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FANTASYLAND HOTEL, EDMONTON, AB  •  November 1-3, 2018

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Thursday, November 1
 

4:00pm

Delegate Registration Opens
Thursday November 1, 2018 4:00pm - 6:30pm
Fantasyland Hotel Ballroom

6:30pm

Fred Penner - Inspiring Creativity and the World of Songwriting
Speakers
avatar for Fred Penner

Fred Penner

Acclaimed family entertainer, singer/songwriter, composer, actor, writer, author, TV host and keynote speaker Fred Penner delivered a simple, yet powerful message at ECEC. “Never underestimate your ability to make a difference in the life of a child.”A gentle giant with kind eyes... Read More →


Thursday November 1, 2018 6:30pm - 8:15pm
Fantasyland Hotel Ballroom

8:15pm

Social - Come Party with Penner!
Our Make and Take social will be held right after our opening keynote on Thursday, Nov 1 from 8pm - 12am. Each delegate will receive 1 voucher that they can redeem for a free make and take item at one of the following stations:
1. Terrarium Building
2. Rustic Sign Painting
3. Fused Glass Making
4. ArtVentures explorations


In addition to the 4 stations above, we will have a leader in tech education showing delegates how to utilize and use Stop Motion photography with your own devices.


Finally, Wintergreen will once again be our gold sponsor for the event, and this year they are bringing a host of awesome tech gadgets sure to spice up your Art lessons.


Come for the food and drinks, play some games, amazing prizes throughout the night, take pictures in our booth, make and take a great piece to add to your classroom or home, and Party with Penner! 

Thursday November 1, 2018 8:15pm - 11:30pm
Fantasyland Hotel Ballroom
 
Friday, November 2
 

7:30am

Breakfast
Friday November 2, 2018 7:30am - 8:30am
Fantasyland Hotel Ballroom

8:30am

Dr. Stuart Shanker - The Paramount Importance of Early Childhood Educators
 Decades of research have shown that self-regulation is the foundation of healthy human development and learning. Dr. Stuart Shanker (D. Phil.), CEO of the MEHRIT Centre, and one of the world’s leading experts on self-regulation, believes that early educators play a pivotal role in the development of self-regulation in today’s children. This keynote will focus on the importance of self-regulation in the early years, and the unique role played by early childhood educators in fostering self-regulation, and, in some ways, changing the developmental trajectories in today’s children. 

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Stuart Shanker

Dr. Stuart Shanker

Dr. Stuart Shanker (D.Phil) is a Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Psychology, the CEO of The MEHRIT Centre, Ltd., and founder and Science Director of the Self-Regulation Institute. His most recent book, Self-Reg: How to Help Your Child (and You) Break t... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 8:30am - 10:15am
Fantasyland Hotel Ballroom

10:15am

Break
Friday November 2, 2018 10:15am - 10:45am
Fantasyland Hotel Ballroom

10:45am

Let's Have Some Fun Integrating Drama
We all know that children learn best when they are engaged and actively involving in their learning. We also know that team building, developing friendships and fostering empathy for others improves their social skills.  Drama can be one of our most effective tools to help our students reach these goals. During our session today, we will be participating in drama techniques and games that can be used in a variety of ways in your classroom. Drama provides a wonderful vehicle to enhance ideas and make connections between various subjects areas. It can help children understand concepts in math, science, social, language arts, health, gym...practically any subject. It also helps children with their self confidence and encourages children to work cooperatively. Come join me today and Let’s Have Some Fun Integrating Drama Techniques Into Your Lessons.

Speakers
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Nina Fotty

Teacher, Formally with Edmonton Public Schools (retired)
I have taught drama to children from K to 9 during my career as a teacher with the Edmonton Public School Board. I have run drama clubs at 3 Edmonton Public schools where students performed reader’s theatre scripts for Remembrance Day Ceremonies and plays for Winter and Spring concerts... Read More →



Friday November 2, 2018 10:45am - 12:00pm
Room 5

10:45am

Breakout Session - Q & A with Fred Penner
Speakers
avatar for Fred Penner

Fred Penner

Acclaimed family entertainer, singer/songwriter, composer, actor, writer, author, TV host and keynote speaker Fred Penner delivered a simple, yet powerful message at ECEC. “Never underestimate your ability to make a difference in the life of a child.”A gentle giant with kind eyes... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 10:45am - 12:00pm
Ballroom C

10:45am

Breakout Session: Dr. Stuart Shanker
Speakers
avatar for Dr. Stuart Shanker

Dr. Stuart Shanker

Dr. Stuart Shanker (D.Phil) is a Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Psychology, the CEO of The MEHRIT Centre, Ltd., and founder and Science Director of the Self-Regulation Institute. His most recent book, Self-Reg: How to Help Your Child (and You) Break t... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 10:45am - 12:00pm
Ballroom D

10:45am

Fall in Love with Phonemic Awareness
In this session, participants will discover the key instructional practices needed to solve the biggest reading problems early. Set the stage for lifelong success in reading!

Did you know that more than 25% of our nation's children are demonstrating significant difficulties in learning to read? Often, one of the underlying factors is lack of Phonemic Awareness. There are many reasons to fall in Love with Phonemic Awareness; #1 being setting the stage for lifelong success in reading. Discovering key instructional practices needed to solve the biggest reading problems early is the intent of this interactive and motivational workshop.

