SOL 3: relationships at #shortc

SOL 3: relationships at #shortc

The day started off with an impassioned presentation by past- @bcpvpa president Shelley Green on the importance of relationships. Knowing who you are is key and how you will work with others on a variety of issues – from minor to front-page-headliners! But best of all during her emphasis on ‘choosing words’ was this video!

We them broke out to attend 2 sub-sessions; the first I went to was the ever-popular Bruce Beairsto (retired superintendent) who shared his ongoing work on Engagement. He admitted there is no ‘one clear definition’ nor ‘a’ methodology that will guarantee student engagement, but….he did emphasize that regarding engagement…BC has chosen to personalize education to increase engagement….and…

individualization is not personalization…

While he reinforced that there is no common agreement on definition of engagement, but CEA study pretty good:

Student Engagement

The extent to which students indeify with and value schooling outcomes, have a sense of belonging at school, participate win academic and non-academic activities, strive to meet the formal requirements of schooling and make a serious personal investment in learning

Where the work is going:

Types of engagement: (just bruce’s ideas)

—> Attentive (teacher performing to get attention)
—> Connected (has meaning)
—> Impassioned


Then I was able to attend a great session on Social Emotional a Learning with Prince George’s Carmen Eberle (@eberle57) – and in fairness Carmen and I have worked together and shared resources and ideas around Self Regulation skills, ideas and strategies to support our learning communities.

My big takeaway came from the reinforced idea of teaching learners “what good Self Regulators Do” (much as we do/say for reading writing numeracy etc). Such as:

Skills of social/emotional competent children & youth

self aware (recognize & describe their emotions)

regulate emotions (manage & monitor)

socially aware (of self & others)

good relationship skills (friendships & conflicts)

responsible decision making (environmental awareness)


Got some great ideas from today and yet this years ShortCourse for new PVPs isn’t even 1/2 way done!

About technolandy

Principaling on the Pacific in Powell River BC Pushing 'technologization' in education: blending technology and curriculum seamlessly. Advocate for better understanding of Anxiety in Education (and use of self-regulation) Utilizing ePortfolios & Descriptive Feedback to personalize learning!
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1 Response to SOL 3: relationships at #shortc

  1. @stevemacg says:

    Great post, Ian! Good to read this as some of the things that stuck for you were great points that resonated with me and immediately washed away as I tried to absorb the next bit of wisdom. Your post reminded me of Shelley’s point about knowing one’s strengths, and how we rarely say, “I’m awesome at…” or things of the sort.

    Also great to read your notes on the self-regulation presentation as I was at another session!

    Thanks for this, Ian!

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