Teacher Collaboration; fruitless mirage or effective oasis?

Collaboration has got to be more than just sharing a Google doc or a common prep. What is collaboration? What does it look like? For students? For me? For students: Real collaboration sounds loud. Kids are talking, working, laughing, and COMMUNICATING. It looks chaotic. There are most likely children strewn around the room, and they […]

Our Egg Drop "Egg"stravaganza!

Last week, on September 19th, we participated in an egg drop event with other schools in Regina. Students were asked to create vessels to protect eggs that were dropped from various heights. The egg drop project was shared between classes through Twitt…

What’s with the “window?”

This is my first official blog post.  If you are reading this, you are amazing and thank you!  After great deliberation and one official change, I have decided to call this blog “Through My Window.” Why? I am very lucky to work in a classroom treated with an entire wall’s length of windows and these […]

International Dot Day

Today was International Dot Day around the world, and grade 3 at Dr. George Ferguson decided it was important to celebrate it!

Dot Day was inspired by the book The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds. The story is about a “caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”. What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage.” (thedotclub.org)

It was time for our grade 3 class to discover our own creativity and to be reminded how much potential we each have.

We started off the day by reading The Dot and discussing the themes and important messages the story gives us. We then started planning out our art project called Dot Art, which is a picture made up of only dots. We brainstormed what we wanted our pictures to look like, and drew rough sketches.

Later in the day, we started creating our Dot Art by using wooden sticks dipped in paint to create a picture made up of tiny dots. While we were working on our Dot Art,we finished off International Dot Day with the video of the The Dot on Youtube.

We had a great time celebrating our creativity and potential today in grade 3 with International Dot Day, and can’t wait to take part next year! Check out the pictures below to get a glimpse into our day.

Let’s Get Started!

Welcome grade 6′s to my blog ‘Middle Years Minds’. This is a place where I come to reflect on what I’m doing as a professional and will be an important location for you to find building materials for your learning this year. My goal is to share with others, using this platform, challenges that we […]