Thursday, 18 September 2014

Ed Camp Facilitators! June 2013

In June of 2013, we were invited to facilitate a session at the Ed Camp hosted by TCDSB. We were thrilled to have another opportunity to collaborate with other professionals on all of the topics that intrigue us most in education; collaboration, the third teacher (environment), inquiry-based learning, 21st century learning, technology, etc.

We designed our discussion space the same way that we like to organize our classrooms... A space that is welcoming/inviting and is able to accommodate all of the different learners in the class.

We tried to organize different spaces in the room that would allow for different groups to form and express ideas and opinions in ways that best suit that individual. In the above photos, you can see our getting started sign, our BYOD tweeting station, our artistic corner...

And a round discussion area with pillows and welcoming music in the background.

The teachers that visited our room were so excited about the space that that became the starting point for our discussion... the role that the environment has on making learners feel comfortable and encouraged to express themselves in various ways.

Take a look at our learning experience:

Everyone felt comfortable and the discussion became so RICH! What an amazing learning experience this day was. We all brought back ideas to share with our classroom students.

Exploring First Nations Contributions in Canada

Today students were invited to explore an interactive activity found on oerb.

This collaborative activity allowed students to discover the various things that First Nations people taught Pioneers in order to help them survive in the cold Canadian north. 

Students discussed their findings in their small groups and we will continue to explore tomorrow while learning how to summarize important information that we find. 

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Natural Patterning

We have started to learn about patterning.  We decided to grab our bins and head outside to collect some of nature's gifts to use to pattern.  Students explored the great outdoors and picked up many natural treasures. Using these natural objects helped us to understand the different shapes in nature, textures, colours, weight, etc.

We brought them inside and began to explore different ways to organize the materials.  Students were grouping according to type. colour, shape, texture, and even into groups of items found on trees and items found naturally on the ground.  Students were then asked to sort their materials in a different way.  Students began to discover repeating patterns. 

Take a look at our natural object patterns:

See if you can figure out the attributes that were changing.

After a gallery walk around the class, we continued to discover the many patterns that we can make using all of the attributes that we realized natural objects have.

What a great day of learning!

People Patterns

People Patterns in Math!

Patterning in math is more than T-Charts and Pattern Blocks! ... Patterning is found all around us. EVEN within us!

We let the students explore the idea of people patterns outside on a beautiful day! Guess what attributes the students discovered in people?

People attributes:
- Hair colour
- Eye colour
- Uniform colour
- Height
- Gender
- Shoe colour
- Glasses or no glasses

Take a look at the PEOPLE PATTERN below. Can you figure out what attributes are changing in this pattern? (Hint: There are 4 different attributes!) Give up?! See below for the answer...

The changing attributes in this PEOPLE PATTERN were the following:
Hair colour: blonde, brown, blonde, brown, blonde
Eye colour: blue, brown, blue, brown, blue (this one was tricky for you, we know ;)   )
Uniform colour: white, blue, blue, blue, white
Gender: girl, boy, girl, boy, girl

We will continue exploring patterns and begin our new chapter in math soon! 

Let Another Year Begin! Media exploration...

We would like to welcome our newest Grade 3 members! What a wonderful start it has been so far!

There are so many fun learning experiences that we already started in our grade 3 classes.

Today we explored the idea of media and use of colours, layouts, and images used for a specific purpose and to attract a specific audience (or us!). We looked at a few examples of cover pages from some of the picture books that we have in our class library. 

We noticed that they had a lot of similarities, but they also had a few differences

Together we found that cover pages seem to have the following:
- A clear title that is usually at the top of the page
- A picture that relates to the book and gives a clue about something that might happen in a book

We also discovered that some cover pages are different in the following ways:
- They use different colours for the background and title
- They have different fonts for the titles
- Some draw our attention more than others

What did we do next?

After discovering these things about cover pages, we began a group activity that allowed us to pick a cover page that we thought was attractive to us, and we shared with others what we thought made the cover page stand out and what we thought the illustrator could have done to improve it (or make it more appealing to us!).

Take a look at some of our favourite cover pages...

Stay tuned to see how we design our own creative cover pages... 

Friday, 20 June 2014

Sketching the Beauty Around us!

Today we went on a walk and found beauty in the nature to practice our sketching techniques that we learned.

Take a look at the inspiration we used around us.

We also enjoyed some silent moments to listen to the birds, water, and leaves blowing in the wind.