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September Ends in #ENG2D and #ICS2O

It has been nothing short of an amazing first month of the year. I’ve been fortunate to work with a great group of students as they learn and explore. Many of these students have been thriving in self-directed environments, using feedback, peer help, and the power of problem-solving to push their thinking forward. October will bring more of this and I’m excited to help move these students forward.

In ENG2D – Grade 10 English we have moved from our first unit on essay writing, (specifically a focus on argumentative essays) and now turn our attention to the novel Lord of the Flies By William Golding. We will use the novel to talk about how society functions, the power of symbols, and the idea that we are capable of some really crazy things. I look forward to the conversations and interpretations in this unit!

In ICS2O – Grade 10 Computer Science the class will move from our exploration of Scratch and focus on computer hardware. My hope is that students will being self-sufficient in building and maintaining their own computers, saving them money and headaches in the future.

In the meantime, check out this Scratch project from Logan F. It’s a great way to kill a few minutes! (Note that this is best viewed on a computer).

Logan’s Racing Game

Controls RED BLUE YELLOW PINK
Left Turn Left Arrow A Key K Key Numeric 1
Right Turn Right Arrow D Key L Key Numeric 2
Forward Up Arrow W Key O Key Numeric 3

Until next time!

So Much Happening in #ENG2D and #ICS2O This Week!

Hello, everyone! The tail end of September has arrived without warning and time is, as usual, flying by. We are already in our third week of the semester! Classes are running well and students are doing an amazing job of applying their learning. Here’s a run-down of the plan for this week:

ENG2D – Grade 10 Academic English students will continue developing an understanding of essay components and conventions. The work focuses on argumentative essays and especially writing effective thesis statements and supporting paragraphs. I will be sharing a variety of tools with students to help them through the process. Students will have some time in class but will be expected to work at home to do some additional writing and polishing. Next week, I’d like to start the novel study Lord of the Flies so students should also be reading. Here is the assignment and some planning resources:

ENG2D – Essays – Argumentative Essay
ENG2D – Essays – Argumentative Essay Checklist
ENG2D – Essays – Writing Body Paragraphs
ENG2D – Essays – Point-Support-Explain Paragraph Planner

ICS2O – Grade 10 Computer Studies students have been working on the Scratch programming tool, first getting familiar with the tool’s features through some tutorials and trial-and-error learning, and then by creating a custom side-scrolling game in the style of Super Mario Brothers or Flappy Bird. Check out this example by Logan F. It’s amazing!

This week, we will wrap up our exploration of Scratch with a practical unit test where students will create en even more complex game.  Then, it’s on to something new!

Don’t forget to check out the Resources/Links section of the website as I have added a bunch of stuff. If you have suggestions for more sites, let me know!

Have a great week!

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The First Weeks in #ENG2D and #ICS2O

It has been great meeting new students and starting a new semester. After the first few days of getting organized we are well on our way to accomplishing some great things. 

Having a five-month-old at home is a great reminder of how we learn; both Tessa as a baby and me as a parent. We all start somewhere but soon enough we are all running around like pros. 


In ENG2D – Grade 10 English, we are beginning with some writing work, which will transition into all things essays in the next week. I will assess strengths and areas of focus for the semester. We also have had some good class conversations (on 9/11-themed mattress sales) and I look forward to more debates and seminars with this bunch. 

The ICS2O – Grade 10 Computer Studies class started out with a bang exploring the awesome Scratch programming language. Using problem solving skills, creativity, and some online tutorials, students are already doing some cool coding. We will continue on this introduction for the week with a small project before talking about computer hardware. 

 As always, parents/guardians and students are invited to contact me if there are questions, suggestions, or comments about a class. Have a wonderful second week!

Welcome to the 2016-2017 School Year!

It’s the start of another school year and I couldn’t be more excited. Great things are happening at GCHS including the introduction of some awesome new courses focusing on entrepreneurship and coding. I’m excited to say that I will be leading the coding courses, (ICS2O) this year.

I’m looking forward to working with students in an open, inquiry-based style. I have a feeling some of the students will have a background in computer science, and it will be fun to learn what they already know – and what they’d like to know. I have added some coding resources to the resources page on this website. There was a high demand for the course and I will work diligently to make it interesting, engaging, and useful for students.

I am also pumped to once again teach ENG2D – Grade 10 Academic English. I changed the design of the course to include more discussions, inquiry-based learning, performance tasks, and culminating activities. I found students have a richer understanding of the material, are more engaged, and more likely to complete expectations. This course includes a good mix of material, (Romeo & JulietLord of the Flies and To Kill a Mockingbird are the foundational texts) so I think it will work out well.

So, welcome to new students. Welcome to new parents and guardians. Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year!

Mid-Summer Hello!

I thought I would point out that there is still a whole MONTH of summer still left before we are back at school. Yay! Here’s a mid-summer shot of Neys Provincial Park, which is between Marathon and Terrace Bay on Lake Superior. It’s awesome. But then again, you’re awesome, too.
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Enjoy every minute of summer.
If, however, you’re starting to think school, rest assured that I am, too. I’m excited about ICS2O – Grade 10 Computer Studies. Are you in it? What would you like to learn? What do you already know? Tweet me @GeraldtonSteve and help me design a great class.
See you in a month!

Summer!

This week is exam week at GCHS and my students are spending Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday rocking their English exams. Last week’s culminating projects were very well-received and the presentations in ENG3U – Grade 11 University English and ENG4U – Grade 12 University English were absolutely awesome.

Exams will be marked by the end of the week and then final marks and report card comments will be prepared by me and sent off to the office. Students should expect report cards, (which will be mailed home) in early July.

I’ve said it before but I’d like to say it again: Thank you to the Grade 11s and 12s who have been so amazing this semester. I wish you the best for next year and the years to come!

Have a wonderful Summer!