Speakers
avatar for Lana Lane

Lana Lane

Alberta Learning Networks' Presenter, Independent Literacy Consultant


Friday November 2, 2018 10:45am - 12:00pm
Ballroom A

10:45am

How Can Teachers Foster a Love of Reading?
Teachers have always known the value of reading aloud to their students. During this time, we not only bond with students, inform or explain, entertain, arouse curiosity, and inspire, but we also build vocabulary, help the child to associate reading with pleasure, create background knowledge, and provide a reading role model. The Canadian Kids and Family Reading Report suggests parents understand the importance of reading and its lasting effects on children. But, the study shows that the frequency of reading at home drops off after age 5, and continues to decline with age. Still, children of all ages and genders cited wanting to include reading at home as a regular activity. As teachers, we can work with parents to encourage reading aloud at home right into the teen years.  42% of children surveyed said they also wished they could do more independent reading at school. Few children read for an hour or more during independent reading time and more than half (52%) read for less than 20 minutes. 
In this session, teachers will learn more about the research around family reading in Canada, and will discover ways to support parents and caregivers with reading at home. Participants will explore these issues: What can be done to extend reading aloud beyond the primary years? How can parents and teachers make reading more pleasurable? How can we ensure that students have more time to read independently? How can we empower students in making choices for their own reading? How does reading and language development help students become successful, 21st century citizens? 

Speakers
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Wendy Legaarden

Scholastic Education
Wendy Legaarden has worked as a classroom teacher,administrator, and literacy consultant for over 35 years. Wendy believes that a balancedapproach to literacy instruction is the best way to offer a full range of authentic experiences thataddress students’ literacy learning needs... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 10:45am - 12:00pm
Ballroom B

10:45am

So Many Letters! So Many Phonics Rules, So Many Sight Words! How to Use Brain Science as a Road Map to "Fast-Track" Letter Sound & Phonics Skill Mastery
Did you know that the brain has a “backdoor” for learning that can be easily hacked into? Good magicians know this and take full advantage of it, as can great teachers! Discover how to target instruction to the social-emotional learning networks and transform hard letter sound and phonics skills into child's play! Harness the power of what’s “used together becoming fused together” in the brain, and activate backdoor learning channels that provide beginning learners with "warp-speed" access to the tools they need to read and write! Uncover learning loopholes rooted in today’s brain science and take away multi-sensory ”brain-changing” teaching tools that will leave you armed and ready for Monday morning!

Speakers
avatar for Katie Garner

Katie Garner

Author, Speaker, Literacy Consultant, Secret Stories
Katie Garner, M.Ed. (author of best-selling book, Secret Stories® Cracking the Reading Code with the Brain in Mind) is an internationally known keynote speaker, author and literacy consultant with twenty-five years of experience working in early grade classrooms across the country... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 10:45am - 12:00pm
Ballroom E

10:45am

Play with Math: Beginning to Grow a Math Growth Mindset
This session will address the importance of playful routines and how that can help to develop number sense in PreK to grade 1; while focusing around building a mathematical mindset with our littlest learners. We will bring to life the “fun” and “play” in Math while encouraging students to  be excited to learn through discovery and exploration and to believe in themselves!  Several number sense routines will be modelled, as well as a variety of loose parts materials and thematic math centres.

Speakers
avatar for Tracy Casselman

Tracy Casselman

Learning Consultant, Northern Lights Public Schools
Tracy Casselman is passionate about teaching and loves to design professional development experiences that inspire teachers!  Her sessions are dynamic and engaging!  Tracy has nearly 22 years of teaching experience in K-8 and is currently entering her fourth year of serving teachers... Read More →
avatar for Adrienne Peoples-Sprecker

Adrienne Peoples-Sprecker

Learning Consultant, Northern Lights Public Schools
Adrienne Sprecker lives in Lac La Biche, AB. She has a B. Ed from the University of Calgary in Elementary Education, a Diploma in Rehabilitation Sciences and has recently completed her M. Ed in Educational Leadership at the University of Alberta in April 2017. She has worked with... Read More →



Friday November 2, 2018 10:45am - 12:00pm
Room 12

10:45am

Weaving First Nation, Metis and Inuit Literature into Your Math Classroom
Participants will have the opportunity to actively engage with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit literature as a springboard for a variety of hands on mathematics activities for young children.  Extensions for the activities will be explored.  Additional lessons for other pieces of literature will be provided. Links to locating stories and useful websites will be shared.

Speakers
avatar for Kerry Faber

Kerry Faber

Consultant, Edmonton Public School Board
Kerry Faber has been an educator for over 30 years, many of those with younger students in division 1. With education degrees in special needs and mathematics, she is passionate about working with students at every ability level with concepts that are both spatial and quantitative... Read More →



Friday November 2, 2018 10:45am - 12:00pm
Room 9

10:45am

Physical Literacy and Kids
Physical Literacy is an important skill that is in severe decline in our younger generations due to shifting societal norms and the de-emphasization of physical play. Throughout this session, attendees will learn about what physical literacy is, how to apply it to their classes, and the benefits for all when it is included. 

Speakers
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Nick Reilly

Teacher, Edmonton Public School Board
Nick Reilly is a teacher at Balwin School for Edmonton Public Schools. He has taught a wide variety of subjects including PE, and has taken a number of courses surrounding Physical Literacy and its implementation in his program.


Friday November 2, 2018 10:45am - 12:00pm
Room 10

10:45am

History's Loose Parts - The Button Experience **Pre-Registered Session on Event Wizard**
Limited Capacity filling up

Participants will be invited to engage in a button experience that will provoke deeper thinking about schema play, buttons as loose parts, how buttons connect across culture and history and have the opportunity to document the experience, making learning visible. In the documentation of the button play, participants will have the opportunity to make curriculum connections and consider how this experience can be applied to practice. Come ready to play! This is a two part workshop that begins in the morning and concludes in the afternoon.

Speakers
avatar for Diane Kashin

Diane Kashin

Consultant and Professor, Technology Rich Inquiry Based Professional Learning for ECE
Diane is a registered early childhood educator in Ontario. Diane taught early childhoodeducation at Seneca College and Ryerson University in Toronto. Diane writes a blog to supportprofessional learning in early childhood education: https://tecribresearch.wordpress.com/ andloves to... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 10:45am - 4:15pm
Room 6

12:00pm

12:00pm

Take Me Outside at Chickakoo Lake **Pre-Registration on Event Wizard**
Limited Capacity seats available

We will briefly discuss the benefits of forest schools and how our program came to be. We will share with you what a "typical" day at Nature Kindergarten looks like and then you will become the children and get to explore and discover all the spaces our children use each day.

