Friday, 22 January 2016

Friday's News

Well, another week is in the books. Things have been pretty busy lately with report cards coming around the corner for some of us. While others are dealing with final exams. Then of course the rest of us, are just trying to survive the snow and drudge of January.

Jeff's class participated in a Google Hangout with another school in the area and then also did one with a school from another country. It was a great experience for some of the kids to participate in.

I big movement at Jeff's school is the Growth Mindset wave. Jeff had his class think of something that they want to accomplish during the rest of the school year and create these colourful posters in his classroom. Each time they accomplish part of their goal get a "Thumbs Up" sticker placed on their poster. The goal for the class is to have a wall full of thumbs. 

Finally, Jeff has had his grade 4's working on procedural writing and instructions. One of the ways they are practicing this skill is by writing procedures for grade 1 and 2 students at his school on how to log into Google Apps for Education. As well they are also providing them with instructions on how to use their favourite apps. The students have been really enjoying being mini teachers. 
Tell us, what you did to breeze through this week?

Friday, 15 January 2016

Friday's News

Another week in the books and up here it was a bit of a snowy one. OF course even with our PJ's on inside out and a spoon under our pillows we couldn't muster a snow day. Don't get us wrong we love our job but hey who doesn't love a snow day here and there.

Jeff has been working his way through his light and sound unit with his grade four science classes. Here are some pictures of the classes performing some of the experiments laid out in the unit.

Jeff also started teaching his students the lost art of cursive writing. This has been a big hit in his class and when the students have free time they've been using this booklet to practice. They loved the idea of signing their names at then end of the letters that they wrote to famous people. 

How did your week go? What tricks of the trade did you use to make it through the week?