WFMP 2018: October 25, 26 & 27, 2018

Workshop Schedule

Thursday, October 25, 2018

6:00pm – OECTA Pre-Conference Workshop

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Session A – 9:45-11:00 a.m.


Feature Speaker – Chris Bray

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Faith & Science in Catholic Schools

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Audience: Secondary

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Exploring the Arts: Possibilities in Growing in Faith, Growing in Christ

Presenter: Amy Kieffer for Pearson Canada
Audience: Kindergarten

Description: Growing in Faith, Growing in Christ is the Religious Education program approved by the Catholic Bishops of Ontario for use in Catholic elementary schools. Grades 1-5 are now being used in schools across Ontario. Growing in Faith, Growing in Christ offers numerous opportunities for cross-curricular connections, providing engaging opportunities for students to explore their faith. Come and learn how teachers can use Growing in Faith, Growing in Christ when planning their drama, art and music lessons, enabling faith building opportunities to be embedded throughout the day!



Presenter: Carol Allen
Audience: All

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Presenter: Fr. Portelli (Durham)
Audience: Secondary

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Uke’n Do It!

Presenters: Chris Rait, Jeannine Bouw (Brant Haldimand Norfolk)
Audience: Kindergarten

Description: Dreaming of playing the ukulele so you can sing fun songs with your students? Well this is the workshop for you! Geared towards Educators of Kindergarten to Grade 2, we’ll teach you some ukulele basics and fun new songs to use right away in your class. We’ll give you links to our videos to help you learn songs to use in your daily class routines, such as tidy up time, washing hands, and daily Christian Meditation. Ukulele’s provided for the workshop.


Developing Innovative Skills using Loose Parts in Kindergarten

Presenters: Diemert, Pat Fischer (Bruce Grey)
Audience: Kindergarten

Description: As noted in the Kindergarten Program Document, play is a vehicle for learning and lies at the core of innovation and creativity. It states that it is essential for children in Kindergarten to develop the skills that require problem solving, the willingness to take risks, to see mistakes as opportunities for learning, and the ability to collaborate and to build and maintain relationships. Loose parts can play a powerful role in developing and practicing these innovative skills in the Kindergarten classroom. So what are loose parts and why should educators rethink the types of toys that are in their Kindergarten classrooms? This session will focus on how loose parts can support the development of innovative thinking skills in the Kindergarten classroom. We will consider what effective documentation and assessment looks like when observing children playing with loose parts.


Prayer in the Classroom

Presenter: Dianne Dias (Durham)
Audience: Elementary

Description: Prayer can be a powerful way of fostering community in the classroom. This workshop will help you involve your students in various ways of praying that also tap into different learning styles, and, with very little prep. Engage your students in traditional prayers like the rosary and meditation as well as non-traditional prayers with the use of media and movement. Simple prayer table ideas can incorporate the liturgical seasons, bring symbols to life and create a sense of ritual that help a classroom community to connect with God and others. Workshop is especially for elementary classes.


Wellness for All: Service and Pastoral Care

Presenters: Angela De Palma (Halton)
Audience: Administration

Description: When pastoral care flows between Catholic school and system members, communities flourish, contributing to the spiritual, professional, mental and physical well-being of all. After establishing a common understanding of pastoral care, this workshop will explore strategies and resources to embed pastoral care in our school practices while ensuring our own pastoral care needs are also fulfilled.


Understanding My Exceptionality

Presenters: Michael Oyston
Audience: Alt-Spec Ed

Description: This session is geared towards Special Education Teachers who are interested in having their students discover more about their exceptionalities. In this session participants will be taken through a unit plan entitled “Getting to Know My Exceptionality.” Workshop participants will be shown how students with various exceptionalities can understand, research, share and present their exceptionalities using Google Sites.


Inspiring Catholic Youth Through Mass, Service and Action

Presenters: Vincent Quaranta, Angela Quaranta (Niagara)
Audience: Jnr-Int/Chaplains

Description: Inspiring youth in a Catholic School setting can be challenging. The thought of being spiritual sometimes is perceived as taboo and the stigma around being a faithful young person is conflicting. The aim of this presentation is to provide teachers resources, strategies and methods to rekindle the desire in youth to be spiritual and to connect with God through these challenging maturing years. Rediscovering the rich history and symbolism of Mass, this workshop will explore various methods of engaging youth in their spirituality by providing a framework for the school year which focuses around a series of Faith-based activities and events to promote a continuity of faith development for our students.


Technology to Support Student Communication in Mathematics

Presenters: Jonathan Berlingeri (Peterborough VNC)
Audience: Jnr-Int-Math

Description: I have had the opportunity to lead a Teacher Learning and Leadership Program (TLLP) in 2017-2018. Through this TLLP, I have explored how technology can assist students in communicating their thinking in mathematics. During my presentation, I would like to share successes and next steps from my TLLP.
This will include technology which I have used this year as well as student products.


Taize Style Prayer – A Meditative Approach

Presenters: Emily Grebinski, Bonnie Schuett (Waterloo)
Audience: Personal Faith

Description:  Taize-Styled prayer is ecumenical in nature inviting all people wherever they are on their spiritual journey. Constant repetitions of musical chants enable people to participate and to take time to meditate. There will be a few readings, many songs, petitions and a length of silence, at which time attendees may meditate. Attendees will take home a package that will outline the format of Taize service, and will participate in a relaxing in-service.


Making Connections Between the Global Competencies and the Catholic School Graduate Expectations

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Audience: All

Description:  What are the competencies students need to be successful? What pedagogical practices need to be in place to support these competencies and how can we best prepare our students to be effective communicators and collaborative contributors. We will explore a variety of collaborative and cooperative structures to connect to our Catholic School Graduate Expectations as we help prepare students to navigate their way through an evolving and complex world.


Safe Use of Social Media

Presenters: Andy Kwiecien, Aaron Middlemiss (Dufferin-Peel)
Audience: All

Description: Electronic communication and social media create new opportunities for extending and enhancing education. Whether it be used to foster global competencies, efficientize notifications or support learning, there are many factors to consider when utilizing social media tools for classroom use. This session will explore some of the factors to consider, look-fors, and best practice when selecting and utilizing social media tools through the lens as a Catholic educator.


Using Mindful Math to Sustain Mental Wellness

Presenters: Lara Rodrigues, Gina Micomonico (York)
Audience: Elementary

Description: This learning forum will focus on increasing awareness about the importance of mental well-being and infusing mindful math into pedagogical practice. The intention is to to share new learnings and engage the school community through active engagement of learning invitations. The overall goal is to enhance the understanding of how mindful math can integrate the best practices of mental wellness. This would serve to improve the overall school climate through shifting student and adult mindset of mental wellness.