Connectivity and connectivity

Spent the long weekend this weekend in Nikko, Japan, a beautiful spot in the mountains. The air was fresh, the water cool, and the mountains green and lush with a hint of fall colors beginning. There were people in Nikko–tourists–but not as many as I thought. We wandered the temple grounds taking photos that were […]

Typhoon Day

School is closed, and we’re waiting for the Typhoon to hit. Hope all are safe. Right now, the weather is calm, and the rain has slowed down. For home learning today, there are several things you can do. 1. Make sure your homework and literature circle book and worksheet are completed well for tomorrow. Remember […]

Email subscriptions

Hello! I attempted to add all parents as email subscribers to the blog, so ideally when a new blog post happens from 5B, you will hear about it. The blog is our main communication site and gives you a window into your student’s learning, so please enjoy and comment! If you don’t want this, please […]

21st Century Learning

First day of my networked educator workshop, and mind is spinning. By the end of today, I had added social bookmarks via diigo, set up my Google Reader and subscribed to feeds from news magazines to a blog called “Langwitches” and tweeted or twat my first tweet. New language, new brain learning. All good, I […]

Literature Circles Begin

This week, students began their first literature circle. A literature circle is a book group where students are assigned roles, a book and come to meetings prepared to discuss. Students learn to ask and answer open-ended questions, to enjoy discussing together and explaining their thinking. Our first books are biographies of Louis Braille, the inventor […]