BC Professional Development Institute (BCPDI)

Learn about our new resources and how we can help you succeed in implementing the new curriculum for Science, Math and English.

Where: Burnaby South Secondary School/Michael J. Fox Theatre

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Registration starts at 7:30 a.m.)

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Early Bird Registration Fee: $50 by February 15, 2016

YOUR DAY INCLUDES:
• Keynote Address located in Michael J Fox Theatre
• Three sessions of your choice located in Burnaby South Secondary School
• Breakfast, Coffee, Lunch
• $100.00 school credit towards new resource implementation (one per school/per subject area)

IGNITE SESSION  8:30-9:15 AM
WHAT MAKES BC EDUCATORS PASSIONATE?

Feed your brain and ignite your creativity! Come see six leading educators present on topics that ignite their individual passions.
Featuring: Shelagh Lim / Van Chau / Rosalind Poon / Heidi Wood / Bruce McAskill / Chris Zarski

Science Workshops:
WORKSHOP 1: 9:30-10:30 AM
SO WHAT’S REALLY DIFFERENT? IMPLICATIONS FOR YOU AND THE NEW SCIENCE CURRICULUM
• Big Ideas, core competencies and learning standards are only some of the new terms found in the K – 9 science curriculum. What do they all mean and how will they impact on planning, teaching and learning in your classroom?  Come explore the document with other science educators. Start your own personal inquiry into how you will make sense of this document and bring the words to life in your classroom this Fall.
Presenter: Lionel Sandner

INQUIRY IN THE SCIENCE CLASSROOM AND USING THE CURRICULAR COMPETENCIES
• Missed our presentation at Catalyst? Join us for a hands-on session that connects inquiry, integrating curricular competencies and making connections in the new K-9 science curriculum with a focus on grades 8 & 9.Change is part of a scientist’s working life. Investigating and understanding those changes from the foundation of scientific research. This will provide you with ideas and activities to try in your class on Monday.
Presenters: Van Chau and John Munro

SCIENCE FAIRS – YOUR UNTAPPED ROAD TO INQUIRY
• Science fairs fit perfectly with today’s new curriculum – it is project-based and students can choose a topic or question that they are curious about.
This workshop explores what types of projects students might like to explore, what quality they might expect, and how to evaluate a project. You’ll see samples of student work and learn how you can send your students to a District Fair if you’d like to go further.
Presenters: Sam Jessa and Albert Chang

WORKSHOP 2: 10:45-11:45 AM
FIRST PEOPLE’S PERSPECTIVES IN SCIENCE
• Learn  ways to incorporate Aboriginal Science concepts into your classroom in authentic, engaging lessons that encourage scientific thinking and which recognize the value of Aboriginal Ways of Knowing and the First Peoples’ Principles of Learning. Teaching resources will be shared with participants.
Presenter: Nancy McAleer

USING IPADS TO CREATE, DOCUMENT AND SHARE DEEP LEARNING IN YOUR SCIENCE AND MATH CLASSROOM
• Explore how you can leverage the technology in your students’ hands to develop, construct, and apply mathematical and scientific understandings through play, inquiry, and problem solving?  Using apps and web based tools, learn how to use technology appropriately to record, communicate, and represent thinking at all levels.
Presenter: Shelagh Lim

NEW CONTENT HIGHLIGHTS: GRADE 9 IDEAS/ACTIVITIES TO SUPPORT THE NEW CURRICULUM
• Reproduction, Periodic Table, Electricity and Matter Cycles are topics you may have seen in grade 9 or grade 10 in the old curriculum. In the new Science 9 curriculum these are all topics for this grade. Come find some new ideas and old ideas refreshed to reflect the directions of the new Science curriculum.
Presenters: Ashleigh Akehurst and Olivia Mak

SCIENCE AND LITERACY
“Tell me and I forget, Show me and I remember, Involve me and I understand”
• This practical, hands-on workshop will engage participants in a variety of activities inspired by the cross-curricular integration of skills and habits of mind present in both literacy and science.  Ready to use lesson ideas and activities will spark and scaffold student inquiry while building a literacy rich environment in your classroom as students observe, question, predict and infer in a variety of contexts.   See how literacy and science can support each other and foster creative and innovative thinking that can be easily transferred to other content areas.  It won’t matter which comes first or where you place these ideas and activities in your day as students will deepen and extend their thinking and understanding in meaningful contexts full of opportunity for reading, writing and vocabulary development while having fun!
Presenter:  Lionel Sandner

WORKSHOP 3: 1:00-2:00 PM
STEM: MATH AND SCIENCE CURRICULAR CONNECTIONS
• Middle School and High School Math can often be abstract for many students. It is too often taught removed from real world applications and everyday life. However, many scientific concepts can be explained using mathematical functions. This workshop will demonstrate how math and science can be connected together in one classroom. Participants will explore hands-on activities that involve solving a problem using both science and math.
Presenters: Bruce McAskill and Favian Yee

NEW CONTENT HIGHLIGHTS: GRADE 8 IDEAS/ACTIVITIES TO SUPPORT THE NEW CURRICULUM
• The new grade 8 curriculum has the familiar topics of cells, KMT and light. But, plate tectonics and atomic theory are new to this grade. In this session come find new ideas for teaching both new and familiar topics. The focus for this session will be on sharing practical, easy to implement activities.
Presenters: Gregg Jennens and Del Morgan

USING IPADS TO CREATE, DOCUMENT AND SHARE DEEP LEARNING IN YOUR SCIENCE AND MATH CLASSROOM
• Explore how you can leverage the technology in your students’ hands to develop, construct, and apply mathematical and scientific understandings through play, inquiry, and problem solving?  Using apps and web based tools, learn how to use technology appropriately to record, communicate, and represent thinking at all levels.
(Presenter: Shelagh Lim)

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