Developing essential agreements to use with Seesaw – our new portfolio tool

Mr Broughton helped us last week to understand how important it is to reflect on our thinking with Seesaw – which we do all the time in 5W. Metacognition – this time applied to what and how we post our learnings on Seesaw. This is what we came up with:

Here is Mr Broughton working with us – thank you Mr Broughton!

Pre-exhibition – starting our Exhibition process

Last week we culminated our fourth unit How We Express Ourselves and this week, as we’re sure the students have informed you, we launched into many Grade 5 meetings and discussions to lead us into our fifth unit How We Organise Ourselves. OUR EXHIBITION UNIT.

On Monday we kicked off with an introduction to exhibition with photos from the previous year – ‘starting with the end in mind’

On Tuesday we looked at the Transdisciplinary Theme: How We Organise Ourselves and what this entails. We also had a visit from the grade 6 students who worked through the exhibition process last year. Our question session with grade 6 students focussed on:

HOW you chose what you wanted to inquire into?
WHY you chose it?
WHAT you did as part of your Exhibition – where you went, what resources you used, who you spoke to etc.
Some further conversation had us reflecting on when we viewed the Grade 10 ‘Personal Project’ Exhibition. Our conversation focussed on

What impressed us? What topics or projects most interested us?
WHY? What did the student DO to help us to understand their issue?
What resources did the student use? Think about people they talked to, places they went, online resources, library resources and others
What did we think could have been done better?
As the students were so engrossed listening to the grade 6 students we followed up on this on Wednesday. We talked about what ‘stuck with us’, what we could use to help us in our own inquiries in the coming weeks.

On Thursday we looked at the ‘Sphere of Influence’. A Circle of Influence encompasses those concerns that we can do something about. They are concerns that we have some control over. As opposed to A Circle of Concern, the wide range of concerns we have, such as our health, our children, problems at work, the amount of government borrowing, or the threat of war.

And finally Friday. Today we started thinking about the possibilities. Students had the opportunity to collect great ideas by looking at ideas generated through class Padlets 2016.

In relation to making decisions regarding making a decision, we are encouraging the students to ‘keep it in mind, and keep open minded to all possibilities!’ We have all next week to explore before making a final decision.

Phew… what a productive week!

What did you think of our wonderful narrative stories? 5W students respond …

Julia suggested that we print the narrative stories that we wrote from a picture prompt a few weeks ago so that everyone in the classroom could have a chance to read them.

Then we asked each student to choose a favourite one and comment on it. Please see the comments below. 5W students were asked to politely comment on:

What was the story about?
What did you like about the story?
What would you have added or changed if you were the editor?

Thank you. 5W students, please write your comments in the comment boxes below

Classifying beauty

5W students together brainstormed what they found to be beautiful in a ‘telling frame’ last week. This week we categorised everything that we found beautiful using Tony Buzan’s Mind Mapping technique.

Please ask your child to show you his or hers. They will all be available to see on Friday April 7th at our Student Led Conferences (information to come.)

2 excellent examples are posted here. Well done Luca and Oliver.

Home Learning examples from 5W

As we move into the last third of our Grade 5 year – I have been wondering what 5W students are doing for their own ‘home learning’ and we discussed this a little in class on Monday. Our Home Learning in 5W was and has been guided by our agreed upon document since August 2016 HERE

For example, Dylon was proudly showing us today the following image of what he made on Minecraft. This interest may very well serve Dylon well as he gets interested in IT and coding in the future.

What else have 5W students been doing at home this year? I know many students are very busy. In the comment boxes below, perhaps you can find out.

What was beautiful for you last week at or near Shoichi and Colleen’s house?

Please choose the ONE photo of yours that YOU really find beautiful. And ONE of Ms Pender’s photos. You can find Ms Pender’s photos HERE.

Please:

1. Edit your photos as you wish
2. Put your 2 photos on your Google Doc – see assignment on GC
3. Write a description and explanation about WHY you have chosen these 2 photos. Write under each photo.
4. Make sure your Google Doc with the photos is SHARED so that ‘anyone with the link can view’
5. ‘Bitly‘ your Google Doc link.
6. Add your Bitly link with a brief description of what it is to the class blog – in the comment box below (see Mr. Weekes comment for an example)
7. Add your Google Doc to Seesaw – again, write one sentence saying what it is you have done and why.

Parents – please see your child’s photos and explanation/description in the comment boxes below.

Thank you everyone.

Elementary School Art Exhibition

Many of our Elementary School students will have their artwork exhibited in the annual Yamate Art Show from February 11-19 at The British House here on the bluff. This venue is the large gated house across the street from the main entrance to YIS (formerly the British Ambassador’s residence).

This art show is part of the Yokohama Yamate Art Festival (which showcases the artwork of students from several schools in houses in the Yamate area). The exhibition hours are 9:30-17:00 daily.

Please come visit the YIS art gallery and see the energy, efforts, and two- & three-dimensional creativity of our Kindergarten through Grade 5 artists!

Further photos of our Egg Tower Challenge!

Both in the planning stage AND in the ‘is it still standing’ stage!

So what was it that made our students feel like ‘scientists?’ And what would your son or daughter do differently next time?