PSC teachers spent some time June 9 discussing literacy initiatives they held for students over the school year. The project was to inspire and teach literacy in all aspects of school learning. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Ponoka teachers bring literacy to their professional development

Teachers at Ponoka Secondary Campus bring literacy into classrooms through professional development.

Teachers at Ponoka Secondary Campus (PSC) used a professional development initiative to bring literacy into their classrooms.

To showcase what worked for them, teachers met June 9 highlighting exactly what they did to help students expand their literacy.

Lacey Elliott, a teacher and inclusion coach at PSC helped bring the program to teachers. This school year staff conducted a book study of Do I Really Have to Teach Reading? by Cris Tovani.

“The book is about integrating literacy and instruction into all subject areas not just language arts,” said Elliot.

For teachers the challenge was to find ways of teaching literacy skills not just in English, but in math, biology, cooking or CTS classes. To inspire a love of teaching literacy the process followed project-based learning for staff members, said Elliott.

“We basically gave them the read and said, ‘Take something from this book and put it into action in your classroom,’” she explained.

Teachers had the whole year to practice their ideas and they then presented those to their peers. The presentation was quite similar to seeing students present their findings from a science class or language arts class and the involvement from teachers looked positive.

“I am seeing a ton of creativity. I am seeing enthusiasm,” said Elliott. “I am really impressed with the work that the staff have done.”

“Everything from math to higher level sciences have been represented.”

At first there was some trepidation on presenting the results, but what Elliott says she found was excitement in the end. “I think it’s safe to say everybody’s pretty proud of what they’ve done and pretty happy to have a reason to talk about it.”

After the presentations, teachers then discussed how the book can affect teaching on a long-term basis. The goal is to bring those ideas into the next school year and to expand them further.

Just Posted

Country Gardens owner Carmen Sim invited to international horticultural show

Located between Ponoka and Bashaw, the greenhouse owner is taking in a lifetime trip

PHOTOS: Ice racing at Mulhurst Bay at Pigeon Lake

Results of the ice racing event at Pigeon Lake

Maskwacis RCMP lay charges from home invasion

Four charged in alleged invasion using knives and gun on Samson Cree Nation - three injured

UPDATE: Highway 2 lanes were closed due to milk truck fire near Millet

A southbound truck hauling milk and cartons collided with a bridge

Ponoka Airport taxiway improvement costs overrun

The $328,000 project increased to $359,000, gravel cited as main reason for the increase

WATCH: Ponoka residents enjoy first skate on ice path

A community initiative helped create a skate path for families in Ponoka.

Liberals quietly tap experts to write new paternity leave rules

Ideas include creating an entirely new leave benefit similar to one that exists in Quebec

Insurers say Canadian weather getting hotter, wetter and weirder

Average number of days with heavy rain or snow across Canada has been outside norm since spring 2013

Two Canadians, two Americans abducted in Nigeria are freed

Kidnapping for ransom is common in Nigeria, especially on the Kaduna to Abuja highway

Are you ready for some wrestling? WWE’s ‘Raw’ marks 25 years

WWE flagship show is set to mark its 25th anniversary on Monday

John ‘Chick’ Webster, believed to be oldest living former NHL player, dies

Webster died Thursday at his home in Mattawa, Ont., where he had resided since 1969

Bad timing: Shutdown spoils Trump’s one-year festivities

Trump spends day trying to hash out a deal with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

Las Vegas shooter acted alone, exact motive still undetermined: Sheriff

Stephen Paddock was behind the gunfire that killed 58 people including two Canadians

Botox, bomb shelters, and the blues: one year into Trump presidency

A look into life in Washington since Trump’s inauguration

Most Read