Friday, 3 March 2017

Our Amazing Solar System

Yowza! Our Sun is HUGE ...

Have you ever wondered how big the Earth is compared to our Sun?
Or how many Earths would fit inside our Sun?
Maybe how big all of the planets are relative to our Sun?
Look no further for the answer as Mr. Albers' Grade 6 class has all of the answers to these burning questions and more!
Each table was asked to research a set of planets. Together, they had to draw and name the planets, the distance from the sun, the planet diameter and it's size as compared to the size of the sun using a 1 billionth scale.
The 'I Can' curricular statement met with this project is - 'I can identify and describe known planets revolving around the sun.'
A few of the students created a video of their class's work to share with the school to teach all of us about the Solar System. Ava, Kate, Brooklynne, Lakiya and Jaida are the actors while Jorja is the behind the scenes videographer and editor. Some of the actors explained that "it took so long to do and we had sooooo many bloopers - we made a video of just bloopers!"
Thanks for sharing your learning Grade 6A!



Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Mrs. Lunge's Grade 5 students have been diving deeply into the writing process and using the collective skills of peers to improve the final writing product.





Step 1: Brainstorm Ideas using the prompt - 'Places You Have Traveled To'






































Step 2: Create a rough draft or first copy.



































Step 3: Using the Critical Friends Protocol to look critically at others' work and offer feedback to move learning forward.






























Step 4: Using the peer feedback, students revise their first draft.





























Step 5: Another round of peer feedback using the Critical Friends Protocol.



























Step 6: With 2 rounds of peer feedback, students were then ready to revise and create their final draft. 



Wow! That is what we are talking about when we use a Growth Mindset. Taking a piece of writing and revising it 3 times! Every student's writing went from 'OK' to 'Well done!'
You should be proud of yourselves Grade 5L for demonstrating that "it's good enough", is never good enough.


(sorry about the sideways pictures - think of it as your yoga move for the day!)





















































Monday, 12 December 2016

One of our goals this year at Webster Niblock School is to develop more of a Growth Mindset, among students and staff. Using a growth mindset means that we use the power of 'yet' - 'I'm not confident in solving the math problem ... yet', 'I really want to read Harry Potter but I just can't seem to ... yet'. But 'yet' takes time, practice and perseverance = Growth Mindset.
In Ms. Bryan's grade 5 class, they are learning the vocabulary needed to talk yourself out of giving up. To reinforce the idea, the students discussed the idea of and created their own Learning Pit.


Small steps can lead to big changes. The old story of 'The Little Engine That Could' is a story of growth mindset and the power of not giving up. The Learning Pit is not a bad place, in fact it is in the pit that we do our best learning. If you can jump over the pit, then you are not learning anything new.





What can you say to yourself or what strategies can you use to get out of the Learning Pit?

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Grades 1,2,3 classes engaged in their first Destination Imagination challenge on Thursday. Their challenge was to make a house for a mouse. The materials for the house were:
                      6 paper cups                         4 paper clips
                      1 elastic band                       1 piece of cloth
                      2 envelopes                          1 paper bag
                      1 paper plate                        5 mailing labels
                      3 cotton balls                       4 pipe cleaners

No other materials could be used. In groups of 4, they had to design, build and present their house. Brilliant designs emerged. Some groups thought of entertainment for the mouse and included a satellite and TV, others created a refrigerator stocked with cheese - of course!
The students worked extremely well in teams and displayed the true nature of collaboration.


























Saturday, 21 February 2015

Wednesday, February 25 is wear PINK Day - a day we recognize the issue of bullying and remind ourselves of how we can help ourselves if we are being bullied, how to help our friends who are being bullied and how to help the bully to recognize the fact that we are all unique, that there is only one of us, so why pick on people who are not like you when there is only one of you. 
Our Grade 2K and 1B class walked over to CHHS to work with the leadership group in creating their own, unique t-shirts to wear on Wednesday. They wrote messages on the shirts, then tye-dyed them pink. The following pictures capture some of the process but note we do not see a final, completed pink shirt. You will have to wait until Wednesday to see the product of their hard work. We cannot wait!


























Monday, 26 January 2015

Kindergarten Enjoying Art at the Esplanade

Documentation of student learning and giving students a voice in their pursuit of learning is front and center in this post. Our Kindergarten teachers and educational assistants spend a great deal of time listening to the conversations of the children in their care, they ask questions, seek clarification and, thankfully, record much of this communication. In doing so, learning becomes visible and we can see the developing process of these young children. 
The following images and documentation give a sense of what the children are seeing and experiencing as they look at the work of artist Dan Hudson who currently has an exhibition at the Esplanade entitled Between Earth and Sky, which is where the children visited.




Drawing


Reaching for Heaven by Dan Hudson

Sunday, 11 January 2015

January DI

This month, the Grades 4-6 students' DI Challenge was to create a Picture. One of the parameters were that the picture had to be recognizable. The materials the students had were small squares of coloured paper - purple, yellow, green and blue. They had 5 minutes to talk in their group and plan the picture, then 15 minutes to create the picture. While creating/mounting their picture, they could not talk or make any noise. It didn't take them long to figure out that they could communicate through some kind of sign language or by writing to each other.
The teams of 4 worked very effectively together and produced some amazing pictures. This time, the groups were asked to assess their performance by answering questions using a rating scale. This process engages the students in a reflective practice, with the intention that they learn from their reflections in order to improve the next time. Many of our students are beginning to develop an understanding of the successes associated with working together towards a common goal and synthesizing their ideas resulting in a much more creative end.