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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.
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.
Inquiry Unit:  (i) Hero
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Inquiry Unit: (i) Hero

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What makes a hero a hero? How do we as individuals define heroism in others and in ourselves. How do the essential characteristics of a Hero lead to Heroic action? All critical questions that students will have the opportunity to explore in some way through this inquiry unit. Students will have the opportunity to create their own characters before analyzing and sharing their inferences about heroism that exists within their lived experience! This learning unit is comprised of 8 different lessons, along with graphic organizers, exit tickets, opportunities for technology integration and finally multiple opportunities for assessment in language.
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!
Speaking and Listening Discussion Tracking Organizer
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Speaking and Listening Discussion Tracking Organizer

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This is a graphic organizer that I use to build accountabilty into the critical discussions that my students have. They are responsible to report back critical ideas that they heard and that they offered. As well, the organizer guides them to self reflect on speaking and listening skills that they used, as well as receiving both a self and peer evaluation of their contribution to the group. I am including an anchor chart/handout of listening strategies that I teach my students and I have an anchor in my classroom with "effective speaking skills." Enjoy!
World Trade Program Mastersheet
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World Trade Program Mastersheet

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This file is the Trade Simulation master sheet that has all of the program data. The rules, scenarios and guiding principles for the simulation are all here. I have created them based on some of the realities of world systems so that the students can take part in an authentic learning experience. This will allow you to govern the world that is created in your classroom and oversee the economy that is created. In addition, you function as the World Bank so you need so this will be your guide regarding resource values and the application of the rules. The second page is a spreadsheet with the formulas built in so that each of the students can track their nations wealth and development. Have fun with this learning experience!
Design Your Own Shoe - Art + Media Literacy
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Design Your Own Shoe - Art + Media Literacy

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This is an exciting learning task whereby students get the opportunity to design their own shoe and then create a media plan to market it. It combines curriculum expectations from both Art & Media Literacy. A variety of options are given to the students in terms of Art and Media forums that they can create with. I addition, I have added assessment rubrics to go along with the engaging assignment sheet! Create! Create! Create!
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.
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.
Critical Inquiry on Personal Identity (Part 1): How I See Me
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Critical Inquiry on Personal Identity (Part 1): How I See Me

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This is part 1 that includes the first 3 lessons in the unit. The entire unit (parts 1 and 2) include 10 lessons with an additional section in which I have outlined sundry learning activities for you to engage your students with. This unit contains lessons, graphic organizers and directions to online resources. The Learning Objective of this unit is for students to explore their personal identities in a safe space and to think critically about how the various aspects of their personally identity are influenced.
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.
World Trade Simulation Unit
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World Trade Simulation Unit

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I am very proud of this learning unit! It encompasses learning expectations for a variety of grades and curriculum areas including: History, Language, Geography, Mathematics, and Art. In this unit, I've designed a variety of learning that lead the students through the research and analysis of existing countries, the creation of their own world (where they emerge as world leaders), and finally culminating in the World Trade Simulation. This file contains the assignment sheet and description of learning tasks. As well, this documents contains teachers notes, graphic organizers for student tracking during the simulation and finally the trade resource templates required for use during the simulation. Please collect all the required files and enjoy! I'd love your feedback on this program as I have worked very hard and truly believe that this is an authentic learning experience for the kids that they will not forget!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.