3C have been exploring our third line of inquiry - 'How an effective community can accomplish common goals' and inquiring into what the social skill of cooperation looks like in action.
We have been trying to solve many difficult team problems (photos below) and then reflecting on what attributes made for a successful community. We also reflected on the roles that we played within a group dynamic and how communication between each other is so important when coordinating a team.
Math Investigations - VARK
We have been exploring the different learning styles - V.A.R.K (Visual, Audio, Reading and Kinesthetic), by experimenting which style works best for each of us when faced with a tricky mathematical problem.
After the test we reflected (we reflect alot in Grade 3) and discussed which learning style worked best for us in this challenge and why. We have also been thinking about how we approach a challenge depends on what it is and what skills, attitude and mindset is needed to be successful.
If you would like to have a go at the 'Zombie Bridge' challenge then click on the video below, just remember to pause it before they give the answer.
Grade 3 have been working very hard the last week or so to improve their dictionary skills and be able to sort and order words into alphabetical order. Hopefully these skills, which we practiced through lots of fun games, will result in the children using a dictionary with much more confidence when writing independently.
De Bono's 'Thinking Hats'
Edward De Bono was born in Malta in 1933. He was a successful psychologist who published many books about thinking and, more importantly, the process of what happens when we think or are faced with a tough problem. In 1985 De Bono published 'Thinking Hats' and that is the area of his work we have focused on in class.
The Thinking Hats depict the different ways we can react to a problem. It allows us to think about which hat will solve each problem successfully. Does the problem require a green hat? (an innovative and creative answer) Or does it maybe require a white hat? (lots of analysis of facts and information) etc.
We have been analysing which hats we wear in different situations and if they are successful or not. The hats will be displayed in class throughout the year now and hopefully when the children come across an obstacle they will take a few moments to consider what hat may offer the most successful solution.
This week the children have been taking part in the MAP test. MAP stands for Measure of Academic Progress. As it was the first time the children had carried out this type of computerised testing it was a little strange for them at first, but by the end of the second test everyone was very relaxed and just trying their best (which is all they can do).
The data that I will receive back by the end of the month from MAP is very comprehensive and will help to break down each child's strengths, as well as highlighting (in detail) the skills and areas that each child needs to develop further.
Please note that MAP is just one of many different assessments that are performed throughout the year. The results from MAP will be shared with you after we have received them and there will then be a workshop for parents explaining about the data and how it is then used by the teachers to help your children progress.
Growth Mindset (Video) of the Week
This is one of my favourite videos of all time and is a great one to watch as a family (if you have time) over the weekend. So many prompts for discussions about what real happiness is, what small acts of kindness we can each offer and about the difference we can make to the lives of other people.
Thursday 21st September - Peace Day - everyone to try and dress in white.
Friday 22nd September - 3 Way Conferences - the schedule should have been sent out today to you. Please be on time, as if one person is late then there is a large knock on effect for everyone else. Also, prior to the conference Grade 3 will be sending you each a form to fill out with your child about creating an academic and social target. We will also be asking you what areas you wish to focus on during the conference.
Thank you for helping your children take photos of Flat Stanley in different parts of Tashkent. This is part of a project that we are helping an IB school in Milan do. The aim is to get photos of Flat Stanley in every country of the world, this is a huge challenge and one that 3C are trying to assist with by taking care of the Uzbekistan section. It links wonderfully to our current line of inquiry and shows what can happen when we work together to 'accomplish a common goal'.
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