Speakers
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Jeanette Radchenko

Teacher, Parkland School Division
I have been raised in nature and I spend most of my free time canoeing, skiing and hiking in the wilderness with my family. Since having my own children I have realized how many children are not exposed to nature in a way that they can truly explore what it has to offer.


Friday November 2, 2018 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Chickakoo Lake

12:00pm

The St. Monica Story: A Journey to a Place of Wonder, Roots and Wings At St. Monica's School **Pre-Registration on Event Wizard**
Limited Capacity seats available

This is a two-part session where 60 teachers we will be broken up into groups of 30. Each delegate will attend both sessions, switching half-way. 

Learn about the story of St. Monica School and the journey of staff and students toward a "one-of-a-kind" Early Learning School that has worked toward offering the highest quality Early Learning Environment that implements innovative Early Leaning teaching practices. There will be a presentation on our journey involving: school history, Reggio development, permeation of faith, study of wonder, the literacy plan and then explore space that include multi-age classrooms, AB ED Competencies, PBL and Project Blocks, Differentiation, Makerspace, Atelier, Dramatic Play and our outdoor Naturescape. Students will be in attendance and teachers will be teaching so you will observe the school "in action." There will also be opportunity for discussion and reflection with colleagues in attendance.

Combining the research of Richard Louv, in "The Last Child in the Woods" and authentic student led inquiry familiar to the Reggio model, are are taking curriculum outdoors. Come explore some of the provocations and natural learning in our Award winning Naturescape. Come dressed for outside and be ready to play!

Speakers
avatar for Nancy Bromley

Nancy Bromley

Assistant Principal, Edmonton Catholic School Board (St. Monica School)
Nancy Bromley has been an Early Learning teacher and consultant for over 10 years and is passionate about authentic inquiry learning. Currently in her role as assistant principal she is excited about the direction towards naturalized learning. 
avatar for Kristy Desmarais

Kristy Desmarais

Principal, Edmonton Catholic School Board (St. Monica Catholic Elementary School)
Kristy Desmarias has been an educator with ECSD for 22 years with a passion for Early Learning and innovative teaching practices. She has been an administrator at St. Monica School for the past six years and has worked with staff at the school and within the district to develop an... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 12:00pm - 3:00pm
St. Monica Catholic Elementary School

12:00pm

Tinkerlab at Muir Lake School **Pre-Registration on Event Wizard**
Limited Capacity seats available

Come prepared for an afternoon filled with curiosity, play and exploration! Learn ways to plan learning opportunities that allow for and encourage tinkering. Discover how intentionally teaching the design process through purposeful play that is student-led and authentic has helped students begin to develop a "tinkering mindset" which is beneficial to many aspects of their lives both in and out of school. Finally, spend some time exploring a variety of more than 40 high, low and no tech tinkerlab challenges designed to inspire students to wonder, explore, create and launch their learning into the world!

Speakers
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Kyla Moore

Collaborative Teaching Partner (Muir Lake School), Parkland School Division
Kyla Moore currently works as a Collaborative Teaching Partner for Parkland School Division. Prior to this, she had many years of experience as a K-3 teacher, Tinkerlab teacher and Inclusive Education Lead. She is currently working on her Masters of Education Leading for Learning... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Muir Lake

1:15pm

Brush Lettering with KellyCreates **Pre-Registration on Event Wizard**
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Kelly Klapstein is the author of The Art of Brush Lettering and the founder of Kelly Creates, a hand lettering and calligraphy product line manufactured by American Crafts, which is sold in craft and art supply stores around the world. Kelly attended the University of Alberta and has a B.Ed. with Distinction. She taught high school English and ESL for about 8 years in Edmonton and Ontario, then stayed home to raise her family while working part time as a private tutor and education consultant, while helping with the family business. Kelly began teaching paper crafting classes locally and then nationally about 8 years ago and has been writing and designing for Creative Scrapbooker magazine since 2011. Three years ago, Kelly discovered brush pens and began a journey of calligraphy, teaching herself the art of writing beautiful letters. She then launched an online business of teaching others via tracing worksheets that are digital downloads on her website KellyCreates.ca. Her Instagram @kellycreates now has over 600K followers, and she has been invited to teach brush lettering all over the world. When Kelly is not traveling and teaching workshops, she calls Edmonton home, has long walks with her dog Finn, drinks Earl Grey tea, and plays with watercolours.

Speakers
avatar for Kelly Klapstein

Kelly Klapstein

KellyCreates
Kelly Klapstein is the author of The Art of Brush Lettering and the founder of Kelly Creates, a hand lettering and calligraphy product line manufactured by American Crafts, which is sold in craft and art supply stores around the world. Kelly attended the University of Alberta and... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Room 14

1:15pm

Making Music, Movement and Literacy Fun for the Little Ones
This session is specifically geared towards teachers of students ages 2-5, and highlight music literacy and movement to support classroom activities Snowmen, penguins, and lots of Christmas activities! Come prepared to move, and have fun!

Speakers
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Christie Noble

Retired Teacher, Edmonton Public Schools
Christie Nobel (BEd) is retired, but spent 20 years teaching for the Edmonton Public School Board. 10 of those years were spent at Mayfield School, working with Special Needs Early Education students on a regular basis. She developed and implemented a music/literacy program for the... Read More →
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Tracy Stener

Music Specialist, Edmonton Public Schools
Tracy Stener (BMus, BED, M.ED) is the music specialist of Bannerman School in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Her Master's thesis was based on Music and how it related to Literacy, Speech Development and Fine and Gross Motor Skills. Both Tracy and Christie are Music Specialists, with a... Read More →



Friday November 2, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Room 5

1:15pm

Oral Language - Kindergarten to Grade 3
Oral language is foundational for students’ success in reading and writing. Carefully planned oral language experiences can enrich and expand young learners’ skills. This interactive session will highlight powerful strategies and playful materials that: promote oral participation, conversations, and discussions; enhance vocabulary acquisition, and expand students’ communication skills.  

