We have chickens in our class.We have Columbia Rock ,Barred Rock, Buff Orpington and Black Australorp. So far Three Chickens have hatched. One is trying to hatch. I have had three chickens so far. We have seen the egg tooth in the eggs that have hatched. We have seen the chicks cuddle and walk. They make peeping sounds. They look like they are play fighting some times.
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!
The Yukon Quest is a 1 600 km dog sled race between Whitehorse, in the Yukon Territory to Fairbanks, Alaska and will last 10 to 16 days.
You can follow the race standings live HERE
The organizers of the Yukon Quest take great care to make sure the mushers are ready for the trip. You can read about how they prepare for the race HERE.
We will be learning all about this race and different types of breeds of dogs who pull these sleds for the next 3 weeks in class. Come by the school and check out the bulletin board outside our classroom for updated information.
I have been using Remind101 to help send out reminders for important events at school
This is a safe, text messaging service in which all phone numbers are kept private. I usually send about 1 or 2 texts a week but I have found it very helpful for last minute reminders. If you are interested in receiving these text message reminders please follow the directions below.
You are all invited to come by and learn about math with guest speaker Trevor Calkins.
Trevor is a former teacher and administrator who has spent his career helping students improve numeracy skills and providing inservice to teachers about effective math instruction. Trevor will be in the school providing demonstration lessons in primary and intermediate classrooms. Teachers will be learning from his during the day and
On Thursday, November 28, 2013 at 7:00pm
Trevor will make a presentation to parents and other interested folks to learn more about his math strategies and teaching techniques.
Everyone is welcome!
Thank you to PAC for arranging this opportunity for us!