I want to wish all of our families a wonderful holiday break. It has been a very busy 4 months of learning in Division 1; so much growth in all areas. The students deserve some time off to rest, relax and recharge! I hope that everyone spends time with family and that your homes are filled with much laughter.
Looking forward to seeing everyone in 2014.
1) Update Eportfolios on your websites
Where possible please include the learning intentions as well as what you learned. If you are not able to find the learning intentions then please just include a description of what the assignment was and what you learned. The Learning Intentions can be added later. When searching for LIs look at the top of assignments, or look on the class website under LIs.
2) Read, Read, Read! - take time out of your days to pick up a good book. There is nothing better than recharging with a bok that takes you into another world.
Happy New Years!
What an awesome day at the Vancouver Aquarium. The kids seemed to be enjoying themselves as they went from location to location, investigating and learning about many different creatures. I hope those cameras were put to good use as students will be creating a booklet in January of their finds along with the descriptions they wrote down. This was one of the best second to the last days before Christmas I have ever had!
1) Genius Hour Reflection -Due Friday. Make sure you have spent the time thinking deeply about the process of your learning. If it is rushed you will miss out on some of the fun afternoon activities to do over with effort and thought.
2) Please have your Acrostic Poems and Fraction Avenue homework at school for Friday. This was due on Wednesday but was not collected.
3) PJ day on Friday - wear your PJs, bring a blanket and/or teddy bears
4) Activity Afternoon - bring in board games if you wish to play these for the afternoon. Other options will be a movie, a quiet room for doing something quiet, and maybe an art room. You will choose. Bring snacks if you wish to have some.
5) Soapstone - bring something so you can protect your soapstone to take home tomorrow
6) Secret Santa - Friday
7) Comment - Reflect on the aquarium visit. Please share something that you learned focussing on the concepts around food webs/chains, symbiotic relationships, or something you may have learned about how humans have impacted the environments of certain creatures.
Just to give you a heads up. One item you will be asked to do over the holidays is update your websites, especially your eportfolios. Think about what images you will need to take tomorrow so that you can have these at home to work with over the holidays.
There will be a grade 7 bottle drive fundraiser on January 4th. Please see the salmon colored notice that went home yesterday or today.
A huge thank you to the moms who were able to come in today to help out with the Christmas craft. There is no way I would have had any hair left on my head if it were not for you! The students all created very adorable snowmen which will be cute in all of their new homes.
What an exciting day we had at Hillcrest. Starting with the Christmas concert, some of our grade sevens displayed their musical talents in the band, and then a couple of our grade 6 girls had a chance to show off their skills on the recorder. After the concert students got crafty making their snowmen; they were so cute. Finally, it was Genius Hour share day. Everyone shared their learning with some grade 3 visitors as well as other grade 6 and 7 students. I very much enjoyed hearing about the projects and listened to the knowledge gained as they followed their passions. The cake that Hannah made was so yummy. Everyone would like her to do her next GH project on this again :) Check out the Genius Hour tab for a gallery of pictures from today.
A late shout out to two of our students for making the week 15 100 Word Challenge Showcase. Congratulations to Tak and Jazzy Pants!
1) Genius Hour - complete the reflection sheet with thought and care. You all loved working on Genius Hour so make sure to reflect your learning in your reflection. Due Friday. Take your time and be very careful with printing; you can type this up if you would like.
2) Aquarium Trip - please be at school before 8:30. Bring a bag lunch. Also, bring a device that can take pictures. This is important! I have a cameras for those who do not have a device such as ipod, phone, or their own camera.
3) Friday activities -
Parents who are driving to the aquarium - with the new forms that we are using I will need to see your insurance papers to confirm information. Please bring your papers in when you arrive so that we can complete the paperwork. Sorry for the inconvenience but these new forms just came out from the school district.
For being the first day of the last week before Christmas holidays, I must say the kids worked extremely hard on their learning today. I was immensely pleased with their focus for most of the day. It feels great to have the soapstones completed - amazing works of art. Genius Hour was the second main focus for the class. Each child was highly focused and many are getting very excited to show their learning on Wednesday.
1) Genius Hour - a) Continue to work on your projects. No more class time will be given so the work that is still needing to be done will be done at home.
- b) Complete your reflection from today's working session. Use the qustions on the GH tab as a guideline. Remember to include a photo.
2) Vancouver Aquarium notices
3) Christmas craft supplies - please have at school on Wednesday - see email for details
Christmas assembly on Wednesday - All the band parents are welcome to come and join us Wednesday morning. The assembly will start at 9:00 (ish).
Vancouver Aquarium field trip - Thursday.
Students have been working hard to complete a number of activities before the Christmas holidays. It was a quiet start as everyone spent a bit of time on their sketching harvest art.
We then continued to read Forbidden City.The students are highly engaged in this novel as was noted by a number of kids and their comments yesterday on the website. I forgot to mention to everyone that I spent a bit of time after recess looking up information on the man in front of the tanks. According to what I have read people do not know what happened to this man. So it is not confirmed whether he was killed or if he is still alive today.