Speakers
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Elva Jones

Scholastic Education
Elva Jones is a retired Reading Specialist who worked for many years in ESPB. Shehas trained teachers in all areas of language arts. In her last five years before retirement, she worked intensively with teachers in grades K–6, teaching and coaching them in using the best practices... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Ballroom B

1:15pm

So Many Letters, So Many Phonics Rules, So Many Sight Words! How to Use Brain Science as a Road Map to "Fast Track" Letter Sound & Phonics Skill Mastery (repeat session)
Did you know that the brain has a “backdoor” for learning that can be easily hacked into? Good magicians know this and take full advantage of it, as can great teachers! Discover how to target instruction to the social-emotional learning networks and transform hard letter sound and phonics skills into child's play! Harness the power of what’s “used together becoming fused together” in the brain, and activate backdoor learning channels that provide beginning learners with "warp-speed" access to the tools they need to read and write! Uncover learning loopholes rooted in today’s brain science and take away multi-sensory ”brain-changing” teaching tools that will leave you armed and ready for Monday morning!

Speakers
avatar for Katie Garner

Katie Garner

Author, Speaker, Literacy Consultant, Secret Stories
Katie Garner, M.Ed. (author of best-selling book, Secret Stories® Cracking the Reading Code with the Brain in Mind) is an internationally known keynote speaker, author and literacy consultant with twenty-five years of experience working in early grade classrooms across the country... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Ballroom E

1:15pm

The Foundations of Literacy: What do I need to consider when building my literacy program with a focus on reading? (Part A)
Are you new to kindergarten or division I? Have you asked yourself: How do I know that my students are building a strong literacy foundation? This session will look at the BIG 6 foundational pieces in early reading instruction: concepts of print, phonological awareness, word study, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. These 6 pieces make up the critical elements of a literacy program leading to the development of strong readers and writers.  We will work together to understand each of these foundational pieces, discuss best practices that support the development of these skills, and examine the continuum of learning for each.  You will take away an enhanced understanding of the type of activities that need to be incorporated into every literacy program, with some great activities that can be used Monday morning.

Speakers
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Miriam Ramzy

PhD Candidate in Language and Literacy, University of Calgary
Miriam Ramzy is a PhD Candidate with the Werklund School of Education, in Literacyand Learning. The focus of her education, teaching practice, and professionaldevelopment endeavours, has been on early learning and literacy education. Herdoctoral work focuses on early literacy learning... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Ballroom D

1:15pm

Word Study at Its Best
In this session, participants will practice numerous ways to manipulate and play with words. Participants will increase their resource book with some of the best word study activities out there.

Word Study is based on Phonics, Spelling and Vocabulary. Once students realize how words work, they are on the way to becoming fully literate individuals. To become proficient in words, students need multiple opportunities to examine and play with words in different contexts.  In this Word Study session, participants will practice numerous ways to manipulate and play with words with the goal of increasing student's understanding and appreciation of the purpose of words.

Speakers
avatar for Lana Lane

Lana Lane

Alberta Learning Networks' Presenter, Independent Literacy Consultant


Friday November 2, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Ballroom A

1:15pm

Early Numeracy in the Play-Based Classroom
Join us for an interactive session outlining early numeracy skills based on the mathematical strands: measurement, data analysis & chance, geometry & spatial thinking, patterns, number, sorting & classification. This session will present how to incorporate numeracy in the rhythms of the day, tried and true lesson plans, learning stories, provocations and activities from an Edmonton Catholic 100 Voices classroom. We aim to assist you in helping children of all ability levels in your class build numeracy skills in a fun and engaging way as well as change your practice to become more meaningful and intentional with numeracy in your classroom.

Speakers
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Michelle Lee

Teacher - 100 Voices, Edmonton Catholic Schools
I am a beginning teacher who was presented with an opportunity to work with 100 voices at the start of my teaching career. Through colleagues, early learning team, and professional development opportunities, I am constantly learning and sharing ideas educators can adopt to maximize... Read More →
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Amanda Lysak

Teacher - 100 Voices, Edmonton Catholic Schools
I have been teaching with Edmonton Catholic Schools for 10 years, with the last six years in 100 Voices. My love for mathematics really developed in university where all the math I had learned over my schooling really clicked and continued to develop when I was teaching grade one... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Room 9

1:15pm

Play with Math: Beginning to Grow a Math Growth Mindset (repeat session)
This session will address the importance of playful routines and how that can help to develop number sense in PreK to grade 1; while focusing around building a mathematical mindset with our littlest learners. We will bring to life the “fun” and “play” in Math while encouraging students to  be excited to learn through discovery and exploration and to believe in themselves!  Several number sense routines will be modelled, as well as a variety of loose parts materials and thematic math centres.

Speakers
avatar for Tracy Casselman

Tracy Casselman

Learning Consultant, Northern Lights Public Schools
Tracy Casselman is passionate about teaching and loves to design professional development experiences that inspire teachers!  Her sessions are dynamic and engaging!  Tracy has nearly 22 years of teaching experience in K-8 and is currently entering her fourth year of serving teachers... Read More →
avatar for Adrienne Peoples-Sprecker

Adrienne Peoples-Sprecker

Learning Consultant, Northern Lights Public Schools
Adrienne Sprecker lives in Lac La Biche, AB. She has a B. Ed from the University of Calgary in Elementary Education, a Diploma in Rehabilitation Sciences and has recently completed her M. Ed in Educational Leadership at the University of Alberta in April 2017. She has worked with... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Room 12

