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January 2, 2016
by sarahjane
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New Year, New Look and Renewed Learning Intentions

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.

Learning Intentions

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!

December 12, 2015
by sarahjane
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We made another video!

This week our Classroom Champions Athlete Mentor Ryan Cochrane won the Canadian Male Swimmer of the Year. We read about this award and learned a few things. We learned;

  • Ryan has won this award 8 times in a row.
  • The award was an Inuit seal sculpture.
  • Ryan’s coach also won an award (Canadian Male Swimming Coach of the Year)

Many students thought about how hard Ryan must have worked to earn this award.  We are very proud of Ryan and we decided to write a congratulatory movie for him.  We also made some personal connections to Ryan.  We read that Ryan’s coach had died this year.  A student in our class had just lost her grandma and she thought about how sad Ryan must have been and how hard it was for him to keep training.

We also wanted to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 
Congratulations Ryan! on PhotoPeach

August 21, 2015
by sarahjane
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Back to School Pep Talk

Welcome to Grade 1/2!

I am so excited about the new school year.  I can’t wait to meet you all and learn about new things with you this year.

I wanted to share with you some of the amazing opportunities we will be having this year.  We have been very lucky to have been chosen to participate in a program called Classroom Champions   this year.  Classroom Championis a year long program that is;

A kind of 21st century pen-pal, each athlete mentor adopts 3-10 classrooms per year. Focusing on their own personal journey, athletes teach about the hard work of training, goal setting, competition and perseverance. Using video lessons and live video chats, students are engaged with their athlete mentor several times per month. Our organization supports teachers by helping them incorporate these activities into their curricula, focusing on letter writing, reading, geography, math, technology, goal setting and leadership.

We have been assigned a Classroom Mentor who is an extremely accomplished athlete and has participated in this program last year.  Who is our mentor you ask?

Well it’s a surprise!!  

You will be finding out who our Athlete Mentor will be in September, see you then.

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