Location: Delta Hotel Toronto Airport & Conference Centre in Toronto
Theme: Connected by Complexity & Design
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April 7 – 9, 2019 – National Leaders Conference
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Monday, April 8 • 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Roundtable Discussion 1: Grade 8-9 Unbounded at Collingwood: students solve local business problems

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45 minute session

Our curriculum planning focus this year was: how might we engage our students so they can solve real, unanswered problems and put their design thinking tools into action? At Collingwood, our answer was to remove grade 8 & 9 students from regular classes to tackle a real business problem presented to them by a local company, to create their own solution based on research, and to pitch it back to the CEO. As part of the process, students learned about entrepreneurship, business structure, value propositions and initiative-taking. Working in groups, they created a path of investigation and explored different avenues for solutions. They analyzed their audience. They also spent time learning how to team-build and best utilize each other's strengths. Many of the presentations were surprisingly slick for Gr. 8 and 9 students. There were many bumps along the way, including requests to 'please go back to class and do math worksheets' but we persevered and the learning happened.

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Jennifer Dousett

Director of Teaching, Learning and Innovation, Collingwood School
Jennifer Dousett is an experienced educator who believes that school should be inspiring and motivating for both students and teachers. As Director of Teaching, Learning and Innovation, Jen is passionate about maintaining academic rigour in a learning environment that offers students... Read More →

Monday April 8, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Plaza Ballroom AB

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