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I am Teaching and Learning Coach in my school board and my role is to support the Professional Learning of my fellow teachers and to support the development of young people. My teacher authoring is a passion of mine and outlet for me to develop dynamic resources that drive critical thinking and challenge students and teachers to approach curriculum in new and engaging ways.

I am Teaching and Learning Coach in my school board and my role is to support the Professional Learning of my fellow teachers and to support the development of young people. My teacher authoring is a passion of mine and outlet for me to develop dynamic resources that drive critical thinking and challenge students and teachers to approach curriculum in new and engaging ways.
Procedural Writing: Changing the World
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Procedural Writing: Changing the World

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This is an amazing activity where students go through the process of procedural writing by planning a fundraiser to effect positive change in the world. Guidelines are provided for a culminating piece where students generate a video in addition to their written pieces.
A Fun Getting To Know You Survey
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A Fun Getting To Know You Survey

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This is a fun survey that you can use to get to know your students and how they feel about different areas of their home and school life. It is not writing intensive so all students will have access to share their thoughts. I've used humor to engage the students with an inventory that is short enough that you can review a class and hit the ground running with your group!
Comparative Book Analysis Report
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Comparative Book Analysis Report

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This learning task involves students completing reading, writing and persuasive speaking activities. My students greatly enjoyed being able to complete this language assignment and share what they know in a meaningful way. The focus of this learning task is on Dynamic Characters & Point of View.
Lyric Mash-UP
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Lyric Mash-UP

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These lesson activities guide student to think critically about the choices that they make with respect to musical artists to listen, and further to interrogate the messages that they are receiving. Students are challenged to see song lyrics as a construct purposed reflect the artist's identity and to possible to convey a reflection on so social issue. After critical reflection on underlying ideas that they've inferred from existing songs, students are guided to be composers of powerful messages themselves using a unique format. Full lessons and graphic organizers are included. Enjoy and please feel free to share your feedback! Be great! Created by Ryan Richards Copyright © 2016 Ryan Richards All rights reserved by author. Permission to copy for single classroom use only. Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only.
Guide to Writing a Critical Response
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Guide to Writing a Critical Response

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Critical Thinking is the Key! This is a guide I created for students to support their writing of a "Critical Response." This guide prompts students with general critical thinking questions and success criteria for a critical writing response. I have also updated this file with a critical response feedback sheet that has a checklist and rubric so students can receive descriptive feedback from you.
Black History Unit: Exploring Capoeira
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Black History Unit: Exploring Capoeira

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This unit is cross-curricular and involves drama & dance, social studies, Music Physical Education and language learning targets. Students explore the history of the contemporay dances as a lead in to an exploration of Capoeira as dance, as music, and as a martial art. I have instructed in my classroom looking at Capoeira as representation of "Rebellion against Oppression," and this is the framework that I use for Anti-Oppression critical understandings during Black History Month. This unit is interactive and has many facets that my students have enjoyed immensely. It can be modified of course to connect with your critical understandings that you are sharing in your class. Enjoy!
Classroom Probability Game Casino
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Classroom Probability Game Casino

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This is the activity sheet and graphic organizer for a Classroom Casino. This a great activity where students get an opportunity to display what they've learned about Theoretical and Experimental Probability. Students really get the opportunity to use their probability knowledge in an authentic learning experience. My kids had a great time with their casino. I provided the games hosts with "money" and invited two other classes who each had money to spend. Afterwards, students are prompted to write a reflective journal.
Engineers Log: Bridge Building
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Engineers Log: Bridge Building

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This is a reflection sheet that student builders can complete after their structure building experiences. This is a great way to assess what they've learned through their successes or failures with the structure building experience.
Deciphering Digital Messages
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Deciphering Digital Messages

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This inquiry unit guides students to think critically about the dynamics and challenges of communicating effectively in virtual space. This unit includes multiple learning tasks and graphic organizers to support students exploration of both creating and deciphering unique message in virtual space. Throughout the unit, students are challenged to think critically about how messages can be interpreted by different societal groups. Each of the 4 detailed learning tasks engage students in rich authentic learning leading to a deeply engaging culminating sharing of learning. Throughout the unit, I have also offered suggestions for tech integration for all you 2.0 teachers! Please enjoy and feel free share your feedback! Created by Ryan Richards Copyright © 2016 Ryan Richards All rights reserved by author. Permission to copy for single classroom use only. Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only.
Inquiry Unit: Exploring Growth Mindset Messages
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Inquiry Unit: Exploring Growth Mindset Messages

