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New frontiers for new learning
Category Archives: Learning Commons
June 19, 2013Posted by on
Elder’s Mills’ students were able to visit our school yesterday afternoon. We thank our school council who hosted a Frozen Yogurt treat for our visitors and helped students add leaves to our school mural. Students also had the opportunity to visit classrooms and see our school. We sense the students felt welcomed and thank them for their enthusiasm.
We were also able to welcome Ms Bongard who visited us. Ms Bongard will join our team as Vice Principal next September.
Our day began with a grade 7 writing team working in our Learning Commons with Mr. Birenbaum, Vice Principal of Forest Run P.S, on the creation of our school touchstone. We extend a very big thank you to Mr. Birenbaum for his passion for creating touchstones and his amazing facilitation skills. We are most grateful.
The team was composed of students from both Elder’s Mills and Lorna Jackson. Throughout the morning, the team considered touchstones from different schools and the overall purpose of having one. Students then analyzed data that has been collected over the past month from students, staff and parents. From this data, they found common themes that then helped them to craft the phrases of the touchstone. It took the team just over two hours to complete our touchstone thanks to their incredible focus and engagement. The process itself taught me a lot about who are students are, what matters to them, what they themselves value and how they see school. The end result is awesome.
Our grand reveal will come soon, but for now… how about sample line from our newly drafted touchstone:
….we are dedicated to our learning as it paints the picture that is our future….
It is days like these that make us that really make us smile and show us what we are really all about.
April 5, 2013Posted by on
Room 125 has been busy this year exploring the notion of kindness in their classroom. Ms Abalos and Ms. Marcos have encouraged discussions around what kindness looks like and sounds like. As their discussions and inquiries have unfolded, the class read the picture book The Kindness Quilt. Through literacy activities, the class then decided to collaboratively design and build their own quilt. They each contributed a written and artistic piece on what kindness means to them. An important big idea from the Full Day Kindergarten document is that “children are connected to others and contribute to their world”. This work is an example of how children can connect to each other and understand how they also connect to the larger world.
Here are some of their reflections on their journey that I both heard this morning and saw represented in the children’s work:
“We show each other kindness in class.”
“High fives can show kindness”
“Kindness is not pushing.”
“Kindness is helping”.
Students brought in artifacts from home including clothing that helped provide fabric for the quilt. We thank our parents for supporting with some fabrics from around the world that help to highlight our diversity as a community and as a country. Mrs Daryanani joined the project by sewing the fabric together to create the quilt in our Learning Commons.
Now the students are very proud of their finished product.
The class is not done yet. They have now invited the rest of the school to add their own thoughts on kindness. You can drop by room 125 to add your thoughts in thought bubbles.
And so, let us know:
“What does kindness mean to you?