One of the jobs we had to do this month for our Classroom Champion program was create a video that showed all the wonderful places in our school. Students brainstormed what areas of the school we should show to Arianne and the Classroom Champion folks, then they went out with partners and Mrs. Brown to tape the different areas of the school. After our teacher put the video clips together with the Sunset Elementary School song we then added a few lines of text to explain our videos.
I hope you enjoy our tour of Sunset Elementary!
I have handed in my keys and said most of my good-byes. I am sad to be leaving this amazing place that I have called home for many years. Okay so it isn’t my home, but it sure feels like it. I have spent most of my waking hours in this room, in these hallways and in this school. This school is a special place filled with passion and caring and loving intentions. It is a place where people care about one another and support each other and work together in the most amazing ways. Children, families and teachers working together to make our school a place that meets the needs of our learners. I was priviledged to have had time with this community. Change is hard, but good. I have a solid foundation, thanks partially to the experiences that I have had at our school, so I move on with confidence and gratitude. Thank you.
The new calendar year comes in the middle of the school year and it has always a struggle between starting new and continuing what works. I haven’t done too much with this blog this year. It has mostly been a housing of links and a small window into what happens in our classroom. During the break I have had some time to revisit a few things, look around and tidy some things and think about how I want to continue using this site. I hope to post more frequently in 2016 and that you become a more frequent visitor. The primary audience for this site has been my students and families and that will continue; this is a jumping off place for the students in my class to explore new learning using the internet. The focus of this site will continue to be to share our learning with you.
As I look through the site, I reread the Learning Intentions page create in 2013 and those words still ring true.
I have struggled to find a way to communicate my learning intentions for your children this year without making them too specific and having to uploaded too often. Many of you may have heard about the Maple Ridge School Districts new report cards because they have been in the news lately. Maple Ridge has decided that they will not give intermediate students letter grades on their written report cards. This decision has caused much discussion around the province.
I have looked at the primary report card and like many things about it, most of all I like that their goals for inquiry learning. As I read these goals I find that they describe my goals for your children in our classroom. They are broad and general but they are ultimately what I hope for your children as they move through this year of learning. In our class we talk about learning to learn and these goals describe what that process looks like. I would love your comments and feedback on how you feel about these goals as a way to communicate your child’s progress.
These are our learning intentions for your child this year will be for them to;
Plan ahead and implement ideas Describe and reflect on experiences Make connection to extend knowledge Use a variety of information and resources to solve problems, investigate ideas and answer questions Use materials in imaginative and creative ways
These goals fit perfectly with our new curriculum being implemented in British Columbia and continue to clearly communicate my goals for your child. I hope that you see these traits begin to develop in your child as they move through the Primary Years in school. If you ever have questions or concerns about things that are happening in our school please contact me. 2016 is going to be an amazing year!