students were introduced to the concept of Design Thinking.  Since then, for about three blocks per week, they have been learning about the process and working through it in order to solve a problem that would make the world a better place.  

It has been so exciting to watch the incredible creativity and perseverance of our students as they designed, tested and re-designed their own original solutions to a problem.
Next week, the students will be ready to share their designs with the community at our DESIGN EXPO.  As this is also the day of our K-5 Leader in Me Assembly (which is at 9:00), we will be opening up the expo before the assembly begins, and again after first recess.  Please consider joining us for this celebration of learning!

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CTF – Career and Technology Foundations

Last week, the grade 6-9 students were introduced to the Career and Technology Foundations (CTF) Course.  CTF is a new Alberta Program of Studies for middle years students that will begin in September and will, in essence, replace our current options.  Please take a look at the following for more information:

PSD Parent Communication Sheet

After the introduction to the CTF Course, the students were introduced to CTF Week that will be happening during the last week of June.  Click on the CTF WEEK tab to learn more about this exciting opportunity.

 

I-Week Success!

I am truly amazed at the creativity and perseverance shown by our students this week.  It has been an absolute pleasure watching them throughout the week, working together to solve their problems and really take control of their own learning.  Thank-you to all students involved, as well as to the staff, parents and community members who helped make this Innovation Week such a success!

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Innovation Week Showcase

For the past three days, many of our grade 7-9 students have been participating in Innovation Week and tomorrow it will be time to share their learning with the rest of the school and with the community.

We would like to invite all friends, family and community members to visit our school tomorrow from 9:55 am – 11:25 am.  All participants will be in the Middle Years end of the school, ready to answer questions and describe their inquiry projects.  Please stop by if you can!Photo 2014-12-18 10.09.45 AM

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Innovation Week

It’s time again for Innovation Week at Muir Lake School!

Last week, the students from grades 7-9 were given an introduction to our new Innovation Week theme – “Hacking Your Education”.  Inspired by the TedTalk given by then 13-year old Logan LaPlante about “Hackschooling”, we are giving students the opportunity to hack their school and decide WHAT they want to learn about and HOW they want to learn it.

Again, this opportunity is voluntary for students, although all 7-9 students have been involved in the planning part of the Inquiry Process. We truly believe in the great value and unbelievable learning that a project like this offers to all students, and greatly encourage participation in it. Students who choose not to participate in Innovation Week will be participating in teacher-directed learning for the week.

Innovation Week Timeline:

December 16 – Day 1 – Work on projects in assigned rooms

December 17 – Day 2 – Work on projects in assigned rooms

December 18 – Day 3 – Work on projects/presentations in assigned rooms

December 19 – Showcase in rooms – open to public 9:55am-11:25am

Please plan to join us on December 19 for the showcase and thank-you so much for your continued support of Muir Lake’s Innovation Week.

Innovation Week…Round 2!

Back in December, we decided to try out Innovation Week at Muir Lake School.  Throughout the week, we saw some incredible things happen!  We saw students take control of their learning.  We saw them explore their passions and interests.  We saw them work through problems and think critically and we saw them share their learning with the rest of the school and community.

This week, the students from grades 6-9 were given an introduction to our new theme – “Entrepreneurial Spirit” (one of the key qualities outlined in Alberta Education’s Framework for Student Learning).  Although they might have had some background knowledge of the term, students were given an opportunity through the following presentation to see entrepreneurial spirit as:

“…a process that results in CREATIVITY, INNOVATION and GROWTH. Innovative entrepreneurs come in all shapes and forms; its benefits are not limited to startups, innovative ventures and new jobs. Entrepreneurship refers to an individual’s ability to TURN IDEAS INTO ACTION…”  

-Yong Zhao

 

Again, this opportunity is voluntary for students. We are making this voluntary because Innovation Week is an amazing opportunity for students to make choices about their learning which empowers and engages them in exploring their own passions and interests.   Although participation is by choice, we truly believe in the great value and unbelievable learning that a project like this offers to all students, and greatly encourage participation in it. Students who choose not to submit a proposal for Innovation Week will be participating in teacher directed learning for the week.

Innovation Week Timeline

June 6 – Student Proposals are due (includes Proposal and Form)

June 13 – Proposals approved

June 24 – Day 1 – Work on projects in assigned rooms

June 25 – Day 2 – Work on projects in assigned rooms

June 26 – Day 3 – Work on presentations in assigned rooms, set-up gym for showcase

June 27 – Showcase – open to public 9:55am-11:25am

Please plan to join us on June 27 for the showcase and thank-you so much for your support of Muir Lake’s Innovation Week.