During the week before the holiday (for anyone not in Western Australia we’re on a two week break) we had a sports carnival with several other schools in our area. As usual, I was in charge of the girls’ soccer team and, as usual, we did very well. We played against a total of six other teams, winning our first five games with big scores. However, it was a long day and the rains came down with a vengeance – it was horrible! It was a relentless downpour and the girls were soaked through to the skin and shivering with the cold. Nevertheless, they smiled all the way through, did their little celebration dance with each goal and gave every last drop of energy they had. Unfortunately the girls came up against a team whose players play soccer for clubs out of school and they lost the final game, giving them a hugely deserved second place. I only managed to take a few pics (all of Lexie) due to the downpour which came through shortly after.
Anyone familiar with this blog will know that using technology to support and develop creativity is a very important part of my philosophy. Technology can be used for many things, but students find it most stimulating when they can develop their skills whilst learning something new and producing something creative. This here is another production using the Brushes app on the iPad and I’m sure you’ll agree they look great.
This is something we’ve never done before but it’s something I’ve wanted to do for quite a while. Blogging is one thing, but doing a vlog takes it to the next level and gives the reader (or viewer) a new way of connecting with us. So, after a few trials, we ended up with this; it doesn’t need any explanation, it sort of explains itself!
As part of our English activities we’ve been using Meccano in the classroom. Meccano is such a fabulous tool with a huge educational value. Besides helping the students develop their problem solving skills and their construction skills, it is also great for their literacy development. The students are having to cooperate in pairs (boy and girl) as they attempt to read, decipher and follow the fairly complex instructions. The instructions are all visual, the type that Ikea tend to use, but a lot more detailed and complex with steps having to be followed in clear stages. As well as requiring good reading skills, the students have to use clear, polite and constructive conversation skills to overcome any difficulties they encounter. This activity also has connections to the topic of robotics and digital technologies, which some students will be choosing to follow in high school. The instructions are very similar to an algorithm and must be followed closely. When finished they should have a great model with battery operated, working parts. The photos below show a couple of finished models.
The title pretty much sums up my class (well, most of them) and lately they’ve been very spoilt. A couple of weeks ago the girls took part in an inter-school football competition (Aussie rules football) and ended up winning the trophy. Then last week some students from the special football programme at the local senior high school came to hold a football clinic with the girls and the boys. They had an absolutely great time and showed off their trophy winning talents. Check out the photos below (apologies for the poor quality, it was a pretty dull day).
Once again here I am, writing about how I rarely write a post giving a shout-out to a student who’s been pulling out all the stops on their blog. I think I’ve written more “Blogger of the Week” posts this year than ever before and I guess I’ll be writing many more. This time the blogger in the title is You Jung. Her posts are varied and really interesting, especially the recent podcast she did with her friends, Hayley and Lexie. Check her out and leave a comment.
This blogging task is all for a good cause. If you’re anything like me there’ll be a number of issues in the world that cause you to get a little frustrated. Amongst the many that concern me are: climate change, deforestation, animal extinction, equal rights, plastic pollution, marriage equality, whale hunting, renewable energy, puppy farms, child labour, poverty, slave labour, girls’ rights, freedom of speech… I could actually go on and on and on! These are, in my opinion, just a few of the most important issues of our time and are well worth fighting for. It’s a great thing to get behind a good cause, it gives people a sense of purpose and meaning in life, not to mention the satisfaction of knowing they’re trying to achieve some good in the world.
Do you have a cause that you’d like to be part of? Is there something happening in the world that makes you frustrated? Is there something you’d like saved? Is there something you’d like stopped? Use your blog to shout out for a good cause or a big issue.
Guilty! Yes, it was me. I was the one who did it, who sentenced the students of LA14 to a term of hard labour. Not that they’ve done anything wrong (not criminally), they just happen to be the victims of a cruel circumstance – the cutting short of the term by one week! Unfortunately our (usually) ten week term is having to be squeezed into an itty-bitty nine week term; thank goodness swimming was cancelled or it would be even worse! I now find myself having to crack the whip, metaphorically speaking, as we crack on apace and try to serve our time. Who knows, if they keep their heads down, do their bird and finish their porridge the students (and myself) may just find themselves enjoying a well earned bout of parole at the end.
Now and again (very rarely to be honest) I post about an exceptional blog, one that isn’t just regular with lots of posts but is actually really interesting to read. This time the blog belongs to Tahlia. It’s an exceptional blog that gives the reader a great insight into Tahlia and her fabulous family and is well worth having a look. Check it out here.