Elementary School

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Key Lessons from Fairy tales

Ages 4-8

Inquiry: What life lessons can fairy tales provide for our students?

Description: “How do you choose a good friend?” “Why do some people seem mean?” “What makes us feel frustrated?” “Who can you trust?” are examples of inquiry questions in different fairy tales.

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Monster Problems to Solve – Problem Solving in Kindergarten and Grade 1

Ages 4-7

Inquiries: Why do some people seem mean? What can we do about it?

Description: This engaging workshop, for Kindergarten and Grade 1 teachers, will give you tools to problem-solve with your students guiding them to a win/win solution.

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The Truth about Us – Learned from the Beetle

Ages 4-8

Inquiry: How can I grow into all I can be?

Description: By Dr.Sherry Kerr in collaboration with Margaret Boersma, OCT. This unit focuses on lessons of identity and growth mindset. Through experiential learning strategies, students live inside the story and learn lessons from Mother Beetle and their adventures with Rat.

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What are they Thinking? – Experiencing Different Perspectives 

Ages 6-12

Inquiry: How can we help our students improve their social/emotional skills and appreciate another perspective?

Description: This hands-on workshop focuses on using big ideas to explore active literacy strategies, which deepen understanding and build empathy while inspiring inquisitive minds.

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Kindness is the Key

Ages 7-9

Inquiry: How can we settle with a friend? What can we do to make a difference?

Description: Develop emotional and social awareness by living inside a story. Teach your students to recognize community values and what to do when there is an upset.

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Developing Working Memory – Lunch 'n Learn

Ages 4-adult

Inquiry: How can we develop one of the top skills students need to succeed?

Source: Fukuda & Vogel, 2009, Daneman & Carpenter, 1980 and Barrouillet & Lecas, 1999.

Description: According to studies, working memory is one of the top skills students of lower socioeconomic backgrounds need to succeed.

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Choices: The Candy Factory or the Animals and Trees

Ages 7-9

Inquiry: What does it look like to be responsible?

Description: With a focus on responsibility, this environment unit includes a town hall in which villagers want to protect the environment and government officials want to build a candy factory.

Fun with Social Studies

Ages 6-14

Inquiry: How can we use drama strategies to bring the social studies curriculum to life? 

Description: Learn engaging strategies to bring the Social Studies, History and Geography Curriculum document to life..


The Skin I’m in

Ages 7-9

Inquiry: Can we see ourselves in others? What does respect look like?

Description: Using a Dr. Seuss’s book as a provocation, this integrated arts workshop focuses on the theme of racism.

I am Special – Self-Esteem/Well Being 

Ages 8-12

Inquiry: Where does my self-esteem come from?  How can we support others to recognize their possibilities?

Description: This powerful workshop, for teachers of grades 3-6, will give you tools to address the well being of your students, in particular with self-esteem.

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Storytelling with Seniors

Ages 8-12

Inquiry: How can stories of challenge and humour provide a connection between generations?

Description: Student inquiries include, what can I learn from the elderly? Do they have life lessons from which I can learn? Can I understand the emotions of another person? 

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Please Understand Me – Bullying from Different Perspectives

Ages 8-12

Inquiry: What is the perspective of the bully, the victim, the bystander?  What is our role when others are in potential danger?  How can we recognize character through body language?

Workshop: This insightful workshop, for teachers of grades 3 and up, gives teachers tools to enable their students to understand the body language and inner feelings of the victim, the bully and the bystander.