In this episode, we are talking about how to get ready for destreaming. In Ontario, all grade 9 courses will be destreamed next year. This is top of our minds in thinking about our planning for the upcoming school year, so we're going to share our best tips, strategies, and ideas to get ready!
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- Change can be scary and cause fear - we need time to "get used to this idea" and get excited to try new things
- Ontario's Policy Paper on Destreaming
- Grade 8 to Grade 9 is a big leap, so destreaming makes sense
- Start by revisiting your curriculum
- It's ok if initial implementation is not perfect, it takes time!
- Collaborate with others - reach out to colleagues, cross-panel connections, other schools, board contacts, Twitter
- Go visit elementary classrooms if you can
- TDSB Destreaming Resources
- Use a menu of pedagogical choices to promote teacher autonomy (Modern Classrooms, Thinking Classrooms, UDL, Design Thinking, Gradeless/Ungrading practices, CRRP)
- Learn strategies and pick a focus for next year
- Incorporating student choice and voice in both content and assessment
- Alternative assessment formats
- Focus on descriptive feedback
- Focus on skills and use the content as a vehicle to develop the skills
- Class sizes are a real concern
- Is any timing good timing? Probably not! Do your best and give yourself grace