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  • As a class we watched a TED Talk by Willie Smits on the deforestation of Boreo for the palm oil industry. The science described in the video can be challenging for grade 10 students, however it engaged them thoroughly in the topic. During the video, students brainstormed questions they had...

  • After the first couple of units in the grade 11 University Chemistry (SCH3U1), students have reviewed and gained a sufficient background to begin a field assignment. 

    Introduction and Collection of Prior Knowledge

    By allowing students the opportunity to...

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    Grade 9 Applied Science (SNC 1P), Electricity Unit

    Overview:  Students watch the teacher demonstrate the OJ powered clock.  The teacher guides students to wonder what they could change to make the clock work.  They do some brainstorming and...

  • Acids and Bases in Chemistry

    Grade Level/Course Code: Grade 10 Applied Science (SNC2P1)

    Strand(s) and Unit(s): Chemistry: Chemical Reactions and Their Practical Applications

    Overview: Students...

  • Students used blogging as a way to guide their learning about ecosystems. As a class we brainstormed ecosystem issues while watching a documentary. Groups then used a series of blog prompts to design their own learning around specific concepts in relation to their chosen issue. 

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  • How to Create a Classroom Catalyst

    Purpose: To outline how to create a good Classroom Catalyst.

    Outline: Resources have been collected and placed as links to the side that will help guide your submission process....

  • Tool Highlights:

    EDpuzzle is an online tool that enhances the implementation of a flipped learning approach or as a part of a blended learning environment. Both the...

  • Critical Inquiry Question:

    How do different compounds contribute to water pollution?

    Critical Challenge: 

    Taking the role of a water safety advocate, prepare a presentation to city council...