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Ontario Modern Language Teachers’ Association (OMLTA, AOPLV)
Niagara-on-the-Lake July 9-11, 2012
Teaching Implications from the CEFR
Presenter:  Helen Griffin
The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) has been developed from more than 30 years of work on language teaching, learning and assessment. It defines levels of proficiency based on language competencies and usage. The CEFR descriptors are transparent, user friendly and meaningful to teachers and to learners. Since the CEFR level descriptors are context-free but are context relevant, they provide greater flexibility to accommodate different resources.
During the workshop, teachers will learn about the CEFR levels and their descriptors. Student examples will be shown to illustrate each level. Perspectives and feedback from teachers and students who have been working with the framework will be shared. Teachers will be shown sample activities that can be used as formative assessment (these are all in French but can easily be transferred to any second language). We will discuss the internationally recognized L2 test (second year of a program in a university Licence 2), specifically referencing Diplôme d'études en langue française (DELF).  Everything will be linked to application in the classroom and Ministry of Education initiatives and how this can ultimately motivate students in their language journey. Teachers will be provided many opportunities to discuss and plan for their L2 classrooms based on the CEFR foundations and its emphasis on the ability to communicate in one’s second, third, fourth, etc.  language. As electronic versions of everything presented will be provided, everyone is encouraged to bring a USB drive.
Connected Arts (CODE, OMEA, OAEA)
Hamilton July 10-12, 2012
Connections Everywhere: Arts in the Integrated Classroom
Presenters:  Amanda Williams-Yeagers, Gina Norbury, Beryl Cohen
This experiential workshop will focus on the creative components of the Arts (dance, drama, media arts, music and visual arts) at the elementary level. You will gain valuable resources to assist you in teaching the revised arts curriculum and enliven your classroom with cross-curricular connections that promote imagination, creativity, innovation and fun!
Participants will gain valuable skills and resources to:
  • Use the arts to make meaningful connections to subjects such as language arts and social science.
  • Connect the arts to important issues of social justice, as well as foster a sense of global and digital citizenship in students.
  • Use the arts to promote key critical and financial literacy concepts.
This workshop will involve 'Art' making activities so dress comfortably and come prepared to wiggle, jiggle, squiggle and of course, giggle your way through a cornucopia of ideas.  Bring anything you have in your ARTS-ickle Trunk that might be of use! Laptops and flash drives with valuable resources you wish to share are also strongly encouraged. Any resources developed during the workshops will be available to copy onto your own USB.
Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario (COEO)
Mississauga July 17-18, 2012
Linking Literacy to Nature and the Outdoors (K to 8)
Presenters: Stan Kozak, Pamela Gibson
Outside every school there’s an array of experiences that deeply engage learners. By linking these to learning expectations in literacy, numeracy and other subjects, teachers bring the vibrancy of the real world to the essential tasks of developing literacy and numeracy skills. We explore how to engage every student by using the built, cultural and natural environments right outside the school doors.
Teachers will gain:
  • Field-based pedagogical skills that address the challenges of taking your class to learn outdoors.
  • Experience in identifying the natural phenomena and biodiversity in most schoolyards and neighborhoods throughout the year.
  • Identification and application of key learning strategies such as inquiry, integration, acting on learning and making real world connections to create meaningful learning experiences that address curriculum expectations.
Activities to include:
  • Professional inquiry approaches to identify the issues and challenges that each participant wishes to address.
  • Individual and group reflection and daily feedback.
  • Learning through direct experience by being outside for much of the program.
Prepare and/or bring:
  • A laptop, if available, to access resources and curriculum documents and establish online learning links with other participants.
  • Visit Step Outside: Nature’s Calendar click here to review the range of nature-related events that occur in Ontario throughout the year.
  • Optional – prepare a learning experience using nature, based on your school’s location for review and sharing.
Ontario Association of Physics Teachers (OAPT)
Ottawa July 24-26, 2012
Inquiry Based Physics: Grades 9-12
Presenters:  Dave Doucette, Roberta Tevlin
Dave and Roberta orchestrate a series of workshops designed to enhance pedagogical and content knowledge, broaden assessment skills and demonstrate classroom-tested applications of brain research and Physics Education Research (PER). Workshops will explicitly model instructional practices, guided by principles of PER and the constructivist basis of inquiry education. Various Instructional Intelligence (II) techniques will be repeated in novel contexts. Teachers will be introduced to many inexpensive and intriguing demonstrations of motion, work and energy, electricity, sound, the wave nature of light, polarization and more. They will experience how white-boarding facilitates descriptive feedback in assessment for learning. Particular attention will be paid to purposeful scaffolding of guided-inquiry activities so teachers can transfer and modify these skill sets to suit their classroom culture.
In the interest of saving money and trees, we would encourage you to bring a laptop or USB key to transfer files electronically. We also like to keep our bodies and spirits healthy, so if you are interested, come with appropriate clothing so you can join us in running, biking, hiking, frisbee, etc. Time is built into the daily schedule to encourage "health breaks".
International Languages Educators’ Association (ILEA)
Ottawa July 25-26, 2012
It’s in the Task!
Presenters:  Constantine Ioannou, Maria Makrakis
What goes into the development of an effective, relevant and rich performance-based task for a language classroom? ILEA Ontario has started a project to get all language teachers to work in collaboration to develop sample tasks that can be used, modified or adapted for any language classroom. Participants will discuss what constitutes a good task, develop criteria that can be used for evaluating performance on a summative task in a classroom and consider how to implement tasks within a highly communicative and interactive classroom.  The presenters will provide an overview of strategies for planning teaching units using the approaches and strategies for dynamic language classrooms. Participants will draft out, revise and present sample tasks to their fellow colleagues. These tasks will be integrated into a databank of task samples being developed by ILEA and that has already incorporated task ideas for teachers in Ottawa and in Western Canada. A summary of the levels of the Common European Framework of References will be provided in order to unite all language educators with a generic guide for the development of their tasks.
Have a safe summer!
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