Our Term 2 Learning Update

Each time that I listen to the students talk about their learning, I am amazed and proud at their growth and their ability to explain their learning using the vocabulary that we use in class. Seamus and Cailynne had the opportunity to speak with Mrs. Cameron about feedback and how it helps us grow in our learning. When Mrs. Cameron told me the story, I was so impressed with their description. They described like climbing a staircase and each feedback loop allowed them to move to the next step. It was phenomenal to hear. I have since used that example to explain to teachers in other districts about the work that we do.

For this video, the students put together their ideas. My job was simply to hold the camera still and put photos and video together in a format we could share.

LC 5A learning for term 2 from Courtney Albrecht on Vimeo.

I am so proud of the students and can’t wait to see what Term 3 brings in our #bestyearever

Our back-to-school so far…

The first two weeks has been a great experience. 5A and 5F are temporarily sharing the music room until our space just off the purple pod is ready for us. Boy, are we excited! Despite having 44 kids in one room, 2 teachers and sharing a hallway with the grade 9s, the students are working great together. Everyone is still getting used to being in middle school but I am seeing growth in the students everyday.

Week 1 we focused on how to make this the Best Year Ever – that feedback will help shape our time shared and lead to a good transition once we head out to our new classroom. ¬†We’ll be adding to the #gcmspride on twitter as we get comfortable

Week 2 as a group, we have looked at Peer Feedback and what makes good feedback. We’ve summarized it pretty good into this chart, though we have added that positive feedback can also be a suggestion for improvement if we word it properly.

Effective Peer Feedback


We have also learned about the Scientific Method in science and how it relates to being a good scientist, brainstormed questions to ask Cst. Lucas when we have our video call with him next week about digital citizenship, had a class meeting and looked for ways to work cooperatively, and also got all set up on Google Docs. We’re still working out the kinks to all this technology use but slowly, we will get there. Having a class blog set up was a big step.

We’re just getting started on our #BestYearEver