Taking some time tonight to reconnect with some of my #ETMOOC pals to reflect on what makes an effective connected community for #ccourses
It’s Always About the People– Rhonda Jessen
Learning When No One Is at the Center of the Room: Connected Courses MOOC (#ccourses)– Paul Signorelli
I have the honor and the privledge of working at Bishop Carroll, one of the most fantastic schools in the city. We have a reputation for being one of the most welcoming high school communities. One of the ways we foster this sense of community is through relationship and team building opportunities.
This past week we offered a SPIRIT WEEK for our students. Each day was filled with opportunities for students to interact and have fun.
Monday- Casey the our mascot was around the building. We also hosted an In -province Post Secondary fair in the afternoon.
Tuesday- Carroll Apparel Day. Students were encouraged to wear this years school shirts. We also had a school opening mass.
Wednesday– Clubs Day- Over the lunch hour students were invited to the gym to check out displays from our over 22 clubs. I am pleased to be one of the teacher sponsors for the anime club this year, and was proud to watch my team sign up over 30 new members.
Thursday- We had a fall sport pep rally. After school students who wanted to attend the football game were able to gather before the game to create a cheering section.
Friday- Carroll Carnival. For the last two hours of the day students were able to participate in a variety of sports and amusement activities.
This week provided many opportunites for chats, laughs, smiles and general enjoyment. I feel that it has a fantastic impact on the school moral and cohesiveness.
How do other school build a sense of community in their buildings? I look forward to learning from you and reading your responses.
Is there anything better than starting a new school year? The crisp smell of fall in the air (or a blanket of snow the first week of school if you live in Calgary), the anticipation of meeting your new students, the hope and dreams of the year to come.
Well this year I got a double bonus. Not only did I get to start a new year as a Professional School Counsellor at Bishop Carroll High School, a member of the Canadian Coalition of Self Directed Learning Schools but I have also been involved as a co-conspirator for Alberta’s first #OCLMooc.
Creating new things gives me hope and energy. I have had so much fun this month Vlogging, S’Moring, using Animoto and just generally tinkering around with technology. Here are a few of my projects I’ve been working on.
I would love any feedback you may have or suggestions for future tools or ideas to play with.
Bishop Carroll Counselling Department