Inspiring Education … Innovation … Cross-Curricular Competencies …

Parents / Guardians

Would you like to know what …

Inspiring Education, 21 Century Skills, Innovation, Critical Thinking, Cross-Curricular Competencies, Inquiry Process, Creativity & Problem Solving have in common ?

Come to Muir Lake School Council — Monday, January 12 @ 7:00 p.m.

We look forward to having great conversations and discussions about Alberta Education Initiatives.

See you there !

Cross Curricular Comp

Innovation Week Day 2 Complete!

Muir Lake has definitely been busy the last couple of days as over 130 of our students from grade 6-9 have been participating in Innovation week. Our student participants are working on their projects alongside other students who are working on projects of the same category. As I have wandered around and visited the different rooms (Technology & Research, Foods & Culinary, Science & Design, Construction & Mechanics, Art & Design), I am blown away by the students idea, creativity, and innovation. Every room I walk into is a room of engaged and excited students, passionately working on their projects. There are too many great projects to list here but some examples of these projects are hovercraft, protective vest for hunting dogs, bike generator, bullying awareness, social media Chrome app, website design, duct tape hammock, creating products out of recycling, scooter sled, snow bike, half pipe, fashion design, toothbrush invention that includes the toothpaste as part of the toothbrush and many more. Even as I write about this I am struck by the diversity of our students’ passions and talents.

We are really enjoying innovation week.  We believe it is inspiring to us and other students.  It gives us a chance to take time and think, and explore!  We hope we get the chance to do it again, later in the school year.  We have great enthusiasm.  We already have planned what we will innovate next innovation week!!  This is a great learning opportunity and experience! – Kamira & Hannah 

Each day, our students are reflecting on their learning. Continue reading

Students Sharing Their Imagination Projects

It was awesome to come and visit the grade 7 science classes and see the incredible projects and ideas that the students had come up with for their Imagination Foundation Project. What stood out to me the most was the level of creativity, innovation and engagement all of the students displayed. It was easy to see the students’ passion in every conversation that I had with them. Some of them shared their learning and their project on their e-portfolio. Below are only a couple examples of the amazing projects that took place taken from the students’ e-portfolios.

Jake, Ethan and Aaron – Grade 8

Project based learning is when students use projects to learn the curriculum and life skills through a creative and enjoyable manner. We found project based learning extremely beneficial because we were able to express our interests. We believe that project based learning was an exceptionally useful way to educate our fellow students compared to book learning were all you had to do was memorize the material.

During the construction of the mini ballista we went through a voluminous amount of different experiences. Continue reading

1 to 1 BYOD Parent Information Sessions

We are excited to be extending our 1-to-1 Technology Learning Initiative into the 2013/2014 school year. This initiative will continue to have our students learning with access to their own electronic device (chromebook, laptop, etc.) in the classroom to be used when it is the best tool for the learning activity. This 1-to-1 pilot began with our grade 9 and grade 4 classes; however, we are excited to expand this initiative to invite all of our students from grades 4-9 to participate.

Research indicates and we believe that creating a 1-to-1 learning environment will:

IRON CHEF COMPETITION

WOW … Inspired by the TV show, “Iron Chef “, Mrs. L’Hirondelle and the Food Studies class participated in their own version of the Iron Chef competition.  Students were challenged to create a “hot” and “cold” drink with “secret” ingredients and under time restraints.

What an AMAZING opportunity to be one of the judges for IRON CHEF @ Muir Lake School ! Entries were judged on aesthetics, taste, safety and sanitation.

Teams of students were engaged, on task, working together and having FUN !  It was a ‘WIN WIN’ learning opportunity !

I absolutely LOVED it !

Thank you Mrs. L’Hirondelle and Foods Studies students.

Enjoy the pictures and video …