Monday, April 16, 2012
Getting back into the groove
In the last two weeks I received two new students, each from the Philippines. They have taken English in school but it is not their first language. They both have moms who have been working in Canada seven or eight years and now the family has been reunited. Lots of transitions. This is quite common in our school. The Philippines have many trained professionals but jobs are not plentiful there and the wages are not sufficient often to support a family.
I am very thankful for my class who are so welcoming and helpful to our new students. I can assure you it takes more than one teacher to teach a class. It takes students teaching each other for one thing. My students are great about helping each other with their math for instance or teaching each other how to use various technological tools.
The government has paid less and less of its budget on public education through the years. It's cheaper to give more money to private schools or pay for stadiums or whatever, or waste money on testing that the media and Fraser Institute try to use to compare schools.
I promise next blog no more ranting...
Just looking at my pictures you can see we had another great story telling session at Moberly Arts Centre. Everyone planted onions in the herb garden as part of our Fire theme. The session also featured some cooperative games that the students really enjoyed as well as working on our Bear and Scorpion saga... This week we also had our first Human Eyes Youth Made workshop, which the students really enjoyed as well and really made them think in different ways. Grade six students have been working on projects on poverty with our teacher librarian and the grade sevens have been finishing up their Ancient Rome projects. Most of our grade seven students spent a day at John Oliver a couple of weeks ago while the rest of the class was able to do some training to help be better Peer Helpers. You can see in the pictures that they are still making good use of the ipads. And yes we do find time for Math and Language Arts and Science and French... Busy times!