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.


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.

Friday, 12 December 2014

Our First Destination Imagination (DI) Challenge

Monday, December 8 was Webster Niblock School's Grades 4-6 first experience with Destination Imagination. This short video explains about why and how DI is supporting student learning: .

The challenge the students had was to build a Christmas tree using only newspapers, 3 spaghetti noodles, 4 straws, 4 mailing labels, a 30 cm piece of string and a 30 cm square of aluminum foil.The Christmas tree had to be free standing, have a trunk, branches and leaves and be able to support 3 Christmas ornaments.
The foundation of DI is to support student creativity, collaboration and problem solving skills. The Grades 4,5 and 6's did amazing work and certainly demonstrated the true nature of DI. The following are images showing our fantastic students hard at work.

 Unfortunately, Kate's nose started bleeding just as the Challenge started!

We are looking forward to more DI challenges in the months to come! Thank you to all the students who made our first DI such a great success.