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inclusive learning communities: play in math at Cook

Posted on: March 17th, 2016 by jnovakowski

Several schools in our district are participating in Inclusive Learning Communities projects, with a school team working alongside Learning Services staff to consider inclusive principles and practices. Cook Elementary is in its first year of the project, investigating ways to incorporate play into the learning of mathematics. Shelley Moore is leading this project at Cook, […]

intermediate storytelling at Blair

Posted on: February 22nd, 2016 by jnovakowski

Karen Choo, grades 4&5 teacher at Blair Elementary is part of our district’s Creating Spaces for Playful Inquiry series. In January, she shared her journey with a group of 50 educators – how she has been using morning provocations to uncover big ideas and big thinking in her classroom. She has a collection of loose […]

intermediate storytelling at Cook

Posted on: February 14th, 2016 by jnovakowski

As a follow-up to an after school Leanne McColl and I held for grade 5 teachers (see post HERE) on Indian Residential Schools, I visited two of the grades 5&6 teachers at Cook Elementary to further explore the power of story with their students, making connections to self and place as part of their study […]

a visit to Opal – January 2015: Michelle’s story

Posted on: February 4th, 2015 by jnovakowski 1 Comment

The Gift of Time  I consider myself so lucky to have been given the opportunity to visit Opal School.  What an amazing experience to see playful inquiry in action and spend three days reflecting, questioning and examining my own practice.  So many things connected, challenged and extended my thinking.  Although not a new idea, I […]

a visit to Opal – January 2015: reflections

Posted on: February 2nd, 2015 by jnovakowski 3 Comments

As I reflect on my three days visiting the Opal School in Portland, I go back to one of my tweets that kind of sums things up for me – “values, humanity, joy” and of course #playfulinquiry. The focus of the visitation days was looking at questions and playful inquiry. As a team we wondered […]

primary teachers study group: session one

Posted on: November 10th, 2014 by jnovakowski

Because of the difficult start to our school year, I have been holding off on starting up the after school professional learning series that we host in the district, but our primary teachers study group seemed ready to get going so we had our first session of the year last week. As voted on by […]

Reggio-inspired mathematics: number kit

Posted on: November 10th, 2014 by jnovakowski 15 Comments

On Wednesday morning I will be visiting a Kindergarten class at Hamilton Elementary to deliver and introduce the Reggio-inspired mathematics kit looking at number. The kit arrives looking like this…are you wondering what’s inside? Here is an example of one way to to present the materials: Ideally, a spot in the classroom could be found […]

welcome back: joyful learning in kindergarten

Posted on: September 24th, 2014 by jnovakowski

On Tuesday afternoon, almost 100 Richmond Kindergarten and K/1 teachers came together in the Woodward gym for an afternoon of community building.  We are each others’ community and in times like these, we must remember that there are others we can turn to for support. This September school start-up will be unlike any other and […]

BC 2020 Continuity of Learning

Posted on: March 26th, 2020 by jnovakowski

Hi there! On this page I will be sharing a variety of resources to support the continuity of learning in mathematics and the development of numeracy based on the BC curriculum. Most of the resources shared are what I have curated and created for my role in the Richmond School District. I have permission to make them […]

Story Workshop series – 2018

Posted on: May 24th, 2018 by jnovakowski

A group of district teacher consultants and school-based teachers came together this spring to facilitate a three-part Story Workshop after school series. This was in response to many requests and questions  from teachers in our district about Story Workshop. The facilitators of the series were: Sharon Baatz, Louesa Byrne, Michelle Hikida, Carrie Bourne, Lisa Schwartz, Marie […]