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Friday, February 21 • 11:30am - 2:15pm
(PRE-REG) What's in a Name? Fostering a Sense of Belonging Through The Wonder of Names

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Research shows that “...names provide a powerful image of a person and influence people’s reactions to them.” (The Guardian, 2007) For teachers, the importance of learning students names on the first day of school is emphasized when promoting teacher-student relationships. What happens when the first time a teacher and her students meet there is no exchange of names, no about me speeches, and no question and answer dialogue? Instead, students are met by a pleasant smile, a story, and are asked not to share their names for the next few days. This presentation will focus on the presenters’ experiences and pedagogical approach to tackling social studies curricula while inquiring into the tradition of name giving. Questions that emerged during the inquiry process and the culminating project of creating a paper star quilt will be deconstructed to show how embracing the topic of names fostered a sense of community that allowed students and teachers to understand identity as fluid and complex; a collection of living experiences that requires autobiographical investigation.

Using a variety of activities, attendees will explore their own emerging wonderments, build community, create a star quilt, and inquire into their own names. Workshop participants will be invited to engage in active, hands-on learning and will be given resources to integrate the star quilt and name traditions into their teaching practice.

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Katie Jardine

Teacher, Foothills School Division
Katie Jardine is a graduate from Brandon University receiving an After Degree in Education specializing in social studies and instrumental music education. Katie Jardine has written an article for Education Canada Magazine's March 2019 issue, focusing on the importance wonder plays... Read More →

Friday February 21, 2020 11:30am - 2:15pm
Glen 201 Calgary Telus Convention Centre