Monday, 29 October 2012

Alas for those Who Do Not Sing . . .

Saturday, I participated in TEDx Penticton, hoping to run into a few new ideas to ponder and some exciting thinkers living their beliefs. I was not disappointed. Among the performers were Saige Carlson and Beamer Wigley, two of our students! As a teacher, it’s a delight when you are “out of teacher mode” and run into students who are “out of student mode”, let alone when roles are reversed. Beyond witnessing how Saige’s and Beamer’s singing–particularly their duet–captured the crowd, I was moved and reminded of something quite important: learning is as much about uncovering one’s voice as covering the curriculum! Congratulations and thank you Saige and Beamer!

~ Will

Monday, 22 October 2012

Monday, 15 October 2012

Personalize Learning and the Value of Friends

At the end of every week, I try to reflect upon the activities of the week. This past week, I was reminded of an important lesson as I had the pleasure of my brother visiting from Toronto. While he was here, my tablet computer electrical plug-in fell out of the side of the computer. It was broken --- out of battery and unable to receive a charge. I was in full panic mode. My first impulse was to take it apart, but not without my brother whose suggestion to diagram all of the pieces and screws on a separate paper was invaluable. Usually, I just arrange the pieces on the workbench. With so many delicate pieces being dismantled, I felt much anxiety. I was looking to solder it back together. Without the advice and encouragement of my brother, my anxiety would have ruined my Sunday and most of my work week. The lesson to accept other's opinions and to value and discuss options spurred me to write this post. As you are on your learning journey, your family is your biggest support structure. Use this as a resource. You will feel supported and encouraged. Keep an open mind and you will learn much. Personal learning cannot happen without others supporting it.
~ Ernie Millward

Monday, 8 October 2012

Abottsford Air Show Redux

I went to the 50th annual Abbotsford International Airshow with my dad. The trip there doesn’t need to be mentioned, but the show does. We went on Saturday, August 11th. When we got there, the first thing we did was check out the static aircraft section. There were large military cargo planes you could go inside, and fighter jets to look at. The show featured: a jet bus, a jet porta-potty, a USN F/A Superhornet, a Canadian Forces Tactical Demo and the USAF Thunderbirds.

At the show, I learned about all kinds of things about planes, such as how fighter jets do a maneuver known as the square loop. I even learned some things that are Top Secret (just kidding). The best part of the show was the Thunderbirds. They did some of the most amazing aerobatics you would ever see! Another great part of the show was the jet bus, which is the world’s fastest school bus. Speaking of jet powered stuff, I also saw
the worlds only jet powered porta-potty!

The show was great, but it’s not the kind of thing you would want to go to every year.

~ Joel, Grade 7

Monday, 1 October 2012

Nature’s Classroom

Last week my brother and I went on a canoe trip to Vaseaux Lake. I learned about the four hundred pound voyageur canoes and the five paddle strokes! I also learned about the pictographs that the Native people drew 400-600 years ago! I think this trip was around 12 km long, and it was really fun when we were paddling. It was interesting when we saw a painted turtle and held him! After this trip, I felt inspired to go on more outdoor adventures!

~ Liam, Gr. 4