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Session 1 in English – SESSION FULL – Ivana Khadoury, Marissa Carr, Sari Olishansky & Tracy Stroll

October 22, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 11:45 am

Workshop Code: #TT1
Room: 274

Part a. How to implement writing tools

Ivana Khadoury, English Resource Teacher, Hebrew Academy

I will be discussing the implementation of various writing tools in the classroom. This idea was brought about after observing that some students felt unmotivated to write, and were experiencing difficulty getting started. I decided to present different tech tools that can be used as graphic organizers, transition words and a writing office I created to assist in writing. By the end of the year, the same students would either request these tools or access and use them independently.

Part b. How to create a Makerspace in the classroom

Marissa Carr, ICT Coordinator, Solomon Schechter Academy

A Makerspace provides hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to design, experiment, build, problem-solve and invent. During our discussions we will focus on the fundamentals of developing a Makerspace in our classrooms. Establishing a Maker mindset in our classrooms allows our students to have total engagement in their learning process and develop the skills needed for 21st century learning. During our discussions we will explore different tools within a Makerspace and how these tools can enhance student learning while meeting curriculum standards. We will examine resources that can allow our students to become modern Makers and the steps needed to develop a Maker culture within our classrooms to prepare our next generation of innovators.

Part c. How to develop and apply Executive Function skills

Sari Olishansky, Assistant Coordinator of Student Services, Bialik High School
Tracy Stroll, Director of Student Services, Bialik High School

In this workshop, we will be discussing the importance of developing Executive Function (EF) skills during the early high school years. Over the last several years there has been a significant decline in students’ understanding of what skills they need to use to learn best. For example, note-taking strategies, study skills and organizational habits. As a result, we decided to bring in the SMARTS curriculum at the grade 7 and 8 level.

We applied the Response to Intervention (RTI) model to better understand the individual strengths and weaknesses of the students. This was done in part using the BJEC Executive Function Screener. We have faced numerous challenges, but the overall response from teachers has been positive, as they recognize the need to explicitly teach EF skills. We have learned however, that these are skills that must be re-visted yearly and cannot be mastered only during the early high school years. Our model is a flexible one which can be incorporated at all grade levels.


  Ivana graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor’s degree in Kindergarten and Elementary Education and is currently completing a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology. Her philosophy of education is strongly influenced by Carol Dwek’s work on mindsets, which emphasizes the importance of students’ perseverance and their attitude towards education to reach their potential. Her experience in the Resource room taught her the importance of providing students with the necessary tools to help them thrive.

 Marissa grew up in Toronto and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Education. She began her teaching career in central Canada where she taught grades 1-6 in a variety of classroom settings. Marissa has attended extensive professional development based on 21st century learning. In 2016, Marissa moved to Montreal to focus on Technology in Education. She is currently the ICT coordinator of the Makerspace program at Solomon Schechter Academy and is very passionate about preparing students to be the next generation of innovators.

Tracy holds a Master’s in Education from McGill University with a concentration in Inclusive Education and Family Life Therapy. Tracy has been the Director of Student Services at Bialik High School for the past 8 years, where she has implemented and overseen the development of the Academic Support Program. This program is designed to support diverse learning needs. She is proud to have been influential in bringing change to the Jewish Day School system.

Sari holds a Bachelor’s in Education from McGill University and is currently working towards a Master’s in Educational Psychology, with a focus in Inclusive Education. She has taught in both the public system and the Jewish Day School system in elementary and high school. Sari is currently working at Bialik High School where she teaches English Language Arts to students with learning and behavioural challenges. She is also the assistant coordinator of the Student Services Department where she is able to provide remediation to students in the areas of literacy and executive function skills.



October 22, 2018
9:30 am - 11:45 am
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