For the past four weeks, we have been taking science sessions at Tamaki College. We have been creating our own moon rover based design with only cardboard, glue, straws, and skewer sticks. The rover was only allowed to be powered by rubber bands. We had been split into two classes since there were so many of us, and at the end we all came together and had a competition to see who's rover would go the furthest.
Wednesday, 9 December 2015
Below are screenshots of comments I have made on a friend's, students, different school, and class blog giving positive, helpful, and thoughtful feedback. It is the new to teach students who were doing blog commenting in a different way, that this is the best way! The poster informs us on what we should include in a comment. This reminds us of how to properly write a comment.
Tuesday, 1 December 2015
In Term 1, we wrote a letter to our Term 4 future selves listing goals we want to achieve by the time we re-open that letter in Term 4. We opened that letter today and responded with whether we achieved those goals, and our other achievements this year! Below is the reply I wrote:
L1: To reflect on personal goals set in term 1
Dear Term 1 me,
What a journey it’s been! Three terms have gone by so fast, and it’s unfortunate that this term is going to be my last… But lets not drown ourselves in negativity, you have been an awesome presenter this year! - and fantastic leader might I add. You have accomplished more than you had wanted and ever thought you could! Before I gloat, you’re still working on fractions unfortunately, but you’re getting there. Slowly, but eventually, you will master this! You started using a thesaurus but got slack half way through the year, but your vocabulary has improved a lot since the beginning of the year; it shows in your writing sample. You have memorised your 12x12 and 12x11 multiplication, I don’t even remember how you got confused with these now. You have been reading a lot this year and have gained a new favourite book thanks to fine - Red Queen. You're still waiting for the second book. The highlights of this year has to be our writing improvements, speech contest, and camp. You had gone from a level 4a to 6b! The highest score in PBS, alongside fine. You also came second in the speech competition which was more than amazing! It was even more special that you went through it with a bestie! Camp was an unforgettable experience and we can't wait until our next! Prize giving is coming up and it looks promising, also graduation and college is something to look forward to. That’s all for now, until next time xox
From, Term 4 you <3
Wednesday, 25 November 2015
Today I represented Panmure Bridge School at the Panmure Yacht club to an audience of teachers. Each school in the Manaiakalani Cluster had one representative who presented a digital learning object in their classroom. I decided to showcase a google poster I created earlier this year based around the Maori Pioneer Battalion. My challenge was to write a letter to the editor sharing my reasons why conscription of men who the government has disappointed should not be allowed. All students that had contributed to the presenting today did excellently and we all encouraged each other. It was nice meeting new people and we all said our goodbye's - for now. Below is the presentation I showcased. Hopefully you like it as much as everyone else did.
Thursday, 19 November 2015
Room 6 and Room 5 (my class) worked collaboratively together in critical partners to go over one person's writing sample from term 1 and term 4. My partner (Linda) and I decided to work on her writing sample's instead of mine. To correct her work and see what level she is working at and what she needs to do to get to the next level, we used the room 5 writing rubric. The Room 5 writing rubric is a presentation a group of students in Room 5 including myself created for students who found it difficult to understand the teacher rubric to use ours and easily understand what it means. We went over all six slides (rubrics), punctuation, vocab, organisation, sentence structure, structure and language, and ideas. In the comments section, we worked together to find her mistakes and what she had done right. When we figured it out, we listed in the comments what these were. This helped Linda know what she has right and what she needs help with. The rubric told her what level she is at and what she needs to do to get to the next level. We used suggestions to fix up her Term 4 writing sample so she could understand her mistakes and how to fix them and how easily it is to fix. We worked collaboratively helping each other and giving critical feedback.
Monday, 16 November 2015
This is the ifaketext my partner (zeba) and I created on the axel and wheel history. It gives you a brief rundown of the history of why everyone under three feet was executed. We list all the reasons we know and try make it simple to understand.
This is the google poster my group and I created giving you information about a lever. This is based around 'simple machines'. Our science topic. We wrote down in less than 25 words a short explanation of what a lever is. We also included the defintion of the three words present on the image so you understand it more simply.