This upcoming week is a big week. Grade Seven Program Planning begins. This marks the beginning point of our transition process and the start of schools balancing looking ahead while also focusing on the remainder of this year. This week also includes our "Hands On Night." This is an opportunity for our Fine Arts and Applied Skills Departments to showcase many of the amazing things going on in their programs. Finally on Friday, our first major Grad Event of the Year (Winter Formal).
As we prepare for the beginning of our transition with our incoming grade 8's, it is nice to see all of our current grade 8's busy learning and exploring the various disciplines in our school.
Grad Hoodies - On Sale (soon)
Though not sure if this will be set up by the time of the publication of this week's Weekly, but the Grad 2019 Hoodies will be on sale soon. Once finalizied, this can be purchased directly via School Cash Online.
Grad Numeracy Assessment
As shared last week, there have been some changes to the Provincial Assessments. One of the changes is that Grad Numeracy Assessment (GNA) is now to be written at grade 10 level starting this year. Thus, for students at McRoberts, this means both the grade 10's and the grade 11's (as they did not write this last year) will be writing this assessment this year. Though we posted some of this information in the past, we felt it important to share again about the GNA.
From the Ministry of Education - Link to materials
The Graduation Numeracy Assessment (GNA) is a new provincial assessment written in Grade 10. It is a graduation requirement.
The GNA is based on mathematical concepts learned across multiple subjects from kindergarten to Grade 10, with an emphasis on K–9.
It requires students to solve problems by using the five numeracy processes (different ways of thinking and working): interpret, apply, solve, analyze and communicate. The numeracy processes are described in the pre-assessment activities.
The assessment is delivered online and has three essential components:
1. Common component: 24 computer-scored questions, completed online by all students
2. Student-choice component: Two written-response questions completed on paper. These are deeper questions that require students to present their solutions in context and provide detailed explanations to justify their thinking. These questions are based on the information and work the student will have completed earlier in the common component. Students pick 2 of 4 possible questions and take their analysis deeper
3. Self-reflection component: These questions ask the student to reflect on their experience with the assessment. The process of reflection becomes part of their learning. This portion is completed online and is not marked.
The following pre-assessment activities have been developed to help students prepare for the Graduation Numeracy Assessment.
The documents and videos below are based on a situation called Giving out Bonuses, in which the student has to imagine they are a store manager who must decide how to distribute bonuses to employees.
Answer Key – Questions 1-4 - Giving out Bonuses (PDF)
Sample Response – Question 5 - Student Choice - Giving out Bonuses (PDF)
This guide provides suggestions on how students can work through problems and develop their numeracy using the five numeracy processes: interpret, apply, solve, analyze and communicate. It is based on the Giving out Bonuses sample questions above. Students can work by themselves or collaborate with peers.
What Adults Can Learn from Kids (Ted Talks)
On Saturday January 19th, some of our McRoberts students will be joining educators from around the province at the the Core Competencies Ed Camp. While the students are not "experts" in the field, we know they may have some insightful thoughts to share at this professional learning event. This Ted Talk is a good reminder to all of us that the teacher does not always have to be the oldest person in a classroom.