Seeking Skill and Excellence Outside our Comfort Zone

For those of you who follow the school’s Youtube channel, you may have noticed this week that I have been officially indoctrinated as one of the pilots of our new video drone. I can’t tell you how excited I was (little did I know how challenging it would be to learn how to fly it)! As adults, we sometimes forget how daunting learning can be. Within our professions we are wired to "know everything" in our field of practice—there is a comfort in knowing a subject or topic really well, to have an “area of expertise” and to stay within it. When you dare to step outside of your comfort zone, and try something new, it can be intimidating. So, there I was on Tuesday morning, queued up to try, watching the school’s beloved photographer, Simon Spivey, as he deftly flew the new video drone. He made it look effortless as he…

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Leadership, Community and the Individual

We’ve just completed our first weeks back to school after the March break which signifies the beginning of one of our favourite seasons at The Grove. Outside temperatures are on the rise, the maple trees are tapped, the snow is beginning to melt and soon we will all be caught up in sunshine and a frenzy of outdoor springtime activities and celebrations. It’s what we like to call the beginning of "Camp Lakefield." For many of us, it’s a time for reflection too. Teachers are looking back on their programs and evaluating the year’s successes; students are considering their plans, regaining a rhythm of school work and diving into major projects; and senior students, especially, are focusing on getting the most out of what remains of their time here—while preparing for their year ahead as graduates. Leading the Way in School Life It’s this latter group, the graduating class, who set the tone for community life in a significant way. In their…

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Finding Inspiration in The Flipped Classroom

Many of our favorite teachers share a common trait, a teaching process characterized by a continuous evolution and refinement of practice stemming from curiosity and feedback and, ultimately, a love of the meaningful connections that can be shared between teacher and student—the "ah-hah!" moment, when a student really gets it. In her most recent blog post, LCS Chemistry teacher Melissa Rathier recently described her teaching career as, "one big action plan in teaching Chemistry. Question. Reflect. Explore. Test. Re-Test. Repeat."  She goes on to describe one of the biggest shifts she made in her teaching practice and the questions that inspired her to pursue the "flipped classroom"  and why it was so successful.  It's a wonderful insight into her craft which I encourage you to read if you have not yet.  Enjoy! "I have been lucky enough to teach the same courses (Grade 11 & 12 Chemistry) for my entire…

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