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Tuesday, 31 May 2016

IGNITE 2016 Registration

Click on the link below to register for IGNITE 2016!  As sessions fill up they will begin to disappear from their time slots.  If you no longer see a session list that means it is full and you will need to make another choice.

DO NOT register for your own session.

DO NOT register for a session during the same time slot you are presenting in......

IGNITE REGISTRATION

Session Write Up

In order for people to register and in order to assign you to the spot best for your session, we require some information from you.  Please fill out this form.  Sessions that do not complete the form may not be added to the registration page and therefore might wind up with no participants!

http://goo.gl/forms/RpJ4ErQDTxDhEhkx1

Only ONE form per session please!!!

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Grade 6 Survey Time!!

We need your help!  Could you please fill out the following surveys for us?  As many as you can?

We are doing this for a math project.  We are using the data from a survey to create charts and graphs as part of our DATA unit.  Your help is greatly appreciated.  We also hope that you will take the surveys seriously and fill them out honestly as we have asked questions we genuinely want to know the answers to.  Thank you!  Love the Grade 6 class.

Enrichment Topics

Sharing Playground Equipment

Should We Get Free Time In School?

The End of Year Field Trip

IGNITE (only Grades 6 - 8 need to fill out this survey)

Would You Participate In a Rodeo?

The June Field Trip

Gym Strip

Tech Vs, Textbooks

Student Jobs

How Should The School Spend Money?

If Cremona School Were To Change The Mascot?


Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Catch That Leprechaun!

In the spirit of St. Patrick's Day, we embarked on a design challenge project that required two things:

1.  You had to design a trap to ensnare a leprechaun.
2.  It had to be a Rube Goldberg inspired invention with at least three steps.

The students brought in recyclable materials and we used plenty of other objects from around the classroom.  The reason I like this project so much is because it incorporates everything we have been learning all year long about the design thinking process, namely:  Design, Test, Iterate.....repeat!

Too often school is about trying to get everything right the first try.  There isn't much room for the allowance of failure and yet we learn so much more when we DON'T succeed rather then when we do.  This project experienced many frustrations and failures for my students.  But the best thing I heard around my room was when one of my students said, "Let's just try it guys.  If it doesn't work we'll try something else!"  Imagine if these same thoughts echoed in Math class when trying to solve a problem?

Ya, but what were they learning from this?  It looks like a time waster to me........I can totally see some people looking at this project and saying these words.

But they were learning how to take risks, to problem solve, to design an answer to a challenge question, to fail forward, to work together in a collaborative effort, to be creative, to engineer and construct a workable design model......

Measured by an assessment?  No.  But that doesn't mean learning didn't take place.  In fact, if you talk to the students about the project, I bet they'll tell you they learned a whole lot.

"What if it doesn't work?" one of my students said when it came time to show them off.  I looked at them and said, "I bet you'll be able to tell me why it doesn't work and what you would do different next time?"

Here's some pictures from our fabulous morning.  And yes, we did see some success :)











Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Origami

Today we had a special visitor in our class. Haruna Toda is visiting Canada from Japan. She told us about some of what life in Japan is like. We talked about food, local customs, and some of their pop culture. To wrap up we got to try our hand at some origami which is the Japenese Art of paper folding. 

We made Pikacihu. 




Thursday, 26 February 2015

Survey Says!

Here my students have created surveys about things they would honestly like to have answers to.  The range in topic but each survey only takes about 1 - 2 minutes to complete.  Anyone with a CESD gmail address can respond but they would like the responses to be limited to their middle school students.

Pick a survey and help us out!

http://goo.gl/forms/03NjHbF9fk - New School Playground Equipment

http://goo.gl/forms/EjBEKjRPGH - Favorite Playground Equipment

http://goo.gl/forms/CvWsZX5SuJ - After School Sports

http://goo.gl/forms/J6wwbdKFEr - Return of Concession

http://goo.gl/forms/xtlTyxHqWs - Do You Want Concession Back?


http://goo.gl/forms/ZHndHo1RJR - After School Activities

http://goo.gl/forms/jN8aPIaRRh - Special Lunch Days at School

http://goo.gl/forms/HkY9xlUKPW - Your Favorite Sport

http://goo.gl/forms/CHnrkQTA3E - Extra Curricular Activities


- Bringing Back Concession

http://goo.gl/forms/yxz9sbxZtF - How The School Day Works

http://goo.gl/forms/GAa6s0lvee - Your Favorite Sport in Gym

http://goo.gl/forms/sH0XTEpkAu - Books in the Library


http://goo.gl/forms/tNeNp8EHPE - After School Hang Outs

http://goo.gl/forms/RlO42aoNUc - Changing Some of the School Rules?


Your help is greatly appreciated.  Let us know what you thought of the surveys by leaving a comment?  Were some of the questions hard to answer?  Are you interested in any of the results?  Give the Grade 6s some feedback on the kids of questions they asked!












Friday, 13 February 2015

Iroquois Decision Making

While Athens is an example of direct democracy (everyone participates) the Iroquois is a more representative form of democracy where Chiefs are leaders. And while Athens used voting to reach decisions, the Iroquois made decisions based on consensus. We believe this stems from their goal of maintaining a peaceful society. 

We used this model of Consensus and followed the Grand Council method to see if we could come to a decision by consensus on where we should go as a class on a field trip. 

First we had clan meetings:


Then the Chiefs of each clan (as chosen by the Clan Mother) met in a Grand Council meeting to discuss the options. 


Then the clans met again in pairs to try and reach a decision. One set of clans did manage to make a decision but the other pair did not. Today we learned that making a decision by consensus is really hard!