(Videography, Editing, Script and Narration: Tiffany Poirier; Background music: Royalty Free Music 0099.m4a, Gaillani Records, 2003)
Welcome to Challenge Program in the Surrey School District--preparing creative, critical thinkers and leaders for the 21st century! We collaborate as a true “Community of Inquiry” where learning is student-centred, project-based, dialogical, creative, critical and open-ended. We love philosophical discussions, “Personal Interest Projects” and creative problem solving. Technology engages us and helps us to accelerate, document, analyze, and share our learning process. We’re on the cutting edge right now, exploring advanced audio recording and editing, point of view and time lapse video techniques, and the “flipped classroom” model. We’re the future, and we’re making a better world because we care.
Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living”—but today we can examine can our living and learning with technology on our side. (“This is how we learn!”)
Welcome to Challenge Program preparing leaders for the 21st century. I’m the teacher, Tiffany Poirier—that’s me—and these are the faces of the students for whom we’re personalizing learning.
We’re a true "Community of Inquiry" where philosophical dialogue is foundation for the future of democracy. Together we learn the nuts and bolts of rationale thought and communication, and we question, question, question!
What’s the meaning of life? What kind of world are we building? And what can we each contribute?
We collaborate. We tackle real-world problems. Our learning’s student-centred, project-based, dialogical, creative, critical, and it’s always open-ended.
With our “personal interest projects” we show learning in diverse ways and technology-supported documentation makes way for authentic assessment. We archive work with photography.
We audio-record in our deep discussions. It helps us remember, reflect and analyze more deeply. And all of this helps level the playing field ability-wise. It is especially helpful for our students with written output challenges. We edit our audio in Garageband and also record music there with a midi.
Educational videos are fun to watch, but we’re just as good at making our own. We’ve harnessed the power of point of view technology used by the action sports industry to learn from new perspectives. We’re seeing greater heights now outdoors and in the classroom reflecting on our process.
“Time lapse video art helps us…"
Technology connects our learning and brings us together as people in real time. We connect online as well with blogs and websites. It helps to locate and make our place in the greater society. Our learning is richer with these great tools we use.
Now we’re even exploring the “flipped classroom” model. It’s a way to free up more face-to-face and hands-on time in the classroom because here our students achieve world-class results.
And now our innovative learning practices are making waves nationally: our class was just recorded for a documentary for CBC radio because we’re on the cutting edge of learning with our community of inquiry.
I wish Socrates could have seen our Challenge Program for leaders of the 21st century.
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