Must-See October Events in Vancouver

Our list of Must-See October Events in Vancouver brings some promising activities, so make sure to check them out!

1. Harvest Haus: September 29th to October 9th

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Experience a piece of Oktoberfest, the world’s largest folk festival based in Munich, right in Metro Vancouver! The HarvestHaus is a 3-day festival celebrating German and European culture with typical food, drinks, and entertainment.

For more information and tickets, click here.

2. Vancouver TurkeyTrot Run: October 10th

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Stay active and give back to others on this Thanksgiving weekend by joining the Vancouver TurkeyTrot. This event consists of a 10KM run, walk or stroll around Metro Vancouver, followed by food, drinks, and entertainment! If you prefer to keep it traditional, our Thanksgiving Guide for International Students will tell you how.

3. Indoor Ice Skating: ILAC Activity October 13th

Must-See October Events in Vancouver

There’s no better way to welcome the cooler weather than by dusting off the skates and hitting the ice! Join us for the first ILAC Indoor Ice Skating activity of the season.

For more information and to sign up, visit the ILAC Activities Department.

4. Vancouver International Film Festival: September 29th to October 14th

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Grab some popcorn and head to the Vancity Theatre for the 35th edition of the Vancouver International Film Festival! Films from over 70 countries will be screened, featuring different themes and special talks and events.

For more information and tickets, click here.

5. Fright Nights at the PNE: ILAC Trips October 21st and 28th

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The Fright Nights at the PNE are back for another year and scarier than ever! 7 haunted houses, 15 rides, and 2 thrilling live shows will sure get you into the Halloween spirit.

For more information and tickets, visit the ILAC Activities Department.

Don’t forget to share your photos from these fun events with the hashtag #iloveilac !

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Must-See October Events in Toronto

It’s time to say goodbye to the summertime and welcome all the new and exciting activities fall brings! From incredible shows to Halloween celebrations, there’s something on our Must-See October Events in Toronto list for you!

1. Nuit Blanche Toronto 2016: October 1st

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The streets of Downtown Toronto will turn into a city-wide art exhibition from sunset to sunrise, displaying contemporary art pieces by approximately 4,600 local and international artists. Enjoy the all-night TTC service and explore the different exhibitions across the city Nuit Blanche Toronto brings this year!

For more information, click here.

2. Thanksgiving Brunch Cruise: October 9th

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Give the typical thanksgiving celebration a twist by having delicious brunch while navigating the Toronto Harbour, with a breathtaking view of the Toronto skyline aboard one of the luxury Mariposa Cruises! If you want to keep it traditional, take a look at our Thanksgiving Guide for International Students!

For tickets and more information, click here.

3. Cirque Du Soleil’s “LUZIA”: Last ILAC Trip October 12th

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Experience the beauty and magic of the Cirque Du Soleil’s latest show: LUZIA, a Waking Dream of Mexico. Don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity to discover this surreal production, which will transport you to another land with its performances and music.

Visit the ILAC Activities Department for more information and tickets.

4. Toronto Chocolate Festival: October 15th to November 6th

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The dream of all chocolate lovers has come true! For 23 days, the Roy Thomson Hall in Downtown Toronto will turn into chocolate heaven for the Toronto Chocolate Festival 2016, with vendors from local restaurants, pastry shops and chocolatiers displaying their most delicious creations, all made with chocolate!

Enjoy special presentations, free tastings, contests and more while pleasing your sweet tooth.

For tickets and more information, click here.

5. Halloween Haunt at Canada’s Wonderland: ILAC Trips October 15th and 29th

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Are you brave enough to welcome the Halloween spirit at Canada’s Wonderland Halloween Haunt? If so, terrifying themed mazes, scare zones, frightening rides, and much more will be waiting for you!

Visit the ILAC Activities Department for more information and tickets.

Don’t forget to share your photos from these fun events with the hashtag #iloveilac !

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If Some High-Poverty Schools Do Well, Can All?

Dr. Anael Alston talks about what really turns schools around

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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Today we’re talking to Dr. Anael Alston about specific issues with high-poverty schools. In a refreshing take on dramatic school change, Anael does not recommend that we assign blame. Instead, he recommends an approach that focuses on teacher expectations and several other things. As a turnaround principal himself, Anael has insights into how to help teachers change their attitude about how students can perform.

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I think his principles apply to all teachers, because we all have students who struggle. We all have students who need us to believe in them. I think perhaps the greatest challenge is what Anael tells teachers who just don’t believe the kids can do it. It’s actually genius. Take a listen.

