Vera Franjic

High School English Teacher – Sherwood Park, Alberta

Session

How to use social media to drive your professional development

For better or worse, social media has influenced a shift in the way we communicate; every day, 500 million tweets go out into the Twittersphere. Of them, an estimated 4.2 million are related to education. So, a significant portion of the activity on this platform is being used to discuss, debate, and engage anyone and everyone with a stake in our noble profession.There is now an arena in which to highlight the importance of evidence-based and evidence-informed educational practice. This session will be an introduction to engaging on social media as a form of professional development in order to understand and implement our growing knowledge of brain development, cognitive science, and theories of learning that aren’t often adopted in pedagogical practice.

Bio

Vera Franjic is an Edmonton-area English teacher of twelve years and former Department Head, whose later-in-life experience as a teacher made her somewhat immune to the education fads that seem to be all-too-readily implemented in schools. Ms. Franjic maintains a blog that brings to light some of the more pronounced education trends in Alberta recently, like the High School Flexibility Enhancement Pilot Project, Teacher Advisory models, and student-directed learning. Her primary focus is on developing and maintaining a rigorous level of expectation from all students through a commitment to achievement.

Archive

2017 Toronto

Aiming High in the High School English Classroom

1) A brief intro to CLT and why mastery of basics (reading) matters in the ELA classroom
2) A brief summary of Geary’s biologically primary/secondary features of development (reading/writing as secondary and why that matters)
3) Beginning classes with a phonics/reading check to building vocabulary, to intro to morphology, to schemas/cultural literacy as the key to enhanced comprehension
4) Structuring course(s)work to build on previous knowledge, particularly focused on vocabulary and literary technique
5) Frequent low-stakes quizzing and formative writing exercises

I’m also happy to provide my slides/sources for availability after, as well as sample schemes of work.

2018 Ontario

The Evidence-Informed Tweacher

For better or worse, social media has influenced a shift in the way we communicate; every day, 500 million tweets go out into the Twittersphere. Of them, an estimated 4.2 million are related to education. So, a significant portion of the activity on this platform is being used to discuss, debate, and engage anyone and everyone with a stake in our noble profession.There is now an arena in which to highlight the importance of evidence-based and evidence-informed educational practice. This session will be an introduction to engaging on social media as a form of professional development in order to understand and implement our growing knowledge of brain development, cognitive science, and theories of learning that aren’t often adopted in pedagogical practice.