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In this unit, students are guided to inquire on the idea of Growth Mindsets and how they impact their lives and goal setting experiences. This unit has 6 lessons with corresponding graphic organizers. There are a variety of opportunities for assessment provided throughout this mini-unit. My objective for all of our students is that there will be an observable change in the way that our young people see their ability to fulfill their own high expectations. As a bonus, I have also add a list of supplemental summative assessment activities that you can also choose from to add to the richness of your instructional program. Inspire and Be Great!
Social Issues in Media
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Social Issues in Media

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In this learning activity, students are guided to inquire about the depictions of critical social events in the movies in comparison to the reporting of that event in the news media. Students will have an opportunity to consider critical questions about who is telling the story and whose perspective is not being presented in either medium and why? Please feel free to share your feedback! Be Great!
Social Awareness: Analyzing Songs for Powerful Messages
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Social Awareness: Analyzing Songs for Powerful Messages

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These lesson plans and activities provided the framework for students to analyze songs for the powerful messages that are contained within the lyrics. As the students work in groups to analyze a variety of song lyrics, they will also be practicing the use of a variety of "Monitoring Comprehension" reading strategies (class anchor included). As well, students will have the opportunity to self and peer evaluate their participation and contribution during the group work stage using the attached evaluation form. After working in small groups and then sharing as a whole class...students will have the opportunity to create their own powerful messages for change through song lyrics. The final piece to this task is the "Scrammy" awards where students will be evaluated by you for their presentation of their final piece, but they will also be participating in the music awards with their peers.
Critical Analysis: Self Reflection On Stereotypes
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Critical Analysis: Self Reflection On Stereotypes

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I drafted this graphic organizer as a reflective piece for my students after we'd completed the modules of our iM Project ("inspire myself) on Gender Equity. This reflective piece leads students through an analysis of stereotypes that they are exposed to in their environment. Students are guided toward a reflection of media that they analyze and a real hard look at how they honestly respond to stereotypes and the part that they will play in creating change. I feel that this reflection piece is important in teaching as we push towards generating learning experiences that are authentic and allow our students to transfer their knowledge and new understandings into their own environments where they can make real impacts.
Patterns in Physical Geography: Survival Kit
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Patterns in Physical Geography: Survival Kit

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This learning task allows students to research a geographic region considering a number of geographical patterns, and then use that knowledge to create a survival kit in the scenario that they faced an emergency situation in that region. This is a creative and fun way for the students to show what they've learned about different regions around the world!
Inquiry Unit: This Is Happiness
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Inquiry Unit: This Is Happiness

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This inquiry unit guides students through an exploration of the concept of "Happiness." Students will investigate through a variety of activities, their own conceptions of happiness, how it influences relationships with others and finally how it is measured on a global scale of sustainable well being. Within this unit, 12 lessons (some with multiple parts) are provided for you, using a 3 part framework and uniquely designed graphic organizers. Multiple opportunities for technological integration and assessment are provided throughout the unit in addition to literacy integration that extends from quotes to sundry engagements with media!
Pondering Privilege
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Pondering Privilege

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In these learning tasks, students are guided to inquire about the biases that lead us to ascribe more value to particular attributes or groups than others. The concept of Privilege is developed and investigated as students are asked to think critically about people that they esteem. Through a variety of engaging learning experiences, graphic organizers and opportunities to share learning using technology, students will be reflecting on their own identities and how they are reflected in society. Please feel free to share your feedback! Be Great! Created by Ryan Richards Copyright © 2016 Ryan Richards All rights reserved by author. Permission to copy for single classroom use only. Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only.
Mathematical Me
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Mathematical Me

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In these Learning Tasks, students will be guided to inquire and reflect on their identity as math learners.Engaging lessons, complete with graphic organizers are provided so that you may learn with your students about how they see themselves as math students and more generally as learners. The platform is also set for Goal Setting and reflection on both student and teacher agency in contributing to students success. These tasks can be both an engaging learning experience for your learners at the beginning of the year as well as a platform for you to collect data about your students that can serve to inform an shape your classroom instruction. Please enjoy and feel free to share your feedback! Created by Ryan Richards Copyright © 2016 Ryan Richards All rights reserved by author. Permission to copy for single classroom use only. Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only.
Wordy! Wordy! Wordy-One Word Debates
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Wordy! Wordy! Wordy-One Word Debates

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This package provides lesson activities and graphic organizers for an engaging and challenging learning experience that develops both oral language and critical thinking. Students are guided to plan, organize and deliver cogent One Word Arguments! A great oral learning task that can be used to developed students skills over the course of the year. Please feel free to share your feedback! Be Great! Created by Ryan Richards Copyright © 2016 Ryan Richards All rights reserved by author. Permission to copy for single classroom use only. Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only.