Monday, 16 June 2014

Me and My Chicks

I live in the country and have an uncountable (mostly because they never stay still) amount of chickens.  My family and I just got a new batch of chicks last month; they are still very cute.   Some will grow up to be fat, so we can sell the meat and the others will grow to lay eggs for us to also sell and eat (some of the layers will lay blue eggs). What I have learned from raising chickens is that it takes a lot of hard work and determination to get the job done.   We clean their coop twice a year, though you might think that is disgusting it actually works well because their poop composts and makes heat to keep them warm in the winter (did I mention we live in the Yukon?).  (Now you say, “no” because I didn’t).  The person who takes the poop covered hay out of the coop in the Spring (by the Tupperware container full), has to wear a gas mask!  It really is disgusting!  But I am glad that I raise chickens - I wouldn’t have it any other way.

~ Anna gr. 5

Monday, 9 June 2014

Year in Review

To all students: I’d like to encourage all of you to email me ( a post and a picture outlining one learning highlight you’ve experienced this year. Use What did you do? What did you think/feel about what you did? And what did you learn? as organizers for your write up. Before the end of the school year, I will compile all responses and post them to our new site before the end of June. Maybe I’ll challenge teachers to view this as a call to them, too. Hopefully, we’ll land on a showcase of some pretty special learning highlights!

Monday, 2 June 2014

Feedback and Critique

Feedback is an essential part of learning. So too is incorporating the feedback you are given into your work. Take a look at Austin’s first attempt at drawing a butterfly. Austin at the time was in grade one. Next, watch Austin’s Butterfly. After several rounds of feedback and drafts, Austin’s butterfly dramatically improves. Learning’s not rocket science: be open to critiques and willing to improve and revisit your work.