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Category Archives: Inquiry
April 9, 2013Posted by on
If you love sports, you may love this school wide math challenge. Baseball is back in town! It is amazing how much math you can find in sports. For example, you can see all the current blue jay batters’ statistics at this website. To start, what do the following mean?
How do we calculate each one?
Please post your ideas here. Once you have done so, here is my challenge:
If we look at the AVG column, what do you think we will need to see in that column in September in order for the Blue Jays to win their division?
Now of course it will be easy for you to say everyone achieve 1.000, but we have to be realistic.
Realistically speaking, what will need to be in that column for them to be winners and why?
Some additional key questions you may want to consider:
How do you calculate AVG?
What is an “average” AVG?
What have the rosters of divisional winners from previous years looked like?
Let me know what you think about this challenge by submitting your thoughts to me in the office via this spreadsheet. Forms are also available on the bulletin board outside the main office.
Remember it is your prediction as to what the roster will look like for them to be winners and your explanation as to why you think this that your submit.
We will run the challenge until April 26, 2013 to give you time to think, research and plan. Then we will seal up the predictions and reopen them in September to see how we did.
Go Jays go!
April 8, 2013Posted by on
On Saturday April 6, 2013, The York Region Science and Technology Fair took place at Stephen Lewis S.S for schools from across York Region and for students in grades 7 through 12. There were amazing projects on a wide variety of topics including:
– Health and sciences projects looking at healthy living and ways to combat diseases
– Environmental projects looking at “better insulation for packaging” and “green roof technologies”
– practical topics such as “does washing lettuce actually reduce bacterial counts”?
One of our own grade 8 students entered his project on “The Abstract Era” focusing on holograms both in the past and with a look ahead to the future. We thank Mrs Daryanani for her mentoring support and sponsorship of our student.
What was amazing throughout all of the projects was the students’ enthusiasm and passion for the topics they chose to explore. In front of us we saw students who spoke confidently about ideas, questions and research they themselves had conducted. All the students had a clear eye to the future in their work.
It was an inspiring afternoon.
February 2, 2013Posted by on
On our P.A day meeting Friday, one of our team’s shared a project that they have been involved in for several weeks now called the “We can See project”. It started with a fairly simple question: What can we see outside our classroom window? Our school was able to connect with Lake Simcoe P.S through a SKYPE session to compare what their community was like to our community. Over time, more schools connected and in late November, one teacher decided to launch the We Can See project. In two short months, the project has now grown to include schools from across the world. Children from Manhattan, India and multiple schools from across our own country of Canada are dialoguing about what they see in their communities.
As we explore Inquiry based learning as a school, we recognize how motivating and engaging it can be for our learners. Students can develop critical thinking skills through real life questioning and problem solving. Further, we we use technology to enhance this learning, the possibilities become endless. We can now network across our world and learn.
Now it’s your turn.
What can you see in your community?