1:15pm

Loose Parts Play at Recess
During this session, Ever Active Schools will introduce you to a step-by-step process that you can use to create a unique loose parts play kit. Perhaps you are starting small and want to create a box of materials you can take out each day for your students to play with, or maybe you want to enrich a larger play space with loose parts. It doesn’t matter how big or small your budget or plans are, you’ll find the tips and guidelines to make it happen.In this session we’ll:1. Explore the multiple benefits of loose parts play for children’s well-being and development through a comprehensive school health lens2. Consider the practicalities of implementing loose parts play in your setting3. Answer common questions and provide information and resources to help you gain support for your loose parts play project

Speakers
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Tracey Gilmour

School Health Facilitator, Everactive Schools
Tracey joins EAS as a School Health Facilitator, focusing on developing play and learning in theoutdoors. She has an undergraduate degree in International Development Studies, post graduate qualifications in education and special needs education. A qualified teacher since 2006, Tracey... Read More →



Friday November 2, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Room 10

1:15pm

Making Your Classroom a Maker Space
“MakerSpaces” appear to be places children “go” to work on hands-on activities. In this session Jennifer and David explain how they have turned their classrooms into MakerSpaces with an emphasis on building and construction toys, art and drawing.  There will be a strong emphasis on children’s literature guiding the activities. You will leave the session with projects that you can try in your classroom.

Speakers
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Jenny Jones

Teacher, Edmonton Public School Board
David and Jennifer have been working collaboratively for 10 years on creating activity-based classrooms that focus on children’s literature and curriculum integration. They have presented numerous workshops relating to children’s literature, art and creativity, classroom organization... Read More →
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David Stawn

Teacher, Edmonton Public Schools
David and Jennifer have been working collaboratively for 10 years on creating activity-based classrooms that focus on children’s literature and curriculum integration. They have presented numerous workshops relating to children’s literature, art and creativity, classroom organization... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Ballroom C

2:30pm

Break
Friday November 2, 2018 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Fantasyland Hotel Ballroom

3:00pm

Fostering Creativity in the Classroom Through Project Work
Creativity and Innovation are essential competencies in our classrooms. In this presentation, you will see projects that have naturally emerged and how students represented their learning using different mediums. Examples of their representations, how they problem solved as well as the creative process will be discussed. For the make and take portion of this presentation, participants will create a project that could spark some creativity in their class.

Speakers
MB

Michelle Bezubiak

Learning Coach, Edmonton Catholic Schools
Michelle Bezubiak is currently a Learning Coach with Edmonton Catholic Schools. She has been teaching for over 20 years with experience in Pre-K, Kindergarten and Grade 1. Michelle has volunteered on the Early Childhood council for over 18 years and is a life long learner. Everyday... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Room 14

3:00pm

Power, Passion and Possibilities: Integrating the Arts in the Early Years
Presenters will take you on an experiential journey sharing tried, tested, and true lessons that develop music, dance and drama concepts while making authentic interdisciplinary connections. 
The lessons shared are creations as a part of an interdisciplinary arts project that presenters are sharing with their teachers and students at Victoria School for the Arts. These lessons are examples of ways to meaningfully integrate the Arts, Literacy, and Science while maintaining the integrity and the substance of each of these disciplines. Lesson participants will take part in a grade  1 and a grade 2 lesson example and are encouraged to use this interdisciplinary concept-based model to bring arts into their early childhood classes. 

Speakers
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Sherri Birdsell

Dance Specialist, Edmonton Public Schools
Sherri Birdsell is a dance specialist with Edmonton Public Schools and is currently teaching at VictoriaSchool for the Arts. She has taught students from pre-school through high school and adults in schools and dance studios. Sherri started the dance program for both Virginia Park... Read More →
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Laurel Nikolai

Music/Dance Teacher, Edmonton Public Schools
Laurel Nikolai is a music and dance specialist who has taught students from pre-K through graduatestudents. Her teaching career has spanned from Canada, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates. She developed a love for early childhood music and movement while teaching the Jr Kindergarten... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Room 5

3:00pm

Alberta Education: K-4 Curriculum Update
Updating the curriculum is critical to helping students develop the skills they need to realize their dreams. The Government of Alberta is giving students the tools they need to succeed in a fast changing world and critical to that work, is updating our curriculum. 
Alberta Education has partnered with The Alberta Teachers’ Association on the development of future curriculum in English and French. More than 300 individuals are giving their time and talents over and above the work they do professionally to move future curriculum forward. They will be developing curriculum through to Grade 12 until 2022. 
Alberta Education has released drafts of the proposed Kindergarten to Grade 4 curriculum in Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, Sciences, Arts and Wellness Education and will release revised drafts that incorporate feedback from Albertans later in the fall. Alberta Education is also engaging with stakeholders and will coordinate the collaborative development of a curriculum implementation plan

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Vera Janjic-Watrich

Dr. Vera Janjic-Watrich

Senior Manager, Alberta Education - Early Years
Vera Janjic-Watrich is the Senior Manager in the Early Years Branch at Alberta Education and is currently involved in K-4 curriculum development. She is presently the Alberta Education representative for the ECEC Provincial Council. She holds a PhD, Master’s Degree, Diploma, and... Read More →
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Dr. Kathryn Smith

Senior Manager, Alberta Education
Kathryn Smith received her PhD in Elementary Education from the University of Alberta. The focus of her doctoral and master’s research was musical play in early childhood. Dr. Smith was awarded the Phi Delta Kappa outstanding dissertation award in 2008 for her work, Musical Play... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Ballroom E

3:00pm

Including ALL Students - Organizing Your Classroom for Learning and Behavioural Challenges
In this session, Jennifer and David will describe how they organize their day and their classrooms to create a differentiated learning environment that will help all children, especially those with learning and behaviour problems, succeed.  They will work through the school day chronologically and highlight how the needs of children can be met through adaptations to daily structures. They will include how their practice has been influenced by programs like The Daily Five and Zones of Regulation. This session will focus most on strategies for the universal population, with some strategies for meeting individual needs.

