This past week we began tuning into to different digital media platforms that we can use to express ourselves. This culminated in five teacher-guided workshops where students learned how to use various digital tools. We will have a similar workshop next Thursday for students to learn how to use additional tools to express themselves..
In math, we continued to build upon what we learned about patterns and began focusing on numbers and using tables to help organize the data..
In language, we learned about different literary devices, such as alliteration, onomatopoeia, and similes/metaphors. At the end of the week, the students were asked to write their own poems using these devices.
Here is some amazing work that are students created and shared using our new digital tools –
This past week, Google made several changes to their apps/websites. We can no longer use Google Hangout. We must now download the Gmail app, and within that app, you will find the different chat rooms that we used to have on Google Hangouts.
We have had several questions about Seesaw. Last year, we used individual home-learning codes, and the students could only see their own work. This year, we are using our Google logins, and as a result, the students can see each other’s work and comment on it.
Seesaw is a place where our community can share and give feedback to one another. In class, students can see other students’ work when it is displayed around the room. They also do peer editing and help one another on their tasks. Learning how to give and receive feedback is a necessary skill that students need to learn how to develop, and using Seesaw to do this is one of the important first steps.
The only people who can see other students’ work are student accounts. And again, this is a good chance for them to give feedback, reflect upon their own work and what they could do better, and to help create a a positive, trusting atmosphere in our G3 community.
Parents who have access to Seesaw should be using their own Family accounts to view Seesaw. When they use their accounts, they can only see their own child’s work. We cannot stress this enough, but Seesaw is a not a place to compare the work of different children. We realize that parents can see other students’ work if they are using their child’s account, but even then, we expect our G3 parents to have a positive attitude for anything that is shared by our students in Seesaw.
Get Epic Hours
We have had several questions from parents and students about why Get Epic is asking for you to pay money. Epic is free to use during school hours, so probably from 6am – 3pm Monday-Friday. If you try to access it after school hours, it’ll ask you to buy a family account.
Help Desk Padlet
As we move forward, with a growth mindset, please remember that learning systems and routines take time to establish so it is perfectly expected for students to be asking questions and sometimes being not sure what to do.
The Help Desk Padlet is always monitored during school hours, and we try to respond as quickly as possible. It’s also a good chance for students to help one another if they know the answer to a question.
Weekly Parent Meeting
For parents, we have a weekly meeting on Wednesday mornings at 8:15am. The link will be sent out in an email as it is against policy to post it in a public forum. If you ever have any questions or concerns, feel free to pop-in at that time and talk to the teachers.
If you have any urgent questions or concerns, you can always email your homeroom teacher directly.
The Week Ahead
Please find the planner for Week 3 – September 6 – 10 – at this link. Our new unit is about how “Digital Media provides us with many ways to express ourselves.”
Language – We are beginning a 4-week study into narrative writing. We are starting with setting and how to describe it.
Math – We are going to transition to patterns withiin numbers. We will also using the data that we have collected from our formative assessments to help better differentiate our lessons for our students’ needs
UOI – We will looking into how we can express ourselves using digital tools, such as coding and Bitmoji.
Reading – We will being doing reading groups next week. In general, students will usually have two days of guided reading group with their homeroom teacher and their EA. The other three days will usually require the students to complete independent reading tasks.
Here is what you will need for the week ahead, in both homeroom and specialist classes.
Our Daily Schedules can be found below. We will stick to this schedule as closely as we can.
As always, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact your homeroom teacher.