This has been quite the winter for cold temperatures and snow but spirits were high inside the arena as we enjoyed our annual February skates. It was amazing to watch the improvement to some skaters over the two visits we made to the arena. Thanks to the parents who came to help tie skates and to some who joined us on the ice.
It’s a SNOW DAY! And that fact has given me the extra time to figure out why several student blogs have not been updating through December and January. I figured out what was wrong and have posted more then 100 new blog postings from the last six weeks. Check out what the students have been posting by checking out their blogs on the left and please leave some encouraging comments for them
Enjoy our “Handy Art” as we explore more about the Elements and Principles Design. The idea here was to give the 3D effect of a hand under a colourful cloth that contains horizontal lines. We had lots of fun playing with this concept and many students made a few different attempts at creating the desired effect.
The American Business man Les Brown had two great quotes about setting goals: “Goals help you channel your energy into action.” and “Your goals are the road maps that guide you and show you what is possible for your life.”
With the beginning of a new year it is customary to set a New Year’s Resolution and this has lead us into discussions about goal-setting. Students have been busy setting an achievable goal for both home and school. Make sure you ask some of our students about what their goals are for 2014.
Friday was the climax of Anti-bullying Week and our class investigated the issue with a couple of presentations. In the morning we had a previous Burford student return to share his bullying experiences through foster care and group homes. The students asked some deep questions and discussed with Nick how bullies can be handled and bullying reduced.
In the afternoon we watched a play and discussed the issue of Cyberbullying.
As part of our science program we team up with Miss Degraaf’s class and have a friendly Egg drop competition. Students are put into groups of 3-4, given a list of materials, including a paper bag, straws, string, tape, tissue paper, cotton balls, toothpicks and an egg. The purpose of the task is to create an insulated container so that when the egg is dropped from a second story window it’ll survive the fall. Students set out by drawing a design of what they think will work then build it within a 40 minute time block. It was a very enjoyable activity for all involved and we celebrated with an almost 100% success rate; way to go engineers!
This week we finished reading “Out of My Mind” by Sharon Draper as part of The Global Read Aloud. We read this book simultaneously along with 150 000 other students from around the world. We were able to share what we were learning through the book and enjoyed reading what other students were understanding as well. Skyping other grade 6 classes through North America was another highlight of our experience. On Thursday, we participated in a “Google Hangout” with the author of the book and this is a short excerpt of our question being asked (sorry the sound quality is not very good).