Innovation Week: Dream and Discover

This week, all grade 6-9 students were given an introduction to “Innovation Week”.  This is an opportunity for students to follow their own passions and direct their own learning about something that interests them. We encourage you to go through the presentation that the students participated in and view the videos that are in the presentation.

Innovation week is more than a “science fair” or “invention fair”, as it is not limited to only science-based projects.  Students are encouraged to pursue any area that is important to them – something they feel passionate about, or wonder about, or want to learn about.  It might be in the area of science, computers, drama, design, history, media, social justice, music, art, writing…the possibilities really are endless.

Last year, the staff and students at Greystone Centennial Middle School launched “Innovation Week”.  This year, Muir Lake is geared up to initiate the process here for our own middle years staff and students.

What is Innovation Week?

Innovation Week is an opportunity for students to engage in meaningful learning experiences, to pursue their own learning interests, and to develop the skills and thought processes to become lifelong, passionate learners.  This is not a traditional “stand and deliver” classroom environment.  Teachers are facilitators in the process.  They are there to guide, to question, to encourage and to focus, but the students are the “innovators” and will take the lead in their learning.

How will it work?

Students from grades 6-9 will be given the option to participate in this learning opportunity.  Those that choose to participate will be given the time and space to plan, research and create their projects at school during the week of December 16, before eventually sharing with the school and community at the Showcase on the morning of December 20.  Please be our guest on the 20th to share in our learning.

We can’t wait to see what our students will dream and I’m sure we’ll be in awe of what they will discover!

Congratulations To Our Grade 3 Fire Chief For A Day!

Congratulations to Avery! He was the lucky winner of the Fire Chief for the Day event sponsored by the Stony Plain Fire Hall to promote fire safety week.  He was picked up early in the morning and taken to the fire hall where he experienced life as a fire personnel including lunch at Dairy Queen!  What an exciting event to remember from grade three!

In Avery’s words…

My name is Avery and I was the Fire Chief for the day! It was really fun when I got to spray the fire hose. I also had a good time when I went on the ladder and it went up. I had a really good time when I rode in the fire truck and the fireman drove it. I got a CD and a plaque that says Avery Junior Fire Chief For A Day 2013.

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