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Why Play the WAY Game?

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The Last WAY Game

Ever Played

Listen carefully to what is said by my student camera-person. It's June and the kids were helping create this instruction video - one take - unscripted.

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Look for Student


We're getting into the game now, look for Materials needed for play. Who will create them for your class? Learn to play by watching others play.

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Learn to Play - 

Play to Learn

Lots of advice given. We used SMART Boards for many reason. Once again watch and learn. Watch the girls upset the boys, and for a Captain's Challenge.

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 Expectations &


Teamwork - peer evaluation for real grades, involving students in the learning process is key. I assigned 10% a term for peer evaluated Game Cards. This promotes Value & Trust.

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Student Testimonials

In June 2015 I asked my students to write about their experiences with the WAY Game. This is what they wrote. I've highlighted key ideas.

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The Class of 2013

Watch students from 5M play the WAY Game. Listen to stories; take a learning journey. Discover who you are and how you learn.

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a Quick Look at

WAY Game Tools

A visual walk through the tools of the WAY Game. These are the Tools to be used in class. A Player's Game requires less 'paper'.

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7 WAY Games Explained


One of my first unscripted narrations.  A look at the seven games of WAY using Notebook software. Examples of Q & A's are given. Background pictures help define and explain the game.

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Join me in a walk to class

Be quiet in the halls when class is on. Have a look at the Tools and Techniques a SMART WAY to Learn offers. Try and listen to what is said. Ernie is introduced.

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Materials - Procedures - Play

A mix of graphics - I talk about the materials & procedures of the WAY Game. Any class is a good class when there is student engagement.

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2011 Our First Video

We knew we wanted to share the WAY Game in 2011. How was the problems, the journey began here with our first video. There would be others over the years. Simple signs explained the game

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Always Know Why

Why WAY begins what Ernie's reported to have made. Students from Newman did the wall art, 5M did the digital art. Reasons why given, the Flow of Knowledge defined and an 'ask' for Field-Testers. 

Pathfinder CAP Notes & WAY Cards

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Pathfinder a Quick Look

We have to start showing students that they matter and we are on a journey together which begins with an awareness of self and others. 

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20 Home & School


The reason to do Pathfinder outweigh the reasons not to do Pathfinder. Completed annually - it's a snapshot of student growth.

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Fill in Pathfinder

Homeroom teachers walk students through Pathfinder. Start and stop the video, allow time to fill in responses. Give advice when needed. Do a first draft. Don't rush.

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a HOT - Graphic Organizer

CAP Notes offers a 9 step lesson creation for teachers and a summary system for students. CAP Notes are now offered to Players and Parents; designs and function have improved. Order CAP Notes and support this cause.

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Random Selection is Fair

Being fair and being seen as fair is what WAY Cards and Random Selection of students is all about. Learn the anatomy of WAY Cards. I used WAY Cards all the time in class. Players should make a WC for group play. 

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A Student Talks Card- Boards

I really appreciate all the work my students did to bring the WAY game to you.

Here's another example of how we used Card Boards.

Students evaluate and keep records that count. 

Game Cards

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ALL about Game Cards

Students Game Card Samples, 'student' comments and lots of Graphic Design ideas. Get Graphic Design ideas and Q & A examples.

Remember, this is grade five.

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Students Talk

Game Cards

A teacher listens as students talk about their Game Cards. GC Graphics are Memory Triggers, so you can remember and be remembered. 

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Student Game Card



A quick look at some of 5M's Game Cards. Digital designs were used in our year end art show. Student's developed their own style. Game Cards were shared in class and used to play the WAY Game.

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Microsoft Word


This is an old video, all we used in the day. I would not recommend Word anymore, but if that's what you have, go for it. I recommend everyone use PowerPoint, way easier to format.

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Mac - Pages

Another old video for Mac users, Better than Word, but not better than PowerPoint.



PowerPoint formats well, you don't have to use a Template, you can make your own based on your needs and wants 

Smart Digital Lesson Planning

Share your work

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Kind of a pep talk. Retiring Brian's walk to class, looking to build the proverbial staff room table for free resources. An brief introduction to Digital Lesson Planning and a thank-you to students and their parents.

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2 DLP = Early Daze

I never had any intention to share lessons beyond my class; not pretty - early days and experiments. Your plans will look much better, you won't start from scratch. Have a look at the early days of Digital Lesson Planning with SMART Notebook software.

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3 Create Lesson Plan Banks 

Traditional Lesson Plans were too hard to share - Digital Lesson Plans are easy to share and create when School Districts dedicate PD time to the creation of Digital Lesson Plans. A look at the old and new.

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4 Thoughts on Lesson Planning

From TAPS to CAP - follow the 9 step lesson planning model, Use Templates, use OTL's Other Teacher's Lessons. Start thinking about making Q & A's from the videos content. E.G. List the 7 P's.

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5 Who can Help & DLP

Ernie begins with the difficulty of change. Here's a Regions of Canada Notebook lesson that lays out what's on a page. Don't panic, teachers submit one digital lesson to be able to withdraw lessons from the bank. {which you're going to make.]

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6 Ideas on DLP & Get SMART

I believe teachers should use Tools and resources at SMART. Posting lesson on SMART Exchange didn't work well for me, so the plan changed. I am not affiliated with SMART in any way.

Look and listen to ideas on Digital Lesson Planning and consider using SMART because it's smart.

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OneNote Lesson Planning Demo.

Learn to split your screens like in the video. Very handy. Look at how to move objectives from government curriculum to OneNote then to your lesson plans using SMART Notebook software. It's smart.

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SMART Digital Lesson Planning Demo.

Get a free trial of Notebook software, Basic model is free. We look at Content Folder, how to make a Template the wrong way, written advice and odd music haunts the lesson as Unit Plans are made. It really is quick and easy.

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From Today to Tomorrow DLP

An informal talk with groovy music, learn to Drag & Drop learning resources from one day to the next. There's a reference to finding stuff at SMART Exchange, that was the plan, plans change. I'll have to edit out that part at a later date.

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Notebook - Tools to Play 

Whether in class or playing virtually, these tools/pages will get students more involved in the Game. From Pathfinder Clues to the 7 WAY Games, Spinner, Dice, Timers, all have a part to play. Open and explore these Tools.

E P B L - Entrepreneurial Project-Based Learning

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Behind the Scenes

A behind-the-scene look at our class during Play Week. After 23 shows students had a learning experience they will never forget.

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EPBL - Entrepreneurial

Project Based Learning

Beluga Play was created by the students of 5M with lots of help from Mrs. N. What started as a chance encounter with Beluga whales turned into our class play. Something was created from nothing.

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Why Don't YOU put on

a Show?

When class got to big to put on our Puppet Show, we switched to the creation of a Digital Art show in June for the school. It was a rockin' good time, we filled the gym with projected digital art from multiple projectors.

On a Personal Note

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Advice from a Retired


To teach or not to teach, that is the question.

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References from Parents & Students

A note, a smile, a high five, these are the things that matter most to teachers 



Brian - Your Virtual Teacher

So you can have an idea of who you are dealing with.

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Thoughts During the Pandemic

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SMART Lessons are Associated With these Videos

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Link to Blog Post - It's a

longer story.

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Link to Blog Post - It's a

longer story.

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Link to Blog Post - It's a

longer story.

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