Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Your Character

Recap: What's your sentence? +1 for any that are added to comments that show depth of thinking

Turn in your writing here:

C/D Class: Drop your slides here
E/F Class: Drop your slides here
G/H Class: Drop your slides here

CWW is the perfect time to 'step out of you comfort zone.' Use this time to really reflect what character traits you really want to show during this time. Always ask yourself, "Was I better today than yesterday?"

Monday, August 25, 2014

Rituals and Habits...

Lesson Recap,

"Our thoughts become words, our words become actions, our actions become habits and our habits become our character..."

 H/W - Due Tue (From last week)
(Rubric is in the slideshow from last week)
  • Finish your TCK poem 
  • Finish your first writing piece (look at last week's posts for further details on these tasks.
  • At the end of your writing piece write a sentence(s) saying: What you want me to learn about you through the piece and what structures you have used in your piece. 
  • READ

Example: Look at this piece from Maeve.  (click image to enlarge) Notice:
1) Length
2) She is clearly showing that she has learned something about herself 
3) She is clearly saying why this learning is important

 For Interest: Proven habits of successful students

Friday, August 22, 2014

Assessment Day

On Monday, our lesson will be about family rituals. e.g. we put out reindeer food on our lawn for Santa on Dec. 24th. Ask your parents about your family rituals. We will begin the class sharing the rituals we follow.

H/W All classes
TCK poem: Due - Tue
Turn in your first written piece for grading Due: Tue 
There will be no other H/W next week apart from Reading. Keep your log up to date.

"Why should the reader care?" Make sure your work shows why the reader should care and what you want the reader to know about yourself.
Lesson Recap with rubric attached

C/D Class: Drop your slides here
E/F Class: Drop your slides here
G/H Class: Drop your slides here

Friday Message. If you believe, you will succeed! - Optional: Leave a comment saying something that you want to work harder at over the coming weeks - win a +1

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Third Culture Kid: A Class of Triangles!

Reminders: Your videos are due tomorrow. There should be inserted in your google presentation. If you do not know how to do this, I can help you in class tomorrow.

Lesson Recap
H/W -  E/F and C/D classes ONLY. (Due Tuesday)
Third Culture Poem: What does it feel like to be in a TCK or  What were your experiences (positive/negative) when moving and making the transition? Talk about what you left behind or what you gained

Guidelines - A poem

  • An effective title
  • Approx. 12 lines
  • Poetry structure and format
  • Clear ideas and precise language
You can choose to present your ideas in a song if you choose (see example)

Optional: Watch this for inspiration

So Where's Home? A Film About Third Culture Kid Identity from Adrian Bautista on Vimeo.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

"There are just some things I won't let slide..."

What are your CORE values?

Standing for what you believe in...

H/W: All classes.  Finish your podcast that identifies what your core values are and what you, "...won't let slide...": DUE FRI - Insert your video in your slideshow. See me or a friend if you need tech help on this before Friday's class. (I will give you 15mins in class on Thur to work on this activity - G/H class - you guys had 20mins more than the other classes; therefore, you will not have class time Friday.)

Talk about 3 or 4 of your top core values.
Talk about 1 or 2 values that you would like to improve
Minimum x4 core values - Max x6 core values

For each core value you might decide to talk about a combination of:

  • Use a quote associated with the core value
  • Define the core value
  • Give one or two reasons why this value is important to you
  • Talk about situations where you have seen this core value happening in your life
  • Talk about what would happen if everybody did or didn't follow this core value
  • You own ideas

Extra Help! - Ask your parents to talk about their core values and why they are important. This might help you generate more ideas.
 Example of final product (yours will be a little longer)  2mins-4mins
Movie on 20-8-14 at 9.47 am from Russell Buxton on Vimeo.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

What I Value...

Lesson Recap
Today, we saw how writers used objects to express their feelings and emotions about a person or an idea. Writing symbolically is the next step. Sometimes the feelings a writers expresses for an object is their way of talking about how they feel about a person.

H/W - C/D Class and E/F Class only.  (Due: Thur)
Finish the writing that you started today about your special object. Possible content for your piece:
  • Clear description of the object
  • Anecdote associated with object
  • Explanation of feelings tidied to object
  • Advanced Writer Challenge: Symbolic message hidden in piece that reveals a little more about your identity and what you value   
Learning Behaviors
Based on today's performance at the start of class, what learning behaviors do you need to improve upon? - This blog post should be completed by Fri

Reminder: All Classes: Do not forget last night's H/W!

Monday, August 18, 2014

My Name

H/W. For tomorrow... bring in 2 items that represent you. Use this link to inspire you to choose objects that really represent what you value:

This video also gives you another idea. (If the object is big, bring a picture of the object)
e.g. My african statue represents my belief to give back to the world because...

H/W: All Classes
Ensure that you have at least one anecdote in your expose on your name. You can ask for your parents for the story, 'behind your name' for help.  Integrate your piece into slideshow.  Your final piece should clearly show how you feel about your name. (Due: Wed)

Approx length 16-25 lines of typed text on one or two slides.

Site 1    Site 2
Optional: Add an image to your slide associated with your text.

Read: 20-30mins EVERY NIGHT

Friday, August 15, 2014

Recap: The First Two Days

"The smartest person in the room"

Today, we discussed many of the characteristics of effective collaboration:

  • Asking questions to encourage participation
  • Using research to help decision making
  • Dividing up tasks based on people's strengths
  • Spending quality time on planning
  • Servant leader - Leading from behind
  • Being an 'upstander' (getting actively involved) not a 'bystander'

Now...Can you carry these ideas into your Math, Science, Social Studies group work projects?

The Friday Message
Will you give up when it gets tough, or will you show patience and perseverance? Win +1 for leaving a comment!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Marshmallow Challenge

Getting Digitally Organized

Reading Log

My Identity Portfolio

My 7th Grade RLA

The Power of Words

Today, you were introduced to the 'power of words'
Some major take-aways:

  • 'Fail - BIG' - Push yourself 
  • Smash out of that comfort zone!
  • Practice what you are BAD at!

H/W  (Due Fri)
Make sure you read for a minimum of 30minutes. You might be expected to discuss your reading in class tomorrow.

Write a comment under today's blog post that states something that you learned in RLA class.

Stick your 'Comfort Zone' in a special place near your desk. Take a photo of it and place the image on your blog. We will compare images in 3 months to see how you have stepped out. (Due:Next Monday)

Test: Log link

Saturday, August 9, 2014

7C RLA: Our Journey Begins

It was really wonderful to meet many of you at Open House yesterday. Your enthusiasm for the new school year certainly felt electric. I look forward to meeting everybody once classes start on Tuesday. The first two days will be orientation with your HomeBase. RLA will start officially on Thursday. In our first session together, we will be looking at 'the power of words' and how we can harness this power in our lives.  Everybody will be a little nervous on the first day of school, even your teacher! Make sure you each do what you can to reach out to others around you, especially the new faces you see around campus. 

One of the best things you can do is purposefully make the effort to introduce yourself to somebody new at recess and/or over lunchtime. - Can you imagine how wonderful that would be if everybody took the time to do or say one act of kindness to somebody they meet on Tuesday?  

"In the end, everything will be O.K. and if it's not OK, it's not the end"

Feel free to leave a comment introducing yourself and talking about what you are most excited about this year!

Friday, August 8, 2014

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