Speakers
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Jenny Jones

Teacher, Edmonton Public School Board
David and Jennifer have been working collaboratively for 10 years on creating activity-based classrooms that focus on children’s literature and curriculum integration. They have presented numerous workshops relating to children’s literature, art and creativity, classroom organization... Read More →
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David Stawn

Teacher, Edmonton Public Schools
David and Jennifer have been working collaboratively for 10 years on creating activity-based classrooms that focus on children’s literature and curriculum integration. They have presented numerous workshops relating to children’s literature, art and creativity, classroom organization... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Ballroom C

3:00pm

The Foundations of Literacy: What do I need to consider when building my literacy program with a focus on writing? (Part B)
Recent EDI data show that more of our students are entering school without the prerequisite skills needed for early literacy learning. What does this mean for Kindergarten and Grade One writing instruction? This session begins by exploring best practices that support pre-literacy and pre-writing understandings, including the role of cutting, painting, directionality, and fine-motor control.  We will then look at the BIG 5 foundational components necessary in early writing instruction: handwriting, phonics, planning, simple text structures, and vocabulary. Building a better understanding of each of these foundational pieces, we will examine how each component develops on the learning continuum.  Finally, we will explore best practices that support the development of each of these areas. Participants will leave with an enhanced understanding of how to support the writing development of their diverse learners: from those students who have barely held a pencil to those who are ready to start their first book!  

Speakers
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Miriam Ramzy

PhD Candidate in Language and Literacy, University of Calgary
Miriam Ramzy is a PhD Candidate with the Werklund School of Education, in Literacyand Learning. The focus of her education, teaching practice, and professionaldevelopment endeavours, has been on early learning and literacy education. Herdoctoral work focuses on early literacy learning... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Ballroom D

3:00pm

Mindfulness and Self-Compassion as a Foundation
In this session, participants will learn about the benefits of a mindfulness practice, including self-compassion, and some of the research that supports this practice. All are invited to join in experiential practices, which can be integrated to our daily routine with some guidance. These practices might bring reflections such as: What would it be like if I can be fully present and stable in my most challenging moments? What if I am ready to learn without hesitation and doubt? Does the image I hold of myself make any difference in my capacity to wonder and co-imagine the possibilities with children and their families? Mindfulness helps us discover our patterns and self-compassion brings loving awareness to ourselves, lessening the identification with our inner critic. A stable educator, focused, aware and skilful with his/her own emotions is one that children feel secure in their relationship and is capable to play alongside with them.

Speakers
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Daniela Neves

Teacher, Mindful Schools
Daniela is a mother, and art teacher that enjoys opportunities to share mindfulness skills withchildren and youth, also with adults in the workplace. She is grateful for her learnings andpersonal practice as it helps us choose a gentler approach to situations in the moment.April is... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Room 15

3:00pm

Exploring Spatial Reasoning
Did you know that spatial reasoning is an important predictor of school achievement and has a direct impact on STEM related careers? While we talk about spatial reasoning, what does the term really mean?  During this interactive workshop we will focus on activities for building experiences in the five key strands related to geometry and spatial reasoning:
  • Symmetry
  • Composing, Decomposing, and Transforming Two-Dimensional Figures
  • Composing, Decomposing, and Transforming Three-Dimensional Objects
  • Locating, Orienting, Mapping, and Coding
  • Perspective Taking
    You will leave the workshop armed with activities to do with your students the very next day.  

Speakers
avatar for Ulana Soletsky

Ulana Soletsky

Numeracy Consultant, Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium & Greater ST. Albert Catholic Schools
Ulana Soletsky was a classroom teacher for 26 years and for the past 10 years has held the position of Math/Numeracy Coordinator for Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools and has also worked directly with Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium offering PD in the area of Math and Numeracy... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Ballroom A

3:00pm

Building Bodies for Happy Children to Become Happy Productive Adults
This session is designed to empower teachers with skills to better engage children in the physical play needed for gross motor play.  Participants will actively become their students and learn through play.  Activities will impact physical well being and self-regulation, all through a foundation of with fun games and learning through play.  Teachers will walk away with visuals, games, activities and a sample lesson plan where they can embed the activities they have learned into action.

Speakers
avatar for Shauna Dowson

Shauna Dowson

Adaptive Physical Education Consultant, Edmonton Public Schools
Shauna Dowson has worked in play based physical education for 26 years.  A graduate of the former bachelor's of physical education program (now kinesiology, Sport and Recreation).  Shauna opened a business for children 2-12 years old in local communities to learn sports in a positive... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Room 10

3:00pm

The Emotional Value of Risky Play
Recently, there has been a lot of attention brought to the important role of risky play in
the lives of young children. In this session, we will take a look at the support for risky play
in the forms of play charters and position statements in addition to the importance of the
mindset of the caregiver around this active engaged type of play. By understanding the
elements of brain science that are enhanced with risky play, we are better able to set up
environments and have conversations with both children and adults. Come take a risk as
explore with us!

Speakers
avatar for Launa Clark

Launa Clark

Owner, Motivention
For over 25 years, Launa has been an engagement specialist, educational consultant,an early child development educator, presenter and innovator. Her passion is workingwith adults who help find the creative potential with children and families. She hasworked a majority of her career... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Room 12

3:00pm

3D Printing, Designing and Coding with 5 Year Olds
This purpose of this session is to promote the intentional use of technology in order to foster collaboration among early learners.  Participants will consider a series of tasks and larger inquiry projects suitable for K-2 students that incorporate green screening, coding and 3D printing.  Together we will take up benefits and challenges of introducing a variety of new and emerging technologies in the 21st century classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Blais

Chris Blais

Technology Learning Leader, Calgary Board of Education
Chris Blais is a life-long learner, passionate about empowering teachers to leverage technology in meeting the growing needs of their students.  He has a Masters in Educational Technology and is currently the Technology Learning Leader at Buffalo Rubbing Stone School in Calgary... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Ballroom B

4:30pm

ECEC Annual General Meeting (AND SPECIAL PRIZE!), Appie Hour
Join us for the Annual General Meeting (AGM). There will be a large prize drawn at the end of the meeting for those who attend.

