Easter Break

Some of the best posts are the ones written about what we do in our spare time or on holidays. Well, the students this time have put me to shame as they’ve been blogging like crazy about their Easter break. So this post is a little about my own Easter break.

I had an awesome time catching up with my brother and his family for his birthday up in the hills. They’ve got a beautiful place overlooking the countryside and we had a fun, relaxing time. I also went to the new Perth Stadium to watch Fremantle Dockers win their first home game of the new season. Finally, I fitted a new green soft top to my beloved MGF. I can’t even begin to tell you how difficult it was (it took me 2 days), but the result is worth it. Check out my pics below. While you’re here, have a look at these awesome holiday blogs: Emily, Isabelle, Kori, Louise, Imani, Tahlia.

My MGF

Perth Stadium

The Fall of Rome

Well, boy oh boy (or girl oh girl), do we have a challenge?! Mrs Engleright, a Social Studies teacher from Colorado, has invited us to comment on her students’ blog posts on the topic of the fall of Rome. I’ve already had a little peep and the standards are impressively high. This means we’ll have to be at our very best with our reading and our writing if we’re to add comments for them to read. It’s a big challenge, so, “Can we do it? Of course we can – I hope!”

More Super Bloggers

I can honestly say that some of my students have blown me away with their blogging. One reason may be that, for the first time ever, I’ve had students coming into my class who had a blog during their previous year. Not only have they completed their first blogging task, but they’ve also been keeping me up to date with their busy, busy lives. Some to check out are: Dorian, our very own gamer blogger, well worth a read if you’re into gaming; Tahlia, our most prolific poster who has a wonderful style to her writing; and Isabelle, whose incredibly busy life will have you feeling tired just reading about it. Have a read and leave them a friendly comment.

Blogging Task #1

Now the practice is over it’s time to get down to some serious work. We’ve been tidying our blogs, setting up posts and commenting on each others’ blogs so we should be ready to start looking further afield; in this case, further afield is Canada! I want you to take a look at Mr Ewert’s blog and scroll down to find his students. Pick one or two of the students, read their posts and leave a comment. We must remember to use all our commenting rules and skills: we must use the appropriate salutation (say Hi…); we must check that we’ve used complete, well written sentences; we must use manners and polite language; we must be positive and never criticise; we must write more than one line and relate the comment to the post. If you’re unsure, check with me first. Let’s spread our wings and start flying around the world (is that too cheesy?)!

Binary Bracelets

If I was to say 01000011 01101000 01110010 01101001 01110011 you probably wouldn’t know what I was talking about, although I think I’d be more worried if you did, to be honest. Well, I just wrote my name – in binary code. Binary is the basic language of computers and we’ve been looking at it in class. We started by making pictures of our names in binary on Google Drawings, but then we got really creative. We got out the beads, grabbed some elasticated stringy stuff and made some brilliant, binary bracelets. Frustratingly (or humorously, depending on your perspective), a few students had some mishaps and their beads slid off – several times. However, with some plucky persistence we managed to finish (well some did) as you can see in the images below.

Emily

Maddox

Maddie

Just Bowled Over

Last Friday some of us had a day out. This, though, wasn’t any ordinary day out, it was the local inter-school cricket tournament. We have an incredible record in cricket, especially considering one of our girls’ teams once beat everyone else in Western Australia and represented the state at the famous MCG in Melbourne. This tournament was the first step in our cricket journey this year and, true to form, the students did themselves proud. We excelled our expectations with two of the girls teams winning the A and B divisions and the boys winning their A division. It was a fabulous day and we have to thank our awesome Sports teacher, Mr Jones, for all his time and effort. Check out Maddox below as he fires in another demon ball.

Maddox

You-beaut Bloggers

It may sound like a big claim but blogging is one of the very best activities I’ve ever introduced into a classroom. From practicing online safety and copyright to developing creativity and improving reading and writing skills, blogging is an incredible tool for any teacher. It also allows students to develop ICT skills and explore wider social interaction, especially when we communicate with others around the world. The students in LA14 are up and running with their own blogs and some have taken to it like ducks to water. If you want to see, have a look at Emily’s blog (scroll down to hear her amazing podcast) and Tahlia’s, they’re both amazing!

BYOD

Ask any teacher in a government school in Australia and I can guarantee that they’ll tell you there’s never enough access to technology in class (well, I would). Recently we’ve bitten the bullet, dipped our toe and jumped right in to a “bring your own device” (BYOD) programme where the students bring in their iPads or tablets to use in class. From my perspective, this has been very long overdue and has been a great asset to the students. They arrive in class eager to get working and I’ve been able to utilise much more technology than I used to. Some photos below show the students hard at work.

Maths Symmetry

Who says maths can’t be fun? We learnt about rotational symmetry during our first few weeks and decided to put it to a real world use. We went on a mini excursion to the staff car park and used our iPads and tablets to take photos of the wheels we saw. We then used Google Drawings to create these rotational symmetry images. The two below are from Louise and Emily.

Louise

Emily R

New Year, New Ideas

Sometimes you’ve simply got to pause and take a breath. Unfortunately, even though we’re only into our third week we’re moving so fast, doing such great things and starting some cool new projects that there’s not a pause anywhere in sight anytime soon. We blasted through place value, decimals and symmetry in maths; we’ve started podcasts, created character analyses and developed viewing skills in English; we’ve begun to integrate our technology by learning to make music, editing images and audio, developing our online safety skills and starting Google Drive and Classroom. This is just a part of what we’re doing! Is it too soon to start thinking of the end of term break?