Dear Students, Parents/Guardians, Educators and Staff at Torquay Elementary:
Welcome back to school! I am excited to join the Torquay Elementary learning community as your new Vice Principal and the teacher of Division 1 (Grade 4/5). I will be teaching Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays in the classroom and doing administrative duties during the other time. My teaching partner is the awesome Mr. Dean Anderson, and he will take over Division 1 each Wednesday and Thursday. Mr. Anderson and I have our own unique but complimentary teaching styles, and we share the same expectations and guidelines for our classroom. Together we will work with students to create a fun and successful school year.
GREAT BEGINNINGS! We are off to a wonderful start in our class! Every single student in Division 1 has already shared some wonderful ideas and work in class. We are going to have so much fun learning together. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or comments via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
BLOG AUDIENCE: I will write this blog aimed largely at the students and families of Division 1. The purpose of the blog is to share insight into the learning happening in our classroom. As well, you will be connected to us through Google Classroom and Freshgrade.
PRIVACY: Since this blog is PUBLIC, no identifying student information or identifying photos/videos of students will be shared on this blog unless there has been advance written permission from both a student and his/her parent/guardian. (In other words, if you ever see a student and their work on this blog, it is because both the student and his/her parent have requested to share their work and have agreed to share it on this blog in writing.)
WHAT WILL THIS BLOG FEATURE? This blog will share my reflections as an educator and give a window into the types of learning activities and assignments we are exploring. I will post pictures of the wonderful and interesting projects happening in our class (with no identifying student information). I will also post links to relevant educational content like articles, videos, books, websites, and other resources that my grade 4/5 students and their families may enjoy as it relates to our learning.
WELCOME VIDEO: You can scroll back above to see an introductory video I made for Torquay Elementary. If you would like to learn more about my background and interests as an educator, please feel free to explore the tabs of this blog, inquiryninja.com As well, you may be interested in a recent magazine article that discusses our classroom inquiry process: https://bcpvpa.bc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/June18AdminfoDysonweb.pdf
Let’s have a wonderful start to our school year!
Ms. Tiffany Poirier, Vice Principal & Division 1 Teacher