January 12

Social Emotional Problem Solving

This week we shared ‘The Rabbit Listened’ by Cori Doerrfeld. Students were encouraged to think about the strategies they used, not only to solve their own problems, but also the different ways to help their peers when things don’t go as planned.

Each of the animal characters makes different suggestions, including avoidance, talking it out, getting angry etc. Student’s ideas around these strategies lead to lots of animated discussion. This might be my new favourite Social Emotional Learning book this year.

December 15

Winter Trees

This week in the Learning Commons, all students from Kindergarten to Grade 3/4 painted one of our 3D Printed winter trees to take home. We think they turned out very well. A great inclusive activity in which every student could fully participate.

December 8

Teeny Tiny Loose Parts

Students in Grade 3 and 3/4 created designs using our 3D printed winter trees. The challange was to use some very tiny parts and to create one large decorated tree with our designs. The students agreed that next time they would communicate their ideas before they started and I learned to use a smaller tree. The little parts were tricky to manipulate and the students enjoyed the challenge.

 

December 1

‘Smoot’ – Surrey Picture Books of the Year

This week we read the first of the ten nominations for the Surrey School’s Picture Book of the Year. We will read the others by the end of May and vote on our favourite. Our focus was on shadows in Smoot: The Rebellious Shadow by Michelle Cuevas.

November 24

3D Printing

This week we were able to get the 3D Printer up and running. Students were interested in watching the printer in action and had lots of questions. We are looking forward to using the printer to show learning.

We set the printer up in the window so passing students could check out the progress.