Division 13 Kindness is free!

Hello Parents and families of Div.13, I would like to introduce myself to you since we are not able to do so in person.

I would like to start by acknowledging that we are working, living and learning on the beautiful, traditional, unceded territories of the Coast Salish Nations- Musqueam, Skwxwu7mesh(Squamish), Tsleil-Waututh, and the Kwikwetlem Nations. For more information on this go to: http://sfpirg.ca

I am Ms.Marjean Brown and I have been teaching at Chaffey Burke for the past 6 years. I am First Nations and the nation I come from is Nisga’a and our traditional territories are located in Northern BC, close to Terrace and Prince Rupert. But I have been living down here in the Lower Mainland since I started university…many years ago!

I enjoy teaching my students and other teachers about including Indigenous cultures and perspectives when we are learning/teaching about many topics and subjects at school. I also infuse that knowledge and the beliefs into my teaching practice. For instance, I believe we learn best when we feel safe and supported by our community, so it’s important that we learn as a community or as a family in the classroom and we help each other, share our ideas and listen to one another. We have a Classroom Agreement and in that agreement we believe that it is okay to make mistakes as long as you try to fix them. We also know that we learn from our mistakes. 

I hope this introduction gives a sense of me and I look forward to working with you in the coming year. Please don’t hesitate to contact me via email if you have any question or concerns. 

Ms.BrownStay safe and at a social distance!

T’ooyaḵsiy̓ n̓iin! (Thank you)

Ms. Brown

How am I doing?

Students use the Proficiency Scale in class to self-assess and evaluate their work and their effort. Teachers use the scale to help students set goals and take responsibility for their work.  In the report card, the proficiency scale is use to indicate a student’s level of performance in relation to prescribed learning standards. Here is a description of what each level looks and sounds like.

EMERGING:          ” I’m just getting started. I learn best with help.”

Core Competency– I can help myself by asking questions/practicing.

DEVELOPING:     “I get some of it. I am beginning to do more independently.”

Core Competency– I can help myself by asking questions/practicing. I can meet some of the expectations on my own.

PROFICIENT:     “I get it! I can do it on my own.”

Core Competency- I fully met the expectations.

EXTENDING:  “I get it and go beyond what is expected of me. I can teach it to a friend.”

Core Competency- I fully understand. I apply my understanding in new situations.

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