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2017! #ENG2D #ICS2O

2017!

Happy New Year! The new year also means the approach of the end of the semester. There are less than three weeks left of regular classes before exams begin. This is the final push for students as they complete regular classroom tasks and begin course culminating work and exam preparations. Image result for for never was a story of more woe

In ENG2D – Grade 10 Academic English, we have one final act of Romeo & Juliet to complete, which will occur before the end of this week. Next week, students will complete a Unit Test and Culminating Tasks, which will include a group performance piece, (the acting of a small part of the play) and an independent writing piece. The work will allow students to consider the play’s characters, plot, and conflicts as well as the impact of the play’s themes.

ICS2O – Grade 10 Computer Science students have been assigned their Course Culminating Assignment. This assignment requires students to create an original piece of programming in a language studied in class. The program can be a game or other software, but it must show strong knowledge of a programming language. The outline and requirements of the assignment are included here:

ICS 2O – Culminating Assignment – Outline
ICS 2O – Culminating Assignment – Planning Form
ICS 2O – Culminating Assignment – Activity Log

I’m looking forward to seeing what students create with these final course assignments in both English and Computer Science. These are very creative, hands-on students and we’ve had some great work throughout each course.

A reminder that if students would like information about their progress in a course, it is advisable that an appointment is made to come and see me. Thanks!

Enjoy all of 2017!

Happy Holidays, Everyone!

Well, here we are, two days before our much-deserved and hard-earned Christmas Break. From December 21 to January 3, I hope you, your family, and your friends have a fantastic holiday season. When we come back in the new year, (2017!?) we will have three weeks to complete the semester before we move on to Semester Two.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Best Wishes in 2017 from Mr. Wilson (and his Special Elf, Tessa)

Sensational Sphero Fun in #ICS2O

Today was one of those days where everything went right as a teacher experimenting with inquiry. Using a Sphero, I challenged students to code a path around the classroom and eventually around the school. This involved problem-solving, collaboration, trial and error, and patience, but ultimately success. Check out the video:

I’m grateful that students, teachers, and administrators are seeing the awesome results of teaching with technology to build skills in our students. I love this class so much!