This session will share a Story Workshop journey that values and strengthens oral storytelling and writing by embedding assessment for learning strategies, emphasizing retelling, using stories by Indigenous authors and connecting to nature. Learn how the inclusive activities and strategies can honour the First Peoples Principles of Learning and work to build core competency skills like communication, social responsibility and identity while also strengthening self-regulation skills and creating a positive community of learners.
Michelle is privileged to live and learn on the traditional unceded territories of 14 different First Nations included in the Nedut'en, Wet'sewet'en and Dakelh Nations. She has lived and worked in this area for 30 years with her husband who is also an educator. They raised their family in this North Central region of B.C. and have great respect and appreciation for how the land and nature sustain them. In Nechako Lakes SD91 as a Literacy & Inquiry Support Teacher, Michelle co-designs curriculum, co-teaches in K-8 classrooms, facilitates assessments and consults with teams of teachers who are interested in enhancing their instructional practices to improve learning for all. She has had a focus on learning to de-colonize, Indigenize and embrace diverse approaches to learning. Currently she is co-facilitating the new NOIIE Network focused on supporting teams from around the province to improve Numeracy and Literacy outcomes with Indigenous learners.