Tuesday, 15 August 2017

In pursuit of all things green and shiny ...

Amazing leprechaun trap by Jacob.  Wowsers!

The purpose of this collaborative learning task was to help the children to see how by combining the individual strengths of the individuals in a team great outcomes can be achieved.

All the groups have worked on scripts, detailing their interactions with a wily leprechaun, and designed their own menus, offering Gaelic fare, in order to charm the leprechaun out of his gold.
The kids have also designed traps, researched the history of leprechauns, and created a spreadsheet showing how they would spend the pot of gold should they secure it.

All of these activities were designed to promote critical and creative thinking skills.   Those children who excel at maths worked out the capacity of the pot and then worked out how many gold coins it was likely to contain.  They researched the weight of an average gold coin and then worked out the current value of gold in order to calculate how much money they would have to spend.

The menus are beautifully crafted.  The creative children experimented with a variety of fonts and formatting when finishing the carefully researched dietary needs of an Irish faerie.  The history of the leprechaun has been presented in Google Slides and the traps were designed in Google Draw but constructed using hard materials.

Because of the range of activities, and the varying skills required for successful task completion, there was something for every type of learner.

Jared, Karthiga and Samuel presenting their leprechaun script. The audience loved it and it was laughter all round.  Well done guys.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Wacky Mufti - Dressing weird for Kidscan

Underwear as outerwear - all the rage on the catwalks in Paris (said nobody ever)
Rocking it in Room 2.  Nothing new there then
Twinsies - the long and the short of it

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Pounding the Pavement - teaching the legs who's boss

Cross-country training has begun in earnest (every Tuesday and Friday).  There are those who love it (admittedly few) and those who hate it, but everyone in Room 2 managed it with a smile (it could have been a grimace, I guess?) when cross-country kicked off on Tuesday.

Those who dig deep, set themselves a goal to run hard, and then manage to run a lap or two without stopping always beam with a certain pride, and that was evident during the first warm down.

There are those who can't quite manage the whole course yet, but with the determination to improve their fitness it won't be long till they are running like pro marathon runners (okay, maybe not quite, but still...).

Go hard Room 2! :-)

Monday, 31 July 2017

The Teacher as a Learner

A picture paints a thousand words ...

Proof that you are never too old to learn and that a growth mindset is critical in setting up our 21st century learners.  Thank you Mrs Poole for giving me a shove in the right direction. #codingiscoming

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Go New Zealand!!!!

Our promotional brochures are progressing nicely.  The kids are working collaboratively? Check. The kids are learning how to use new forms of technology? Check.  The kids are increasing their knowledge of our unique kiwi culture?  Check. The kids are learning to format their work in a challenging new way? Check. Emirates Team New Zealand won the America's Cup today? Check.

So, all and all, another great day in Room 2? Check!
Or should that be check mate? ;-)  Or check bro? :-)  Or check... heck...

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

She'll be 'right mate!

What does kiwi culture look like?  

Today the kids had to brainstorm what kiwi culture looks like.  They formed into groups of four, where the rules dictated no discussion was allowed.  Each person had to contribute to the list their ideas on what our culture looks like. Piece of cake, right?  Yeah, nah bro.    
          A voting system was then used to decide on the five most important items on the list. (The photos attached were taken prior to the voting process.)  The kids did not know it then, but from tomorrow they will begin shaping a marketing campaign that will promote New Zealand culture and identity to an international audience. Reckon it'll be sweet as, but they'll have to go hard out, eh?
        The kids will have to decide on a marketing strategy and then present their ideas to a panel that will consist of the teacher (me!) and three of their peers (whose names will be pulled from a hat).  Reckon that they'll be mint,eh?  It'll be choice cuz!
              As part of their campaign, they will have to sell the idea of New Zealand's unique culture, and so in keeping with this, we will also be looking at Kiwi colloquialisms/slang and iconic New Zealand attractions (specifically the kiwi obsession with sculptures of big fruit, veges and animals).   
          Selling our natural beauty would be too easy.  Here's hoping they'll be all good. 

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Our wallets ARE the very essence of design thinking

Design thinking is the search for a magical balance between intuition and logic, concept and execution
Design is not just what it looks like and feels like.  Design is how it works - Steve Jobs
Design is a behaviour

Design is thinking made visual - Saul Bass