Encouraging A Growth Mindset

Welcome to another exciting school year at Strathcona Elementary School.

Between allowing time for you to pursue your own interest and passions in the classroom, I look forward to introducing you to more hands-on methods of inquiry-based learning.  This year, I would like awaken your creativity, develop your critical thinking skills, and build a classroom community that celebrates positivity.

One exciting way to take full advantage of the school, year is to understand the difference between a fixed and a growth mindset.  This YouTube play list will hopefully help.  Enjoy!



Introduction to Electricity


This week we had the pleasure of several visits from math and science helping teacher Justin Moore who introduced us to LittleBits.  LittleBits is a platform of easy to use electronic building blocks for creating electric circuits.

Day 1 – Students were asked to think about how electricity is an integral part of the lives and might constitute as an electronic device.

Day 2 – Students were introduced to components such as a power supply, counter, motors, LED’s, and buzzers.

Day 3 – students were given a task to make one of two items – either a tickle machine, wave greeter, or hypnotising machine using the LittleBits and a box of art supplies.

Day 4 and 5 – Students were given the task of using the LittleBits to ‘create something that does something.’

Day 6 – Students presented their creations to the class and created a series of reflective blog postings such as this one.

During this exploration of circuits and electricity, students were exposed to a variety of different disciplines such as science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (#STEAM)

LittleBits are quite expensive but if you’re interested to checking out the cost you can visit the store.

Stop-motion Animation Film Fest 2015-2016

Student’s from Div 3 have been working on producing their first stop-motion animation using the three principles of stop-motion from the National Film Board.

1. Take a picture

2. Make a small change and repeat

3. Speed it up


Below is a summary of their work.  In addition, you can find personal reflections about the project from each student on their personal blogs located in the sidebar on the right.

1. Dancing Cubes by Aiden and Kiara P

The Dancing Cubes from Mr Lister on Vimeo.


2. The Appearing Shapes by Carys and Yasmine

The Appearing Shapes from Mr Lister on Vimeo.


3. Holiday Cubes by Emma, Paige, Naleigha, and Kai

Holiday Cubes from Mr Lister on Vimeo.


4. The Growing Tree by Kyler, Liam, and Jacob

The Growing Tree from Mr Lister on Vimeo.


5. Action Man’s Bad Day by Sophie, Madison M, and Kassidy

Action Man’s Bad Day! from Mr Lister on Vimeo.


6. Origami Party by Ji Ji, Madison H, Kyra, and

Origami Party from Mr Lister on Vimeo.


7. Herding Horses by Marissa, Nicole, and Kiara B

Herding Horses from Mr Lister on Vimeo.


8. Lego by Joey, Logan, and Max

Lego from Mr Lister on Vimeo.