The afternoon was spent dedicated to Genius Hour. Once again it was complete focus as everyone is engaged in their learning. It is important to remember you are not simply creating a model but learning about your questions and being prepared to answer your question. Refer back to the Learning Intentions as well.
1) Genius Hour - one more in class session so if you need spend some time on the weekend working on it
2) Math - get Math test signed
3) Report cards returned
4) Vancouver Aquarium notices
5) Christmas craft - please bring supplies for Wednesday. Can you check with your parents that they received the email stating what supplies are needed. I will send the letter to your gmail just in case your parents did not receive it. One note - longer socks will work better than the shorter ones.
Comment: Are you interested in a Secret Santa gift exchange for Friday If so what dollar value would be good? $5?
Accurately self assessing one's learning is an important skill to develop.. Today students used the creative writing rubric to self assess their latest 100WC. I will also be assessing their work using the same rubric. This will help students see how accurate they are with recognizing where they are on the spectrum of creative writing.
1) LA - response to Forbidden City. Edit to ensure it is your best thinking. Due Friday.
2) Genius Hour - some students did not complete their reflections last night as was expected. This needs to be done before they are allowed to start working tomorrow on their projects. Be prepared with all necessary supplies to move forward.Remember that the purpose of this is to answer the question you wondered about.
3) Aquarium Notice
4) Report Cards - please return
Genius Hour - day 2 of working. Another incredibly focused session on GH projects this afternoon. The lunch bell rang to end their lunch and students were immediately immersed in their projects. Painting, sketching, researching, creating presentations, remixing music - all in action for the last hour of the day.
We also spent some time today reading Forbidden City. The action has become intense and many questions have formed around the events of 1989 in China.
Equivalent fractions were discussed and reviewed as we began the fractions unit in Math. We are spending some time going over concepts and re-familiarizing ourselves with what fractions mean.
A wonderful day of learning.
1) Genius Hour - write a reflection on your own websites following the format from Monday. Use the questions provided to direct this reflection. Remember to include where you are going next and what you need to have at school to ensure you are able to move forward on Friday. Please check your Day 2 reflective posts as some of the words have been cut off. Simple fix - just hit publish again.
2) French - Mon sapin de Noel - due Thursday
3) Vancouver Aquarium notice - please return
4) Report Cards -please return
A big congratulations to Cupcake for making into the Showcase of the 100 Word Challenge for week 14. It is always great to see so many Hillcrest students being highlighted in this global project.
Peer feedback was the focus today for the 100 WC week 15. Many students feel that this helped them see where they needed to improve their writing. Tonight they will have a chance to put into practise what their peer has helped them with.
We are almost done our soapstone carvings. Many students had the opportunity today to wax and polish. They all look amazing. Next week will be our final session.
1) 100 WC - type your revised and edited version onto Kidblog. Make sure you use Writer's Mumble.
2) Genius Hour - tomorrow is our second session. be prepared with any supplies that you need to work for the hour.
3) French - Mon sapin du Noel - due Thursday
4) Vancouver Aquarium Notices - return as soon as possible
5) Book Fair - we will have a chance to go to the book fair tomorrow after recess. Bring your money to purchase items.
6) Early dismissal Wednesday and Thursday - 1:37
7) Please return report cards.
Such an awesome start to the week. Students were highly focused this morning as we looked at 100 WC writes, discussing strenghts and areas of improvement. Point of view was introduced today as well and everyone chose which form they wanted to take for writing their pieces this week.
In Math, a review of fractions was introduced. Students used mini white boards to share their knowledge of what fractions are, what they mean, and different forms of representation.
Finally, the best part for all was the afternoon spent on their Genius Hour projects. It was day one of full work mode and you could have heard a pin drop as each student was fully immersed in the learning process of their chosen question. I cannot wait to see what transpires on Wednesday. Parents, check out your child's Genius Hour tab on their website for a reflection of the first two days of passion based learning.
1) LA - type up the 100 WC on a word doc or google drive. If on a word doc, either email it to yourself or use a USB so that you have access to it tomorrow.
2) Genius Hour - continue to work on your projects at home. Complete your reflection if not done in class. Please see the GH tab for the reflection guiding questions.
3) Report Cards - please have your parents sign and return the report cards
Students had a chance to write out their plan for their first Genius Hours today. Without a plan we would all go around in circles. Monday is set to be our first working day, the first lengthy session that students will self direct their learning. Students need to be prepared with websites, books, tutorials so that they can start investigating their questions during that session. I am excited to see where their projects take them. Many wonderful questions that delve more deeply into their passions.
Report cards went home today. These are a snapshot of where the students are in their learning at this moment. I have emphasized with the students that they need to focus on how much they have learned since walking through the door in September. As I stated at the student led conferences, this is a journey, not an end. Learning is always a journey and the goal is to move forward inch by inch. Let's celebrate those inches!
1) Genius Hour -
2) Check out the 100 Word Challenge prompt that will show up on the 100wc.net website Sunday. Get your ideas rolling.
3) Report cards - please have them signed and returned as soon as possible.
I am a grade 7 teacher who has been teaching in the Surrey School District for over 28 years. I love to read, garden, walk, and spend time with family, friends and my golden retriever Kona.
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