Monday, 27 February 2012

Morning at the Symphony

At the symphony, I learned that stories can be expressed in music. The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra collected original stories from Okanagan students and narrated them and played music that represented scenes in the stories. I learned that the xylophone was first used in an orchestra in Danse Macabre. The story of Danse Macabre is that of death dancing in the woods at midnight. The xylophone represents the bones on the skeletons clacking together. My favourite story was the one with the squirrel in the bushes, scaring two kids who had snuck out and gone into the woods in the night. Overall, I enjoyed the symphony and hope to go again next year.

~ Cole H.

Monday, 20 February 2012

Grounded Optimism

It was suggested to me this week that very often “winning” is a precursor to creating in someone the belief that they can win. In other words, as supporters of learning, we should be coaching learners toward success by grounding them in the successes of their past. We should encourage learners to remember the challenges they have faced and overcome, the stories of their resilience. I think I knew this but was happy to be reminded of it. I guess by definition that’s what grounding means. As important as some things are, we are bound to occasionally loose sight of them. My, if all of us were able to encourage one another to fly while also keeping for one another an eye on the ground!

Monday, 13 February 2012

Lego Mindstorm

I am very lucky to be in the district’s gifted program run through Oliver Elementary school. My teacher Greg is very helpful when it comes to Lego Mindstorms, a Lego brand “create your own” robot kit. I have been going every Friday for 5 weeks. I am learning how to build complex robots. The robot I designed is pictured here, but it does not exist anymore, because I took it apart to build a different robot. The new robot will be the basic one that the kit includes instructions for.

~ Joel (Grade 6)