Ms Soltau's Class

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January 2, 2016
by sarahjane

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!

November 29, 2013
by sarahjane

Get text reminders about important events!

Hello All!

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.

Thank you!

How to subscribe to Remind101

May 26, 2012
by sarahjane
1 Comment

We are writers.

Hi parents!

I just wanted to remind you that many of your children love blogging. Many students are writing during our Daily 5 writing time and many of them continue to write on their blogs when they are on vacation, at home sick or on the weekend. I am amazed at how keen some of the students are. It is not required that each child writes on their blog, many children choose to write in their books and not on the blogs and are filling mountains of paper!

I do want to encourage you to comment on your child’s or even other children’s blog.   One of the reasons that blogging is so encouraging to students is that they are writing for a larger audience than just their teacher. (I wrote a blog post on our professional blog here if you are interested in reading more)

Please stop by our student blogs by clicking on the picture below.

Our individual student blogs

Next week we are going to write about our wonderful day on Friday at the Port Hardy Public Works Yard.  Did you know that your child can now drive a backhoe?

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