After the AGM, stay and join us for Appie Hour!

Friday November 2, 2018 4:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 6
 
Saturday, November 3
 

7:30am

8:30am

Dr. Phil McRae - Achieving a Fine Balance in a Digitally Saturated World
Since the late 1970s, children have lost 12 hours a week of free time, including a 50% drop in outdoor free play! Where will we be in the next decade with the lines between humanity and technology blurring boundaries? Are smartphones destroying a generation or enabling them to be digital citizens? In this keynote address, Dr. McRae will explore some of the key trends that are actively (re)shaping our society and open up a conversation about achieving a fine balance in a digitally saturated world.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Phil McRae

Dr. Phil McRae

Alberta Teachers' Association
Dr. Philip McRae is the Associate Coordinator, Research with the Alberta Teachers’ Association and Adjunct Professor within the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta where he earned his Ph.D. He was the Director of the Alberta Initiative for School Improvement (AISI... Read More →


Saturday November 3, 2018 8:30am - 10:15am
Fantasyland Hotel Ballroom

10:15am

Break
Saturday November 3, 2018 10:15am - 10:45am
Fantasyland Hotel Ballroom

10:45am

Explorations in Pedagogical Leadership and Curriculum
This session will outline the explorations conducted over a two year period in a variety of pre-kindergarten programs in the Calgary region. Investigations focused on practice as it evolves when teachers and educators implement the Alberta ELCC curriculum framework written for the early years – “Play, Participation and Possibilities”. Changes in practice and pedagogical leadership amongst participants will be reviewed.

Speakers
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MaryAnn Farebrother M.Ed

Faculty in the Department of Child Studies, Mount Royal University
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Cathy Smey Carston, Ph.D.

Faculty in the Department of Child Studies and Social Work, Mount Royal University
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Carolyn Bjartveit Ph.D.

Faculty in the Department of Child Studies, Mount Royal University
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Joanne Baxter Ph.D.

Faculty in the Department of Child Studies, Mount Royal University


Saturday November 3, 2018 10:45am - 12:00pm
Room 9

10:45am

Fostering Creativity in the Classroom Through Project Work (REPEAT SESSION)
Creativity and Innovation are essential competencies in our classrooms. In this presentation, you will see projects that have naturally emerged and how students represented their learning using different mediums. Examples of their representations, how they problem solved as well as the creative process will be discussed. For the make and take portion of this presentation, participants will create a project that could spark some creativity in their class.

Speakers
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Michelle Bezubiak

Learning Coach, Edmonton Catholic Schools
Michelle Bezubiak is currently a Learning Coach with Edmonton Catholic Schools. She has been teaching for over 20 years with experience in Pre-K, Kindergarten and Grade 1. Michelle has volunteered on the Early Childhood council for over 18 years and is a life long learner. Everyday... Read More →


Saturday November 3, 2018 10:45am - 12:00pm
Room 14

10:45am

Music, Mindfulness and Motor Skills
This session will take participants through a variety of mindfulness practices, musical activities, and ideas for motor skill development in young children.  As educators it is of primary importance that we have experience in these activities ourselves if we wish to effectively pass them on to the children we work with. This will be interactive presentation, so participants should wear clothing and footwear appropriate for stretching and movement.

Speakers
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Paul Bromley

Occupational Therapist/Music and Mindfulness Specialist, Private Consultant to Alberta School Districts
Paul Bromley is an Occupational Therapist consulting to Early Learning programs acrossAlberta. His unique perspective of integrating his experience as a designer, performingmusician, drum circle facilitator, and Tai chi/meditation instructor, continue to keep him inhigh demand. With... Read More →


Saturday November 3, 2018 10:45am - 12:00pm
Room 10

10:45am

Cliffs and Ceilings and Labyrinths: Oh My!
Do you ever look around your school, your district, or your province and wonder where all the women leaders are? Have you noticed that there are not many women sitting around the table where the decisions are made? Didn’t the women’s movement in the 70s fix all that? In this session, we will delve into the concept of secondary bias, and what this means for women who aspire to positional leadership. We will identify the unique leadership challenges and opportunities facing women in education today and come to understand when and how gender plays a role in both organizational and personal advancement. And we will end with a discussion about the “Me Too” movement and how this may affect women in the workplace today and into the future.

Speakers
avatar for Shelley Magnusson

Shelley Magnusson

Executive Staff Officer, Government, Alberta Teachers' Association
Shelley Magnusson is an Executive Staff Officer in the Association's Government program area. Among her chief responsibilities are supporting the ATA's communications and public relations programs. Prior to joining the ATA in 2012, Shelley worked as a middle school teacher, principal... Read More →


Saturday November 3, 2018 10:45am - 12:00pm
Ballroom D

10:45am

Draft Provincial Curriculum Plan for Implementation
Join representatives from Alberta Education to learn more about the preliminary draft of the implementation plan for the new curriculum. Alberta Education will share a draft of the plan, developed in collaboration with leaders from across the education system, in order to gather insight and feedback from teachers on the proposed approach.

Speakers
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Lori Bell

Executive Director, Early Middle Years Sector in the Curriculum Division
Lori Bell is the Executive Director of the Early Middle Years Sector in the Curriculum Division. Lori has been an early years teacher for over 30 years. A majority of her teaching experience spans Kindergarten to Grade 3 but she has also taught upper elementary. Lori was a school... Read More →
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Kim Brockhoff

Executive Director, Alberta Education - Curriculum Coordination and Implementation in the Curriculum Division
Kim Brockhoff is the Executive Director, Curriculum Coordination and Implementation in the Curriculum Division at Alberta Education. Kim joined Alberta Education in 2006 and has a background in research, stakeholder engagement and software development. During her time with Alberta... Read More →


Saturday November 3, 2018 10:45am - 12:00pm
Ballroom C

10:45am

10:45am

Books to Inspire
In this session we will share new as well as ‘tried and true’ books that will provide a rich context for curiosity and discovery.

