Archive - September 2018

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September 2018: Interviewing Our Teachers
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August 2018: Lifelong Learning Begins Here!

September 2018: Interviewing Our Teachers

Children who are taught to think about things at an early age through open-ended questions are better equipped to understand the world around them, and relate this new information to past or present experiences.

Open-ended questions have no right or wrong answers, but help to broaden children’s thinking processes, to develop their speech and language skills, and to build confidence in their ability to express themselves using words.

In our next stage of inquiry, our class community went on an inquiry adventure to interview teachers within our school community on some of our wondering questions. We worked in small groups to demonstrate our communication skills when asking these questions and listening to the replies or answers from the teachers.

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Question 1: Why is it important to make good choices?
Answers:
• So that we can make new friends, stay strong & healthy and we can learn!
• We want to be part of our school community.
• We think carefully so that we can stay safe.
• So that we can be the best version of ourselves.

Question 2: What happens if we don’t listen to our friends?
Answers:
• We might miss something special from them.
• We cannot play together, and we will be sad.
• We will be alone and we cannot share our ideas.
• They might feel upset with us.

Question 3: How do we make friends at school?
Answers:
• We talk to them, we call their names and we keep a good eye contact with them.
• We communicate with them, and we listen to them.
• We play together and help each other.
• Be kind and happy.

Question 4: How can I share my feelings?
Answers:
• We can use our facial expressions.
• We can use simple words so that people can understand us.
• We use kind words and our biggest smile.
• We say it nicely, and no shouting please.

Question 5: Why is it not okay to hurt others?
Answers:
• We don’t want others to feel sad.
• We don’t want them to get hurt.
• If we hurt others, we don’t feel good deep down inside our hearts.
• We want a happy classroom, together.

Oh boy, these are some amazing answers or replies that we have received from our school community. Be sure to communicate further with your child at home, and it would be awesome to talk about some powerful magic words like I AM SORRY, THANK YOU, PLEASE, EXCUSE ME, and many more!

On top of that, our class community also enjoyed making some artwork related to unit of inquiry about feelings with the integration of language component (Readers Workshop, Writers Workshop & Phonics). A for ANGRY, S for SAD, and N for NERVOUS. Definitely a great way to make new learning connections together!

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • NO SCHOOL for kids on 20th & 21st September 2018 (Thursday & Friday)
  • Weekly rotation of library books on Wednesdays
  • Looking for parent volunteer(s) to be our unit’s guest speaker to share new, inspiring insights with our class community – please contact Ms. Cally

 

August 2018: Lifelong Learning Begins Here!

Taking an inquiry approach to learning means drawing on one’s capacity as a researcher, a thinker, a self-manager, a communicator and a collaborator. Teachers who use an inquiry based approach understand that the power lies in the process. They work hard to privilege the process of learning.

(Kath Murdoch, 2017)

The power truly lies in the process. How exciting! Our class community has been spending time together to inquire into our classroom essential agreements, routines, and expectations in different situations and specialist lessons throughout this month of August. By doing this, we begin to make authentic learning connections to our first unit of inquiry that we will continue to explore for about 6 weeks.

Transdisciplinary Theme: How We Express Ourselves

Central Idea: Sharing our feelings and ideas drives us to develop effective ways to communicate.

Lines of Inquiry:

  1. Ways in which we express our feelings and ideas
  2. Sharing our feelings and ideas
  3. Communicating our thoughts successfully

Key Concepts: Form, Connection & Perspective

One of our first provocation activities was to build a birdhouse. This took us by surprise, and on a really spontaneous note. We were listening to an online story titled “The Birdhouse That Jack Built” during our story time, and few of us saw a bird watching us from the window next to our circle time! We then agreed to plan and create a birdhouse for the bird, how fascinating when inquiry happens as such!

In small groups, students have learned how to effectively communicate their ideas in designing their birdhouse at our planning stage before moving forward to build their prototype model using soft foam and toothpicks in our STEM class. We definitely have more to come, and having our students engaged in collaborative activities like these gives them the opportunity to share and communicate with one another (in line with our central idea).

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We are now two weeks into our inquiry, and these are our wonderings that we look forward to unfold together. It is just the beginning, and we are excited for more!

  • How do we share ideas with our friends?
  • What happens if we don’t listen to our friends?
  • Is it good to listen before talking?
  • How do we share our ideas with our brothers and sisters?
  • Why is it important to make good choices?
  • How can I share my feelings?
  • How do we make our class a happy place?
  • How do we make friends at school?
  • How can we grow and be kind?
  • Why is it not okay to hurt others?
  • How can we understand our teachers and friends?
  • Can I sing to share my feelings?
  • How do we protect our friends’ feelings?
  • Why do we say thank you?

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • Check out our updated class schedule (last updated on 31st August 2018)
  • Reminders on our daily footwear and PE indoor gym shoes on Mondays
  • Back to School Night event for parents and teachers on Wednesday, 5th September 2018 (5:00 pm to 7:00 pm)