Monday, 30 September 2013

A Creature on High

For art one day I decided to draw a dragon. I have shading pencils that I shaded it with. I only used one shading pencil. To get different shades I rubbed it with my finger. It was really fun to draw because it had so much detail.

~ Enzo, Gr. 4

Monday, 23 September 2013

Take a Risk: Journal

Journals come in all shapes, sizes and forms, and there are numerous benefits to having them be a regular part of your learning. Some are structured, such as investigations of books read or personal accounts of experiences lived, while others are more poetic and free, illustrating and reflecting ideas and imaginings. To each of my students, there are few other recommendations I feel more committed to than this: keep a journal! Discover your thinking through uncovering conversations with yourself. At the very least you will have a pretty cool keepsake when you get older!

Monday, 16 September 2013

Know Your Mainsail

I almost titled this post, "Anchor Yourself", which would have been a mistaken. Instead, keeping the nautical theme, the above is much more appropriate and what I ultimately wish for my students, all students. By now, my guess is that the juggling has begun: courses, assignments, timelines . . . goals. Do not allow yourself to become distracted. Do not confuse activity with accomplishment. Do not anchor yourself! Although boats in the harbour are safe, what do they learn? Ride the winds this year! Enjoy the journey, in times both tumultuous and still, while all the while keeping eye on your mainsail and the wind at your back . . .

~ Will

Monday, 9 September 2013

Skill Building

Five students in grades 1, 2 and 4 are off to a good start in IXL! Over the first four days of school, they attempted 178 problems, practiced 7 skills and earned two medals! Way to go! Regular practice, even for 10-15 min. a day over an extended period is an excellent way to develop skills. Anyone wanting or having problems accessing your IXL account contact your teacher.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Ends and Beginnings

This weekend while hiking, I was gently struck by a falling leaf and had the exclusivity of summer thoughts shattered. Not in a bad way, mind you, just in one of those ways that catches you off guard when you happen to forget the concept of impermanence. Indeed, nature is good for keeping one grounded and connected to things larger than ourselves. As your year begins, students, may your transition back to school be smooth and may you quickly settle into the natural learning patterns and rhythms that are you!