Thursday, 30 October 2014

A Day in The Life of Middle S

Starting our day, with Christian Meditation
Developing an understanding of the Italian language and culture with Senora

Preparing a Question Web in Inquiry/Literacy

Analysing the organisational features of a text we will use in Inquiry/Literacy
Positive Education
Halloween Art

Today in Maths we did something a little different. Can you work out what it was?...
 I really liked learning from other people. Jamie was using the long number chart and using 2 colours, one for odd and one for even to do number patterns – Natasha
 I thought it was good, because Riley and Cooper were showing us different strategies like, …- Sienna
 I liked being a student teacher because I felt comfortable doing it. I stopped counting with my fingers and did it in my head. Having to explain it helped with this. We all did different sums and then we had to give it to another person to work it out – Cooper
 Molly – I felt safe and trusted Jamie to help me learn. He described it really clearly and the patterns were clear and he went over them with a texta to make them stand out and be separate. If you’re a teacher, it lets you have lots of responsibility.
 Grace - It was good because Ms Scott taught me new skills and we were using the unifix blocks to do division by putting them into groups Jenny - I forgot how to do division and Angelo asked us to put blocks into groups. We also did equivalence sums and now I know what they are, which is one sum where there are 2 sums, but they both have to equal the same thing.
 Lachie - doing equivalent sums with Angelo helped me by him explaining that it has to be equal to the number next to it
 Jamie - I thought it was fun being the teacher, because I decided to do doubles with odds and evens. I explained that one colour was odd and the other was even. and that every second one was odd or even and that made them get better at odds and evens and doubles
 Natalia - Cooper and Riley taught me trading in 4 digit addition by explaining...
 Angelo - It was good teaching people because it made me explain things a bit better than I usually do. I think everyone in my group learnt how to do equivalence a bit better.
 Aerodyne - I thought it was good that we got to choose the area of Maths we would work on, because we might have worked on something we already knew
 Jacob - Ms Scott helped me because me by explaining how to do division by making groups.
 Ryan - I liked being with Angelo because he is one of my friends and I can easily ask him something. It really helped me how to work out equivalence sums
 James - I thought other students teaching you was good because they can expand your knowledge coming out of their knowledge. It helped me work out equivalent sums - the same answer for both sums
Jack - I learnt by Ms Scott, to get unifix and get them into groups with division

Friday, 17 October 2014

Mystery Skype

Today, we had the very special pleasure of doing our first "Mystery Skype". Mrs Coffa organised it with her friend Anne at a high school in country Victoria. We asked lots of questions about...

Working together

Yesterday, in Maths, we split into 2 groups - grade 4's and grade 3's and worked on one task - matching lots of analogue and digital times (to the nearest minute or 5 minutes).
Sometimes working together in large groups can be challenging. Below are some of our thoughts on what worked well and what we could improve on. What do you think is helpful when large groups of people work together?

- I think that this lesson was really fun because there was a lot of team work and it was also fun because all the grade 4's could work together and every one had their own role - Cooper
- Today I thought that maths was good, because the grade 3's (that barely work together) got to work together - Aerodyne S
- I think today was fun because we could share what we discovered in the end and I think we all worked together really well - Jamie
- I think it was really good because we got the chance to work together. We were collaborating well and it was fun - Molly
- I think it was really fun because we got to work with people we don't always work with. We worked as a team and not on our own - Natalia
- It was good because we were cooperating well and there were some ups and downs but the rest was ok (like arguing) - Jake
- I thought it was good, because we all worked together and sometimes it can be easier to learn when you're with other people, because you can work it out together - Grace
- We got to learn from other people and you get to learn more about them and new thing about time - Natasha
- It was really good because we all worked together as a team, by one person finding the digital clock and the other the analogue clock then showed the rest of our team who would say if it was right or not and why - Sienna
- It was really fun because everyone had a role in the team - Riley
- We didn't argue with each other, so we worked better together and got the clock poster done - Jenny

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Evaluation form for Fractions Challenges

This week we are doing fraction challenges in class. After each one we will fill in the evaluation form below. Let us know what you think...

Our Term 3 Learning about Australian History

Name Reflection on the learning of history this term and our presentations today Tara This morning in Middle S ...