On September 17, students at Connaught Community School welcomed Minister Morgan for a school tour and a visit with Mrs. Perehudoff’s Kindergarten class to see the Help Me Tell My Story tool being used in the classroom.
The Kindergarten students were excited to have a visitor and introduce their new friend, Askî the Turtle. Askî is the official ambassador of the Help Me Tell My Story tool used in schools across the province. The relatable turtle puppet captures the students’ attention, while they learn about Askî and his friends through a series of stories that communicate traditional First Nations and Métis content.
Minister Morgan had the opportunity to see first-hand the students’ engagement. The students created pictures to represent the story they had just heard and one student commented that he was going to draw the octagon that was on Askî’s shell. Askî has been a great addition to the classroom as some students, who are not comfortable speaking up in class, are often heard talking to Askî.
The Minister was pleased to see the Help Me Tell My Story tool in action. He noted the importance of the tool to get students engaged in learning and literacy at the earliest level and to ensure our students graduate down the road.
Another important aspect of the program is to foster parent and caregiver engagement. The response of Connaught School families has been very positive. Principal Jay Nichol commented, “The families are very supportive and I think they enjoy coming in and participating and seeing their children.”
Minister Morgan also had the opportunity to view the data wall at Connaught School that focused on the school’s writing and math goals. The visuals showed how the staff is using the data to support student learning and success.