Drawing inspiration from Caine, a young boy from East L.A., each year Grade 8 students at Green Valley School are challenged with a simple, yet equally difficult design process challenge: design and build a fully functional arcade game, that is aesthetically pleasing and constructed entirely out of cardboard and minimal supplies. Throughout this design challenge,…
Helen RobidouxLearning Coach
While I completed my Bachelor of Education in the Early Years Stream, I have spent my career teaching and learning in middle and senior years classes. Our youngest learners are curious and inquisitive, what we hope our graduating students still are when they hold their diploma. It is this desire to nurture curiosity in kids, no matter the age, that has guided my practice as a teacher and now as a learning coach. That and the belief that all children want to and are capable of learning.
As an educator who lived the highs and lows during my days in a classroom, I still hold dear to my heart how difficult, emotional, and truly rewarding teaching and learning can be. As I come alongside teachers, as a co-planner of learning experiences, a purposeful observer, and as a careful listener, I will do so with the knowledge that we are all here for the same reason: to foster the emotional, social, intellectual and academic growth of our students to better our world.
In addition to supporting Deeper Learning work at Green Valley School and Mitchell Middle School, I have a keen interest in the teaching and learning of languages. I am currently exploring the Comprehensible Input theory as a pedagogical tool and look forward to sharing my learning with all language teachers!
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Students at Mitchell Middle School got the message loud and clear in September: Character Matters. Doing the right thing even when you think no one is watching, matters. Trying hard and giving it your all when things are tough, matters. Recognizing that failing is just an opportunity to learn and grow, matters. Developing a growth…
Nov 2, 2019 · Helen Robidoux
Challenge accepted! Inspired by the documentary Most Likely to Succeed (produced by Ted Dintersmith) which challenges school communities to reimagine what teaching and learning could be in today’s innovative world, Katie Martin and Kurt Hangle began to do just that. Reimagine. What would it look like if students were empowered to have more ownership of…
Nov 1, 2019 · Helen Robidoux