Clearspring Middle SchoolGrades 5-8

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Clearspring Middle School
1 Brighton Lane, Steinbach,
Manitoba R5G 0Y2

Charmaine Mackid

Learning Coach

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Modeling Good Writing in Middle Years: An Interview

I recently sat down with Jon Kornelsen, Grade 8 teacher at Clearspring Middle School. He has been making significant changes in his approach to writing instruction and is excited about what he is noticing in his teaching and his students’ learning.  This stems from an impactful PD experience last fall. Charmaine: Tell me about what…

Mar 1, 2020 · Charmaine Mackid

Rethinking Curriculum and the Timetable: An Interview

I recently sat down with Jesse Snyder, Grade 7 teacher of the 4 cores at Clearspring Middle School. He has been exploring ways to not just integrate, but to infuse his Social Studies, Science, and ELA curriculum together. This has resulted in several changes to his teaching and to the scheduling, naming and nature of…

Jan 23, 2020 · Charmaine Mackid

Uncovering Essential Questions in Social Studies: An Interview

I recently sat down with Meredith Hutchinson, a Grade 5 & 6 Music and Grade 8 Social Studies teacher at Clearspring Middle School. She has been exploring ways to reshape her planning and assessment of Social Studies content around essential questions. Please take a look at her current essential questions planning doc before you check…

Nov 19, 2019 · Charmaine Mackid

Building Fact Fluency in the Middle and Senior Years Classrooms

One of the most common questions I have encountered in my work as a mathematics education leader, is about how we  help our students who have arrived in the middle and senior years while still struggling with their math facts. The burden this puts on students and teachers in mathematics classrooms, as well as in…

Nov 13, 2019 · Melissa Dean

Beginning to Build a Thinking Classroom

The Gist You cannot travel very far through a neighbourhood’s hallway at Clearspring Middle School before you see yet again another class up on their feet using vertical non-permanent surfaces to think through an engaging math problem in groups of 2 or 3. Teachers are embracing the research-based philosophy of Dr. Peter Liljedahl, a professor…

Nov 3, 2019 · Charmaine Mackid