(Oh, and there were so many great quotes, I’ve included them in graphics at the bottom for those listeners who love to pin great quotes to Pinterest!)

Listen to this show on: BAM Radio Network | iTunes 

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Show Notes:

  • How do you get started with change in high-needs schools?
  • What should principals do when teachers just don’t believe the kids can do it?
  • How do you help teachers reframe their expectations?
  • What kinds of things did Anael do to help teachers change their attitudes in the high-needs schools that he has helped turn around?
  • Why does the blame game accomplish nothing? What do you do instead?
  • What can teachers in high-needs, high-poverty schools do to adjust their own attitude when they feel like they’re not getting leadership from the top?

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Who is Dr. Anael Alston?

Born and raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant Brooklyn, Dr. Anael Alston @DrAAlston is the Superintendent of the Hamilton Central School District. Dr. Alston has written political commentary for Newsday, written nationally for EdWeek, has presented at national and statewide conferences on school change and curriculum reform, testified for Governor Cuomo’s Education reform Commission, and occasionally does radio as an education expert.

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ILAC Vancouver is now an Official IELTS Testing Venue

We are very proud to announce ILAC Vancouver is now certified as an official IELTS testing venue, along with our Toronto campus!

Students will now be able to conveniently take the General and Academic IELTS tests at our Vancouver campus, a location they are already familiar with.

Along with the test, students will receive a FREE information session with an IELTS expert prior to the exam, and 30 days of FREE online test preparation upon registration.

To see available test dates, more information, and to register,  please visit ilac.com/ieltstest or email us at vanielts@ilac.com

About IELTS

IELTS is a test developed by the world’s leading experts in language assessment for people who aim to study, work, immigrate and integrate an English-speaking environment. IELTS is trusted by over 350 Canadian organizations.

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Top Tips, Tools and Techniques for Easy Formative Assessment

a Talk with Tony Vincent

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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A secret to great teaching is to understand what students know. I’ve had times when one or two students begged me to move on because what I was teaching was “so easy” or they were “bored. When I did, I would discover that the rest of the class did not master the material and I had moved on too quickly! We all struggle to know what students know “in the moment” so we can adjust our teaching. We need them to master the material. We need to teach it. But how can we know what they know without depending on hand raising and verbal feedback from just a few students? Formative assessment is the answer. Formative assessment can supercharge your classroom learning. Technology can make formative assessment easier for you. Lesson flow.

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Formative assessment gives us the ability to quiz every single student in the class. Every teacher should have one or two formative assessment tools that are part of their lesson flow. In today’s show, you’ll get lots of options. Find one or two that work for you and start using them.

I would go so far to say that formative assessment is one of the greatest gifts of education technology to the classroom. A teacher with a smartphone has amazing tools in hand. Used properly, they can save time and help you understand students better.

My question is why more teachers don’t use these tools. I guess they don’t realize the time savings. One of our biggest problems as teachers is not having enough time.

Here’s how I saved time using these tools. When I used to teach binary numbers, it used to take me 2-3 hours a night to grade the quizzes. (After all, binary numbers is all 1’s and 0’s. That is it. So, I also made mistakes.) Now, the moment a student hits a button on the last question, the quiz is graded, and I can go over what they missed with them! It is fantastic.

Let’s dive deeper into formative assessment in today’s show! I challenge you to find ONE tool and try it out. (Listen to the show and check out the links at the bottom of this post.)

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Gradecam – Today’s Sponsor

Formative assessment options can save you time. GradeCam is a quick grading tool for formative AND summative assessment. You get instant feedback on what students know. Gradecam lets you print out forms. You can take a quick picture of their answers. It grades in a snap using your smartphone.  If you are taking the grade for the quiz or test, you can send those grades to your Gradebook software in a snap.

If you visit Gradecam from this blog post, you can get a 60-day free trial. You can also listen to a bonus episode I recorded about the “Biggest Formative Assessment Mistake that People Make” with Tony Vincent. 

Show Notes:

  • What is formative assessment?
  • How can technology empower a teacher to ask the whole class a question and get their answer?
  • How does a formative assessment fit in the moment of teaching?
  • What are some examples of technology and formative assessment in the classroom?
  • What mistakes do many teachers make when they use Plickers in the classroom?
  • How can teachers collect open ended questions from students?
  • How can word clouds help you visualize data at the beginning of a unit of study?
  • How does formative assessment give every student voice?
  • How can students share using drawings and images?
  • How can we have evidence of learning in the moment?

