Monday, January 30, 2006
Sir Win. Churchill P.S. postponed the drama presentation of The Spirit of Harriet Tubman, by Leslie McCurdy of MASC. Ms. McCurdy will perform on March 29th, instead. We will look forward to this presentation. Artists are a welcome part of our curriculum.
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Olympic Elementary ActivitiesCheck out our latest work. We have lots of photos to record our activities. Check out our class photos. The math activity opportunities have been extensive. We have been able to talk about mathematical vocabulary: highest, lowest, placement, decimals, hundreds vs one one hundredth, mean, median and mode.
The last assignment , the day of the election, was predicting the outcome by creating a "front page" for a newspaper. The results are not yet in. The grade 7's created a Jeopardy game, during which they created questions based on Bloom's Taxonomy.
Monday, January 23, 2006
I can only ask: would the teachers who "routinely" embarrass students living in poverty please step forward? We must fix this problem.
I know, as a single parent, I have been asked to pay more than I could afford for a trip, [or Arts & Crafts supplies, or "Secret Santas", or Scholastic book orders,] when newly divorced. Women in divided families have to cough up first and last month's rent and it is a difficult position in which to find oneself. Staff was most responsive to our needs at the time. Anytime any student my colleagues suspected could not afford a trip they would approach Parent Councils who would pay the fees in a kind, caring gesture, with no one any the wiser. In one school we asked more fortunate families to donate fees, with a tax receipt, for a family who could not afford to send their child skiing. (School trips get pretty good discounts.)
What I found was that school staffs are MORE than sensitive to the needs of our students. The messages on this folder indicate how caring and concerned we are of those less fortunate. We give regularly to many Humanitarian Agencies. We care for the kids we teach. We all belong to one group or another. Parents, on the other hand, need to be able to tell their children that they cannot afford particular items. It always surprises me the children who cannot afford "school fees" - not that I agree with THAT principle, but cough up $20 for school photos a week later. But that is a parenting issue, and one which obfuscates the problem, I believe. The parent interviewed, to whom one lobby group was responding, made this complaint. It is good for kids to know their monetary limitations. When did "NO" ever hurt a child? many are up late watching TV in their bedrooms, playing their Game Boys, with homework not done and no one taking control.
It would be nice to know if there are schools in which this situation has occurred: humiliating the less fortunate, they ought to be disciplined, but I cannot imagine anyone in this caring profession doing so. We focus on the whole child. We nurture and care for kids who are facing very difficult famly situations. We look after them and continue to be the one consistency in a sometimes inconsistent life. Many children are facing increasingly difficult social, emotional and physical problems.We continue to be parent, priest, psychologist and psychiatrist to students. I would laud the work we do.
Sir Winston Churchill M.S.
A king can stand people fighting but he can't last long if people start
thinking. -Will Rogers, humorist (1879-1935)
Friday, January 20, 2006
Our school provides a monthly sign-up sheet. It means you must hustle to the sheet and plug in your times before another colleague beats you to it. We have debated the fairness of such a strategy. It ensures that there is a fresh slate each time. If you are an early bird, like me, it is a piece of cake to sign up. Otherwise, if the listt is posted after school, or while we are teaching, with noe preps, you may lose out. Some teachers abuse this and sign up for two entire days in a row, but that seldom happens.
In smaller Primary/junior schools, in which teachers are assigned one or two periods a week, they may find that they are struggling to fill the time. This is the downside to technology infusion. In this case, teachers can feel free to call on their Education Technology Integrators (ETIs), who are each assigned to a school to support teachers in their endeavours to successfully incorporate exemplary practices into their curriculum.
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Thursday, January 12, 2006
It is based on one aspect of the Election process: it could be about a candidate, a comparison of candidates in your riding, a discussion and comparison of the election process in another country. Do not forget to use COPS! Please remember to structure your paragraphs carefully.