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Teachers Prepare for Moving the Classroom Online

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SMUS faculty prepares for remote learning after Spring Break

Middle School Tests a Flexible Schedule to Personalize Learning

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For one day, May 10, the schedule was wiped clean and students had a modified schedule that allowed for longer, more personalized learning opportunities
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Futures: Personalization and Community

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As part of the Futures discussion that I have referred to in recent blog entries, the transition to more personalized education poses the question,...

Dream Big Stories: Ms. Susan Vachon

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Ms. Susan Vachon talks about how SMUS's annual Dream Big fund has a direct impact on the education students receive – in this case Learning Resources

Innovation Hour is “Personalized Learning at Its Best”

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What is your passion? Every student at SMUS has a different answer to that question. For some their passion lies somewhere in the realm of arts or...
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Personalization: Parents fined for taking kids on holiday during term time

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No need to panic; this blog entry is genuinely about personalization and not fines we're handing out. My title refers to this article: “Should parents...
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Personalization and Experiential Education

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At SMUS we talk about personalization and experiential education as two distinct themes that will shape education in the next decade or more. While...
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Personalization visits

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The path to personalization is simple in theory. It begins by recognizing several ideas: that all students have excellence inside them to discover and...
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How personalized is the SMUS education already?

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This year at Alumni receptions I have introduced a new element in the message from the School: in addition to news about favourite teachers...
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Toward Personalization

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Most parents and alumni who read School material, and this blog, will know that the theme of personalization has been a steady, increasingly visible...

Learning Through Play at the Junior School

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A few minutes before sending his Grade 5 class out to play, Mr. Matt Kiel asked them a question: What is the point of play? Students were...
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Middle School Learning: Are Grades Necessary?

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I recently visited a school in Manchester, New Hampshire. The school uses some innovative programming and I went to check out how things work...
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Middle School Learning: The Power of Setting Goals

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I read a quote the other day that read: “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” I believe the same is true...
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Middle School Learning: Can Creativity Be Taught?

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If creativity is a new generation skill, how can we teach it? Quite simply, I don’t think we can. I do believe, however, it...
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Middle School Dojo: Earn a Black Belt in Band Karate

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While many people view karate as a martial art, it's rooted in the greater concept of self-improvement on a physical, mental and spiritual level....
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Middle School Learning: Addressing News in Age-Appropriate Ways

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As I scrolled through my Twitter feed a couple of weeks ago, I was horrified to read about the events of the day before....

Grade 1 Students Shoot For the Moon by Learning Through Discovery

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Whoever first said, "Kids say the darnedest things" must have taught young students. When you're educating kids at that age, what adults consider to be...
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Middle School Learning: If You Build It, They Will Come

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Does workspace impact creativity, innovation and productivity? Google, Facebook, Samsung and a number of other major companies believe so. In fact, the Harvard Business Review...
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Genius Hour Inspires Students to Explore Their Passions

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"We did it! We failed a couple of times but that's OK." That reflective comment, written by a pair of Grade 3 students, is tacked...
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Middle School Learning: Finding Your Perfect Struggle

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Imagine being good at everything you ever tried. You enter a basketball court, pick up a ball, take a shot and “swoosh” the ball...
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Middle School Learning: Providing ‘Voice and Choice’

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The year is 1986. I take my seat in my Grade 6 class and wait patiently. My teacher rises from his desk and begins to tell us...
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Personalization: the oak and the weed

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Oaks grow slowly, weeds grow fast. Inevitably, many who are so inclined will choose to be the dandelions of personalization, bright and enthusiastic until...
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Middle School Library Gets Upgrade for 21st-Century Learning

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Libraries aren’t what they used to be – just ask Middle School teacher-librarian Ms. Sarah Craig. “Well, in classic libraries there was no talking, no...
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Personalization: variations on a theme

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In one of the first concerts I attended as Head of SMUS, our accomplished orchestra performed a challenging piece – and one of my...
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Personalization – the mechanics