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Who is Tony Vincent?

Tony Vincent likes to learn, teach, and make things. Since 1998 Tony been a pioneer in digital learning, and he continues to help educators use technology for teaching and learning. @tonyvincent

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Making Math Meaningful with Virtual Math Manipulatives

Use technology to help you teach math

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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Use the real world to teach without the mess of physical manipulatives. In brief, virtual math manipulatives are powerful tools for math teachers everywhere. On the whole, many teachers don’t understand how to use them. So, today, you’ll get a simple tour of virtual math manipulatives from expert David Wees.

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In light of the fact that NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics) and other organizations highly recommend manipulatives in the math classroom, today’s topic is essential for math teachers. At this point, pretty much every standard out there has math manipulatives you can use to teach it. Despite what some may think, virtual math manipulatives AREN’T videos — they are tools that allow students to interact and manipulate objects as they learn.

Listen to this show on: BAM Radio Network | iTunes

Today’s Sponsor Matific

Virtual math manipulatives are awesome. However, finding the perfect manipulative takes time. Matific does the work for you. To simplify the process for teachers, they’ve aligned their virtual math manipulatives to Common Core and State Standards. You can even look up popular math textbooks and it will give you the manipulatives that will work for you (by chapter and page!)

You can assign students different manipulatives to use. Moreover, if you have ELL students, they have 27 languages you can assign to students. So, you can set the “primary language” for a student and they’ll receive instruction in that language. (You can print out parent reports in their native language too.) I took a tour of Matific and came away excited to see the future of math education. It saves time for teachers and makes math instruction easier. Check out Matific, take a tour, and play with the manipulatives that align with your textbook today.

In summary, Matific lets you use math manipulatives without the work of finding just the right one for your unit of study.

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Show Notes on Virtual Math Manipulatives

  • What are virtual manipulatives?
  • How can I use them in a math classroom to teach math?
  • What are examples of how teachers might use virtual manipulatives to teach math concepts?
  • Can virtual manipulatives be used as formative assessment tools?
  • How do students learn math?
  • Can a teacher’s expert bias can cause teachers to make a mistake when using virtual manipulatives?
  • Research on Math Manipulatives as mentioned in the show.
  • What mistakes did David make in the early years of teaching math?
  • The mistakes teachers make when students struggle that can cause gaps in learning.

Places to Find and Use  Virtual Math Manipulatives for your Math Classroom

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Who is David Wees?

David Wees is currently a Formative Assessment and Instructional Specialist for New Visions for Public Schools in New York City. He has worked as a mathematics and science teacher in New York City, London, Bangkok, and Vancouver. Twitter id: @davidwees

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300 Ways to Help Students Love Writing

Ideas from the “The Reading Strategies Book”

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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Do you want to help students love writing? In this segment, we talk about a new book including 300 strategies to get students excited about writing. So, if you’re struggling to teach writing and get students engaged, listen to Jennifer Seravallo’s ideas. From peer review across the entire process to engaging students in writing, Jennifer is full of high-impact ideas to improve classroom writing.

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Listen to this show on: BAM Radio Network | iTunes | Stitcher

Today’s Sponsor, Write the World

Write the World is a fantastic free tool to encourage writing in your classroom. Not only can teachers run writing contests but they can also assign classroom writing prompts. Also, students can join the monthly contests and global writing prompts with other students around the world. Furthermore, Write the World has a schedule of their writing prompts for the year. So, when you’re planning, include these cool contests.

Targeted to students aged 13-18, Write the World is a powerful, fun community for writing. Even more importantly, the site is easy it is to use.

Make writing exciting this year in your classroom. There’s no cost for teachers to join with their classrooms.

Given all these benefits, I recommend this site for writing teachers of students aged 13-18. So, join Write the World and get kids excited to write!

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Help Students Love Writing: Show Notes

  • Can we help students learn to write and love it?
  • How can students set writing goals in motivating ways?
  • What are secrets to encourage peer review among writers?
  • Can we have writing partners throughout the writing process? (And not just during the editing phase.)
  • What are ways that students can write together?
  • What is a writing club? How is it structured?
  • If students are groaning when you ask them to write, how can you turn it around?

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Who is Jennifer Serravallo?

Jennifer Serravallo is a literacy consultant, speaker, and the author 11 books and resources including The Reading Strategies Book and the two-time award-winning Independent Reading Assessment Series.

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