Firstly, I would like to start with a warm welcome to both new and returning families. I hope all of your summers were full of fun and some relaxation too.
I am very excited by the year ahead and I am looking forward to taking your children on a journey full of exciting inquiries and learning.
Grade 3 'Open House' event / Picnic
The Grade 3 Open House is this coming Tuesday (22nd). The event will start off with a talk by Ms Jan in the Elementary building at 3.30PM and will then move to the 3C classroom. At this point Mr Shawn and myself will be able to present an outline of the year ahead and answer any questions that you may have.
Please note that the year group picnics are now scheduled to take place outside after the Open House. So, please bring some food too and use this great opportunity to get to know the other Grade 3 parents.
WHO WE ARE Unit of Inquiry
Our first unit of inquiry is 'Who We Are' and our first central idea is 'Our choices as individuals and a community define who we are'. For the first week we have been connecting to this central idea by exploring who we are as individuals and as a class community. Next week we will continue to unpack this central idea and begin our first line of inquiry.
Please find below a selection of photos from our first week. A nice balance of inquiry, play and getting to know each other.
We have started the year with lots of focus on how we can create growth mindsets. How we can understand that our brains are muscles that can be trained and strengthened. This mindset is imperative for the year ahead and will help us all develop strategies to overcome obstacles and challenges that we encounter.
There are some pictures (below) from our growth mindset puzzle. Then there is a video of the children hard at work trying to solve shape problems that their peers created. There is lots of effort, focus and commitment to the task on display. All attributes that build a growth mindset.
Last year 3C started a very exciting new initiative of using a class Twitter account to express their learning, emotions and progress. This is something that hopefully the new 3C will want to continue. There are many benefits of using Twitter in education.
Primarily, Twitter gets the children to think about summarising their learning into a 140 character message. This helps them to think of the main concepts and what they have taken away from their learning. Twitter also allows the children the chance to connect with other classes around the world and to take part in lots of fun projects (3C worked with classes from Australia and China last year). Also, having their ideas shared with the wider world is very exciting for the children and really celebrates their progress. Finally, regular tweeting allows parents (who follow) to see what is happening each day in class and to see what experiences their children are having each day.
So, please consider signing up to Twitter (if you are not there already) and following Grade 3 on their adventures. Click on the link at the bottom of this blog post to connect to @grade3tis
The children enjoyed this video as it echos our class message for the year - 'Never EVER give up!'
Have a wonderful weekend and I look forward to seeing many of you on Tuesday at the Open House. If in the meantime you have any questions or queries, please contact me at email@example.com
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