Good morning to you on this crisp, cold day. Yes, the temperatures have gone down this week here in Toronto and I have had to wear my winter coat when on outdoor duty at school. Right now I can hear the frigid wind howling outside and I am not looking forward to going out to do my weekly grocery shopping.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that the week ended on a positive note. As I locked my classroom door yesterday afternoon, I had a sense of satisfaction that all my assessments and marking are up to date. This week my students presented their projects for the inquiry on structures (designing and building a structure with recyclable materials) and the presentations went well. The children had done their best work and were very proud to show and explain to their classmates what they had done. In addition to building with boxes and cylindrical shapes, my students had the opportunity to build a windmill with moving parts using wood, a hammer, and nails (refer to Wednesday’s post on woodworking). On Wednesday afternoon, I gave the children a chance to decorate their windmills and paint them. Their work was the envy of others when they carried the completed project home after school.
Nothing eventful has happened in the past week aside from completing a unit of work in class. I have started a new inquiry in the classroom with my children – we are to explore Living Things. I have many ideas whirling about in my head but I shall only put them into practice once I have done the Demonstration Classroom with my collegue. My focus right now is preparing for the morning that is to happen in about two weeks. We have introduced the children to Popplet, the app we will be using, and I have offered the children vocabulary games to play. I look forward to seeing what the next week will bring.
Even though all my marking is up to date, this weekend I will spend some time planning as well as creating some cards to add to my word wall of animals. During our class discussion, the children came up with many words that I did not think of. I would like to add their contribution to the wall in order to make the vocabulary list more relevant to them.
If we were having coffee, I would wish you well for the following week. I forsee a busy one for me which will hopefully end on a high note.
What would you tell me if we were having coffee?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016
(This post is linked to the Weekend Coffee Share hosted by Diane, The Part-Time Monster)