December 12

Thinking about Kindness, Consideration and Joy

In the Learning Commons, students are contributing to posters that show meaningful ways they are celebrating kindness and growth in their lives. Five stations ask questions that students are encouraged to think about. We tried to avoid the idea of store bought gifts or monetary goals but focused on ‘ideas that speak to your heart’. Here are a few photos of the stations and the questions we are discussing.

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December 8

Creating Winter Trees with glitter everywhere : )

In a collaborative effort, two Grade 3 classes contributed to the making of a set of trees to decorate the Learning Commons. Given time constraints, I hot glued the pine cones into the small dixie cups in advance. Activity  linked to Winter Trees by Carole Gerber.

The first class painted the base and the green tree. This allowed the first coat to dry before the next class added the white paint and glitter. 

Rather than each student have to leave the room for clean up, or try to squeeze to use the sink in my office, I put out a shallow container of soapy water and a pile of paper towels.

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December 5

Quick PicVid Stitch to show learning about Japan

In the Learning Commons Gr 2/3 students tinkered with PicVid Stitch App. We thought it might be a good way to show a number of images at the same time. We looked for pictures in books and items in our library that show what we have learned about Japan.

We are looking forward to experimenting with the Video feature of this app. Students had to figure out camera angles as well as how to export their work to the camera roll and then upload to Dropbox.

Using Pic Vid Stitch to show learning about Japan from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.

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December 1

Sushi on the menu

Students in Grades 2 and 3 were very interested in learning about how Japanese restaurants sometimes have plastic food on display to show what’s on the menu. We created our own Japanese window menu by creating sushi for display.

We used electrical tape, cotton balls, fabric scraps, popsicle sticks and small sized paper plates. Each table group created 2 or 3 plates together using glue sticks. I pre-cut the tape as it can get pretty sticky.

Due to time constraints, I also pre-cut the fabric, but this wouldn’t be necessary in the classroom.  I used a glue gun to ensure the ‘chopsticks’ wouldn’t fall off and to attach the plates to our red background. The font style is Matura Script

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December 1

‘Stepping up’ to Kindness

Students in Grade 3/4 shared Jaqueline Woodson’s story ‘Each Kindness’ and discussed how we show kindness to others. Here is how we completed the activity during a one library period.

The students used card sentence strips which are pre-cut with a writing line. I photocopied ‘Kindness is_________’ in large bold font to help students gage the size of their printing. These were easily trimmed and lightly glued at each end to the cards. I used oversized tape to attach the strips to the steps. They could have been laminated but the heavy duty tape worked well too.

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November 29

New #SOGI Resources

SOGI 1 2 3 was created by ARC Foundation in collaboration with the BC Ministry of Education, BC Teachers’ Federation, UBC Faculty of Education,  and local, national and international LGBTQ community organizations. We look forward to collaborating with school districts across BC, BC Principal’s and Vice-Principal’s Association, BC School Superintendents Association, BC School Trustees Association and BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils. We are working together to address the immediate need to support marginalized LGBTQ students by effecting rapid and progressive change in attitudes, policies, and practices toward creating safer and more inclusive school environments for all students.” www.sogieducation.org

Below are some of our more recently arrived resources. Click here for a comprehensive list of  the top 73 additions to our growing collection.

The Boy and the Bindi by Vivek Shraya. (2016) A five-year-old boy becomes fascinated with his mother’s bindi, the red dot commonly worn by South Asian women to indicate the point at which creation begins, and wishes to have one of his own. Rather than chastise her son, she agrees to it, and teaches him about its cultural significance, allowing the boy to discover the magic of the bindi, which in turn gives him permission to be more fully himself.

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November 26

Updated: Indigenous Resources to Support Personal and Social Core Competencies

This document explores how Indigenous resources might support Social Emotional Learning Core Competencies in B.C.’s new curriculum. Focus is on Personal Awareness and Responsibility and Social Responsibility.

Titles were selected as authentic Indigenous sources or are resources selected and shared by the District Aboriginal Department. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list but rather to provide a window into how Indigenous titles may be used to reach school-wide SEL goals.

Indigenous perspectives have also been outlined as well as a final section on further supportive digital resources. See also links to resources for discussing Residential Schools and a full list of our Indigenous resources.

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November 24

There’s an App for That: Creating Kindness Ideas

We focused on creating opportunities to show kindness and shared some #KindnessCounts stories. Students were encouraged to imagine a Kindness App that would help spread our kindness message. We reused the inserts that came with some replacement iPad covers. Students designed an icon for their app and described what the app could do. Check out our Social Emotional Learning Book List here.

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