Don’t Just Google It! Libraries, Museums & Archives – Connect and Collaborate!

Don’t Just Google It! Libraries, Museums and Archives – Connect & Collaborate!

You are invited to Glenlyon Norfolk Junior School Learning Commons for the next #YYJedchat meet-up! The theme of this meet-up is maximizing awareness of some amazing resources in our community.  Check out what libraries, museums and archives can offer your inquiry based program!

Time #1: Wednesday, January 25th, 4:00-5:30pm
Face-to-face location #1: Glenlyon Norfolk Junior School, 1701 Beach Drive

Time #2: Wednesday, February 8th, 4-5:30pm
Face-to-face location #2: Royal B.C. Museum

Please register for each event separately. Links are provided below or please visit the Register for an Event Page under the Events menu.


Part 1 will be held at the Glenlyon Norfolk Junior School at 1701 Beach Drive on Wednesday, January 25th from 4:00-5:30 with Teacher-Librarian Sarah McLeod.

Whatever fact-finding mission a student may be on or big idea they are pursuing, every project begins with a search for information! In this ‘post-truth’ era, students need to be aware of where to go for information. Building a solid foundation of research skills is part of a student’s tool kit to being a resourceful and resilient critical problem solver. There are resources in our community that provide a wealth of information and expertise.

Curious about what is available?

Join Chris O’Connor from RBCM, Oak Bay archivist Caroline Duncan, public librarians Joy Huebert and Sarah Harrison, teacher-librarians and teachers in a conversation. Come share ways to use libraries, museums and archives in your community. Come see what is available, share what you do and listen to local experts share their knowledge.

Part 1 will be held at Glenlyon Norfolk Junior School in the Learning Commons, Jan. 25th.



Part 2 will be held at RBCM Wednesday, February 8th 4:00-5:30 with Archivist Genevieve Weber and Museum Educator Chris O’Connor

Check It Out!

Family history, politics, architecture, sports, music, explorers, Aboriginal communities, ghosts, photography – whatever the interest, there is something in our collections for everyone!  Come to the BC Archives and discover the resources we have for you and your learners.  The first half of the session will focus on using our online database to search the collections and discover the kinds of information that you access at home or in the classroom, including digital records such as colonial correspondence, photographs, and maps.  The second half of the session will be an introduction to the reference room, including a display of original records from the collections and a tour of the facility.  The BC Archives is a public institution, and we encourage everyone to actively engage the space for their learning.



Unpacking Inquiry: June 14th with Trevor MacKenzie at Oak Bay High

You are invited to Oak Bay High School for the next #YYJedchat meet-up! The theme of this meet-up is unpacking inquiry. 

Date: Tuesday, June 14
Time #1: 4:30-6:00pm
Face-to-face location #1: Oak Bay High School
Time #2:#PubPD: 6:15-8pm
Face-to-face location #2: Penny Farthing Pub

Online location: via Periscope (link will be sent to you on registration)

* If you are unable to attend in person, or would prefer to connect online, you can still complete the form linked above, and select the “Online” option in the multi-access section. You will then be sent a link to Periscope assuming you provide your email in the form as well. 

The event will be an edcamp-style session where those participating (f2f or online) will unpack inquiry and share insights, tools, follies, skills, expertise, and knowledge to best support our learners. There will be a series of prompts with group feedback and ideas being contributed to a shared google doc. All stakeholders in education are invited: teachers, administrators, pre-service teachers, learners, parents, and interested community members – please join us!

The session at Oak Bay will move on to the Penny Farthing Pub (2228 Oak Bay Avenue) for a #PubPD social. We will continue to wax on inquiry, network (f2f and online), and enjoy some bites and refreshments. Again, all are encouraged to join. We have the back room booked so there will be ample space.

Host Trevor MacKenzie has been a teacher in SD61 since 2003 and utilizes an inquiry framework in his classroom.  Find him on Twitter and his blog for further info.


A Community of Learners: May 18th with Heidi James at Colquitz Middle School

You are invited to Colquitz Middle School for the first #YYJedchat meet-up! The theme of this meet-up is community building in the classroom. 

Date: Wednesday, May 18
Time: 3:30-4:30pm
Face-to-face location: Colquitz Middle School
Online location: via video conference link and using your webcam and a browser
Register: please follow this link to add your name to the list.

* If you are unable to attend in person, or would prefer to connect online, you can still complete the form linked above, and select the “Online” option in the multi-access section. You will then be sent a link to the live video chat assuming you provide your email in the form as well. 

Developing a strong sense of community in our shared learning space is my highest priority in my middle school classroom. I begin long before we even meet by trying to learn a little about each child through transition events and by keeping our classroom decor to a minimum. I want the students to feel that our space is a place where they hold an integral role in designing.

I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to teach grade 6, as this grade is the learner’s first experience with middle school. There is often a heightened sense of anxiety as the new school year unfolds and learners switch schools, becoming the youngest in the group. This reinforces the need to come together as a community.

As soon as our class is assembled, I share my wish for our time together: a feeling of becoming a family. We hold a family meeting and discuss what that might look like and feel like. All of our social media accounts have “family” as part of the title: Our Twitter account @mrsjamesfamily, and we blog from MrsJamesFamily15. Each student has a role in ensuring that everyone feels safe in and beyond our classroom walls, and they take it pretty seriously!

Backchanneling Opportunities to Develop and Strengthen Classroom Community

Empowering learners to have a strong voice in the daily running of classroom routines and learning has become an integral part of how my community comes together. I try to provide ongoing opportunities for learners to speak with me and each other during class time and beyond school hours. This means providing safe access points to backchannels where the student voice dominates and the teacher presence is lighter. Some of the backchannel tools I use frequently in my classroom are TodaysMeet and the posting feature in our Google Classroom. Learners can “chat” while lessons unfold or while they are asked to apply their learning. They can work collaboratively without disturbing other learners, and can seek help instantaneously without waiting for a teacher to be available. This flattens our classroom walls and reduces the impact that structured scheduling has on learning. Learners can communicate and connect as needed in a seamless fashion!

A community does not materialize or sustain itself without continuous effort. This looks different with each group of learners and their varying needs. Some years, we’ve needed weekly family meetings to come together and share our lives and learning. Other years, I’ve had TToCs comment on how they felt like a guest in a room that did not actually require any adult intervention whatsoever! My learners welcomed the TToC, shared the plans for the day, and essentially carried on with the routines that were in place!

It brings me great joy to have the opportunity to learn alongside my little family of learners on a daily basis!

How Does This Connect to #yyjedchat?

As we launch #yyjedchat, we must consider that the ultimate goal of this resource is to foster a similar sense of community amongst a diverse group of lifelong learners. How can we include as many voices as possible? How can we bring people together from around the south island? What needs to happen to ensure that everyone feels welcomed and included?

The first #yyjedchat will explore the concept of becoming a community of learners, both within a classroom and beyond. We will share our ideas about how we all work to create our own classroom cultures and a sense of community in our classrooms. We will also explore how some of these same strategies might work to develop a strong sense of community for #yyjedchat.

We’d like to thank the #yyjedchat community for the opportunity to host an event, and we are looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible!