Sep 13, 2015

Perseverance and Rock Holder Task

It's that time of year again when I introduce the word Perseverance. As part of the Rock Investigation, I use the Rock Holder activity to see which students persevere and which have difficulty. I want students to always try their best and in grade two some really don't know to do that. By introducing perseverance, my goal is to get students to keep trying until they are successful with their task. We revisit tasks and discuss how they could be improved. As I've been this year, "You're never done!" A student actually repeated this to another when he said he was done. You could see the grin on his face as he was saying it to another boy. 

The Rock Holder task involves this:
• They are only allowed one piece of paper
• No glue, tape or staples
• The rock holder must be stable. Should support a rock either by itself or with one hand. 
• I'm watching to see who can persevere and what questions they are asking me. 
This task is possible for grade 2's to accomplish with some perseverance. 
Here's what my students came up with this year.

Jun 13, 2015

Happiness is...

I decided to try something new this year in art. We always assume that students just like working with paint, paper and other art supplies to create images, designs and to express themselves. I come from a graphic design and art background but that doesn't mean I always like using the traditional mediums to be creative. 
This year, our classroom received Chromebooks and many students seemed interested in playing with Google Draw after we had done several activities with it in social and language arts. I took that interest and used an art project I usually do with construction paper (in the past, it has turned out fabulously) and modified it to be used with Google Draw. 
I think the results are outstanding. We worked for 3 45 minute periods. The students learned to overlap, copy and paste, add colour, different line thicknesses and to be creative in a totally different way. I even had a student who accidentally figured out how to add colour to the background but it then disappeared. He spent 45 minutes trying to figure it out and then proceeded to show EVERY student in the class how to do it. Good for him for problem solving. 
I am completely impressed with the amount of work students put into these images. If you feel like it please provide them with some feedback or comments. 

Jun 8, 2015

Thinglink Interactive Ladybug Assignment

Here is an example of the final product you're going to be working on for your Bug Unit. Mine is not complete but it is a good start. 

Apr 26, 2015

Our Past

Watch the video and answer the questions. You can always go back and re-watch a part if you need to.

Mar 6, 2015

New Look

Sometimes a new look is just what you need. Spring is on it's way, at least we hope it is, and I've grown tired of the distractions around the page. I think this looks more professional and cleaner. Hope you like it as well. 
Wanting to share more with you but sometimes there just isn't enough time in our day. Please keep coming back to visit.