I have been asked this month to work with grade 7’s and take a couple of groups for their literature circles. All the grade 7’s were given an opportunity to select one of 13 books that they could read and were then put small groups. My groups are reading Touching Spirit Bear (by Ben Mikaelsen) and 33 Minutes (by Todd Hasak-Lowy). The novels all connect to the current unit of inquiry in grade 7 (central idea: being conscious of the influences on our identity affects our choices).
Each time we meet, the students come prepared to discuss a passage or quote in the story that spoke to them. All the students came today ready to talk, and we were able to ensure that everyone had a chance to share their connections and express themselves to their peers. After our meeting, the students take time to individually reflect on the group discussion through writing, where they are encouraged to share their personal thoughts about the discussion, the characters and/or the story.
I look forward to hearing more from each of the grade 7’s. Their thoughts and opinions are worth waiting for.
Our kindergarten students are spending some time this afternoon with their grade 7 buddies. I love buddy time, when students in different grades work together.
Today, the “Big Buddies” (grade 7’s) are asking their “Little Buddies” (kindies) a series of guessing questions related to an object the little buddies have selected from their classroom.
- What colour is it?
- Is it long or short?
- Is it rough or smooth?
There are a lot of smiles when these buddies get together. I think the grade 7’s also gain a bit of appreciation for the challenges of being a teacher, as sometimes their buddies don’t pay close attention to directions.
At Capilano, I see a number of different grades working as buddies. Last week some grade 3 students were reading with kindergarten students, as some grade 4’s were helping some grade 2’s with their writing. Teachers provide many opportunities over the course of the year for students to work with different ages. It is a wonderful part of a school culture.
I look forward to seeing it throughout the rest of the year.
Happy New Year everyone. We started out the year with a little bit of snow on the ground, but it appears to have mostly melted by now. The freshly fallen snow looked great this morning, and I forgot to get a picture. 🙁
It was a great day at school today, and I was able to visit every classroom today and say hello to all our students and staff. I look forward to seeing all the wonderful learning activities that will be happening in term two.
Our grade 7 students are happy today. Their hoodies arrived and we now have 55 students all dressed alike.
Thank you to all the parents and who helped the grade 7’s get their hoodies ordered and handed out. They look great.
Thank you Ben and Luke for volunteering for the picture.