Monday, April 8, 2013
Visual Journals etc.
I don't remember too much about the week prior to the two week Spring Break. Somewhere in there was a field trip to the MacMillan Space Centre to enhance our Earth Science unit; we went bowling. There was also a great deal of report card writing on my part.
The report cards didn't go home until after the Spring Break, this Friday. The public probably has no idea how much time and effort go into report cards. A bit different than my fourth grade report card that other than marks just said, "Good Work"!
And then after handing out report cards, I made the mistake of reading my students' Foundation Skills
Well, I try to be a positive person, so I am not going to dwell on this, in this column.
Earlier, I had written about the beginnings of our visual journal project. And my class is into it. Only one or two small journals have temporarily disappeared because of course although you say not to take them home, they do.
Needless to say, my kids are also writing about the experience, their drawings. I think the small size of the pages have made it less intimidating for my less confident artists, but they all seem happy participating. I have done visual journals in the past but I think this is working better!
Yes all over the province exciting learning is taking place that can't really be captured by "tests". The big day at the Vancouver School Board is the morning of April 23rd and the exhibit will be on starting from mid April for three weeks in the lobby on the main floor.