October 31

Books Take You Places

This week at Georges Vanier we joined schools from across B.C. and Canada to Drop Everything And Read: D.E.A.R.  These photos show the worlds that books can take you. The pictures were snapped in classrooms as students sat down with a good book. I used Superimpose App to change the background.  Attributions below.

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Check out more of the wonderful places a good book has taken some Vanier students and staff…
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October 7

Zooming In: Focusing on the Awesome and the Important

Neil Pasricha’s new book ‘Awesome is Everywhere’ is a fantastic resource for any classroom focusing on creating a culture of  mindfulness and self regulation. It’s powerful message celebrates the individual whilst guiding students into appreciating details, visualizing and finding the awesome in everything. It’s lyrical and descriptive words accompany stunning pictures that can’t help but catch the attention of the readers. The book works on many levels: Continue reading

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May 23

Making Patterns, Settings and Butterflies

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IMG_8394So much building and making and problem solving this week in the Learning Commons.

Students in Kindergarten used shapes to show their learning about setting. Some Grade 1 students showed learning about shapes and symmetry using Hello Crayon and their knowledge of butterflies.

And some intermediate students problem solved how to get the whole class to organize pinecones and coloured paper into one unified pattern. We also photographed our stuffed toys and turned them into readers. Continue reading

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May 2

Storytelling, Deconstruction, Photography.

Primary students so enjoyed listening to Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggie story that they asked for me to read it again. Instead I asked them to tell it to me as I turned the pages. I secretly recorded their story. So much fun!

Primary Students tell ‘Watch me Throw the Ball’ by Mo Willems from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.

We have been figuring out how best to open up a CD player and check out all the parts. We hope to arrange the pieces in the shape of a knight’s armour.

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Our ‘Stuff the Learning Commons’ is in full swing. Some primary students have been using the stuffies to practice using the camera, framing a photo and uploading to DropBox.

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We are also changing the way the books are sorted in the Learning Commons. The switch to grouping the intermediate fiction by genre has been a total success. Now we are simplifying the spine labels to make it even easier for students to find the books they love!

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April 25

Minecraft, Making Armour, Stamp Club, AppSmash

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This week we began to explore ways to use Minecraft to show learning. Some Grade 6/7 students incorporated what they know about castles into worlds that primary classes can investigate. Some primary students are also creating worlds based on the settings of Fairy Tales.

Students in Grade 3 AppSmashed Tellagami and Hello Crayon. Check out their learning:

‘Right Tighty, Lefty Loosey’ Students are de-constructing old headphones. We plan to build a suit of armour for our skeleton display. Stay tuned for updates.

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