Hello Bonjour and welcome! This will be my third year teaching in the MACC program and I am overjoyed to have the opportunity to teach some of my same students again as well as meet a variety of new faces. You may find this September came with some combination of nervousness, excitement, fear, joy or anxiety. Let me be the first to tell you that you are not alone, this is perfectly natural and I myself have felt all of those things leading up to this new year. Right now I just can’t wait to start building our new community together and getting to know both students and parents who are with me on this journey.
To my returning students: I missed you! I am counting on you to step up your leadership game and to be your wonderful selves and welcome our new classmates. Some things will be the same as last year and I will need your help to set the example for the 4s. However some things will be different and here I ask much more from you…. be open to change, be willing to move beyond what we built last year and add to it and alter it, all in the goal of building something even stronger.
To my new students: I am beyond excited to get to know each other better. We had a saying last year “Don’t poop on my sparkle” and it roughly translates to: respect everyone’s ability to be unique and awesome. This now applies to you! I hope you get to a place in our class where you feel free to fully express all the creative, goofy, dedicated, passionate sides of yourself and I hope you can come to celebrate and love all those sides of me and your classmates as well.
To parents: I love my job, I feel like I have landed in a dream world teaching MACC and my students have my whole heart. Thank you for being the multitasking wizards you all are, you nourish and inspire those smiles that walk through my door every day. I look forward to working together as partners in your child’s learning and sharing the ups and downs of their progress.
“Learning in Depth” is a simple though radical innovation in curriculum and instruction designed to ensure that all students become experts about something during their school years. Each child is given a particular topic to learn about through her or his whole school career, in addition to the usual curriculum, and builds a personal portfolio on the topic. To the surprise of many, children usually take to the program with great enthusiasm, and within a few months LiD begins to transform their experience as learners. The program usually takes about an hour a week, with the students working outside school time increasingly.
Learning in Depth (LiD) is an unusual program and tends, after the first simple description, to elicit enthusiasm from some people and hesitation from others. While the basic idea is quite simple, we think the potential implications of the program for students, teachers, and schools are profound.
More information on the program can be found here:
One of my goals this year is to engage students to be explorers of knowledge; to deepen their understanding of subjects covered in class as well as the world at large. While day to day homework assignments will be limited, students are encouraged to investigate and research their passions at home. That being said it is expected that class time is used productively, incomplete classroom assignments due to unfocused behaviour will be the student’s responsibility to complete on their own time.
My pedagogy is one that emphasizes the importance of social learning in and out of the school context. Ensuring that students have time to build and strengthen social bonds through extracurricular activities and quality family time is essential to accomplishing this.
With that in mind, projects such as LiD can be taken on as a family endeavour and are a great way to foster connections. It is important far all parties to remember however that students alone are responsible for their learning.