Speakers
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Lori Bosworth

Teacher
Together Lisa and Lori have a combined teaching experience of over 45 years!  They have worked with students at every level in Kindergarten through Grade 7. They both share a passion for instilling a love of reading and learning for all!
avatar for Lisa Hauk-Meeker

Lisa Hauk-Meeker

Teacher, Edmonton Public Schools
Together Lisa and Lori have a combined teaching experience of over 45 years!  They have worked with students at every level in Kindergarten through Grade 7. They both share a passion for instilling a love of reading and learning for all!


Saturday November 3, 2018 10:45am - 12:00pm
Ballroom E

10:45am

Using Best Practices to Teach Writing
Writing is a complex task requiring many skills. The complexity of the task can be overwhelming for many students who struggle with learning disorders, executive function challenges and anxiety. Emerging research supports structured and explicit writing instruction to help all students develop effective writing skills. This session will outline a six-step structured writing process that can be used in elementary classrooms to teach students to write across the curriculum. The speaker will also walk participants through the creation of a detailed and differentiated lesson plan. This structured writing procedure helps students develop the foundational thinking and writing skills needed to become successful writers. It is based upon metacognitive strategies and the four best practices for teaching elementary education highlighted by a meta-analysis conducted by the Institute of Education Sciences (2012). 

Speakers
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Ashley McPherson

Teacher and Resource Development, Centre for Literacy
Ashley McPherson is a teacher and resource developer at the Centre for Literacy. Since coming to the Centre for Literacy in 2017, she has been offering intensive reading remediation for students of all ages in French and English. Before teaching at the Centre for Literacy, she taught... Read More →


Saturday November 3, 2018 10:45am - 12:00pm
Room 12

10:45am

Learning Mathematics Through Game Design
In this session, we will introduce a project focusing on students' understanding and use of mathematical concepts in the process of redesigning existing board games. Students’ design of new rules involved using mathematics (i.e., multiplication, drawing and estimating area). Once a game is designed, players need to understand the roles and rules of different game pieces, engage in movements and actions in the modeled world, and make sense of it through play. As such, game design practice provides an ideal space for developing mathematical literacy during the design process as well as through the play experience.

This project was a collaboration between an inner-city elementary school of Calgary Board of Education and the University of Calgary, through which we explored different board games and the ways of engaging learners in redesigning games. In the grade 3 and 4 mixed class, students redesigned an existing game called Inverse 3D. Seven student teams created seven unique games that changes the different parts of the original rules. 

During the session, the participants will hear about the overall lesson designs. The participants will then play games that students (Grade 3/4) created and discuss the mathematical ideas behind the games and the potential of learners developing mathematical literacy with similar activities in their own classrooms. They will also provide some feedback for the student game designers.

Speakers
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Shayla Jaques

Math Learning Leader, Calgary Board of Education
Shayla Jacques in the math learning leader at Connaught School of Calgary Board of Education. She is currently teaching a combined 3/4 class. She is passionate not only about exploring and new learning approaches for young learners but also about playing and designing board games... Read More →
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Beaumie Kim

Associate Professo, University of Calgary
Beaumie Kim is an associate professor of the Learning Sciences at the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary. Her work is focused on empowering learners to design learning resources and tools using games. Her research work is carried out in collaboration with teachers... Read More →
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Miwa Aoki Takeuchi

Assistant Professor, University of Calgary
Miwa Aoki Takeuchi is an assistant professor of the Learning Sciences at the Werklund School of Education. Her areas of expertise are equity and diversity in early mathematics education and the relationships between language and mathematics learning. Dr. Takeuchi approaches this issue... Read More →


Saturday November 3, 2018 10:45am - 12:00pm
Room 15

10:45am

Math Shakers: There's a Whole Lot of Shaking Going On!
Come play with Box Cars’ favorite million dollar math manipulative – a pill container filled with dice. This manipulative has proven to be the most popular with students and teachers alike. The math shake break activities incorporate all learning channels, allow students to move and learn in your daily math programs, centers, or at home. The activities are easy to differentiate and use either whole class or in centers/small groups. Use them to help teach and practice the following concepts: subitizing, patters, comparing numbers, place value to 100, fact fluency including doubles, make tens, commutative and associative properties of + and -, early multiplication, skip counting, and more. Journal masters and student samples, ideas for assessment will be shared. Shake break music list and lots of active movement are in store! Come prepared to play, dance and learn!

Speakers
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Box Cars and One eyes Jacks

Trade Show Coordinator, Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks
Theresa Felling earned her BA in psychology from the University of Alberta in2015, and has been working with Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks since 2016. She manages all trade shows and conferences and assists Jane in her math and literacy workshops. She is also the resident graphic designer... Read More →



Saturday November 3, 2018 10:45am - 12:00pm
Room 5

10:45am

Making Your Classroom a Maker Space (REPEAT SESSION)
“MakerSpaces” appear to be places children “go” to work on hands-on activities. In this session Jennifer and David explain how they have turned their classrooms into MakerSpaces with an emphasis on building and construction toys, art and drawing.  There will be a strong emphasis on children’s literature guiding the activities. You will leave the session with projects that you can try in your classroom.

Speakers
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Jenny Jones

Teacher, Edmonton Public School Board
David and Jennifer have been working collaboratively for 10 years on creating activity-based classrooms that focus on children’s literature and curriculum integration. They have presented numerous workshops relating to children’s literature, art and creativity, classroom organization... Read More →
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David Stawn

Teacher, Edmonton Public Schools
David and Jennifer have been working collaboratively for 10 years on creating activity-based classrooms that focus on children’s literature and curriculum integration. They have presented numerous workshops relating to children’s literature, art and creativity, classroom organization... Read More →


Saturday November 3, 2018 10:45am - 12:00pm
Room 6