Northern Area Teachers' Association Blog

Travis Goobie – VTRA Part 2

This two day training is for those professionals who have already obtained their Level I status. Building on the theory and practice of threat risk assessment is the more comprehensive process of data analysis and strategic interviewing. In all threat assessment cases the practice is broken down into two simplistic categories: assessing the threat and assessing the threat maker. In most cases we can do both but in some cases we can only assess the threat because the threat maker has not been identified, such as in our many unauthored threat assessment cases across Canada during the 2007-2008 school year....

Susan Greene – Think Indigenous Conference

I attended the Think Indigenous conference on March 14-16, 2018 in Saskatoon. It was a fantastic professional development opportunity. It started with a choice of three, all day, free pre-conference offerings. I attended the Think Indigenous “Celebrating Indigenous Knowledge in the Academy”. This was a chance to hear seven female Indigenous scholars speak about the importance of Indigenous knowledge. These scholars included: Dr. Gail McKay, Dr. Verna St. Denis, Dr. Karla Williamson, Dr. Maggie Kovach, Dr. Alex Wilson, Dr. Marie Battiste and Dr. Jackie Ottman. The topics included: land based education, decolonizing education, language revitalization, Two Spirit ways of knowing,...

Robert Kroeker – BreakForth One

This is a report of the recent training I received in Edmonton, Alberta on January 26-28, 2018.  I attended the BreakForth One conference at the Shaw Centre in order to increase my skills as a teacher in Theatre Arts, Communication Media, GarageBand, and Christian Ethics at Valleyview School in Beauval, Sk. My first session was with a professional drummer from Calgary named Marty Szucs.  Marty is part of the Soultone group out of Calgary and has played in multiple bands, as a study drummer, and on cruise ships.  Marty initially thought he was presented to fairly inexperienced drummers, but quickly...

Heidi Soares – SUM 2017: Leading Together

SUM 2017: Leading Together was a conference put on October 23-24 in Saskatoon by the Saskatchewan Mathematics Teachers’ Society.  It focused on teacher preparedness and providing the leadership necessary for making math work for all students, as set forth by the Keynote speaker Steve Leinwand.  He focuses on high-quality instruction and being an advocate for high-ceiling math programs.  I also had the opportunity to present on some of the professional growth I’ve been working on and share my ideas about the benefits of “Sketchnoting” in the math classroom.  This conference was a great opportunity to make connections with other math...

Ashley Morrant – Save Your Sanity

Jan. 26th 2018 in Saskatoon To gain more knowledge on classroom management after having practical experience. Classroom Management Strategies To take the resources and knowledge gained from this PD and apply some to my classroom until I find something that works best for my students and myself. It was great to collaborate with other teachers not only from NLSD #113 about strategies that are being used. This could be a professional growth opportunity.

Penny Settee – Childhood Trauma: Finding a Way Through

The second workshop was on Childhood Trauma: Finding a Way Through. Each workshop was based on research, the development of the brain and its impact on the threat/stress response system, internal states, attachment styles, emotions, behaviours and strategies to assist children. The common thread in both workshops was to develop relationships with children, to allow them to play, to grow and develop, to accept them wholeheartedly, to make them feel secure and to be empathetic. As a parent, it is also essential to provide physical contact and be present by putting away your phone, electronics, turning off the television, and...

Penny Settee – Childhood Anxiety: Understanding and Helping Children Heal

I attended two thoroughly presented workshops by Morgan Bissegger, Registered Psychologist. The first was on Childhood Anxiety: Understanding and Helping Children Heal. She discussed the types of Anxiety believed to be the result from a nature deficit, the lure of technology, and a disruption of the stress response systems. She spoke of the healthy nature of anxiety and gradually moved toward Attachment Theory and ‘disruption’ where unhealthy anxiety originates. She delved into brain structure and used the ‘Brain in Hand’ model by Dan Siegel, which can be seen on Google. It can be used to befriend anxiety and to teach...

Joel Stange – Save Your Sanity Workshop

Free resources can be found at www.saveyoursanity.com I attended this session to learn alternative behaviour management strategies that could be of use in the classroom. Colleen DeVeyrac is an excellent presenter with a wealth of practical strategies to share with new and experienced teachers. Notes on the session: You need to work on building relationships with your kids first. We all have different communication styles. Teachers need to adapt their teachings to each type of communicator. With the introduction of technology, kids are learning that stimulation and needs met are achieved with technology. Needs are no longer met with human...

Meghan Beaven – Think Indigenous Education Conference 2018

March 14-16, 2018 at TCU Place, Saskatoon, SK   I recently attended the fourth annual Think Indigenous Education Conference. The conference this year offered over 75 presenters.  The keynotes, presentations and breakout sessions all encompassed a central theme of Indigenous identity, what it truly is, and the need to return to Indigenous ways of knowledge and land-based educational practices.  The goal of the conference itself is to celebrate Indigenous knowledge and Indigenous education.  The Métis were also showcased during the conference as well.  The day of RED Talks (similar to TED Talks) was very powerful.  On Wednesday evening there was...

Christine Ravenis – Think Indigenous! 2018 Conference

It has never been a more relevant time to engage in listening to and participating in a forum where so many like minded people gather.  University of Saskatchewan in partnership with the Indian Teacher Education Programme created a four year space for the awareness of and need for education in the areas of systematic racism, oppression and colonial systems that we as a society live in.  The theme for this conference, the final year in Treaty 6 territory, was: Inspiring Change through Indigenous Knowledge, Story, and Education. All of the keynote and REDTalk speakers are available online YouTube, in podcast...