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For the past few weeks I have mused on the theme of personalization, wandering off on a number of tangents. Fortunately, for us at...
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Personalization… more

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Personalization and the excellent teacher student It’s important to put the emphasis where it belongs. More than a little harm has been done by the...
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Personalization and belonging

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One of the fears of the personalization trend in education is that in the personalized school, with students following their own individual paths, they...
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Personalization – our own garden

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In last week’s blog entry I ruminated on the theme of personalization in education and in our School. I have used the word “garden”...
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Path to Personalization

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My colleagues at SMUS had been using the word “personalization” for a couple of years when it also appeared in the new BC Education...
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Junior School Students Demonstrate Their Learning in a Personal Way

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by Nancy Richards, Director of the Junior School During the final two weeks of Term Two each year, Junior School students turn the traditional parent...
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More on Athletics – specialization

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As we personalize education – an expectation that is increasing among families and students – how is it consistent to say that we don’t...

Project-Based Learning: Grade 8 Students Turn Injustice into Service

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Hard-working Grade 8 students had a financial incentive to do their best this week, as they became legitimate human rights advocates in an attempt to...
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Robert DiYanni on Critical and Creative Thinking

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Robert DiYanni, prolific author and NYU professor, held a series of workshops for faculty, parents and students on Thursday and Friday. His topics included...
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The Reggio-Inspired Classroom

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by Nancy Richards, Director of Junior School Thursday night was the Junior School Curriculum Night, an opportunity for parents to not only meet their son’s...

Connecting the Dots

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In her final parent talk for the school year, Director of Learning Heather Clayton discusses personalized learning and how SMUS teachers use our growing...
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Common experiences

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Personalized education is not a flavour of the month, we have observed at SMUS. Rather it is the next step in an evolution that...

A Joyful Approach to Education

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by Nancy Richards, Director of Junior School Last night was the Junior School Curriculum Night, an opportunity for parents to not only meet their son's...
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The Mission

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At this time of year I refer to our School’s Mission frequently. It is a time of numerous parent evenings, when they meet the...
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Outdoor Trips

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Thinking of our Grade 10 students this week, away on their Outdoor Program trips, both I and they are pleased that they are encountering...
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Differences

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Earlier this week I heard a group of our teachers reflect upon the completion of their stint in our Learning Institute, organized by Director...
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Physical Education…Online?

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by Nikki Kaufmann, teacher Physical Education (PE) online, that’s preposterous! After all, isn’t the opposite of being online what we are trying to achieve? Technically,...
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BYOD Part 1

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BYOD: Bring Your Own… Device. This week I have some loosely connected thoughts about technology at the School. This year we are piloting a BYOD initiative...

Grade 8 Students Get Medieval

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by Erin Anderson, editor For her Social Studies 8 class, Anna Miller instructed her students to draw from what they had learned about the lives...
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Learn, Lead and Serve – Without Frontiers

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by Denise Lamarche, Director of Academics As I sit on the plane returning from the Learning Without Frontiers 2012 conference in London, this seems like...
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Learning Centre Students Take the Lead

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Research suggests that kids who understand their strengths and weaknesses are more able to advocate for their own learning needs. For the past three...
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Junior School Builds Foundations for Personalized Learning

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by Nancy Richards, Director of the Junior School Prospective families visiting the Junior School as part of the admissions process often comment on the warm,...
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The Birkman Method

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Last Sunday night the School Prefects gathered for a potluck in Wenman Pavilion with the goal of taking time to reflect on the first...

Meeting the Needs of all Learners

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by Nancy Richards, Director of Junior School As the Junior School faculty find creative ways to ‘fulfill the promise’ in each student and class throughout...

Meet our New Director of Learning

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by Erin Anderson Last year, SMUS created a new position to examine how well the school's practices matched with new research into how our brains...
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Respect for the Learner

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There probably isn’t a more fundamental question to ask in a school than “what should be our approach to learning?” At the beginning of this...

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