Thursday, March 22, 2012

Travel Back in Time!

Our students are traveling back in time to learn about First Nations People. As they travel, teachers from across our board are invited to visit a classroom in action! Our first guests visited on day 2 of the mini-inquiries. The teachers were impressed with the learning and the total engagement of a classroom with 28 students. One teacher wondered if the small groups would stay on task. It didn't take long for her to notice that all students worked collaboratively and were focused on the task at hand. Our visitors were also impressed with the ease in which the students used technology, for instance,  garage band for podcasting, keynote presentations, iMovie and the dragon app on the iPod touch, just to name a few.

Engaged and Motivated

 Our students are currently working through six stations. These are mini-inquiries that are completed and presented on the same day. In our 2 hour literacy block, students are researching, developing scripts, creating plays, writing biographies, creating iMovies for legends and myths and book trailers. The students are eating it up along with building knowledge and understanding of curriculum content. During the last block of the day, students present and share their learning to their peers.

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Until next time, happy travels!

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